It really has been a long break away from my blog and for that I can only apologise. However, I’m still here and I’m still spending a lot of my spare time creating, in one form or another. Last week while I was talking to a client about social media and the importance of keeping up to date with their website and blog it made me realise that I should be taking some of my own advice and keeping up with my own stuff!
Since Christmas 2014 I’ve been working really hard, slowly and steadily producing work for my show which opens Friday June 12th at Inkwell.
Linea is the culmination of months of work where I have been exploring different aspects of myself, my family relationships and my relationship with the natural world around me.
The body of work includes lots of ink drawings but some of the pieces take on a new ‘style’ where my work has changed from the ornate to the minimal. This was a very planned move in an attempt to try challenge myself and my process. Unsurprisingly drawing hundreds of circles and repeating patterns takes patience but is also very self indulgent and a move to minimalism was an experiment to see if I could show some self control.
Here’s some of the new work I’ve produced while I’ve been away..
Blue Study I
Blue Abstract in three parts – acrylic on canvas 2015
Mother and Child – Acrylic on canvas – 2015
Being a multidisciplinary artist does have its limits. I find that I can only really focus on one things at a time. So for the last six months I’ve been concentrating on painting and drawing. There are 26 pieces of art work being exhibited in Linea, so I’m pretty proud of the fact I’ve been keeping my creative juices flowing while holding down a fairly demanding ‘day job’. I’ve even taken to writing down art days in my diary!
If you are local to Leeds I’d love you to come to my show. There will be jewellery, wine, installation work, drawings and paintings all in the beautiful space that is Inkwell.
The show preview evening is on June 12th from 6pm -8pm
31 Potternewton Lane,
After concentrating on my wire work and Ink drawings for a while I felt it was time to put brush to canvas. I was in desperate need of some paint creative therapy. So, I bought the largest canvas I could physically carry home on a windy Autumnal day. I love that feeling you get when you unwrap a new canvas: a mixture of emotions: trepidation, excitement, confidence, self belief and uncertainty. With the freedom and opportunity to paint whatever I wanted, I could either choose the familiar decorative and detailed work I felt comfortable achieving, or challenge my processes.
“The simplicity of form, the drama of rich, intense colour, the joy of challenge, and the challenge of endurance… The piece, when it is over, is not what is made, but how it is made.”
It’s been so long since I put brush to canvas but the opportunity to exhibit at Inkwell came up and I only had three days to get something done. It’s felt like a hard time of late, much angst, self reflection and self doubt, probably all linked to starting my new job (although I do love it).
The last piece I painted ‘Javanese Cloth’ was on show at the International Womens Day Exhibition and was something I felt relatively comfortable creating despite feeling so rusty. All in all I was pleased with the results and since the piece has now sold and it gained many admirers, it can’t have been bad. For me, in my own heart, I knew I hadn’t really pushed myself. I knew I had chosen an easy option.
This time I wanted a challenge. An idea left over from the Place and memory project was the desire to start a series of portraits. I never paint faces so I knew this could be something I could get my teeth into. As I ripped off the clear plastic covering to my new primed canvas I was excited but nervous to try practice my skills again.
I decided to paint myself, not in a narcissistic way but as an experiment of the actual process, but also to push myself out of my comfort zone artistically.
Rivers Run Deep
Acrylic on canvas 2014
It was a very interesting experiment and one I may want to return to again. The act of painting myself was both painful and cathartic. I am a person who doesn’t like themselves much but as an artist I decorate, embellish and beautify my work with painstaking detail. So the process of spending so much time on ‘myself’ was very odd and felt uncomfortable. My emotions were all over the place as I self analysed, self loathed and questioned every mark or brush stroke. I wanted to destroy and deface what was in front of me, however, my creative side wanted aesthetics and balance and my decorative style was itching to come and play. The two contradictory parts of my persona battled the whole way through this process. Destroy, hate, ugly. Love, nurture, beautify.
I decided to call the piece “Rivers Run Deep” as I understand the way I am: my vulnerabilities, my faults, my insecurities, are not easily changed. We can all try our best to put on our masks but our emotions are strong and run to the core of who we are. Our rivers run deep.
It’s been a while since I wrote on my blog. My new role as development worker means I am spending most of my time at Inkwell and I’m afraid I haven’t been as creative in my spare time as I had hoped I would be. That aside, I do however have some very exciting news to share about my artwork and creative ventures!
The Place and Memory Book is now in the making and my fellow artist friends and I need your help.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise money for the publication of the Place and Memory Book.