I have just signed off the final proof for my book about Edward Thomas. The book will be published in time for the Ledbury Poetry Festival 4th – 13th July. The launch will be at Ledbury Books and Maps in Ledbury on Saturday 21st June
The cover design and and piles of sketchbooks and other artwork will be delivered to the publisher this week in preparation for scanning the images for my new book about Edward Thomas. The main section of text for the book is my personal selection of poetry and prose written by Thomas who tragically died in the First World War. I am fortunate to live in Ledbury and able to walk and sketch the countryside around nearby Dymock, where a group of famous poets, including Edward Thomas and his friend, Robert Frost lived and worked during the summer of 1914
Many birds feature in the poems of Edward Thomas so whilst researching for my new book, I have been visiting the Hereford Museum Resource Centre to draw from the Natural Science Collection. We have an extensive collection of paintings etc and artefacts including costumes in Hereford, that must be preserved despite the government cutbacks that are threatening our museum and library service.
I am working on a new book to be published in time for Hereford Art Week in September this year. The book will contain a selection of Poetry and prose by Edward Thomas, one of the Dymock Poets who settled around the village of Dymock near Ledbury during the summer of 1914 just before the First World War. Many of the images are being sourced from my sketchbooks worked on during walks around the Dymock countryside or sometimes developed on my return to the studio.
The results are now available for the R.W.A. Open Exhibition and I have one painting accepted and hung and one accepted but not hung. Looking forward to traveling down to Bristol for the traditional Varnishing Lunch this Saturday, after which, this exhibition held each year in the splendid galleries in Bristol will be open to the public ..until the end of January 2014.
I have just taken delivery of a new late summer May Hill print in response to requests during h’Art week for an A4 size print that will be approximately 16 x12 inches when mounted. The May Hill paintings are made in the season from memories of walking in the countryside around the Hill.
Price for Nov. – Dec. 2013 £35 unframed £60 framed in ash
I have two paintings accepted for the Hereford Open exhibition, held as part of h’Art, at the City Gallery. The work is selected for this annual exhibition on merit and the artists all live, study or work in Herefordshire. The exhibition runs from 7th September – 30th October. …closed Mondays. This painting..titled Anthony was made after making dozens of drawings based on the face, while attending a master class with Jesse Leroy Smith R.A. in Cornwall earlier this year .
I am again opening my studio for Hereford Art Week 7 – 15th September. The brochures are now available from all galleries, T.I.C.’s and other usual venues around the county or visit www.h-art.org.uk. I am revisiting and reworking the motif of the crow as messenger in a new series of small square paintings alongside new paintings about memory and sacred places.
Please visit our Ledbury BooksArts exhibition at the Shell House Gallery in the Homend, Ledbury HR81BT ..open every day, 10a.m.-5p.m. during the Ledbury Poetry Festival. 5th -14th July. www.shellhousegallery.co.uk
An exhibition of artist’s books as objects, ideas, time-travel, mind mapping, revolutions; unique and poetic.