The Wren started off as an idea in my sketchbook, as so many drawings do. It was an image that I liked but was unsure what to do with. Later, as I began the series exploring the imaginary woods of the Tree People, a people who are based on mythological tree spirits. For more myths about trees see http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Tr-Wa/Trees-in-Mythology.html
Working in paintmarker and ink for the colours I wanted to fully integrate the pencil drawing into the work. Each branch of the trees and the shadows of the fish are creating using HB pencil. The leafless branches become a pattern in themselves as they frame the Wren. It’s an imaginary world where the improbable becomes likely, a bit like “Alice in Wonderland”. The Wren is massive compared to the woods, but really only around life size when the paper size is considered. I liked playing around with that notion of scale and perspective.
Alongside “Firey Angel’s Web” a paintmarker drawing inspired by the choreography of Prokofiev’s Opera, The Fiery Angel, this work was shown at RK Burt Gallery, London in 2013. The exhibition was “Paperworks” a celebration of small (under 20”) paper-based drawings from the Society of Graphic Fine Art.