This is the Private View for the Stride Open Competition 2016. the bottom painting is my oil painting ‘Janus Light’.
Janus Light at the Stride Open exhibition 2016
Janus Light at the Private View of Stride Open Exhibition at the Oxmarket, Chichester
. This is the second time that I have been shortlisted for this competition.
Congratulations to friends Gemma Green, who had a drawing on display and Krysia Drury, who won second prize for painting.
Gemma Green’s drawing of teasels
I have taken the opportunity to re-visit a project I did back in 1998: a teabag diary. I still have the piece, which records on a small square of muslin, each day’s tea stains from used teabags. The study demonstrated that on days when we were out for most of the time we had fairly clean muslin. By contrast, we had deeply stained muslins on days when we had visitors or life was a bit OTT.
I find the quality of paper used in teabags, very tactile and appealing. The staining from the, mostly redbush, tea that I now drink, is beautiful.
The New Teabag Diary Project:
I dry the teabags and then cut out the tea, saving the empty bags. For what purpose? The amount of ‘waste’ tea is fascinating and accumulates daily, in jars in my kitchen. The sheer quantity of tea that just two of us are consuming is surprisingly high. The empty teabags beg to be stitched together in a quilt form and so I join together pairs of bags from each day’s harvest of teabags. Perhaps a quilt will follow.
sewing empty teabags together
I think that, by publishing this, I now have a prod to persuade me to continue this project alongside my continued painting practice.
Observational drawings from CFT
After a period of reflection (and recovery) after completing my MA last September I am making a return to CFT drawings, which resulted from my residency at Chichester Festival Theatre. The stimulation of imagery and architecture were quite overpowering at the time. I had to focus quite closely on the exhibition at the Minerva and on my degree show and so I had to ignore much resource material. I am now taking the opportunity to return to it as I prepare for a new period of painting. The Foyer continues to attract me visually and I have completed a ‘medley’ of small drawings which are 20 x 20cm.
Open Studios have got off to a slow start, but I’ve had some interesting conversations so far. Come and see my latest paintings.
The second weekend of the art trail was even slower – not just for me but for other artists that I spoke to. I am starting to question if this is a good investment of 5 days when the turnout is reducing and is so subject to the weather. The second Sunday was very hot and Chichester was gridlocked with people queueing to get onto the Witterings road.
Some of my paintings on display in the reception area at JMH Stallard, expertly curated by June Frickleton.
It was really impressive to see the paintings in a large airy space, alongside the paintings of Min Maude and Marc Greco.
A Different Drum (Magenta)
at DMH Stallard, Crawley
The paintings remain in Crawley until mid-March
6 Jan 16 Drawing by Candlelight
Dark evenings offer artists the opportunity of being able to work in a very different light, candlelight. With very little light, many objects in my still life become very simple shapes. The careful positioning of four candles created unusual darks and lights. With very little light, I found that I had to really ‘look’. Not only could I not see the still life with any clarity, but my drawing was hard to see, too. This resulted in a much looser drawing. Everyone enjoyed the experience and so I shall do this again. Drawing by Candlelight workshops could be offered in November and December 2016.
After three sessions of drawing we each made a five minute drawing from memory, based on the whole evening’s observations.
my exhibition at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester.
MA Degree show
At last all deadlines have been met and here is an image of my MA degree show. I was very pleased with the final paintings for show – particularly as they represent a move forward in my work, very much supported by my earlier paintings at CFT.
The feeling begins
This was the first of the new series of work, where my work is based on repetition and difference. The theme of repetition has come from my observations from the theatre where rehearsals and the ‘run’ of a show is rooted in repetition. I feel that this is an approach to paintings which I can sustain over the next period of my painting practice.
There are still three days left of the MA show (today and Monday and Tuesday). It is well worth a visit with the excellent work from 12 graduating artists. In addition, my paintings from the CFT residency are now on display in the foyer of the Minerva Theatre and I shall be blogging about this shortly.
It’s been a long summer, with much hard work and I look forward to taking a couple of weeks away from the studio to recover! (My garden is also wondering what I look like, as it hasn’t seen much of me this summer!)
Two years of study are coming to fruition in The Imaginary and the Real exhibition in artOne. The show is fantastic and not to be missed. I am very proud to be part of this cohort of MA students.
For me, I also have my body of directly theatre-inspired work on display at the Minerva from Thursday 10 September until 14 November. Come and see how this collaboration between the theatre and the university has resulted in an entirely new body of work.