Is anyone else feeling like me? I read other blogs and everyone seems so inspired, on track and busy and I feel quite disheartened - this one by textile artist Elena Thomas cheered me up - such honesty is good for the soul. She talks about the way artists work and says "feast and fallow, rise and fall, to be aware of them, and not scared by the fallow periods, or horrified by the clunkiness"
Anyway as they say 'everything passes' and I will be back here feeling inspired, creative and in step with the world again very soon..........
Yesterday was a terrific day spent with 2 friends visiting Bovey Tracey and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen where we had lunch and browsed around the shop and exhibition space.
|'A Colony of words' Mandy Beall|
|'Tree time' Martin Procter|
|'Bundles of sticks' Peter Ward|
|'Bundle of sticks' Peter Ward|
|this was not listed so I wonder if it was added by one of the visitors?|
|Scavenger's Shelter (detail) Shelley Castle and Dave Ray|
You can find out more HERE - and it is on next weekend if you want to visit
|331, Newlyn Harbour 2012|
The MA seems to be taking up a lot of my time, mainly on research and reading - it feels full time rather than part time at the moment.....
I am starting a new blog over on Wordpress HERE - this is to document my MA practice but I will be continuing with this blog too! I intend to use this blog for other creative reflections and ramblings - the more everyday moments that I pay attention to - maybe this will overlap but at the moment it seems pertinent to keep them separate.
I feel that I've neglected my own blog as well as those that I follow but now winter is here (the clocks just changed here in the UK) I am hoping to have more time for indoor pursuits like reading, blogging, being in the studio, watching films, cooking etc. etc.
I've just planted lots of bulbs in the garden as an affirmation of underground slow growth during these winter months and expectations of next spring blooms!
I've been thinking a lot about PLACE and working with images recorded on a one day mark making workshop at the Newlyn School of Art - it was a experimental and fun day spent down in Newlyn Harbour collecting visual information and then back in the studio making work.
I took lots of photos but seem to keep returning to my fascination with these posts.......
I am interested in the faded light at the top of this image – it is something to do with memory and how that fades, leaving certain aspects highlighted…..
like that ladder!
then there were the abstract marks!
I also made some rubbings – and so it goes on – the struggle is in making sense of it all – but then maybe ‘the struggle is the point’!
There is such energy and movement in his paintings. His concern with space and the structures of his canvases give them a sculptural quality. He didn't stop talking for over an hour telling us amusing stories of the life and travels of his paintings which are spread throughout the world. I noted down a few his words, he said "let paintings be a living thing, things (like light) can change things" and "colour has it's own voice". He finished off by saying "you must always work for your God, even if you don't have one".
I feel so inspired to begin painting now and and at the start of my MA course I have been given the task of 100 paintings in a week - I shall start in a few days and see where this immersion in painting takes me
|Pickled pepper fungus growth - 3 x 2 inches|
...... inspiration comes from the most unlikely places! I am drying it out to see what happens to it - it is a marvelous thing, quite leathery and robust and looks deadly poisonous - I hate throwing things away and can't make my mind up whether to eat the peppers or not? Perhaps it's best not to risk it!!
Today we took the train along the Tamar Valley route to Calstock, where the Limekilm Gallery was showing 3 artists in the 'Drawn to the Valley' open studios.
These are my short listed images and I also have a train ticket from Plymouth to Calstock which I will scan tomorrow.
It made me smile
And wonder about it's journey
I've collected sea glass for years but recently have become fascinated with beach plastic! This is solid plastic and quite heavy for it's size 6cms high by 5 cms at widest width - I love it's sea washed look!
and today's drawing of the rocks/ sea - I purposely left my camera at home!
|graphic and white acyclic|
|Drawing, graphite and white pastel|
So to get me started and back to where I left off I went to a collograph workshop last weekend with Mary Gillett.
|Mary giving Brian some advice|
For the plates I used cardboard which I've previously used for collagraphs and also new to me, aluminium and thin ply. Then I used tile adesive, various mediums and carborundum to create the image on the plate. Brenda Hartill has a very useful video on using carborundum here
|Offset print from the roller I used to ink up one of the plates|
|Using very different colours to my usual palette!|
|the ghost print of the one above which I much prefer!|
|About one third of my total output for the 3 days|