Online Drawing Collaboration #6


“Mountains with cherubs” | JPF and Joel Levack

It was my idea to use today’s session to design a mug.

I wanted it to include five roundels, giving something different to look at from every angle. And I wanted decorative elements from traditional chinaware – dots, and fleur de lys.

I thought at first it might be blue-and-white china, as this 30 second taster from our session shows:

You may be wondering what papier-mache things Joel is talking about. I’ll post something about those soon.

As you have seen already, in the picture at the top, my blue-and-white idea didn’t work out.

To see how we ended up with the yellow-on-red cherubs, which Joel previously put on a tea towel he designed, and why there are coloured circles within circles over Joel’s mountain painting, you’ll need to watch the whole video:

Special edition: buy the finished mug

Online Drawing Collaboration #5


“House of Dreams” | JPF and Steve Chapman

Steve mentioned a place he’d visited in south London, and I found it on Google Maps.

Picture, taken from Google Streetview, of the House of Dreams in south London.

I took a screen grab, and we started drawing and talking (as much as that’s possible).

In passing, we discussed (among other things) why Steve likes to kill off projects when they’re at their peak, the value of constraints on any artistic endeavour, and how to use online space as a gallery.

You can watch the session (lucky you!)

Online Drawing Collaboration #2


“The Visitation” | JPF and Joel Levack

After starting my online “pilgrimages” via Google Streetview, I’ve been looking out for images on there that might illustrate biblical stories.

Joel was up for working on this idea. We aimed to keep to a time limit, and only just managed to insert a crucial element before Joel rang the bell.

“Pressed for time”


We were staying in Cornwall, at the home of a friend. I went for a walk, with a folded sheet of paper and a roll of sellotape.

In the fields and on the high, wild cliff edges, I picked this lot, sticking them into my booklet as I proceeded, sorting loosely by colour.

Can I tell you what they are? No. Not all. But they include fragments of foxglove, red clover, white clover, buttercup, and fuchsia.

Immediately afterwards, I scanned it, then forgot about the flowers for nearly five years.

Having rediscovered it, I’ve printed a limited number of copies on art paper with archival inks. I think they look beautiful.

I’m offering them as part of the #artistsupportpledge.

“Pressed for Time: Cornish flowers, July 2015”. Giclee print on Hahnemühle German Etching paper. 8.3″ × 12.5″ (210mm × 317mm).

£75 each, including P+P. First two (of 15) have gone already. If you would like one, please let me know.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists around the world have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress @matthewburrowsstudio instigated the #artistsupportpledge

The concept is simple. You post images of your work to sell for no more than $200 (£200, €200, ¥20000) each (not including shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach $1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for $200.

Just about holding it together


“You have plenty… use what you have.” This can be hard to believe, but it’s a recipe for finding gold in dust.

In 2010, I published a book (Sew Your Own) telling how I made my own clothes out of unlikely things – such as nettles, for the underpants.

(I know!)

Then I trained in impro, the theatrical discipline that sends you out there with nothing but what you already have. (And I went on to train others.)

When Sew Your Own came out, I met Fenella Rouse. Fenella recently asked to buy one of the customised postcards I’ve been posting about recently.

I could have added colour (pen, paint, ink, wax crayon blah blah) but since this was Fenella I thought I’d add some stitching instead.

I took from the waste paper bin offcuts from the “3D” thing I posted the other day and stitched them together.

It might look scrappy to you, but to me the plain white bookbinding thread adds a rich layer of metaphor.

Thanks Fenella for being the sort of person I feel confident to share this with (and to charge you for!).