During my travels this summer I've tried to keep a sketchbook with me. Whilst away in France I had the view of the Beaujolais Hills and started abstracting pattern and line:
The houses sprawling across the valley
and a compositional train journey, capturing elements of the landscape as I passed through
Flattening the landscape seemed to come naturally, absorbing what was in front of me and translating this into line. It feels very graphical, which has its own quality, yet feels removed from what I might want to achieve in 3-dimensional form. Time for experiments, when I get back in the workshops and studio, but for the time being I am enjoying, paper, line and pen.