Does September make you feel like new beginnings? There’s a feeling of new beginnings. Maybe it’s because I still have children at school or past memories of starting a new school term in September, but things always seem to change around now. This year even more so. A number of exciting developments happened recently. A new commercial commission which requires me to go to Hanover. Details to follow. I got to tour Battersea Power Station, and take lots of photos, so expect some new work from that. I’ve been negotiating and finalising details of various exhibitions, including a Charity Ball in Manchester, a Corporate event in London and another Solo exhibition in October next year. After all that, studio time has been extremely precious lately. I’ve been challenged to create paintings that can be displayed without being glazed. I had 2 options, one paper stuck onto board and the other board treated with watercolour ground. I’ve finished the two paintings which were intended for the Frosts Exhibition. Here’s the London Eye Painting. (paper stuck to board) The second picture is of the Barbican’s Conservatory. (plywood treated with watercolour ground) Initially, I wasn’t happy with the dark area at the top. […]
The Private View – 205 years of the RI Wednesday 5th April was the Private View of the Royal Institute of painters in watercolour An historic society with Royal Patronage which has been held at the Mall Galleries since the 1970’s. This is my first year exhibiting with the RI, and it’s an honour to be showing alongside so many big names. The Private View was well attended, as you can see from the photograph. The work at these exhibitions is mixed and caters to a wide variety of tastes so you should find something to inspire, I did. Meeting the artists. As well as the inspiring paintings, Private Views are a chance to meet some wonderful inspiring artists. I tagged along as Jean Noble RI introduced the candidates for Membership to existing members, like a line of ducklings following her around. Some of the Candidates I got to meet were:- Elizabeth Nast who creates superbly observed everyday paintings of urban London. Underground tube trains, cafes, And Kate Morgan who does vivid colourful paintings inspired by jungle creatures, flora and fauna. A bit like her dress! Here she is on the left. Here she is on the left with Elizabeth […]
Research is essential. Before applying for any society or entering a competition you need research the situation. I’m considering applying for the Society of Women Artists and thought I’d use the Private view as a research opportunity. So I headed to London’s Mall Galleries last Wednesday. Private View of Summer 2012 exhibition of Society of Women Artists. I arrived to a packed room just as the speeches were taking place. Initially it was hard to look around. But once the speeches had finished a large number sought “fresh air” in the Mall. The rest of us having a good look around. There was a wide range of subjects and styles much of it representational and highly detailed. But this one in particular caught my eye. Judith Barton I love the characterization and earthiness of the figures. There is too much to include on here but I’ll share another sculpture which appealed. Sculpture at the Society of Women Artists Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London (I haven’t got the details as I’d presumed I’d find it in the catalogue but couldn’t. I’ll credit once I know) And there was A LOT more, but I’ll stop there. And I haven’t even mentioned […]
Ever arrange too much to do? Well, I have this week. In fact, if I’m brutally honest, this year! So, I’m not quite ready for the reveal yet… OK, I’m not even vaguely near the reveal yet. I’ve been a hanging for Bucks Open Studios. but it’s all up now, so the next post should be the completed work. In the meantime, here’s the open studios display [simple_slideshow] Now, watch this space, there will be a new picture very soon! I have two whole weeks of dedicated studio time… Can you see me grinning?
Well, the exhibition is over! So now what? There’s always a sense of disappointment when an exhibition finishes. No matter how many sales have or haven’t been made. The work on the whole is done. There may be some final financial transactions to make and sort out accounts. Deliveries perhaps? But once everything is down, the venue cleared and the hired equipment is returned… It’s over! There’s a sense of finality. A sadness at it’s passing. Or maybe a relief it’s all over! So what do you do now? Allow yourself time to celebrate the successes – well of course? Then plan your next event! Whether it’s participating in a group exhibition organised by a third party or organising your own solo exhibition. There’s always something to look forward to! Or, at least, there should be Spend time reviewing what you did. What worked and what needs changing? Even if it was a “failure” there will always be valuable lessons you can learn for next time. And the next time will never seem quite as frightening! I’m doing Bucks Open studios and the Milton Keynes project next. Having done Open studios last year, I’m extremely calm this time. Prepared? Yes! Worried? […]
When you take on a big project there are parts you love… And parts you wish to avoid! It’s said if you want something done you should ask a busy person! But I’m not sure I agree. Sometimes being busy helps you avoid what you don’t want to do. Now that last week’s chaos is dying down.. I’m finally able to catch up with “stuff” and paint. And that includes tackling procrastination! So I Present Painting Number 12 of the Milton Keynes Project. This is the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. I love the ethos of the place. With so much division in the Christian Church its heartening to see efforts to overcome their differences. But, I’ve been wary of tackling the building. I was uncertain that it would “fit” with the rest of the series. Especially the more traditional architectural components… Specifically that dome! But it didn’t feel right not to include it. And I think it works so I’m relieved. And I love the way the cross looks like a cross from any direction. Almost as if to say a Christian should look like a Christian when seen from any direction. A challenging concept for even the best of […]