Monday, 27 June 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Untitled, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Bishopthorpe, 5. collage982, 6. Rhyd Ddu, 7. printmaking-064, 8. :-), 9. Untitled, 10. . hush baby ., 11. Met a turtle in my painting travels. A happy turtle who came and sat next to me , chewing away in the shade. #mountlycabettus #contemporary art #painting #acrylics #turtle #Greece, 12. Adagio - Slight movement of blue plastic, 13. 1 June 2016, 14. Untitled, 15. Party, 16. t h o r n s, 17. A fragile clarity - 10" X 10" on linen (based on a vintage Helmut Newton photograph) #embroidery #embroideryart #contemporaryembroidery #bordado #broderie, 18. Lille, Wazemmes, les carreaux de l’usine sont toujours mal lavés, 19. 2016 - recherches carnet -  #art #sketch #sketchbook #portrait #demoiselledavignon #drawing #wedding #oilpainting #oil #painting #group #green #sick #crazy #face #illustration #experiment #modernart #contemporaryart, 20. Untitled

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Hello again, last Monday of June - and a typical English summer's day here: sunny, breezy, with moody cloud on the horizon.... thanks to my Flickr contacts for the images featured in this week's mosaic.

Now, I have seldom mentioned world events or politics here - and I want to keep this space focused. But I do want to say I share the concerns of many people, about the near and long-term future. These concerns are deeply felt. It's my choice to be focused here on my art work and my creative world - so I want to keep this blog very much as it has been. I want you to visit here to find a space that may enliven, cheer and inspire. We need art - we really do need art - always and forever.

So, this week I am not updating my shop - I am busy working on new ideas and continuing quietly with ongoing projects. Later this week I hope to find time to share some images from/of my sketchbooks, and write a little more about them.

My next shop update will be July 6th - I'll be updating twice in July and once in August. I am already thinking ahead to autumn ideas and events. I am grateful to be so busy and thank you very much to everyone who had purchased artwork from me recently - really much appreciated.

Have a good week - more soon.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

new work

I've just added the first selection from my 'between trees' series of gouache small works to my shop.... (Several have already sold, many thanks always). This series explores abstracted figures in woodland. Inspiration for this series comes from my own local woodland walks - I am fortunate to live less than ten minutes away from a large open space with wooded areas, open to the public. It can be very quiet and then suddenly I'll see people walking, people taking their dogs for a walk, runners and cyclists, children playing. I've also been inspired by looking again at some past artists such as Munch, Nolde and others; their interest in expressive colour and abstracting the figure is something I come back to and re-consider. Of course my own approach is quite idiosyncratic - in that I work on a small scale and so on.... I like to see a series of works as just that - they may work singly or grouped however which way....


tryst - gouache on Fabriano paper

you can see the new selection in my shop now - along with a further selection of monoprint drawings. Here below is a 'figure with chair'

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

new work

'Between trees' is a series of gouache works, exploring abstracted figures within woodland landscapes.....

I have been making several small works - each measuring just 12cm x 9cm. As I work, so I consider how these small worlds relate to each other. Some are put into arrangements of three, a triptych, and become together a small folding book of pictures. Other works remain as their own thing, (though there is always the possibility of pairing or adding them to a group in various ways).

one from 'between the trees' series

colour, light and shapes - these are my concern. Though I am also interested in any narratives that come about...

between trees (book I)

'between trees - book I'

are we lost?

'are we lost?'

There are new monoprint drawings also - and these will be included in my shop update tomorrow. Here's 'still life with chive flowers'

still life with chive flowers

Monday, 20 June 2016

mosaic Mondays

mosaic Monday

1. received_617874711722634, 2. ·, 3. Having some work framed, 4. out of the woods, sea cliff, 5. Untitled, 6. june182016, 7. parkland, 8. Spider plant, 9. #Wip #embroidery #embroideryart #contemporaryembroidery #bordado #broderie, 10. #vase #peony, 11. still life with doku-dami, 12., 13. ICAD 14 2016, 14. 1887, 15. Hoxton, 16. Untitled, 17. after constable, 18. Untitled, 19. Suspended in Beauty, 20. in the wood 2

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Hello another Monday - and a new mosaic for you to explore. I'm a bit later than usual today - I've been busy sending out packages (thank you very much) and painting. I got so involved in my new paintings I lost track of time - that's the best thing, always.... Many thanks to the artists and photographers featured in the above and of course follow links to discover more.

So yes I have been busy working on a new series of smaller gouache paintings - some of which are being collected together into small books - but I'll write  more about all of it tomorrow.

This week I'll be updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. There'll be a new selection of work and as always I am happy to reserve artworks for up to two weeks. As we go further into the summer I'll not be updating every Wednesday. Over the summer weeks I'll be working quietly on a range of projects, making new work for the autunn, making some visits to galleries, spending time with family. So I predict I'll be updating my shop twice in July and once in August. This may change but seems to be the plan for now. Dates and times will be shared here as we go along....

We are mid-way through the year and summer is just about making an appearance - it's been a rainy, sunny start to the week here.

Looking forward to sharing more tomorrow.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

monoprint drawing

a small folding book - heads - monoprint drawings

I have just updated my shop this afternoon.... It seems each week/Wednesday comes around quickly. Thanks always for taking a look at the newest selection.

Of course monoprint drawing is something I have been doing for many years. It's interesting to see my own work pop up when I google 'monoprint' - interesting, humbling and also just odd. (But then thinking of my work outside of my own reach is something I have got used to over time, or am getting used to). I enjoy drawing with either end of a needle and it's the spontaneous, chancing, improvisation that I enjoy. There is frustration but there can also be almost immediate gratification. Improvisation is a big thing for me and is an element in nearly all my work, though it may be more obvious in some pieces than in others. It's something I use in my writing too.... as you may see if you read my writing and/or or see my future stitched works.

Below you may see: 'the uses of mystery'

Finding just the right phrase, snippet of text, is something I have been doing for so many years - my relationship with old books and found text is one that of course links back to my writing. You may not know that my academic roots are English Lit and creative writing. Art is something that has happened to me over years, discovering so much and becoming yet more confident, and yet always questioning... I have always enjoyed playfulness with words and try to remember this when working visually.....

the uses of mystery

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

new work

I have enjoyed painting over the past several days, I feel I am finding so many ideas leading to other portraits.....

a feather in her cap

'a feather in her cap'

sisters (black and white)

'sisters (black and white)'

jug with paintbrushes

a monoprint drawing - 'jug with paintbrushes'

There will be a new selection of paintings and drawings in my shop tomorrow. Here is a just a small selection of..... I hope you may enjoy taking a look.

Monday, 13 June 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Untitled, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. 10-6, 5. Digital, 6. man with red scarf, 7. sdfk, 8. june112016, 9. inspiring objects, 10. Cimetière de Montmartre, 11. Peint sur une porcelaine chinée sur des brocantes., 12. Untitled, 13. there's a sketch by rubens in here somewhere, 14. Paris, Marais, 15. Untitled, 16. sirens' song, 17. After the Rain, 18. New stuff., 19. sushi embroidery, 20. 15p17

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Hello to you, a rather overcast and cooler start to the week here, but the wild rose in our front garden is flowering beautifully, making shell-pink single flowers. Thank you to all my Flickr contacts for this week's mosaic images: a hint of pink this week. I hope you may find time to explore links.

I spent this morning painting, working on new gouache portraits, enjoying the endless possibilities..... This week I am updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. Expect to see a new selection of paintings and drawings, always new ideas emerging. I will preview some of my newest work here tomorrow. I aim to not show everything in advance, so you have a one or two 'yet seen' artworks to discover....

Meanwhile, I have been writing a new series of 'tiny summer stories' over at my writing blog nevering. I post something every other day or so. These are short pieces, poems or first drafts of - some may become stitched works in the future - but for now I am just writing and sharing.....

Tomorrow I'll share here a post featuring a few new works - and say a little more about them.

I hope you have a good start to your week, and thank you for reading here.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

new work

almost home - a portrait

'almost home' - gouache on Fabriano paper

So I am continuing on with this ever-ongoing series of figure portraits - and enjoying the process more and more, discovering how one idea may lead to another. Yes nostalgic and timeless, I make no apologies for making work that is how it is....

two portraits

two other portraits

Tomorrow, I'll be adding quite a few new works to my shop (it's been a two week gap and I have somehow made quite a few new artworks!) Included in this update will be the first selection in a series of 'summer drawings. These are monoprint drawings. Some are drawings on old book paper/pages. Other drawings are on light paper, all of them exploring figures - single figures or groups. My interest is in expressive mark-making, interesting lines and smudges. These drawings allow me to explore a more abstract side....

the process of drawing

here is a picture I took showing the process of drawing - I use oil or lino-printing ink, smeared on glass. I then draw into the ink using either end of a needle. It is a tricky approach, almost drawing 'blind'. A drawing session can be a hit or miss, as I attempt to make a drawing that interests me enough - not just capturing a certain mood but offering particular detail that can't be repeated.

There will also be new still life works in my shop tomorrow.

still life on green table

still life on green table - acrylics on linen

Monday, 6 June 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Ideal Country, 2. wabi sabi weaving, 3. Untitled, 4. a thin-headed man (remodeled), 5. Bell's Palsy drawings, 6. Sketchbook, 7. Spot Geninne's pot at Diana's tree house. Hint: it's blue 😉 Encuentren el plato de Geninne en casa de Diana. Una pista: es azul, 8. "Who's that tramping over my bridge?" roared the troll.  (This fairy tale scared me silly in first grade.), 9. Untitled, 10. boy in corner, 11. 23485560012_bde2cd5b99_o (1), 12. bighairdontcare, 13. Reality Check, 14. taxi!, 15. ..., 16. 14p30, 17. JKPP François Devi, 18. Untitled, 19. Bowl full of cherries., 20. introspection / the blue door, 21. Vista lampadario, 22. warped this perhapsy, 23. Seres de mi cuaderno #drawingtothepeople #sketchbook #cuadernosrivadavia #urbansketching #urbansketching, 24. little book pages, 25. Untitled

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Hello it's a warm June Monday here, and things are feeling a little summery..... Thanks always to my Flickr contacts featured in this week's mosaic. It's quite a monochrome (almost) one this week. Please follow links as always.

This week I am updating my shop - on Wednesday 8th June at 2pm. Expect to see a new selection of still life works, and continuing on with my timeless portrait series there will be a selection of new works on paper.... There will also be a new series coming to my shop: 'summer drawings'. I'll write a bit more about them tomorrow.

Blogging is a funny old thing: it is obvious to me that many people continue to visit and read this blog and thank you. There is a definite change in how people engage, especially now there is just so much else to look at. I know that I tend to spend more time looking at Instagram, for example, than other blogs. All of this leads me to wonder if I should change my blog's format, and so I am considering how to go forward from here. I do still wish to have a blog of some sort, but what sort?

Thanks always for reading here, much appreciated. And for following me elsewhere. I'll be sharing more new work tomorrow, so until then, I hope you have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

new work

My focus this week has been working on still lifes - but I have also been drawing and painting a figure or two. Today I'll share with you just a few of the newest works I have - and there will be more to see next week.

I have been considering light in still life - as I always do. Several people have made comments (elsewhere) suggesting I may be a fan of Morandi, or my work reminds them in ways of Morandi. I am flattered that anyone might make a connection and yes I am an admirer of Morandi's still life paintings. Somethiing to consider is the light he painted - the light he painted within and the light he put into his work. He was painting in Italy, of course, with that warm Mediterranean light so attractive to everything and on everything. I am not working in that same warm glow. English or Northern European light is fleeting or perhaps unflatteringly vague. But there are ways to see things: in shadows, by windows, and by considering how colour can work with light and shade. In my fleeting light, I attempt to make simple forms have a life of their own. It is perhaps more subtle, shapes can be flatter or bolder. When I work I am looking at objects and revising things as I go along, in a way that is less conventional than simply working from life. When I think of things like cups and bowls, I am considering their life beyond the picture I paint them in.

still life on green table

still life on green table

still lifes

a group of smaller still lifes