Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Month: March, 2017

“Moon Tide”

The temporary drawing was created at South Beach in Whitehaven, West Cumbria in March 2017.The beach is a dangerous location due to subsidence from an old colliery tip and is closed to the public.I have to scramble over a wall and negotiate a steep bank to get access but it is one of my favourite places to create art because of the intriguing  variety of manmade and natural materials available to work with. I like to draw on the sandstone boulders and experiment with different materials in between the tides.”Moon Tide” was created on a freezing cold day using Moon imagery to suggest it’s influence on the tides .I used a photocopy and charcoal to create the idea of a window effect,highlighting  the natural textures within the boulder to compliment the imagery.The artwork took four hours to create and a recent visit back to the boulder revealed it was buried amidst shingle with only the tip showing,testament to the power and influence of the ever changing tides on the shoreline. 

“Beech Grids “

The temporary installation was created on a blustery day at Hawarden Park in North Wales in November 2016.Autumn was in its final throes and provided a cover of intensely coloured beech leaves.The vivid hues reminded me of a watercolour box and I had the idea to replicate the ‘pans’ of colours onto the smooth surface of a host Beech tree.Previous heavy rain had soaked the bark and this had the effect of acting like an adhesive in which to adhere cut out squares from Beech leaves onto the surface. I arranged the squares in a colour coordinated grid and as time went on the artwork because increasingly difficult to create. ..the breezes started to dry out the tree surface thus diminishing  the adhesive effect and the leaves started to blow away. I had a frustrating time photographing the artwork as leaves would conspire to blow away just as I was about to press the shutter button on the camera.In a few days time,all the leaves had turned brown due to the onset of early Winter frost but was glad I managed to create something from this final flush of Autumn