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Feathers, comics and cat polaroids: a personal history of Daler Rowney process journals (not a sponsored post!)

Simple and sturdy with their canvas-textured hard covers and heavy-weight, off-white paper, Daler Rowney’s Ebony journals have served me faithfully for 20 years, as a place to document the process of art-making; to research, experiment and workshop ideas.IMG_3133

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Sometimes messy, sometimes elaborate, they hold an eclectic mixture of different media and textures, combining practice drawings and paintings, image designs, reference pics and (more recently) mock-ups of comics.IMG_3153IMG_3157IMG_3154

My early journals (below) bring me back to the excitement of art school days when I was just beginning to grasp what painting methods and subjects interested me, and so much of this knowledge was new.

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Evidence that my youth wasn’t entirely wasted…

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Feathers found at Taronga Zoo

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I was a huge Lucian Freud fan

Note: I’ve used all sizes of the Ebony journal, but for process diaries, I keep returning to the A5. Only four journals are photographed here; I’ve used a fair few more, and in terms of my entire journal, notebook and sketchbook collection, well, this is but the tip of the iceberg..

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Four art process journals (wooden horse carved for me by my father when I was a child)

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Drawing is a way to slow down time

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Top to bottom: from late 2017, two self-portraits in journal, 30-45 min each; preparatory sketch for upcoming painting, Jan 2018; 2015 self-portrait sketch in front of studio window


Christmas 2016 and ghosts of Christmas cards past

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Black Christmas 2016

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Angelic 2015

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White Christmas 2014

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Havisham Christmas 2013

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Wedding Cake at night 2012


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Winter 2015: Taking a line for a walk