February 25, 2013

I’ve started a new big painting.  It’s sitting on my easel here in my studio as I write, whispering to me… I can’t quite make out what it is saying yet though…. I need to work at it a lot more then we will come to understand one another.

Painting a picture is very much like an ‘adventure with a stranger’ for me.  The canvas and I have a dialogue going, sometimes its a good one, sometimes we argue…. but we always listen to, and sometimes sing along to, my favourite music.  I never come to my studio ‘knowing’ whats going to come from the day or the experience… Years ago, I used to paint like that, setting out with the intention of painting a particular place or a particular memory of a place, and it didn’t work, not for me anyhow. They always looked as if someone else had painted them and I felt no connection to them.

There was something missing…. the pieces didn’t have enough soul, enough depth… hard to articulate it really, but the way I work now is totally unforced, I allow my subconscious to guide me.  I don’t think “right I’m going to paint Northumberland today…”  instead I think “right I’m going to paint today…. what shall I listen to?”  At the moment Lisa Hannigan and Nick Cave, with a sprinkling of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits….

I’ve promised three paintings to the Tarpey Gallery for mid March (eeek!) and I need to get a few over to Birmingham to Number 9 as soon as I can…. and then I’m going to be having an Open Studios on the first weekend of June, along with opening my tiny garden to the public too (as part of Kirk Ireton Open Gardens)…. so there’s a lot to do…

I’m sure I’ll get it done.  I will upload the current painting when it’s finished.

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Its been a busy week and it’s going to get even busier!

I had to get one of my new paintings re-stretched this week after discovering that the canvas stretchers weren’t ‘true’ when placed in the frame….. Rather annoyed at myself for not checking before I started painting on it… A lesson learned perhaps?  Perhaps.

Picked up the two paintings of Northumberland that I’d had exhibited at Derby Open in Derby City Gallery and at the Midlands Open at the Tarpey Gallery.  The good news is that the Tarpey Gallery want regular pieces from me as they wish me to be one of their ‘stable’ of artists.  They’re great people to deal with and their exhibition space is lovely.

Having purchased the worlds’ largest roll of bubble-wrap (with a slapstick comedy moment outside the warehouse … large roll + sharp turn + unseen stranger = “ooh I’m ever so sorry!” as I bashed the poor man to the floor in the car-park.) I have now wrapped the paintings and am ready to roll all the way down to Dorset on Monday. They’re looking really good. I’m so pleased with them as a good representation of what my painting style and substance is all about. They’ve come together really well, and look fabulous in the simple clean lined frames.  Especially ‘Nothing as it Seems’ – the piece that has been in Derby City gallery for the past 2 months.

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I’ve definitely got to get more organized… I need to catalogue my work in a better way, I need to make sure that I know where all my pieces are, how big they are and how much they cost!  All the ‘business’ bits that are too easy to neglect, yet essential to have done.  What’s prompted that thought?  That I didn’t have a photo of the above piece until I decided to upload it…. it would have gone to Dorset without me having taken a pictorial record of it… rubbish!  get organized girl!