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Simon Cooper posts a digital image titled 'Wooden Tree'

I made this image back in 2006 - in a drawing book I took to Stour Valley Arts in Kent. The drawing was made with a thin, wooden branch, stick and a bowel of mud. I mixed it with water - yes seriously - without using a normal brush and commercial colour paints!

It was very hard to create other colours from natural resources such as leaves, flowers, tree barks and grasses. Weak in colour and very pale when mixed with water, I found that only the brown mud colours were strong. Once I arrived home I scanned the drawing into the computer, so that the image would remain as bright as on the first day that I drew it.

I found it hard to develop this drawing using any other ways of looking at it. Therefore I decided to experiment using all wood tones, hues and markings, by taking photographic images of woods and closely studying them.

From the images I worked out various tones and values for my final image. Using only brownish tone colours and trying to make them look as real as possible, I applied my usual techniques using pixels and dots with perspective.

Posted by Anonymous, 23 February 2011

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 23 February 2011

Simon Cooper on his abstract world

I have always been preoccupied with the language of colour. Colour fascinates me, particularly computer binary colours.

It started with colour, paper and screen printing. Then I was attracted to the idea of combining computer technologies with printmaking - and so it has evolved.

Colour is very personal and emotional and gives a spiritual energy to my work. Using colour, line, shape, space, and composition, I am able to create unity and harmony in my work and to convey meaning and mood. Identifying colour relationships, different white textured papers or canvas are used to evoke emotional response.

I looked at the work of Andy Warhol and Chuck Close to progress my ideas, it is how I communicate with the world. In this image I have repeated the pattern of using hearing aids - putting them on every morning and taking them off every night. I decided to blend the background with my face - so it does not stand out too much.

Posted by Anonymous, 12 January 2011

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 12 January 2011