Light drawing

This is my entry for a drawing exhibition on the theme of SPEED in Artspace at Plymouth University in January 2012

I found the brief quite hard but then remembered this photograph and it seems to sum up my attitude towards the digital age and the difficulties of keeping up with technology - 'running with the light' so to speak!! 
This is the brief

We live in a fast-paced world. Everything seems to move more
rapidly all the time. Things happen more quickly, we move about more quickly and
life changes more quickly than it did in previous generations. Many, if not all, aspects
of the society we live in – transportation, technology, media, scientific discovery,
even the rate at which cultural trends recycle themselves – are affected by this
apparent speeding up of life. How do artists respond to this? By meeting it head on,
jumping into the stream? Or by slowing down, standing to one side to observe and
reflect from a distance as the pace of life increases. Is it as simple as that, as adopting
one position or the other?

Technically it's not a drawing of course but I feel that the camera is an extension of the hand and can be used much like a pencil - what do you think? How would you respond? Perhaps you could post something on your blog? I'd love to hear your comments. My intention is to enlarge it as near to the maximum size specified for the exhibition 50cms x 70cms - I will have to take some advice on this as I'm never sure of image enlargements - so much technical information to learn these days!! 
Happy New Year to everyone! Wishing you many creative adventures in 2012


Merry Christmas to all my blog followers


Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light 

Thank you for all your comments and support during 2011 - may 2012 be creatively fruitful for us all!


New project 'Painting in the attic'

"In our daily life we proceed constantly through the coexistence of past and future. The essence of what we call spirit lies in the ability to move within the horizon of an open future and an unrepeatable past....the same activity of spirit finds expression as memory and recollection, which incorporates the art of the past along with our own artistic tradition.... tradition means transmission rather than conservation. This transmission does not imply that we leave things unchanged and merely conserve them. It means learning how to grasp and express the past anew" (Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful 1977)