Wednesday, 31 May 2017

shop update

a trio of ink drawings

a trio of ink drawings

Indian ink on Fabriano paper


Just a reminder - I am adding new artworks to my shop today at (the later than usual) time of 8pm uk. I hope you may enjoy seeing the full selection. There will be ink drawings, artist books and paintings. Thanks always.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

new work

wild and gentle - botanical

wild and gentle - ink on Fabriano paper

exploring botanical shapes and the gathering of difference....


scented garden

scented garden - gouache sketch on paper

I make a lot of sketches and for some reason or other always worry about offering more abstract work - but I am trying to gain confidence (it's been many years)..... NOTE: I am holding on to this new series of abstract sketches so that I may work on them through the summer and have a group of work to look over.

I have an eclectic mix of new work - available tomorrow( from 8pm uk time) in my shop.




Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday

hide-and-seek

hide-and-seek - artist book - gouache on Fabriano paper


Hello, it is a damp bank holiday here in the south east of England..... I have spent the morning painting, enjoying the process of working on artist books and smaller paintings. As an early riser I enjoy this time of year, getting downstairs and sitting in the garden with a cup of tea. This morning the sun was shining at 6.30am - On a drier day I will sit and work, or plan my day, and use all that early sunlight. As we move toward summer I am thinking more about working outside, possibly working in my local woodland. We shall see....

This week I am updating my shop on Wednesday - please do note the time is later than usual - 8pm uk time. I have received several requests to alter the time so that people not able to look at 2pm can get a chance to see the full new selection. I will be changing the time about over the months ahead and see how things work out. I hope this works positively.

Tomorrow I will share here a few more new works. Have a good start to your week.


Friday, 26 May 2017

ink drawings

woman and child figure (detail)

detail from an ink drawing

My plans for this week changed - various reasons - I decided to go with the flow of my ideas, and be myself as much as I can.....

So I have found myself in familiar territory, exploring historically-inspired figures in ink drawings.... These drawings are indeed inspired by the past, yet have a timeless quality. They do not pretend to be 'historical' or of one time, but are about the merging of time and influence, the recurrence of themes such as motherhood and family.....

A selection of ink drawings will be included in my shop update next week.

gather wildly

'gather wildly' - detail

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

artist books

eavesdropping

eavesdropping - artist book


Hello, I had hoped to share a post of new work with you yesterday - but events here in England have shaken many of us and I was just not able to put together very much at all.... (Today I am determined to be a bit more focused and make the most of my time, so I am sitting down to write this before going to my studio space and working on paper).

I continue to explore the simple concertina artist book - as a fascinating way of presenting visual ideas, mark-making and narrative.

I am working on books with a variety of media - some featuring my distinctive figures, others showcasing different still life objects. Working in acrylics, gouache, ink and monoprinting allows me to display various ways of seeing.

small book of vessels (red tin)

four vessels - (red tin)

The artist books I create may be enjoyed as folding little books, to place on a shelf, display as you may - or you might prefer to display in a glazed frame. Or another idea for display is to have the book propped within a cabinet of other, complementary objects. I can imagine the book above looking very interesting propped on a shelf or inside a cabinet alongside ceramics, for example.

I hope to share more new work with you later in the week.

A reminder my next shop update is next Wednesday, 31st at the different-from-usual time of 8pm (UK).

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday

mantle

mantle - a larger painting on Fabriano paper


Hello, it's a sunny, warm - almost summery - start to the week here. Today I have been painting, working on a variety of new work. At the moment I am working on larger paintings - which are liberating and I am working in a looser, bold way and learning a lot. Alongside the bigger ones, I am working on new concertina artist books..... So I vary my scale of working quite a bit, going from 12cm tall to 40cm tall... which may not seem like such a difference, but really does feel like one.....

Tomorrow I'll share here a few more new works.

Just to let you know I will be updating my shop next week - on Wednesday 31st May - please note the time will be 8pm (uk time). I am shifting my times a bit, with the hope that different times may suit different people in different people - as well as suit those lovely faithful folk who tune in each update, thank you! I do appreciate all interest in my work.

Have a good start to your week

Sunday, 21 May 2017

garden notes - May II

rosemary cuttings

rosemary cuttings around the edge of a basket

Until recently I did not have much success with cuttings. This has been more to do with simple neglect, getting distracted, than the cutting being 'wrong', I think. In the past I would take cuttings and put them in a small pot, perhaps cover the pot with a plastic bag, and put it somewhere to then forget about it, oh dear.... Now I take the cuttings and put them around the edge of the container the parent plant lives in, so that I am reminded of them. The cuttings do take longer, perhaps, being outside and not on a windowsill, but they do actually make roots and become their own plant. So, some success.... The rosemary cuttings above have a fair chance, perhaps not all will make roots, but at least a few, and a few is all I need with a small garden. I have done this successfully for other plants such as penstemon growing  in a pot. I'm also experimenting with layering thyme and will report back on that.


sempervivum in a blue and white pot I bought from a charity shop




ferns are really coming to life with beautiful colouring - this one is in a metal container just outside the kitchen door - it seems to like its sheltered spot with shade and a little afternoon sun

(a post of new artwork tomorrow)

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday

interior with figures

artist book - figures in interior

Hello, it's a cooler, cloudy start to the week here. We had a sunny weekend and I got a lot done in the garden. So much weeding that I have given myself a bit of a tired-sore right arm. I am sure all will be fine in few days (and the weeds will be popping up again).

I've been painting today. Over the next few weeks I am simply exploring - folding forms and colour. Expect to see artist books, still life and abstract paintings. I am keeping my intentions quite open this 'cycle' (the three weeks until I update my shop again). But I know I want to work more loosely, following on from the 'from life' series I have made recently.

I hope to share more later this week.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

a garden post - May I

I would like to share with you a series of posts, just now and then, about my small garden and gardening interests....

May garden border

the border in May - just had a trim

I live in a rented house with a small back garden. When we moved here, several years ago, there was just one sickly rose in a narrow stretch of earth (not really a border) - the rest of the garden being lawn, patio and a huge conifer. I decided to replace the sickly rose but the replacement did not last, despite tending to the soil. Slowly I have dug a narrow border - not wishing to make too many changes to the garden but to improve it. I planted box and have watched it slowly grow, trimming each year (though I did not trim last year, see below), and finally there's something like a mixed border with formal and informal elements.

May garden border
box, just trimmed - to the left you see rose foliage - that is one of two Poundland roses I bought in January. In the foreground is lady's mantle. To the right is Greek oregano.




Last year, for various reasons, I didn't feel much like gardening - though I did the basics like cut the lawn. I was a bit depressed and lacking gardening inspiration, perhaps. I focused on planting cheery things in pots. The lacklustre summer did not inspire me much. But this year, for the past several months, I have found my 'old interest' renewed. Years ago, when I had an actual garden of my own, (not rented) I enjoyed planning and planting, but then I struggled with the garden. I had young children to care for and the garden/house was positioned next to a very noisy major dual carriageway - so that any time you stepped into the garden all you heard was the rush of traffic like a constant hiss. I had never wanted to live there, it was a terrible compromise on my part to accept moving there - but we were there and I had to make the best of it. I tried to make a nice garden for my family but it never did come to much.

May garden border

I know I may never have a 'garden of my own' but I will make the best of what I do have - and I do have a lot of containers with plants and have collected many interesting things over the years. The rose you see in a pot in the border has been carted from one home to the next, and still flowers each year, despite being pot-bound. I can't bring myself to break the pot and that would be the only way.....

This slim border has something to offer all year round. I plan to plant summer annuals in spaces and hope they don't all get eaten by slugs and snails. The soil here is terrible - free-draining on top but dig just ten centimetres of so and you hit hard yellow clay. So each time I plant anything I add plenty of compost and slowly the general condition of this patch is improving. i have tried various plants but it seems the tough ones are the best - box, lady's mantle - all seem fine. Other things such as hardy geraniums have been fleeting, though interestingly there is a white hardy geranium that is once again appearing and will soon make flowers - and it's supposed to be a tricky one to grow, I think. If you like something it is worth giving it a try - and you never know how well it might thrive.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

new work

handmade vessels with green bottle

handmade vessels with green bottle

three blue

three blue - smaller works in acrylics


These new artworks - and many more - will be in my shop tomorrow from 2pm (uk time).

I've written quite a bit about the twists and turns of my work over the years - and certainly I continue to return to favourite subjects and ways of seeing, as well as working on considered series of works. Recently I have been working on still life paintings 'from life' and have enjoyed the process, have learned yet more about looking at humble objects. I enjoy also working more abstractly and return to my familiar figures for their playfulness - though I find pleasure in them being yet more abstracted these days. So, all in all much to be keeping me busy...

I hope you enjoy seeing all the new artworks - tomorrow

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday

Summer room I

summer room I

Hello, just a quick post this evening - I have had a busy start to the week. The painting above is from last week when it felt a good deal warmer. Today we are back to chilly spring weather.....

I am enjoying working on a variety of still lifes and interiors at the moment. The interiors are more abstracted (see above). Today I painted a composition featuring a funnel I bought on Saturday and I really enjoyed painting it - not many people can declare such a thing!

This week I am updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm - I will be varying times in the future however, as I have had a few requests. Perhaps now I might invite a few comments, if I may - what time would suit you in future?

Have a good start to your week and more tomorrow

Friday, 5 May 2017

a few yes moments

old & modern (old chinese teacup & sake cup)

old & modern (old chinese teacup and a saki cup) - gouache on Fabriano paper

I am showing here two quite different works. The above is of course a still life, worked from life, considering the shape, pattern, form etc... in a representational way. I enjoyed painting this, particularly the challenge of the Chinese cup. I decided on gouache for this as I felt I needed to keep my mark-making quite lively, a little loose... and to be honest I attempted to paint this cup about a year ago and just did not like the result at all. So I feel like I have conquered it this time, a year on!

And so, from my abstract dept - with their roots in my sketchbooks, still lifes and interiors - I feel like I've made a recent breakthrough on how to translate into bigger on paper.... making the marks I enjoy in my sketchbooks but more so, on a bigger scale, has been a challenge I have wanted to get to grips with for a while....

lemonade

lemonade - acrylics on Fabriano paper

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday

drawings on the wall

drawings on the wall

Hello, it's May - how are you finding the start of this month? It has been a chilly, spots of rain kind of a day here. I have been busy with housework duties (and considering objects, making arrangements for my next still life paintings). Yesterday I wrote quite a bit about how my work has been evolving. I did write quite a bit, my hope is that it makes some sense.... My post yesterday was very much about my newest still life paintings. They take up most of my working hours. However, I should say there are two main strands to my current working - the still life paintings and expressive drawings (see above). It seems that working on something very concentrated and then something more spontaneous helps me greatly. I enjoy both ways of working.

This week I am continuing on with new still life paintings - and new drawings too. Hope to share more soon.

Have a good week ahead