Experimenting with the Weather Station

After several days of dry, hot weather, we have had two days of rain and high winds. Time to get the Weather Station out and some work done!
I had a great time on Friday making rain paintings. The rain was often extremely heavy so I got quite a lot of images with the ink entirely washed off. I really like the sharp edges that turn up when the rain is hard enough to wash away the barely dried ink, so with some of the works I sluiced the paintings with water to wash off even more of the ink. Anyway, it's pretty obvious which paintings were made when the rain was coming down hard and which were not.
It was a really perfect day for making work.








Today has been very windy. Unfortunately, the battery in my anemometer died just as I started working so I haven't been able to record the wind speed. Still I decided to make work anyway. The Weather Station is performing excellently, enabling me to set up pens and brushes for wind work so easily. I am learning each time I make a piece of work how to best use this equipment. I want to develop the wind work so that they are aesthetically beautiful in the creation as well has in the finished pieces. At the moment it's all a very Heath Robinsonish mash-up of duct tape, bulldog clips and string - but with funding I reckon I could create something rather lovely. Imagine brass pointers hanging down into a frame of sand.....

Anyway here is a quick little film I made of the work today. I had to shoot several videos before this one because there is an absolute Law of Sod that states that as soon as a camera is switched on, all wind must immediately die...

A canal side walk

A list of species seen and noted on a 26 mile stretch of canal, from Solihull to Stratford upon Avon

Mammals:
Otter
Rabbit
Muntjac Deer
Horse
Sheep
Goat
Cattle
Dog 
Domestic Cat

Birds:
Wren 
Song Thrush 
Buzzard 
Crow 
Jackdaw 
Rook 
Robin 
Great Tit 
Blue Tit 
Long-tailed Tit 
House Martin 
Green Woodpecker 
Swallow 
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Blackbird
Chiff Chaff 
Goldfinch
Coot
Canada Goose
Mallard
Moorhen
Chicken
Pheasant
Starling
Heron
Bullfinch
Invertebrates:
Ladybird
Hoverfly
Bumble Bee
Red Tailed Bee
Buff Tailed Bee
Honey Bee
Brimstone Butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly
Orange Tip Butterfly
Speckled Wood Butterfly
Banded Demoiselle Damselfly
Yellow Slug
Unidentified Snail
Earthworm
Trees:
Oak
Alder
Weeping Willow
Field Maple
Wayfaring Tree
Ash
Crack Willow
Goat Willow
Blackthorn
Rowan
Hawthorn
Holly
Birch
Yew
Hazel
Wild Service Tree 
A Small Selection of Herbaceous Plants
Cow Parsley
Giant Hogweed
Common Vetch
Nettle
Bullrush
Yellow Flag
Purple Campion
Bladder Campion
Bramble
Comfrey
Dandelion
Common Daisy
Marsh Woundwort
Buttercup
Ox-eye Daisy
White Bryony
Thistle


Weather Station II

Today I bought an anemometer, otherwise known as a wind speed meter. I've wanted one for ages. This will help me keep more accurate records about the weather conditions prevailing when I make my drawings.

I've started drawing plans for the prototype Weather Station. I'm planning on using a very basic portable greenhouse for the frame, as they are constructed of simple steel poles with plastic 'elbow' fixings that I can hack into a suitable configuration for the Station.

I'm also going to be purchasing a few magnifying glasses and I'll need to research some kind of trolly to transport the collapsed Station in. I currently only get about with public transport and 'Shank's pony' so the trolly will need to be bus friendly.

I'm enjoying this planning time, my notebook is full of scribbles, drawings and budgets!

Weather Station

After a long hiatus Drawing Gaia moves onward as plans are underway to create a semi permanent vehicle for making weather drawings.

Weather Station will be a moveable construction that will facilitate the production of wind, rain, sun and ice drawings. It will be portable, so that I can make drawings just about anywhere, and strong and sturdy enough to withstand the weather.

I envisage that Weather Station will be constructed over a number of months as funds become available and as I refine the design through experimentation and research.

The first prototype, Weather Station 1, will be constructed and ready for use by the Summer Solstice 2016. It will be used as part of a 6 month project which will involve keeping a daily record of weather conditions, making new wind, rain and sun drawings and beginning first forays into developing digital weather drawings.

Found drawings - trees

Took advantage of a bleak, grey sky today to shoot these images of trees. The shapes of the branches are endlessly beautiful.