Sunday, 21 March 2010

more measurements

Myself and Phil Ogg were up at Black Middens on the 12th March.

I took more measurements with the Colour Cue. I'm working on connecting the Bastle House with surrounding places which have colours in their names. Once again I circumnavigated the bastle house this time with a compass. Using calculations I'd made from an OS map, I took colour measurements and photographs in a bid to relate Black Middens to places such as Green Eyes Craggs and Greymare Moss. This information will feed into an animation I plan to make for presentation at the VARC ten year anniversary celebrations (early June at High Green).

Phil (who is a sound artist and musician based in Allenheads) took himself off in search of sounds to record. He made about 40 recordings which was no mean feat, it is very quiet at Black Middens!!

We are going to get together this week and see if we can work with the sounds in relation to the ideas I have for drawings and animations. Working with sound is a new direction for me so time will tell what will develop out of this latest visit to the Tarset area.......

12th March visit

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

visit 14th to 16th February

It was crisp up at High Green, the snow had retreated, though soon to reappear, and I made head way with the Black Middens Project. Although it was head down and concentrate on the task in hand for most of the time I did indulge myself with a couple of photos of the landscape I travelled through one early morning.

finally getting out into the field

It felt like a long time since my last visit to Black Middens during the Bastle Weekend, but finally I managed to get over to High Green for a couple of days in mid February. I stayed with Jilly, the current artist in residence at VARC. This was great as not only did we have good conversation about art and life but, I could get started good and early. As with most of my work the task I had set myself over the two days was labourious and time consuming, but not I might add unenjoyable. It is easy to get distracted by the beauty of the vast open landscape, but I had to stay focussed on the task in hand. My mission was to record colours at Black Middens with my great new gizzmo the Pantone Colour Cue.

I decided on a simple approach taking a line of thread around the circumference of the building and measuring at hand-widths apart. This resulted in 187 measurements of colour, which I recorded in my notebook. I now have to decide just what I'm going to do with all this information!

measuring the walls


following a line round

the colour cue

my book of records

red water in the frozen landscape