Drawing

Castles in the Air by David Atkins

 Corfe Castle in Spring. Mixed Media 13x10cm

Corfe Castle in Spring. Mixed Media 13x10cm

Drawing and sketching has always been a vital part of my practice as an painter.  I use it to discover new places as well as finding new  possibilities for my work.  Subjects, marks and composition made in a drawing can often find there way in to my paintings.  If a drawing doesn't work it is unlikely that I will choose to set up and paint there. 

Corfe Castle in Dorset is a ruin, a result of being blown up by Parliamentarian troops loyal to Oliver Cromwell at the end of the English Civil war in 1646 .  What remains, I think is a beautiful ruin and for me more exciting having been destroyed.