Monday, 28 August 2017

Art ideas

    Keep your faith in all beautiful things. In the sun when it is hidden. In the spring when it is gone.”
— Roy Rolfe Gilson  (ref below)

Good day! recently I have been working on building up a series of works on various plants growing in the rainforests. In this series I focus on how plants grow towards the sunlight -phototropism - here are some step by step development...also my attempts to explore the light and shadows around the plant exploring form, texture, patterns ... these learning curves, are part of developing techniques and skills... 

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, part of the natural world and competent to belong in it.”
— Wallace Stegner (ref at end of this blog)

Step by step in nature

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”

— Natalie Angier (Ref for all quotes  found at end of this blog)

“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
— Terry Tempest Williams (ref at end)

Good day! recently I have been working on building up a series of works on various plants growing in the rainforests. In this series I focus on how plants grow towards the sunlight -phototropism - here are some step by step development...also my attempts to explore the light and shadows around the plant... these learning curves are part of developing techniques and skills... 

                  "One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
— G.K. Chesterton (ref at end)

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

— Galileo Galilei(ref at end)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Exploring colour -“Generally speaking, colour directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” ~ Wassily Kandinsky (ref Below)

Good day, recently I have been experimenting with various techniques- using mixed mediums, endeavouring to explore colour, by combining contrasting colours and applying paint in an energetic way using various techniques .

Below are A Series of mixed media images. Through Altered Perceptions, I aim to depict elements of the natural world set in an immersive 'abstracted' context. The phrase, "Human kind we are but one thread" . The work is experimental in approach, I use contrasting vibrant colours onto a back ground of ultramarine blue, I drip, scratch, scrape, splash acrylic paint onto the paper before adding collage materials - which represent various birds. Finally by scratching and writing with oil pastel and gold leaf for an explorative image.

“I applied streaks and blobs of colours onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could…”
“Colour provokes a psychic vibration. Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.”~ Wassily Kandinsky (Ref below)

“One who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one color with another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinite variety of images.” ~ Sonia Delaunay (ref below)

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-RE-UN a collaborative arts 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