Whilst Suffolk Open Studios has been in progress, I have been spending some time doing some ink illustrations for a new exhibition.
Here are my Phantasmagorical Animals Enjoy!
Well, we are nearly ready to open our artist hub’s doors at the weekend! Here are a few snaps taken to whet your appetite!
There are a few new artworks of mine appearing here, and at the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. Here is a sample:
I am now working on a new set of paintings, of which I will share with you soon.
Meanwhile, keep happy and I hope to see you at our Open Studio event.
Ah…at last summer is here. I am really working hard and enjoying lovely tea breaks in the garden!
As you know Suffolk Open Studios is approaching fast and I am nearly ready for it. Lots of painting, mounting of small works, prints, greeting cards, postcards, glass mosaics and more is coming together all ready to be packaged up to transport to the studio. I can’t wait!
Alongside this flurry of activity, I am putting the finishing touches to the book. The cover is in the hands of designers, and the foreword has just been written by the lovely Jacqui Malpass. The book is being launched at the Suffolk Open Studios and will be available to buy and have personally signed.
I’m also finishing off a body of work to be delivered to the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery next month. Its going to be a great Summer Exhibition.
I will be back soon with some new paintings to show you.
Meanwhile, enjoy the sun!
Mi amiga marevilliosa (my wonderful friend), Jacqui, has been a most lovely companion as I spent 10 days in Spain with her at the beginning of April. Again, I fell in love with the Spanish countryside – the mountains, the coast, the birds, the crickets, the sunshine – just blissful.
A trip for a working holiday – to finish the first draft of the book coming out in June, and to spend time with Jacqui, her furbabies and her friends. I was also very inspired, and have come home with one or two ideas for paintings, like this:
This was taken on top of a mountains, with others in the range in the distance, and some Tamarisk in front. I just love the wildness of this place!
About an hour from here is the place where they filmed the Spaghetti Westerns, and you can see why!
Since I got back I have been painting, and finishing off other paintings, and have some to show you.
These are all ones I planned in my sketch book when my shoulder was healing – I am so glad I was able to plan so much because it has made all the difference with the body of work I need to get ready for the summer exhibitions.
I have really enjoyed doing this paintings, and I will be starting new ones next week. I will also have to upload and edit my book ready for printing a proof copy, so I have a full week ahead. Never a dull moment!
I’ll be back with more news soon…
Ah….a hint of Spring is lifting my spirits, and enabling a speedy recovery from my shoulder injury. It has been over 4 weeks since it happened, and its only this last 6 days that I have been able to get back to the easel comfortably and get on with my newly planned paintings.
Here are the results!
The first one, Where We Walked VII, is one from I started from scratch last week, and the one on the right was started before my shoulder injury, so I’m happy to get it finished. The great news is that these 2 paintings along with 2 others are now in a gallery that is newly representing me – The Hunter Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk UK. I’m really happy to have been accepted to have my artworks with them as it now means my work can be seen in 3 places in East Anglia. I will be keeping it at 3 galleries, so I can concentrate on delivering high quality work for their clients.
I had a meeting last night with my fellow artists for Suffolk Open Studios. There will be 3 of us at Hackney Road Studio for all the weekends in June 2016. We are getting ready to open our doors on Saturday June 4th. We’re really looking forward to it as you’ll be able to see some works in progress and chat to us about what we do and how we do it. There is also a beautiful garden to sit and enjoy the sunshine with a cuppa too. Here is our little poster, so you can save the date!
Back soon with more news
Well, the big news is that I have injured my shoulder..bad news is that it hurts a lot, but the good news is that its my non-dominant arm that is affected. However, I can’t sit at the easel to paint, and I have trouble opening tubes of paint and setting up stuff, so I’ve had to refrain from working in the studio. Boo!
I am a lucky person though because I have a wonderful friend who is also a fellow artist, and she has been picking me up and taking me round her’s for tea, chat, and some painting. The best I can manage is sketching with a pencil and my favourite watercolour pans set. It is a set I put together myself with all the colours that light my fire and that are inspiring for acrylic paintings.
So over the last week, I have proved that having an injured shoulder (and taking some wonderful painkillers) doesn’t stop me from planning and sketching out ideas. In fact, if I hadn’t had this enforced rest I probably wouldn’t have decided to work solely on 2 series of paintings for the summer exhibitions.
Sometimes we forget to be still and let ourselves be a conduit
for the creative force in the universe…
Here are some of my favourite results of this sketching and planning period:
The week before my injury, I did finish a new acrylic, and I’m proud to share it with you now:
I am also pleased to report that the studio sale went well, and some lovely customers were very happy with their bargains! I don’t have painting sales very often, but during the Suffolk Open Studios event this year, all of us in Hackney Road Studios will have a few pieces on a ‘sale wall’, as well as showcasing new work, prints, cards and more, so if you’re in the area, we’d be pleased to see you.
Right, I’m off to rest my weary body, and I’ll be back with more news soon!
Mental Health is something that is very close to my heart. Some of my dearest family members have experienced mental health issues. Severe depression has affected both my husband’s family, (including anorexia nervosa) and my family alike. I have also suffered from depression for most of my life (now medicated long term). Because this subject is so personal, I decided to take part in a themed exhibition at the Freudian Sheep Gallery in Ipswich, which focuses on issues and perspectives around mental health. The exhibition is called MAD? and runs from Feb 13th – March 4th 2016.
Interpretation of the title and the theme is left up to the artist, so I decided to digress from my normal style and use a different technique to explore where individuals lie on the mental health continuum. I painted images that reflected the lighter end of the continuum where people are labeled ‘quirky’, ‘kooky’ or ‘eccentric'(see the painting ‘Kooky Bird’). These people manage to still remain part of society but often present as people who are ‘different from the norm’. They also manage to surround themselves with people who accept and understand them (see the painting ‘Kooky Bird & Friends’). These people can be fragile and it may not take much to unbalance them (see the painting ‘Balancing Act II’).
Here are the paintings:
The paintings are acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, ranging from 24 x 18″ to 30 x 24″ and will be available for sale at the Freudian Sheep Gallery.
I painted them using ‘negative painting’ in 2 layers where I painted the colours on the canvas first, then marked out my design, and filled in the negative shape with a warm neutral grey. I used a painting knife to apply the bright colours to give a more random appearance to the birds. I am quite pleased with the result, and so far people have said they love them where I have shared them on social media.
Next week I will be back in the studio preparing for other upcoming exhibitions, and getting back to my contemporary landscapes. I will, however, be using the painting knife more.