The gorgeous stones and carved columns of the Chapter House were a perfect setting for my landscapes, and the natural light flooding through the arched windows was a perfect light show , sometimes highlighting and sometimes shading.
Wow! what a great experience, and a chance to meet people and talk about my work, art in general, and the gallery. It seems that Sam Scorer Gallery is part of the community, and people have woven Sams into their lives, several people say that visiting Sams is part of their routine. My term at Sams went on longer than expected, as our 1st exhibition fell through due to exhibitors illness. However, theres always a silver lining and I was able to continue for longer.
Artist in residency began at Sam Scorer Gallery 13th Jan, its been brilliant working in such a great place, lots of natural light, and space. I have been working on panels for an upcoming exhibition in Oct, called “Earth Inspired”. As usual panels in initial stages have to be worked on flat, as I am applying layers of texture in a semi fluid state, and because there is a lot of room, I can work on several panels at the same time.
Its always brilliant to put up an exhibition, be it your own someone else’s or bringing together a joint themed exhibition. The very next exhibition I will be putting up, is a “Christmas Bazaar”, for one week only 20th-26th Nov. I cant wait to dress a magical window, that will invite people to come inside and be tempted to buy unusual and unique gifts from a very gifted and select group of makers and artists.
Meanwhile, Autumns treasures are being collected and dipped ready to be fired for more work, including twigs (for a larger nest), acorns, berries, leaves et al. A great time of year, and my studio is brim full of dippings hanging from the roof to dry. Images later.
If the world seems to be drifting into apocalyptic times, with war, famine, pollution et al, as a creative I feel the need to extol the virtues of my world, to concentrate on truth and beauty in all natural form. I can at least try to present images that have a veracity that informs and inspires.
From the very beginning of my Earth series work, I have searched for the reasons why I connect to and am so inspired by the natural world around me, learning from Prof Brian Cox about, emergence, and entropy, and the incredible journey that life on Earth has taken. I don’t ignore the dreadful scars and pollution caused by mankind,
but seek to celebrate what we have, while we still have it.
This panel continues my “Earth Series”panels, it is 4′ x 4′ painted in acrylic, gilded with dutch metal, and patinated.
I continue with my exploration of emergence, evolution, and entropy.
When finishing a panel, because they are very heavy, the panel needs to be braced, edges tidied up, and the back to be cleaned and painted. I find this aspect very much a chore but a necessary one. I have endless lists, such as buy needed equipment, brushes, wood glue, scalpel blades, sand paper, and…………… next on the list, keep up with blog, and posts, and other media networking stuff, and not even mentioning sourcing display frames, etc. I shall stop now as I feel a scream coming.
This panel is a bit of a departure from my other work, I have tried to illustrate by texture the types of rock surface. I t is not finished yet but is well on the way. The title “Chasm” is self explanatory.
Below is a selection of close ups of texture detail. This is still a work in progress.
I am not proud of the fact that my studio is still an unmitigated mess, but when I work, I take no prisoners, its head down, and everything to hand. I rather pour blame on the Lilliputian proportions of my studio. It makes me somewhat envious of artists who work on a small scale, or things that are less inclined to mess. I think I might have to reorganize, move out some office stuff and books. Yep! its a plan. I am just putting finishing touches to several pieces, and then I will share the images, till then here’s another image of my tip.