Monday, 26 December 2011

Crowd Montain in progress

Daniel Watson
Crowd Mountain: experiment one
Start of December...on going
Taken from my sketchbook
'7 by 7 inch'
Material: 0.1 ml fine liner on cartridge paper

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Man print, prints man

A3 Limited prints on sale at Grotto just £1.50 and a full image that doesn't impede on the boudnaries of the page
Category: Tempory Venue
Address: Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat - 10am-5pm.
Contact: Fraser Chapman


Monday, 12 December 2011

Quick Tea Room Flyer idea

click to animate gif.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

EXUMA patches

Watson D.2011'Photograph of my snazzy paper draw'

Although the bleed on to the fabric isn't exactly as sharp as i wanted it the rough edge quality looks quiete good.I did find the printing difficult and now i know why.Black white no problem.White on Black diffuculty in itself.If i do wanna get a sharper image I need to act quickly and use something like speed ball white :opague.Crywank patches to come!

Clayton J. & Watson D.2011 'Exuma patch'

Watson D.2011 'patches hanging on the line, note protentious John Coltrane poster purposfully in the back ground'

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Great is little and the little is Great : Ernst Haekel

"The Great is little and the little is great"

Haeckel.E.1 October 1874 Lithograph print double plate .Source: Nick Hopwood. "Pictures of Evolution and Charges of Fraud:: Ernst Haeckel's Embryological Illustrations", Isis 97 (2006), 260-301

Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (1834 – 1919) was a philosopher, professor, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist.Haeckel’s drawings of plants and animals, including almost 4,000 microscopic species of radialarin he discovered out of the known 5000, each were rendered with exquisite precision.


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He mapped a entire genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista. Haeckel promoted and popularized Charles Darwin's work in Germany and developed the controversial recapitulation theory ("ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny") claiming that an individual organism's biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species' evolutionary development, or phylogeny.

images cutorsy of Aquifer
sweet links to more Haeckel images

Documentary on the life and work Haekel. A worth while film to watch most of the footage apart from odd photographs is made entirely by the Haekel or from The Mariner by Samual Coelridge to which the film makes many parralels.He is such an amazing character one of many facets his contribution to the world is truely extraordinary.I can safely say he is one of my favorite artists if not one of my favorite humans from this day forth.I couldn't find an online stream of the documentary but it can be found to lowndoad here

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Obeah Man


"I came down on a lightning bolt
Nine months in my Mama's belly.
When I was born, the midwife scream and shout,
I had fire crystals coming out of my mouth.
I'm Exuma, I'm the Obeah Man!"

EXUMA is an island in the Bahamas, and it is also the title given to music made by Tony Mckinny.Exuma represents an entity in itself.Given that his name is a place he has tried to encompass cultural understanding in the place in eclectic sense.He presents the story of the struggling artist or creator.Coupled with the idea that this self professed 'Obeah' has mystical forms that he moves through on the album.The track, "Séance in the Sixth Fret," is exactly that; a séance were he calls out the names of three deceased people.The response comes back in synthasized sound constructed or not.He paints a very pretty piture of a modern mystic.

While "Black Mass" is a more lucid track were playing is loose and words are more like prose.It represents well concepts of concious detachmeant from reality that listener is invited to enquire into.The words are mostly prose relfecting conflict in Haitian influenced Voodoo :creation,physical and metaphyisical life and death


These prints were conjured via the influence of the track 'Obeah Man'

Clayton. J ,Watson .D 2011 "Obeah Man"{Fine Liner on canvas board,additions made by fine liner tracing paper}

Clayton. J ,Watson .D 2011 "Obeah Man"{Screenprint on grey paper}

Clayton. J ,Watson .D 2011 "Obeah Man"{Screenprint on black cloth}

I'll never make this mistake again.I set up the screen without thinking and flooded the screen with white without any medium to loosen it up.It dried up very very quickly and thus i have this half printed black cloth.There are some bits like the stone work on the left that turned out really sharp.Given the looseness the quality of the fabric visually its sort of made the bleed more distinive and grany wich really works well with the image more patches to come .

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

FolkStreams » The Angel That Stands By Me

innie Evans / Untitled (Composition with female face, foliage), / 1968 / pencil, oil, wax crayon, collage on paper mounted on canvas board / 21 x 27 1/2 inches / Private Collection

FolkStreams » The Angel That Stands By Me

"I have no imagination. I never plan a drawing, they just happen. In a dream it was shown to me what I have to do, of paintings. The whole entire horizon all the way across the whole earth was out together like this with pictures. All over my yard, up all the sides of trees and everywhere were pictures."

The Amazing Minnie Evans also having a mystical experience that brought about her creativity, many people have theorized these sorts of aparitions as been partly schizophrenic or partly due to autisitic nature of the creatives.'DRAW OR DIE..!' a voice said so she did.

Minnie Evans is the embodiment of the visionary artist. She is an African American painter of Wilmington, N.C., who has created a world of mythical animals, religious symbols and natural beauty. The film explores the sources of Minnie Evans' art--Airlie Garden, with its magnificent azaleas and swans, where Minnie worked as a gate keeper for 27 years and where she did most of her paintings. Scenes of a service in her African-Methodist church draw the connections between her religious fervor and her art. She tells about her mystical visions and traces her slave ancestry to her great grandmother's grandmother who was brought from Trinidad and sold as a slave in North Carolina. We see Minnie with her 101 year old mother and at the Evans' family reunion of six generations. Minnie Evans was 91 years old when this film was made in 1983. She died December 16, 1987 at age 95.

The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder

photo from

FolkStreams » The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder
Compelling documentary about a man, who had a mystical experience causing him to produce and live in a sculpture with his family: it represents his alienation by modern life and his relationship with eclectic Native American myths that he projects the faces of his loved ones as sub-concious subect matter.

At age 71, Chief Thunder lives in the Nevada desert with his young wife and small children in The Monument, a concrete and stone house he built and decorated with powerful forms and arches. His overwhelming sculptures, "spirits of the living," portray Indian heroes, family, and friends. He created the monument when a voice spoke in a dream, "You are the Big Eagle and the Big Eagle shall return to his nest." His artistry is the testament of a great American folk artist.The film captures the tragedy of his life, his painful isolation, the beauty of his work, and his creative process. Its highlight is a remarkable sequence in which Chief Thunder sculpts a complete piece on camera. Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder was honored as "The Artist of the Year" by the state of Nevada in 1983.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Morning Ritual - Lucky Dragons

morning ritual -

fear melody (rara speaks) - Lucky Dragons

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Monday, 5 September 2011

Video instalation inspiration

Video instalation by Manusturbo:International Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur
curtosy of

faces drawn on wall and aligned with projector.I like the idea of symmetry of one object been split in two.It would be sweet with mirrors..

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Recent Drawings

The first is a drawing i did in one session.I'm really pleased with it seems pretty balanced between light and dark.I'm digging all the detail on the buildings and cycle of birth and life from top down in some Freudian and paganistic themes.The second is the former adapted for a flyer for a gig at the Whitworth pub

Details are as follows:

Saturday, September 24 at 8:00pm - September 25 at 3:00am
The Whitworth, Moss Lane East ( next to Saki), Rusholme, Manchester, M4 5PA
Created By
Martin Bishnoo Hodgkins
More Info



+1 band TBC

Starts 8pm, £4 in


Got given a tiny sketchbook and just been looking at loads of etchings recently.Playing with ideas of negative shading, its blagging really, there only abour 5 by 7 cm big

Blank Media Exhibition

Friday, 19 August 2011

day one of big piece

old sacrifice for new life
day one

Thursday, 28 July 2011


All images courtesy of

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

In regards to scale

'I don't have to work that big': documentary focusing on the work and ideas of contemparay folk artist Joe Fafard.Fafard utilises the enviroment and community around him.Making positive works about ordinary life and ordinary people in the small town of Pence.

In regards to scale

'I don't have to work that big' documentary focusing on the work of Joe Fafard a contemporary folk artist of the Canadian prairies

Sunday, 5 June 2011


Partitura 001 from Abstract Birds on Vimeo.

animation ideas originaly seen on, great linear flow

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Lionfish 2010:
Beautiful illustration by Simon Fowler, Words by Paul O'Connell. Printed with hand carved rubber stamps and editioned and numbered.

Monday, 23 May 2011

growth (a)

This is a short of some work I've currently been doing, the audio isn't a finished article yet.It might apear in some different form in the next coming weeks however.

growth (a) from Daniel Watson on Vimeo.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Strength in numbers

Casteller from Mike Randolph on Vimeo.

This competition to build the highest human pyramid is heald in Tarragona in Spain every two years.Ashton Underlyne human pyramid team need a re-think.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

People Power

I went with Unison and coach full of nurses to protest the stupidity of the austerity cuts. This a stopmotion my Mum sent me?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

// AV Cube //

// AV Cube //

I got asked by James Moffat to contribute to this performance, had a rehersal the other day its sounding promising

// //
// A one-night-only exhibition and sound presentation curated by Helen Collett & James Moffat //

// Thursday 31st March 2011 / 6 - 10pm / Islington Mill //
...// Bar open 'til midnight! //

// As part of the Say Something Series // //

AV cube is a collaborative visual exhibition and audio presentation that takes on the different definitions of art space as its starting point. Adhering to as well as breaking the rules generally imposed on the different mediums’ methods of display, the curators interpret the separate audio and visual cubes to create one whole: the AV Cube.

// 1st Floor Project Space // 6 - 8pm // Visual Cube //
// with complimentary wine! //

Visual cube is an active experiment where the curator becomes artist in their interpretation of the art cube of display as a cube conference. The installation will act as an institutionalised white cube playground in an ironic reflection of the seriousness of art theory’s still prevalent obsession with the ‘White Cube’. The audience will be made hyper-aware of their own interaction or non-interaction with the submersive white cubes that they will be surrounded by in the physical and virtual game of contemporary art’s white cube.

Featuring work by Helen Collett /

// Club Space // 8 - 10pm // Audio Cube //

Audio Cube is a performance piece based on the use of Quadraphonic, 4.0 Surround Sound in which 4 performers located around the room will each play a short solo work, followed by a 4 way improvisation/collaboration.

Featuring work by Chris Anderson / Callum Higgins / James Moffat / Dan Watson