Wednesday, 9 August 2017

George Monbiot the natural world and perceptions of it through art...

'Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you'.  Native American (Huron) Proverb

'Life words that keep us from falling off into abstract space'. (1) George Monbiot

Good day and welcome! I have just finished reading an article by George Monbiot 'Forget the environment ; we  need new words to convey life's wonders'  Brilliantly presented, articulate and vibrant. It encourages us to reconnect with the natural world by firstly considering the verbal jargon and dialogue presently being used. By touching on how a disconnection has occurred through contemporary language being used to describe the natural world. This alienating disconnect of words such as 'environment' rather than 'living planet' or 'natural world' ...Robert Macfarlane mentions how even the new Children's Oxford Dictionary has omitted words such as acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, lark, mistletoe, cowslip, dandelion, fern, hazel, ivy, kingfisher and the likes for more 'relevant' words such as... attachment , blockgraph,  blog, broadband, celebrity.....cut and paste... Revealing to an extent  how disconnected from the natural world via words and language contemporary societies have become....All in just a couple of generations....This sits uneasily. Sobering quotes such as ' If an acorn goes from the lexicon,the game is up for the nature in England' (Cocker). Making one think again about the future existence of planet earth.

Such articles
challenge as ensuing debates from round the planet continue concerning climate change is a debate I frequently revisit and try to comprehend through reading and making recent works I describe nature as the 'natural 'environment'...maybe revealing my own disconnect to the world outside my window...maybe there will be a continual revising/reshaping of my understanding and the need to deliberate and reconnect to the living planet.

Altered Perceptions Series

Birds are indicators of the environment, if they are in trouble, we will soon be in trouble

(2) Roger Tory Peterson

A recent series of mixed media images, Altered Perceptions, depicts elements of the natural world set in an immersive 'abstracted' context. I use the phrase, "Human kind we are but one thread" in order to illuminate the issues faced on planet earth... aware of what we are leaving for future generations to inherit... The work is very 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 scratching and writing with gold leaf for an expressive image.

Today's massive loss of species and habitat will be slowed only when the human community understands that nature is not an inferior to be exploited or an enemy to be destroyed but an ally requiring respect and replenishment.  We are part of the web of life.  Many strands already have broken.  We must act quickly to repair what we can.  Our lives and livelihood depend on it.  United Nations Environment Programme

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

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)