EXHIBITION AT THE OLD LOCKUP GALLERY

A few (one handed because I had a little helper) snaps from my exhibition at The Old Lockup Gallery in Cromford, Derbyshire.
There was a lovely warm log burner and lots of people braved the cold and snow to come to the PV.

LITTLE CHANGES

Someone asked me recently if I thought my painting style had changed since having a baby. I can certainly see a gradual development.
Since having Evie, I have a new found confidence, perhaps once you have given birth you know you can do anything… or maybe I just have less time for procrastination! Either way, I am enjoying my time in the studio and am pleased with the work I am making.
I think I am embracing slightly more obviously gestural marks, as well as the natural qualities of the paint. I like the looseness it is creating but I hope I am still creating softness and stillness in my work.

NEW ARRIVAL!

I have a new studio assistant.

Evelyn was born on 16th April. Paddy and I are over the moon and enjoying our new roles as parents. Paddy is managing to process photos while she sleeps on his belly. I've tidied my studio but not got much further. She's only 9 weeks old though so I'm going to enjoy her for now and get paint on canvas when she sleeps!

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MADE IN THE MARCHES GALLERY 'OUT OF EARTH'

I have a group of new work (finished before Evie arrived) on display as part of Made in the Marches Gallery's 'Out of Earth' exhibition. They have a beautifully curated selection of work, and it's well worth a visit.

SCOTLAND TRIP

Paddy and I decided on a little tour of some of our favourite places in Scotland. We spent some time in Glencoe, Applecross and Assynt. We weren't as lucky with the weather this time... if you look closely you can see drizzle on some of my sketchbook pages! We always come back refreshed and inspired though, and I'm already working on some paintings to be shown in a gallery up there in February. What a great excuse to go back!

WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION AT KUNSTHUIS GALLERY

For this body of watercolours on paper, I’ve used washes and layers to create gentle restful landscapes. Like most of my work, they are not paintings of particular places, more remembered and imagined landscapes and experiences.
As I worked on this collection though, a certain theme emerged. I found myself using soft layers of watercolour to recreate colours and shapes as seen through mist and soft rain. I do love that feeling of gentle rain on your face, and the way everything becomes atmospheric. As such, I've named the pieces using old words for types of rain.

Watercolour is probably my favourite medium, I love its’ delicate and translucent quality and enjoy manipulating the balance between control and un-control, allowing the paint to pool, bleed and granulate. For me, the process is almost as important as the initial inspiration. Watercolour particularly, gives you the ability to be spontaneous and embrace the chance elements in the piece.


 

CREDENHILL WOODS - SPRING

Maggie and I had another trip to our shared inspiration site at Credenhill Woods to see what it looks like in spring. Each time we go we try and take a new route to the top and each time the forest reveals something we've not seen before. It felt darker inside as the leaves have grown over and blocked out a lot of sun and the light that got through felt very green!

 

 

WATERCOLOURS

I'VE BEEN WORKING ON SOME WATERCOLOURS FOR THE UPCOMING EXHIBITION AT KUNSTHUIS GALLERY. THEY'RE BASED ON MEMORY AND IMAGINED LANDSCAPES. I LOVE WATERCOLOUR, IT'S LOOSENESS AND SPONTANEITY. IT IS FASCINATING TO ADD PAINT TO WASHES OF WATER AND WATCH IT DEVELOP. THE ABILITY TO CREATE SUCH GENTLE COLOUR, LAYERS AND THE INCIDENTAL THINGS THAT HAPPEN, WHICH YOU CAN ONLY CONTROL TO A CERTAIN EXTENT ARE WHAT MAKES IT ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MEDIUMS.

CALLANISH STONES

NEAR THE VILLAGE OF CALLANISH, ON HARRIS, THERE IS AN ANCIENT ARRANGEMENT OF STANDING STONES. THEY WERE PLACED THERE AROUND 3000BC AND ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN USED FOR RITUALS, THEIR POSITION RELATING TO THE MOON, STARS AND SURROUNDING HILLS. WHATEVER THEIR ORIGINAL USE, THEY ARE STUNNING, AND QUITE MAGICAL.