I am really pleased to be able to share that some of my work is now being sold via two Hampshire Art Gallery’s. The Wild Art Gallery in Wickham near Fareham owned by the amazing wildlife artist Sarah Featherstone … Continue reading
Several of my willow sculptures and paintings are on show at the Shine exhibition which opened during the first week of November, the exhibition has not gone online for the rest of the month. They are planning to reopen again … Continue reading
Such a colossal effort from the museum to have so many contributions to an amazing project. I can’t wait to visit and see the exhibition in the flesh when they reopen.
News I am really pleased to be able to share that I have been awarded a talent development grant from a space’ arts, the funds will enable me to work with a mentor and photographer to help me to record … Continue reading
Together with my artist colleagues we are in the process of moving to our final venue, its been a really enjoyable experience touring are work around the city centre we have been showing a range of styles and mediums including traditional paintings , pen , ceramics, glass, cast resin and recycled plastics. Were really keen to keep the momentum going as there are hardly any art exhibition spaces in the city that are not traditional gallery spaces.
In a week or two several of us are opening our other exhibition at the Dancing Man Brewery with several new artist and adding textiles and pastels to the mix. For further information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/171641049923788/
The Keepers Artist Collective are moving their current exhibition at the Meticks Bargate to the Metricks Guildhall ready to re open this Tuesday the 28th June.New art works being added, new venue, great coffee and a chilled atmosphere whats not … Continue reading
It so great to see how many Southampton cafes and pubs are supporting local artist in the area by displaying their work, as more local businesses including small local art gallerys are emerging and creatives are working together to put on events that … Continue reading
As with all creations it can sometimes be difficult to complete a artwork especially when challenging yourself this happens to us all, for me creating my urban paint and pen creations can be the most difficult of challenges. It is often easy to start but harder to finish and is very much the case when I am pushing myself in a new direction as in the case of using a new colour scheme. Back in December 2014 I started a new colour-full work, my stumbling block came when I was half way through the piece, so I put it away, sometimes its about a emotional space as much as a physical one and this is reflected in my art work. I am sure that this must say something about my psyche as I have now completed Fred and am now happily creating in colour again.
Ive been busy again creating new individual works inspired by line work series, smaller and more compact these new art works have been fun to create.
It is often easy to become isolated during the creative process and if your not careful this can lead to the old creative block.This is very much the case when much of your income is derived from your creative work.
Well I don’t know about you but I have definitely gone this one at different times… so how to overcome this….. always a difficult one as we all create in different ways …. I am someone who always has a different project on the go be it creating my own work or facilitating creativity in others . It is so easy to spend so much energy on projects that you just simply exhaust your self self preservation kicks in and well.
Ive tried many different ways to get the creative brain cells working again from starting a creative diary to taking a rest then spending some time as a arts tourist , visiting gallerys , reading a good book going to see some live bands etc …. do something totally different from paint balling to rock climbing and testing your comfort threshold …….
On the upside once this has happened and you have come out the other side you realise that the best thing to do is to factor in some relaxation time when your head is next immersed in a project and allow yourself to do something totally different every now and again.
My solution is not to fight it just except that we all need down times the other thought is that you are totally reliant in your artistic endeavor to earn a wage
Developing on a initial inspiration and developing a theme
I am often asked about how I create my work so I thought that I would share some of my creative processes. The inspiration for this series started life with a photograph of the undergrowth in my garden.
For the initial image I drew inspiration from the shapes and colors wishing to develop and enhance these to create a work that inspired a imaginary magical world revealing hidden characters within.
For this second piece I was inspired to create a work inspiration. I started the process by placing a transparent paper on the top of the painting I then drew around the shapes that appealed to me, I then replicated the section as a mirror image joining the sections together to create a new starting point for my next design.
For the final piece I was then inspired to use color to place further emphasis on different sections thus creating my leaves design.
Over the last few years I have explored with and very much enjoyed working with willow and i always find mylef being drawn back to using it , it is such a great sculptural material and being organic has its own memory , time and patience are needed and must be given to understand its intrinsic properties . Over the last few months much have my time has been taken up teaching others how to use it to create willow lanterns the one pleasure as well as frustration is that creating willow lanterns is temporary medium to work in .
I have recently been thinking about creating structures that have a much longer life span and have been considering using other mediums to strengthen the paper, or to replace it with canvas or another material, as I will have some free time I have decided that the time will be well spent experimenting.
For this approach I have found that it is better to work on several pieces at a time with the theory that at least one will work out and that you can always creative new work from the ones that you are not so pleased with when you finish.
I decided to try out a similar method of working, using a different pallet of colors for each piece and keeping a very loose theme in mind .
I decided to use acrylic paints I was prepared to use up quite a lot of paint You could equally use this method with a much cheaper paint on board,or use colored sand and chalks and take a photograph, it really doesn’t matter
I also wanted to get away from being finicky and so chose to large brushes,and spoons, droppers and scrapers and a flat service – on this occasion I used the kitchen tops surface as it was near to running water but a covered floor would do just as well.