Posted on March 15, 2010
‘Have a Nice Day’
Some pages from my A5 sketchpads. Drawn from life, when the music stops, the drawing stops. Click on the images & the let the music begin.
Posted on February 17, 2010
graphite & ink
(…) dharma art refers to art that springs from a certain state of mind on the part of the artist that could be called the meditative state. It is an attitude of directness and unselfconsciousness in one’s creative work. -Tibetan meditation master, the XIth Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
(New Kingdom Statue in the British Museum, circa 1400BC).
32 x 25cm.
© Adam Cope 2001
Exerpt from my unfinished project ‘Carnet de Voyage en Egypte’, © Adam Cope, 2001 – ongong :
“But now, after my recent travels in Egypt, these fragments in the museum seemed displaced and uprooted, somehow diminished and made smaller.…the sands of time….
One element however manages to cross the sands of time and remain intact, despite the ravages of plunder & the displacement of uprooted museum collections. It is the Egyptian smile in the face of eternity.
The expression on the face of this sculpture is the work of a great artist, full of mystery and interior life, fuller than those pert, self-assured later Ramassidian smiles. The restorers have done a wonderful job in piecing together these fragments, which are said to have been found in the mortuary temple of Amenophis III (circa 1400BC).
She is MUT, Goddess, adored of Thebes, Feminine Divine, consort of Amun-Ra, mother of Khons the Moon-child, World Mother, Anima Mundi.
In some ways the act of drawing is akin to the act of worship. To draw is to love, and in loving we carry our breathe of life and enter, fuse with the adored. They say that the Gods need us so as not to be forgotten, and it is with semen of worship that the grain of the Divine is brought to life. Almost as if the sculpted stone itself, the inert granite becomes flesh. Picasso said ” un tableau ne vit que par celui qui le regard”( “a painting only lives in the eye of the beholder”). The museum shut its doors but I could not leave… Casting one last look back, it seemed to me that the Goddess Mut was shimmering, forever smiling.”
Posted on January 27, 2010
I note that 25th January is the festival day of the conversion of Paul.
To celebrate, here’s a page from my ‘Carnet de Voyage en Rome’ 2002.
Posted on February 10, 2009
Off to England. Back soon, within the week. Here’s some images from another walk-about. Guess where?
‘Carnet de Voyage en Egypte’
Some pages from the travel sketch book of Adam Cope in Egypt in pencil & watercolour, Akenaton & Sekhmet & Komombos © adam cope
I want to finish my ‘Carnet de Voyage en Egypte’ book-website. But I’ve not managed to finish it off & put it online. Like my How to Paint book, still hanging around ten years later in a state of incompletion. Still working on that too! I need a project manager….
Posted on February 6, 2009
© The Artist.
drawing of a town road in Bergerac
Posted on September 29, 2008
pencil’Sur la Vif’ or ‘On the Hoof’
Sketches of a Wedding
ink brush pen
A lovely wedding in the vines. Lots of cameras, so here’s one of yours truly. Note the champagne.
Posted on June 15, 2008
Posted on June 1, 2008
Drawings of a Guitar Player
© The Artist.
© The Artist.
© The Artist.
Living a Creative Life – The Importance of Significant Others
What we can can also learn is that it is up to us to reach towards multiple definitions of creativity and, in doing so, to rethink worn-out concepts of autonomy, compromise & success. It is not our intention to underestimate, or oversimplify, the exquisite complications of leading creative lives and living affective lives; nor do do we in any way mean to belittle the agonising lonliness of artistic & literary production. All of us involved in this book know the wrenching pain of sitting alone in front of a blank page or a blank canvas. But we also know that the story doesn’t end – or for that matter doesn’t begin – there.
– Whitney Chadwick and Isabelle de Courtivron, Introduction, ‘Significant Others – Creativity & Intimate partnership’ Thames & Hudson, 1996.
Lime Fresco Lime Fresco mounted on board
about one meter
I meet him in Bath, UK about sixteen year ago. In 1995, he invited me down to his house in SW France for a season. We painted lots & lots. We also learnt so much of each other. Seeing him paint frescoes convinced me of:
- The importance of learning from an artist with more painting experience than oneself.
- Watching an artist paint (ie demonstrations).
- Dialoguing with other artists (whom you esteem) about your aims, hopes, beliefs & more concretely, about your upcoming painting projects.
- Having the courage to expose oneself to other artist’s opinions & feedback about your own paintings.
- Creative thought & vision. Art isn’t just about technique. It’s also about self-expression & can have a playful aspect.
Here’s a picture of him in his atelier. Observe the sand, the spade & the cement mixer!
And here’s his official press-photo, slaking lime putty in California. Again note the spade… and I thought I had a thing about brushes??? 😉
Inigo ROSE, fresco artist
Inigo Rose paints frescoes. Proper frescoes in lime, the same technique as used in the Quattrocento in Italy & South West France. Inigo learnt the techniques in Italy from whom he says is the greatest living master. Note that the are NOT acrylic nor emulsion.
approx 1,5 x 1,5 metres
Posted on May 18, 2008
Posted on May 14, 2008