Sunday, June 19, 2011

Big project

Took the first step today on what could turn out to be an impossible project. I'm attempting to turn out a series of paintings based on nothing but my memories (as a seven year old) of the Falklands War in 1982. My parents, elder brother and I were incarcerated in our house in Fox Bay East during the conflict. The settlement was garrisoned by Argentine troops and my memories of the time are of the impact of their presence and the air attacks by the British.

There were events during that time that I still recall as snapshots but filtered through the understanding and perspective of a seven year old (and the passing of 29 years as well of course). The first stage of this process has been to try to describe all of these images that remain to me, so I've jotted them down and drawn thumbnail sketches of how I recall them.

I've no idea if I'm going to be able to get anything to come out of this idea, still, should be interesting. On a lighter note here's a graphite drawing of a rather cute rough collie, This is the first time since I've started drawing again that I've used graphite for a finished drawing. I'm reasonably pleased but golly graphite is a slow, restrictive medium compared to charcoal.


  1. The Falklands idea sounds like a hugely promising project, Ben. It will be perosonally confronting for you at times, i guess, but that emotional charge will produce great work. Best of luck and i look forward to the first pieces.

  2. I really like this project Ben, personal, emotional with historical context. I'm looking forward to seeing it unfold.

  3. I'm glad you're both looking forward to see what comes out of it. I'm hoping to dedicate the next few days to this so with any luck I'll make some progress on a few draft ideas, I've no idea yet of even how the paintings will look.

    It'll certainly be a challenge, I'm giving myself one year to do this, if it's not done in that time it's not going to get done.

  4. these ideas could lie dormant for many more years but what you have done is an excellent idea Ben! The dog is definitely cute:)

  5. Thanks rahina, these mamories seem pretty fixed (once I start portraying them that may well turn out to change of course, we'll see).
    I'm definatley going to do more studies of that dog, he's just fab. Here he is:

    He's one of a collection of free to use photos that popele contribute to on a FB page, it's very useful, here's a link:

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