Friday, 27 March 2020

Garden Party

Last Friday we gave a 'Lockdown 'party in the garden for our immediate neighbours. Everyone brought their own glasses and we all kept well apart. It was also an excuse to show off my new garden gallery (only one person at a time as it's not big) before it is requisitioned for more practical purposes like storing essentials etc.  My latest paintings and related objects were on view.
We all drank each others health and it felt like the night before the war.

Friday, 20 March 2020

In Lock Down

What a difference a week makes! Not only is Open Studios postponed for a year but I will have to delay the opening of Ted Coney's Family Portraits until life becomes more normal again.
Just to get  our priorities right, Hazel and I rushed out to buy more canvases to keep us painting during the long haul.  I know I should have been buying toilet rolls - as I do use rather alot of them in my painting for blotting, rubbing and cleaning.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Full Circle

Twenty six years ago was the last time I took part in the Cambridge Open Studio scheme, having tried it first ten years earlier when artists just opened their homes on a random basis.
I have decided, as well as doing the tours,to open part of our home again this year during July . This is because I have  a regular supply of preliminary studies available (which sell better when visitors see the finished paintings as well) but also with our new garden gallery open, there is more to explore downstairs, besides the studio.
My Open Studio page is up and running on their website. Just type in 'Cambridge Open Studios' and write in my name.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Opening Soon - Hopefully

As you can see from my NEWS page, Ted Coney's Family Portraits reopens for a new season on Sunday 19th April. You can book a tour from 1st April and I just hope the spread of Coronavirus doesn't stop the event going ahead.
Ever the optimist, plans for getting the displays ready continue. Last Saturday we put up the new display cabinet in the garden gallery and I've already started arranging the objects in there.
It felt good to get out the knitted boats made by Julia and put them near the painting they appear in,
'If The Boats Come In'

Friday, 28 February 2020

Makes Sense

I'e recently been to see an interesting exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Entitled
'Feast and Fast', it discusses the art of food in Europe from 1500 - 1800.
I'd already got a vague notion about a painting I want to do in the future based on a cabinet of curiosities using  objects chosen by members of my family to represent them. The Fiztwilliam show gave me an idea to develop this further.
I came across a piece of work which used the five senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
The idea of linking each object to one of the senses could help to define them  and give  more meaning.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Send In The Clowns

I've been experimenting with  ideas for my next painting about brothers,
using the three types of clown faces - Auguste, Whiteface and Character to represent us.
 Continuing the images into the next two generations I intend to gradually divide the faces up to suggest how the genes continue, but in different ways.
I photocopied the three different clowns several times, cutting  up and rearranging them  in formal and informal ways.
My next experiment will be to draw the faces in angled mirrors. I hope to acquire some masks   as having 3D images should make it more interesting.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Wheels On My Wagon

My 1931 Morris Minor is just back from having it's M.O.T. (it passed!) It also had a new coil and plugs replaced. While in the garage the Morris's spoke wheels were sandblasted and painted and the tyres replaced.
The car is an important part of my collection and a great favourite when shown on the
Ted Coneys Family Portraits tours and is now ready for the reopening in April.
 It appears in many of the paintings including my latest one 'Who Stole The Toothpaste?' which you can see on the NEWS AND REVIEWS page.
There are lots of pictures of the car in the photographic section of my Facebook page.