Here are some pictures of my first show in the studio, Simon put out the sign as 11 o' clock struck.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Last night the full moon was at the perigee of it's elliptical orbit, meaning the nearest it ever gets to the earth. So we set off just before sunset to see it rising in the east. Wow, the photos don't do it justice, first a fine sliver appeared above the horizon and gradually a huge, rich, glowing, apricot, slightly flattened egg shape rose into the dusk. Beautiful. After watching for half an hour or so, we got pretty cold and came home to find it shining through the trees and making fantastic patterns on the ground, which my camera isn't good enough to capture. Technical stuff, the moon appears 14% bigger than normal, this occurs every 18 years or so, the last time being in 1993.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
I found this amaryllis in the cut price bin at Homebase after Christmas, the colour on the box looked so wonderful that I was tempted, and it is the most beautiful, rich tomato red. Although I'm not a flower painter I've had two attempts at it so far, neither has been successful, I'm hoping my friend Sue (who is a flower painter) will come over today and give me some tips.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Sunday 6th March Landscape
Sunday 3rd April Coast
Sunday 1st May Works on paper
Sunday 5th June Portrait, life and the Human Landscape
Sunday 10th July New work in ceramics, jewellery and paintings
Sunday 7th August Abstract elements
Sunday 4th September Favourite Places
Sunday 2nd October Landscape
Of course all art is, to a lesser or greater extent, an abstract response to stimulus but for me an abstract painting is one where I have put the pure representational to one side and concentrated on my inner voice. I may have observed something very briefly from the car window, or had a random thought or maybe simply found something latent in a series of marks that were originally made about something else. With abstraction the responsibility for the image is entirely with the artist, it's the most difficult and ultimately the most satisfying way to work.