Wednesday, 28 January 2015

veil / breath

I'm working on an ongoing series of artist books. These books have painting as their focus, using my sketchbooks as a starting point. My interest is in creating small series/sequences of paintings that work together and become visual poems within a book. The books have no words, except for the title and my signature.

Here I am explaining some of the process - how I made the first book in this series, a book titled 'veil / breath'.

So, to begin I made many small paintings exploring a particular palette and mood. At the start there was no set title, but as I worked so words came to mind and I followed them, listening out to whispers almost, feeling about for a pattern within the shapes and patterns I was making on paper.... Eventually, after some working and decision-making eight small paintings came together.

The construction of the book itself:  after considering folding formats I opted instead for a more traditional look - a single signature of heavy paper with tracing paper between pages.

The tracing paper has two purposes: a practical one protecting the paintings and another, creating a veil, a whisper or a pause, a breath between the paintings. I remember too looking at art books in the library, many years ago, when there would be special colour plates showing paintings and there would be fine tracing-like paper covering the pictures, so that you had to lift the fine paper to see the picture properly....

the book opens and there is a piece of mirror card - so that the book's reader is invited in, yet in a veiled kind of way..... What I am exploring in the book (and in much of my work now) is how we see figures within abstract shapes and how abstract shapes can become figures.... here you see my distorted hand holding a camera taking the photo.

cover: dyed/stained heavy calico fabric over card, with soft spine

another view of the book when open.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. sharonbeach4, 2. ZW, 3. Digital, 4. A new large sized drawing on linen panel. Finished and soon to be in the shop..., 5. Untitled, 6. fly past, 7. bob op een envelop, 8. ghost[ed.] preparation (c), 9. Jungle star in summer, 10. hanging to dry, 11. Jan 22/15, 12. Death Of A Saint., 13. Untitled, 14. Immer aufgeräumt, meine Freundin, die Architektin und Künstlerin, 15. Winter bloom, 16. _DSC0778, 17. vagues dans le champ, 18. BREATHING ARTIFACT, 19. echo, 20. #cutandpaste #paperart  #collage #handmadecollage #collageart #scissors #vintage #srgarcia #dailycollage

Hello, last Monday of January, we are getting through colder days..... today was damp and mild, with moments of sunshine. Thanks to my Flickr contacts for their inspiring images featured in this week's mosaic - do follow links to discover more.

I've started this week with a personal challenge: to create a series of artist books over the next six days or so. I hope to share some of my process here and show you the books, once completed. I have ideas and starting points, and am exploring ideas evolving from my sketchbooks.

Have a good start to your week. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sketchbook Sunday

Some of the pages made this week.

In other news - I came across a video featuring work by the 20th C. sculptor Jean Tinguely. Here is an artist that has fascinated me for a long time. This is quite a moving video (sorry bad pun). I find some of his sculptures say so much about life now as they did when he made them. Anyway, take a look.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

thank you

Interior with figure (plant)

many thanks to everyone who has visited my shop since I updated yesterday - much appreciated. Working away at what I do each day, I am never certain about my work and it is reassuring indeed to know that others can enjoy and connect. A sunny day here, it is cold but bright and walking back from the post office I could hear the birds calling and singing to each - for a moment I allowed myself to believe spring is just a few weeks away!

Hope to share more with you soon. Over the next few days I'll be busy working in my sketchbooks, catching up with some writing projects and more.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

new works

a look at just a few of the new works coming to my shop tomorrow afternoon - there will be a completely new look to my shop with a wide selection of artwork

figure in interior
figure in interior- acrylics on linen (on card)

a pot of spring flowers - acrylics on linen (on card)

tiptoe - a smaller work - acrylics on paper

curtsey - gouache sketch on paper

Monday, 19 January 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. app. horse 1/18/15, 2. What is behind your back _62x97 cm, 3. 'float' scarf / 2, 4. Untitled, 5. a nocturne, 6. Song Thrush, 7. wip, 8. acua-tinta - 2015 - 28, 9. #dailyproject, 10. Nest, 11. Desktop, 12. IMG_14289999374777, 13. renovation art 42nd & 3rd, 14. Flowers for you, to warm January blues, 15. Whitechapel, 16. lone, 17. 🎨, 18. napkin sketch, 19. WHEN WE COME TO DIE, 20. La luce di un lampione

A happy Monday to you - and thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please do follow links to discover more about each image. Always a pleasure to see the photos of my Flickr contacts. Such a diverse mix. I am always looking out for art, craft and image-making of all kinds that is authentic and different. Though I am not in a position right now to invest in buying very much at all, I do think it is important to see the work of other artists and to know what interests me. So there you go....

This week is a busy one for me, as always - my shop will be updated on Wednesday (I expect early afternoon will be the time it is all ready and goes 'live'). I'm quietly happy with the work that I have made over the past few weeks and my hope is you may enjoy taking a look.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

new work


acrylics on linen (on card) 25cm x 19.5cm

the daffodils are a starting point here, moving shapes, finding light and dark. Spotlights, or folded paper shapes perhaps...

I am one week away from updating my shop. So at this stage I am still working on new artwork, deciding what may be included.... I'll be making my final selections next Monday and Tuesday. As I suggested on Monday, I've changed my approach slightly this year, so that I give myself more time to work on a wider range of paintings, drawings etc.. What I wish to aim toward is offering a fresh new selection of work each month - a selection that fits together and tells you something of my latest obsessions, thinking. More than anything I wish to offer artwork you may enjoy. So here's hoping - and onward, as I continue to paint and explore new and familiar....

Monday, 12 January 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday 

1. ., 2. A whispering downrush of white, 3. arbutus unedo dyeing, 4. Untitled, 5. House with big tree, 6. Jan 11/15, 7. 93p02 cropped, 8. Wall, 9. this was the most dangerous time, 10. winter catwalk, 11. Night falls in Amsterdam., 12. Madonna della Misericordia - sorry Renaissance Masters, I couldn't resist, 13. Untitled, 14. Carlos Fossatti - Xilografía, 15. Moleskine doodle, 16. Untitled, 17. Purple flowers in vase, by Catie - DSC08342, 18. Untitled, 19. Untitled, 20. mazizimatstorm2

Happy Monday - a dark and damp start to another January week here - my main 'defense' for getting through these dark days is painting spring flowers and using colour, what is yours? Many thanks to all the artists, makers and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more. Aways a pleasure to look through the photos over at Flickr.

This week I am, yes, painting spring flowers and other things besides. I am working toward my next shop update which is a week on Wednesday - that's 21st of January. Until then I hope to share some of the new work I am making. Meanwhile, I posted some new writing over at nevering yesterday. I am trying to make more time for writing this year as I need/want to complete a book-length work.

Debra asked me to say a little more about my working day. Most mornings, Monday to Saturday, I spend time working in my sketchbooks and moving between various visual projects. I usually work until at least one, one thirty and then have a late lunch. Any blogging, editing photos etc.. usually gets done in my after-lunch time. Evenings are sometimes spent catching up with emails.

I have come to accept that some mornings will be more satisfying than others, and there will be days when a morning's work will add up to little-to-show-for-it. Other days will be a lot happier and fruitful. That is just the way it goes, working creatively, and it is pointless setting oneself targets that cannot be met, or making projects up that put the artist under pressure that is not positive but makes her unhappy or depressed. I know that looking back over several weeks, I will see a pattern of hits and misses, and not-quites. All the work I make is kept, just about, though a few things can be binned immediately if they really don't feel right - but I tend to hold on to things and then put them away and look again. It is easy to fall in love with the latest thing and disregard the ideas from yesterday or last week - so I like to see things not as daily achievement but look back over a month and then consider.

This is one of the reasons why I am now focusing on a monthly shop update. I like to be able to look over the work I have made, over the past few weeks, and contemplate again. Then I can see what I feel is my best work and how it fits together.

I'll show more about process and how I approach ideas - in the weeks ahead. Now I am contemplating the rainy weather, and wondering if we have a working umbrella in the house. Have good start to your week.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

new work

I am always a little hesitant when sharing new work - perhaps I want to keep it all to myself, or at least keep new work and ideas to myself for just a little longer.... But sharing my work is a vital stage of it all, yes. And I am pleased to receive your response. If you follow me over at Flickr or Instagram, then you will have been seeing a flavour of recent works/ideas. There are several different ideas moving around from sketchbook pages to different individual works, paintings. I'm working on still life paintings and abstracted figure paintings. And some of these are a little of both. Some are more toward abstraction, others are more traditional or figurative in approach. But what I see are layers and I work at the layers until I feel it is time to stop. Paint, the matter of paint, the echoes of layers, remembering the colours and shapes of paintings I have seen maybe years ago....

My recent paintings are about historical painting but are not attempts at reproducing the past - they are a response to it, in ways. This will make more sense when I share more (perhaps) and if you have been reading here for a while - but for now here are two smaller paintings:

smaller painting - daffodils

 a smaller portrait

smaller portrait

Monday, 5 January 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday! aaa

1. #Painting reflects #nature #intuitive  #spontaneous #ink #process #art #creativity #instaart #artdaily, 2. the crows foraging, 3. Cerchi, 4. Untitled, 5. still life with bird dec 14, 6. More patchwork for a quilt, 7. P1070863, 8. tangled, 9. La Butaca, 10. narcissus, 11. 1675, 12. Cadmium Yellow - Colour Collective, 13. riffs, 14. Stinchar Hills, 15. So, when I decided to do custom portraits I told myself "no pets" for a variety of reasons. Then a friend asks me to stitch a portrait of her boyfriend's cats. "Sure!" I say. Then, while I'm working on said cats I told another friend, "No more pets... Unt, 16. wear, 17. Pollard Tree, 18. untitled number 5, 19. Trame. Emilio Nanni, 20. 1DSC_0005, 21. Omaggio a me stessa #Trieste e ricordatevi che @eletubaro è una perditempo anche se non esiste ma si manifesta inspiegabilmente e imprevedibilmente se viene fortemente evocata da astenuti perditempo, 22. fantasy bug, 23. The lion sleeps no more, 24. January 2nd & 3rd - I painted in my art journal both days. Three days in a row. Proud of myself! Also proud that I pushed myself to use colours that I don't normally use (grey, lavender, orange). I don't love the paintings I have done so far this year, bu, 25. ., 26. Cold and frosty morning, 27. Untitled, 28. coral spot fungus, 29. Tim Lowly, 30. margaret cameron

It's mosaic Monday all over again - yes I have moved my almost-quite-often-weekly mosaic feature back to the Monday slot. Many thanks to all the photographers and artists featured in this mosaic featuring just some of the images that caught my eye recently, over at Flickr.

Hello first Monday in January - it is now dark and chilly here. I have spent the day in my tiny studio space working on my sketchbooks and a few new paintings. Today I worked on a still life painting with tiny star white narcissus. I have a small bunch of these flowers in our living room and the scent is gentle, like a vibration. Rarely do I work from life, so I look and then I paint and once I have finished I look again.

I'm working toward a shop update and that is a few weeks away on Wednesday 21st. These several days ahead will be spent working with paint, a little stitch and other media too.

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

sketchbook Sunday

A happy new year to you - this is always a slightly strange time for me, feeling rather anxious and excited about the months ahead, after all a new year is in some ways an artificial new beginning, isn't it? The last few months of 2014 were very interesting for me, making some decisions on what I did and did not want to explore for a while.

So, the year ahead for me is going to be very much sketchbook-focused -  sketchbooks as my 'homeground', my centre point and way forward. From my sketchbooks will, I hope, evolve further paintings and other works in different media - and writing too. (There will also be a series of printed postcards to collect - but more on that later.)

So I am bringing back a few 'old favourites' for this blog in 2015. Sketchbook Sunday returns, where I will share a selection, not all, but a selection of recent sketchbook pages. And on Monday, mosaic Monday returns! There's more news to come over the weeks ahead. But for now let me share with you some recent sketchbook works. I continued to work in my sketchbooks over the holiday period, I felt the need to continue to work at least a little each day and enjoyed the process and challenge of pushing paint around the page. I don't wish to give too much dialogue to the pages themselves. Though the shapes may seem abstracted, 'simple' in some ways, they evolved over many layers and many decisions, accidents and chance-taking. The pages in the small books I work within often get stuck together and very heavy with paint. I hope you find some interesting textures and stories here.