time for reflection

July 31, 2008

I attended an A-N or AIR meeting at Banks Mill on Tuesday night, between 20 and 30 artists from the region were in attendance and the loose topic was reflection as a part of the artistic process.

I have been thinking about this since Tuesday… and find that reflection, for me, can be a little like the Car being serviced.  Sometimes it is an interim service that is required, and then at other times, perhaps yearly or so a Full Service is needed.

I have interim reflective moments in my painting/creative processes on a fairly regular and frequent basis. I question my way of working and challenge myself to repeat or to hone or to improve my technique.  And then less frequently I reflect on my career path, my target/goal setting and whether I have been heading in the right direction at at what speed….

In hindsight the past year has been pretty fast-paced. Being taken on by the Tregoning Gallery in Derby last August, having a solo show there in May. A trip in March to Edinburgh brought interest from the Open Eye Gallery and inclusion in their mixed Christmas show. And then interest fromthe Belgravia gallery in London over the past few weeks, with 4 pieces to be included in their next two shows.  All very exciting.

Sometimes it feels that life and progress is happening very slowly.  But then I look back and see just how far i have come.  I do need to learn to celebrate those milestones more, rather than responding as I do – saying “right!  What’s next?”

It is important to recognise the value of celebration.

Maybe my wearing of my fabulous pink crocheted creation is a piece of celebration in itself?!

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July 31, 2008

It is rather hot in this studio today, it could be my crocheted pink two tier ra ra skirt, that Angus (the patient husband as referred to by the lovely Jo Bell) almost keeled over when he first saw…. or it could just be this sweaty day… not good with sticky weather….

The above picture is a new one, a challenge that I set myself on selling Symi, I needed to see if I could reproduce the feelings that Symi evokes… without it being too similar.  To see Symi (or Harbour to Harbour) have a look at my website. It does.  Marvelous.

Just a warning…

very random, or perhaps plain bonkers things may happen on this site, or maybe nothing at all will happen, that will be a direct result of this world in which I live being a little different to the world out there…. it won’t be regular, but I hope that it gives both you and me some valuable (?) insight into my practice and process.

Hello world!

July 31, 2008

I did it! At last my blog is launched on an unsuspecting world. Come back often for updates, or sign up to be notified automatically when I post a new entry. Meanwhile here’s a picture of me speaking to a slightly glazed audience during my exhibition at Derby’s Tregoning Gallery.