After a very successful exhibition at Eype church, I am now taking part in Dorset Art Weeks with my partner David Brooke in the studio of Elizabeth Sporne and Sally Davies in the riverside end of the tower building on St Michael's trading estate in Bridport. This goes on until Sunday 29th May. We're open from 10am to 5pm, so do pop in if you are in the area.
It's been a busy winter getting work ready for this season. Quite a lot coming up. It all kicks off with an exhibition called Card, Chalk & Clay. I'm really looking forward to taking part with two other women artists: Jenny Penney and Naya Downes. We all pursued different careers and came to art later on in life through various paths. The title reflects the very different mediums we each use to express our creative ideas: Jenny sculpts reliefs of familiar landscapes from layers of coloured card. I've never seen anything like them before, so meticulously constructed and very lovingly conceived. Naya works in porcelain and stoneware clays to create exquisite ceramics inspired by the natural world and the nearby Jurassic Coast. I will be showing my recent still life pictures in chalk pastels, celebrating the beauty of everyday objects. It should be a really interesting and beautiful show. I hope you can visit. 30th April - 8th May. Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sundays 10am - 4.30pm. Free admission and on site parking. Eype Church for the Arts, Mount Lane, Eype, nr Bridport, Dorset DT6 6AR. www.eypechurcharts.co.uk
Some of my work in the show can be found in the galleries section of this website.
After a busy summer, taking part in exhibitions, it's time to get back to work in the studio. Thank you to everyone who came to see the exhibitions I took part in. I apologise for not putting up to date information here. I had a computer crisis! I'm continuing with the series of paintings containing my hands as part of the landscape, mainly as trees, as I hope to have an exhibition next year with these. These are in watercolour on Saunders Paper with soft pastel drawn on top. After using my favourite Bockingford Paper for years, which has a distinct texture, I have discovered that the pastels work really well on the smooth Saunders Paper, allowing more detail. I'm also getting back into still lifes in pastel on black paper, and busy stretching canvases to start some new acrylic and or oil paintings to take me through the winter. As our joint studio is so small, (still no news about returning to St Michael's, but watch this space as we hope to hear something soon), I will be painting these in our store on St Michael's (down a dead end alley), which allows me to put up my larger easel and make a mess!
A very memorable exhibition this summer was the Dame Laura Knight exhibition at Penlee House Museum and Gallery in Penzance. Hugely inspiring to see her early charcoal portraits and later looser paintings of her gypsy friends and her beloved Malvern. I love this Museum and Art Gallery, dedicated to the Newlyn School of painters and artists who have lived and worked in Cornwall. The exhibitions are always marvellous.
After what seems like a very long winter and lockdown, we are at last able to emerge from hibernation and get to see some art! There are a lot of exhibitions coming up that I am hoping to get to see, notably the John Nash at the Towner in Eastbourne, Nina Hamnett at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex and Ben Nicholson at Pallant House. But it also means that galleries are open to show my own work, which is very welcome!
At the moment I have three new pieces in 'Spring Into Art' at Sou-SouWest Gallery in Symondsbury, near Bridport, in Dorset. This exhibition is on until 3rd May, so still time to catch it if you are in the area, or look at their website for their online shop which includes much of what is in the exhibition.
From the 1st May I will be showing with my partner David Brooke a selection of smaller pieces of work in a small exhibition space within Artyfacts Studios, 40 St Michael's Lane, Bridport. We're calling this 'Small Treasures'. I've chosen a few of the improvisations I have been working on since Christmas in watercolour and pastel, which are very zingy and colourful. There will also be greetings cards and prints for sale. Artyfacts is a great place to browse or find really interesting and unusual gifts as it is full of arts and crafts, vintage clothing, a flat cap maker and a host of other fascinating things! The exhibition runs until 15th May and is open Tues to Sat, 10 - 4pm.
On the 22 May we have the much awaited start of Dorset Art Weeks, which should have taken place last year but was postponed because of the pandemic. Fingers crossed! I will be showing my work together with David Brooke in the beautiful studio of Sally Davies and Liz Sporne on St Michael's Trading Estate. Venue 126. Check out the website to sign up for up to date information because this year there won't be a guide. A new app will be available soon, together with all the details on the website and a pull out guide in Evolver Magazine. We're open from 10 - 5 every day, so hope to see you there! All covid precautions will be in place to make your visit safe.
My first exhibition since the lockdown was eased, and galleries and venues have reopened, will be with my partner David Brooke at Eype Centre for the Arts, which is an amazing venue located in a beautiful arts and crafts church set high on a hill overlooking the sea and the stunning landscape of the Jurassic Coast. Covid precautions have been put in place so that you can enjoy your visit in safety and there is on site parking available.
On show will be my Sentinel Trees series as well as acrylic and other paintings. There will be cards for sale.
You can also see two of my Sentinel Tree Pieces at the Contemporary Art Gallery, The Space, in Symondsbury, part of Symondsbury Estate, in a pop-up exhibition of paintings which runs alongside their current exhibition 'Contemporary Crafts' until the 21st September.
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Since the lockdown I have been working from home, which has meant that my range of art materials has been a bit limited. I didn't have time to stock up before from either the studio or my local art shop, so I have been using whatever I could find - some tubes of gouache, a pot of silver craft enamel left over from Christmas and in the absence of any paintbrushes, I have been improvising with my make-up brushes! None of my usual work seemed to fit with what has been happening so I have just been creating patterns - using colour in a different way. I quite like the change of emphasis - absolute improvisation - but we'll have to see if this carries on when we come back. You can find more in the Galleries Section
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Monday 11th November 2019
I have just visited the current exhibition 'Autumn Open', curated by Lyme Bay Arts at The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate. Although I am a member of Lyme Bay Arts I decided not to enter work for this exhibition, having just had work in the previous exhibition,'Watercolour Magic', as I didn't feel I had anything that was suitably autumnal. I was very impressed with the range and variety of art work on show in the two spaces LBA now manages, and recommend anyone to see it if possible. It goes on until 27th November.