Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Sardines and Beer!

Good day!

In April I had the opportunity to be a part of the Sardines and Beer a quirky title given to this short weekend run exhibition in Norwich. The gallery Thirteen a, is said to be the smallest running gallery in the area and is situated in close proximity to Anglia Square - a short distance from the quaint city centre.

The event was run by EM-UR-UN a collaborative art group. Sardines and Beer drew in a good number of participating artists from the surrounding area.The event was organised on a first come basis...where no particular art theme as such was applied. The art hung in a random unthemed style with no structure sequence as such...The main idea being the visitors entering the gallery space would experience an immersive overload, due to the eclectic mix of artworks in a range of styles themes and mediums.

Below a range of images from the event

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Preparations!.....drawing nearer to Espacio Gallery, Flourish exhibition, in Shoreditch.

Good day!..... a view from behind the scenes!...

Final piece of work nearing completion, spent time in Beccles frame shop getting mounts and frames for work here I try out which size frame works best!
Perparing frame....clean glass essential!

Keeping mount spotlessly clean

Adding watercolour image

Sealing in the work for protection.

Watercolour work layer upon layer of glazes
trying to get shadows right

Nearly there still needs working on....

All the colours of the Rainforest! the works focus on Symbiosis
and Phototropism series

Nearly finished

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Up and coming Flourish exhibition progression ..........

Continuing with works toward The Flourish exhibition in May.

Also at the moment deciding on what mounts and frames to display the work............

Here are images of Rainforest Peace Lilly- Spathiphyllum) it’s a  plant with air-purifying qualities.

I used watercolour and acrylic wash mediums for this work.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Up and Coming Flourish Exhibition in conjunction with the Chelsea Fringe festival in London

Flourish Exhibition -  part of The Amazon Rainforest series

I go to nature to be soothed and healed and have my senses put in order..........John Burrows apt response has resonance here.

New works recently finished for the Espacio Gallery Flourish exhibition in May which will be running in conjunction with the Chelsea Fringe festival works in watercolour are a response to conservation issues within the Rain forests of Amazonia I endeavour to depict the natural beauty and diversity found in these forests.

Vibrancy of colours, intricate found in the Rainforests

The exhibition is a group show following the theme of nature - the term flourish conjuring up a sense of organic growth and matter within plants, flowers, trees etc.
I will be exhibiting recent watercolour paintings including large and small scale images. These works part of an ongoing series titled 'Natures Gems' concerned with conservation of ecosystems -The works are are informed by and based on the natural habitat found within the Amazon rainforests, through these dynamic colourful works I hope to encourage the viewer to engage with the diversity and wonder of the natural world and consider our response toward protecting these vital ecosystems on our planet.

Here is the progression step by step detail of one particular watercolour Bird of Paradise that I am working on, the photo source image was taken of plants whilst I was  visiting the Eden Project UK

E.B White's words have some significance in these times....................." I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good- Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission, we would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to the planet - and view it appreciatively...........(taken from Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, 1960s)

Event: 'Flourish' Exhibition
Dates: May 16, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Venue: Espacio Gallery, 15 Bethnal Green Road, London. E2 7DG

Thursday, 2 February 2017

"Art, Undeniably, is conductive to happiness." unknown (1)

Good morning!

Recently I was reflecting on the diversity of mediums that can be used in order to create work and how through inspiration of experiences being stirred - and a specific medium chosen - in partnership together become instrumental in the creation of an art work. 

I enjoy the process of finding a way to visually express a moment or experience that has in some way caught the attention of my imagination .......

Below are a collection of print works produced; mainly inspired by nature and a project I was working on with the World Land Trust in 2013 my work is also influenced by the local marsh land in Suffolk ; along with studies of the human figure  - The main print techniques I explore are Linocuts, etching, and collagraph works.

Studies of Hares etching
Shadow Boxing collagraph

Song Thrush etching

Bumble Bee etching

Shoreline impression from collagraph

Urban Traces I collagraph and watercolour

Urban Traces II -collagraph and watercolour

Urban Traces Series-collagraph and watercolour

Walney Island -linocut

Home to Roost I - linocut

Fabulous Mr Fox- linocut

Home to Roost II - linocut

Eastern Sun Rising - collagraph

"If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses preceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." Paul Cezanne (2) (1-2)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Creative Arts a new Wix website.

Continuing with this blog affords intermittent moments when glimpses of the directions of creativity taken seem to come into focus. Unconscious fragments appear revealing themselves though images...

New website with a collection of art works can be found below at ....

Try to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 13 January 2017

Exploration of ideas informed by nature worked into creative images

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams (1)

Exploring playing with and developing ideas...

Last Autumn I was working on a water colour image - having been Inspired by the abundance of sunflowers that seemed to be everywhere,  I decided to combined a portrait head and shoulders of Botticelli's Birth of Venus image, with the poem Ahh Sunflowers by  William Blake - I then incorporated the ideas into the portrait of Venus surrounded by sunflowers resulting in the image below ....I enjoy the idea of creating work that involves nature  - the natural environment and humanity in sync one with the other.

Later I then started thinking of using the image as a print design for cushion cover this resulted with a cushion embossed with the image on it... 

Toward the end of last year some original works I had produced in 2016 have now been made into giclee prints - such as those below....The Rainforest images were part of a series of works inspired by the natural beauty and a celebration of the abundance of life found deep in these forests. I am conscious of the effects of man upon the natural environment and those ensuing effects- causing fragility to ecosystems, which future generations are dependant upon. 

Original Rainforest image part of giclee collection

Rainforest image now part of giclee

Original Rainforest now part of giclee collection

Original image now part of giclee collection

Original Rainforest- now part of giclee 's

The portrait works were developed out of ideas emerging from a the theme based exhibition YUM! in 2016 - held at the Freudian Sheep Gallery Ipswich.   

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

The original images exhibited at the gallery

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
— John Muir (3)

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