Friday, 7 April 2017

Exhibition news

well good intentions to blog regulary seem to have gone by the wayside, but here I am with a few minutes in the day spare to update my blog friends.

Its been a busy few months, during February and march I have had an Artist in the spotlight exhibition running in Aberdeen, at a small city centre gallery called Junction Arts.

One of my paper clay mosaics made for junction Arts gallery

I am really enjoying working in Skyeworks Gallery and over the winter have collaborated with the gallery owner to complete a year of Art events, the first of these opens on Monday 10th of April.

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It is a Bird Themed exhibition. I have four pieces on show...

a sneak preview???

Goldfinch and robin, 

Friday, 16 December 2016

Hello, hello dear friends, I am back!

Skyeworks gallery at christmas

I have had a little blogging break for all sorts of reasons, time has been sort and creative makes non existent, however as the new year approaches I am determined to organise my time and dedicate more to studio hours.
November began with the exciting prospect of working a few days a week in Skyeworks Gallery in Portree on the Isle of Skye.
I have exhibited at Skyeworks for some years and was very excited when the opportunity  to work for them transpired. Now a month or so in I am really enjoying it. meeting people who are interested in art and being surrounded by beautiful things is a joy. 

The weather has been milder than usual and there have been some beautiful sparkly clear days.

and some chilly nights to sit close to the woodburner,

And finally at last I have finished a commission! A little christmas eve box for a new little persons first Christmas.
Happy Christmas Jack, and to all of you, the New year will bring ( Hopefully) new work and more regular blogposts! ;)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Flying high

Nothing new to share this week art wise as I have been very busy so instead I will share Flying High a large collage I made during the late summer months but haven't had time to blog until now.

I started the usual way with small paper fragments and gesso but added the textural flowers by stencilling modelling paste onto the lower part of the canvas.
I may not have been making art but I'm always gathering inspiration,
At this time of year the berries are beautiful.

There are strange toadstools and mushrooms to be found.

berries of all colours

Beautiful against the clear autumn skies

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Inchmore gallery Exhibition news

Hill of the red Fox

 lots of exciting news this week! This Saturday Inchmore Gallery gallery in Inverness opens its annual winter exhibition, and I have have three new collage paintings on show. It is the first time I have had work shown in the gallery and am very pleased to have such a wonderful space to showcase my work. My first piece is a favourite of mine. I don't usually have favourites but Mr fox really connected with me as I was making him. I have never made a fox piece before and I really enjoyed the challenge.

the paintings title is the' Hill of the red fox' named after the hill of the same name which is on the Trotternish ridge near lealt on the Isle of Skye. it is a piece that has been in my head for a long time so I am glad Mr fox has finally made it out my head and onto the shores of the Beauly firth!

I also have a new moonlight piece on show

 And finally another large piece, and another that is special to me,
'The happiness of Thistles'

Why happy thistles? Well thistles by their very nature are never organised, they grow haphazard, scattering themselves hither and thither. These thistles are a different breed, they stand tall, straight and organised. They have purpose, and to have purpose is to be happy. Who would not be smile to survey from the house the cliff a wonderful field full of neat rows of thistles.

Happiness of thistles

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A moonlight Adventure

I have been making lots of moonlight pieces recently.
This one is on a large MDF panel. It gives a lovely firm surface  to collage onto. I am often asked how I combine the paper and paint layers so here is a little WIP photo, although I'm not sure it makes it any clearer. I tend to work quite organically, often only having a vague idea of where I am going. Pieces introduce themselves slowly.

Sometimes not knowing exactly where the adventure will take you is a little scary, however as the great explorer Christopher Columbus said,
 'you can't cross the ocean without losing sight of the land'.

moonlight Adventure

Thursday, 29 September 2016

CD sizes mini crofts!!

Well lots of bits and bobs this week, all however with a theme.

Over the past year I have made more steps to get myself 'out there' and this has been paying dividends!
I have submitted four CD sized pieces for the Inchmore Gallery winter exhibition.
This is a lovely idea where mini artworks are displayed inside clear CD cases. The finished pieces are all priced affordably and make great Christmas gifts.

I visited the gallery last weekend and met Jane Owen Inglis the gallery owner, both to drop off the CD sized pieces and three other large canvas collages which were accepted for their winter exhibition.
mini crofts

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Inchmore gallery Inverness

cd sized sewn crofts

the Inchmore is a beautiful airy gallery converted from a lovely old church.
It has a wonderful presence and sense of history and is set near the shores of the picturesque Beauly firth in northern Scotland. I am delighted Jane was so enthused by my work and really appreciate the opportunity to show my work in such a fantastic setting.
The winter exhibition opens on the 22nd of October. I will post details nearer the time for anyone who fancies a trip to a lovely part of the world.

My mini crofts are made from sewn paper, silk and some fabric paints, a bit of everything in other words!

Finally as a little teaser here is a WIP photo of one of my pieces which will be in the winter exhibition.
Work in progress

I will share the finished Mr Fox soon, he does look a little different now in his full winter coat :)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New work in Junction arts gallery Aberdeen

 Been a busy few weeks and a couple of weeks ago some new pieces of mine travelled over to Aberdeen to a lovely gallery in Aberdeens city centre called Junction Arts
So happy to be forging links with Aberdeen and the east coast as my youngest daughter lives and works there.
Elaine the gallery owner was particularly interested in my sewn paper croft houses.

So I've made a few wee bits for her to show, some backed onto wood panels, some stretched and framed.

Also in the gallery is one of my mosaic croft pieces made from paperclay, a type of papermache.

Thank you Elaine for giving me the opportunity to exhibit in your lovely Gallery!