Make a study of something you see on a walk within five minutes of your house. • Make five sketches in black and diluted black ink on grey/beige postcard-size paper. • Make five sketches in watercolour on HP watercolour paper, postcard sized.
“Each one of us, then, should speak of his roads, his crossroads, his roadside benches; each one of us should make a surveyor’s map of his lost fields and meadows. … Thus we cover the universe with drawings we have lived. These drawings need not be exact. They need only to be tonalized on the mode of our inner space.’ Bachelard, G. (2014) The poetics of space. [e-book] New York: Penquin Books,pp.75-76
My main inspiration for this exercise came from my readings of de Maistre, Sinclair, Coverley, MacFarlane, Davidson, Sebald, and Bachelard (see Bibliography).
In particular, in Sinclair’s London Orbital: a walk around the M25, I began to see a possible replication of the circular route, but this time around my own immediate environment – garden, fields, roadside, forest and landmarks. I’ll let the pictures tell this story, starting from the dilemma of which way to turn when leaving my studio and ending with reflection on the night sky over Balnain at the end of the day.
I brought the individual sketches into three curated collections (see below) – two photographic arrangements and one travelogue-style booklet with accompanying map of the route taken.
Please click on each individual image to enlarge it.
Part 5: Exercise 5.2 – walking study 1 “which way?” [watercolour on HP watercolour paper, A6 postcard size]