Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
At last the weather has given us some sunshine and the Spring flowers are out in force. I felt inspired to make some more gift bags to go with a Spring window dressing that I am going to do in the gallery tomorrow.
I have been doing work in sketchbooks and doing small projects, such as the gift bags, fitted in between a major turn out of my studio. At the moment, my main working area is covered in stuff, pulled out from all the shelves that I have to sort through, to see whether they are worth keeping or not! So it will be a little while until it is clear enough to do some proper artwork!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Last week I went into Wells, with my friend Joanne, for a course entitled 'Holiday Journals and Sketchbooks'. It took place in the Heritage Courtyard Studios and Gallery with tutor, Elizabeth Hand. We were a select group of five, with the course being held in the middle of an exhibition space which was very handy! We could look and get inspired by the exhibition called 'Surface'. There were some exciting works on show, including some by our tutor, as well as other well known local artists. One of Elizabeth's pieces is shown directly above. Here work has a highly textured and tactile surface that makes you want to touch it!
As well as being in the studio, learning some techniques, making our own sketchbooks and practising, we were let loose on picturesque Wells, to sketch and photograph whatever we wanted, for our journals. There is much history and interesting places in the city, including the wonderful cathedral - see above middle pic and the Vicars' Close, which is claimed to be the oldest, purely residential street, with numerous Grade 1 listed buildings, surviving in tact in Europe - top right photograph.
At the end of the day, all that we had produced was laid out on the tables for us to view and comment on - see pics above. Everybody had worked extremely hard with wonderful results. Joanne and I really enjoyed the course and found the time just whizzed by - a sign of having fun!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
When I am not sure what to do next, I make some cards! The 'Happy Birthday' card with the grumpy looking fish is for my grandson. I hope he likes it! When you need to paint the background for one card, you might as well cut it up and make four collaged cards...
Lately, I have been looking at pop art and the work of Jasper Johns and Peter Blake. This reminded me that my favourite motif from that era is the target, so with the help of punches, I have started using it in my cards.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Today is Mothering Sunday and I am meeting my parents for lunch. This is the card I have made for my special mother. The background was part of some experimental acrylic painting on top of black gesso. The flowers and tree were collaged on, and to blend them into the background I used watercolour paints. I then added stick-on lettering and spray varnished it before mounting on A5 cream card stock.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
For the latest window dressing at the One Craft Gallery, we have majored on the art we sell. Many of our customers come in looking at the textiles, ceramics, glasswork, woodwork and jewellery, often for gifts, and forget that we also sell wall art!
I have used one of my favourite phrases, 'every picture tells a story' in vintage lexicon letters pegged onto string, to set the scene. The phrase 'each picture told a story' was first used in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre in 1847, and then emerged as the words I used, in the Daily Mail in 1904!
Caroline and I then used white cubes to create frames for pictures, prints and cards, some of which were mounted on miniature easels. We finished our display with some white empty picture frames...
Monday, February 26, 2018
Angela Morley, horticulturist, designer and artist has a solo exhibition at ACE Arts in Somerton until the 10th March. It is a celebration of willow and woodland materials and as Angela says,"'For me this exhibition is about showing people the close-up details of the wonders of nature. I’ve used lots of different materials such as fine grass heads and downy thistles, lots of different textures and buds and even peacock feathers. All my work is about opening people’s eyes to the beauty of nature and I hope that if people can see how beautiful it is they will be able to respect it more."
I visited the show with my friend Joanne, pictured above right. The floor of the beautiful exhibition space was filled with five large wigwam-like willow forms which provided exciting enclosed spaces for 'taking refuge'. They had a metal frame for stability and people were invited to try one of them out - see above left pic. It was an exhibition of lovely organic shapes, natural textures and exquisite forms. Well worth a visit!