Welcome to my blog! I'm Vanessa Stone and I am a paper cutting artist living in the beautiful village of Bottesford in the Vale of Belvoir. I make hand cut collages to capture the pared down essence of England's amazing places, spaces & heritage around me. This blog will show you all sorts of things... workshops I have done, places that inspire me and things that grab my eye.....
See my work at : www.vanessastoneartist.com
I'm not really ever forced to draw - but this week away in the Peaks that we have just had was one such time as I fell down the tiny non-step at the holiday cottage we rented and really badly hurt my ankle. I ended up at the Minor Injuries Hospital at Buxton and had to spend the rest of the holiday on crutches and going for drives with ice around the very sore ankle... not good for a pair of walkers! It was pretty ropey weather too so actually, it made me stay still and just spend time looking.
Its great to do a drawing. I rarely think about developing these kind of sketchbook ones up into a paper cut as they are about something different than that kind of work. For me drawing plants you then and there in a moment. I could have taken a photo but it wouldn't convey the feelings and the feelings of the memories of these places as much as these drawings do. I can remember the instances much more clearly if I have made a drawing there. Its taken years to bat off the gremlin on my shoulder that knocks my confidence in my ability to draw and sketch like this. Being 50 helped! Age puts things into perspective and you just think what the heck and plough on. I have a little sketchbook full of these. They are intensely personal and if there was a fire - its them I would reach for before anything that had been manufactured!
Looking to Chelmorton......
In the car on the top of Snake Pass
Little drawing of the back garden at the cottage in Monyash
You will notice that there is a change of blog name to Vanessa Stone's Blog, from Scalpel in My Hand. Two reasons really... in that scalpel in my hand sounds a bit like I am a weird psycho!!! and also I am bringing my workshop blog under this umbrella too, so its easier to keep updated. Tow many things to update is too tricky with my time, as I have been really busy lately with lots of workshops, exhibiting , commissions and selling greetings cards, prints and tote bags! it's a very exciting time!
So please do keep this blog book markets and you will get to read about the things I have been up to!