Friday, 24 June 2022

Power Of Objects

 The Director of the Norris Museum in St Ives came to visit my pop-up gallery yesterday because she had been interested by my use of objects to make paintings about family life. 

There is a beautiful contemporary art gallery within the museum and she felt I could be a good fit to display my paintings and installations there. She seemed to like what she saw and (fingers crossed) I might get an exhibition there next year (or even the year after when I turn eighty!)

Monday, 20 June 2022

Ruminating In The Rain

 One of my visitors remarked that he liked my word 'ruminating' when I was describing how I worked   over a long period before starting a new painting. This was in answer to a question about my methods of developing a  piece of work.

It poured with rain on Saturday during my 'Artist At Home' event (though that must have been better than the heatwave on Friday!) but I still had some interesting people call in, keen to find out about my paintings.

Monday, 13 June 2022

I'm Home

 I've been getting ready for my 'Artist At Home ' event recently. This takes place next weekend (the poster is on Instagram) from 12pm - 4pm as part of the Ely Arts Festival.

I haven't tided the studio because I believe visitors should see it just as it is, but I will sweep the floor in the garden gallery before Saturday. I've also been experimenting with different locations for the new paintings which have been framed, as I need to be sure they won't get knocked over in the crush!

Hope to see you there if you are visiting Ely.

Monday, 6 June 2022

Hurrah For The Jubilee!

 Yesterday I led Ely's jubilee parade  in my 1931 Morris Minor. I was relieved that the car started and even happier that it didn't break down during the proceedings. There was also a worry that my lone windscreen wiper might not work, but luckily the rain held off.

You can see the video on my latest Instagram post.

Without being to obvious I hope it will advertise my latest openings as part of Ely Arts Festival and Cambridge Open studios, where the car will take centre stage - complete with  bunting!

Monday, 30 May 2022

Shades Of Grey

 Two of my latest paintings have just come back from being framed, ready for the Ely Arts Festival and Cambridge Open Studios events. You can see both on my latest Facebook and Instagram posts.

'Memento Mori' was always going to have a black frame, though I did wonder whether it should be shiny, rather like a Chinese lacquered cabinet?

'Eggheads' came back with a darker grey frame then you see  now. I felt it was too dark and asked for it to be lightened.

I always work on the truism, ' If you notice the frame before the picture then it is probably too strong'

Monday, 23 May 2022

In Need Of A Plan

 I woke at 5am last Saturday  wondering what I was going to do to my current painting 'Dreamtime' while I was working  at Haddenham Arts Centre as their Artist in Residence, later that day.

In truth I had got a bit stuck (this is normal and doesn't matter unless you are appearing in front of lots of people!) and wasn't sure where to go next.

I decided to stay calm and really THINK what I would physically do - as I knew I couldn't just stand there  for six hours! 

Having painted the disintegrating theatres over the top of the landscape, the next step was to    make the background more integrated.  I started the day by working on top of a large pencil sketch (based on drawings and photographs of my cycle ride to Wicken Fen). This helped to calm my nerves but also reacquaint me with this part of the design. 

By the end of the day I was beginning to feel more in control again. Phew!

Monday, 16 May 2022

Imposter Syndrome

Recently I 've returned to  preliminary canvases to work out how to portray the animals in my current painting 'DREAMTIME'.

Currently,   I'm going to make them tones of one colour, possibly yellow. I did try blue but felt it was too bigger contrast to the rest of the picture.

I'm trying to get this stage sorted before I set up a  studio at Haddenham Arts Centre ready for Saturday. I don't want to appear clueless while trying to look like the Artist in Residence.

My pop-up studio  is there for a week and I'll be working  on both Saturdays.