I found the visual impact at this years show, curated by Tess Jaray quite stunning. The first gallery, the Central Hall has been painted red as a backdrop to the strong abstract painting by artists such as Philip Sutton and Frank Bowling. The largest gallery has many smaller works in an undulating design. …I feel it is such an honour for my painting to be included.
Very pleased to receive the letter from the R.A. telling me that I have one of my square canvases accepted for the Summer Show. I work on fifty square canvases painting over and over from the sub conscious and had decided to just take two at random from the studio wall after my original choice showed signs of problems with the surface of the paint. As the title is always Figure painting 1,2 etc. I really do not know which one is included in the show. I know is from one of the blue series. I look forward to going to London for the ‘vanishing day ‘ and Artists service in St James Church , Piccadilly on the 28th of May
All copy now delivered to my publisher, Philip Gray at Fine Leaf Editions. My new book Kilpeck and the Romanesque in Herefordshire, will be available in time for h’Art week in week in September. I shall be in residence for the week (8th-16th September) at Sue’s Lim’s Blue Ginger gallery in Cradley (www.blue-ginger.com ) and hope to see anyone interested in my work then.
I went to visit the R.W.A. and view the work at this years show which as the comments book seem to confirm, was of a very high standard. My one small square canvas from my Memory Series seem to hint to me a different meaning from how I saw it when placed in the grid of nine on my studio wall…Just as I feel a memory can be experienced in a different kind of way when coming to the surface of ones mind at a later date.
The Altered book round robin is to finish this month, so all nine artists will have their original book returned to them at the end of the nine months of the project. The books will then go to Hereford City Museum and art gallery to be exhibited as part of Hereford Art Week.
The final book in this project and the title of Veroniques’ book is Alan Titchmarsh’s Avant–gardening , A guide to one-upmanship in the garden. I was not inspired by the book or its title and decided to take the subject of gardening and try to create an image of my garden. The four double pages of my section were completely painted over in gouache and acrylic paint to reflect the colours from my garden. Each page was allowed to dry and eventually I proceeded to tear and collage, making just one single double page. I then worked back into the image with pencil. The result is a rather abstract impression of my garden in high summer…rather aesthetically pleasing to my eye.
I am so fortunate to have my studio in the garden of my home in Ledbury. The importance of space to work cannot be over emphasised for any artist – a place to think and develop ideas as well as making finished pieces. Although Life and Community feeds our art, we usually need a place that is ours alone as a retreat, as well as a workshop. After spending time in the studio making work, we may see the world and situations differently…….a shift of focus that comes from expressing what we feel.
For many years, my paintings, collages and prints were visual memories, relating to the shifting moods and atmosphere experienced when visiting ancient buildings and sacred places in the landscape that are somehow set apart. The paintings were made from memory, reflecting the season in which they were painted.
More recently my work has focused sharply on ideas around memory – how memories are stored, linked, modified and organised.
Nine Artists from Ledbury participating in an Altered Book Round Robin, to be completed by September 2011 in time for exhibition at Hereford City gallery h’Art Week (September 11-19th) The Nine artists each choose a discarded book to be worked on – collaged, painted, etc. for a month before passing on to the next contributor.
The coloured plates were well illustrated and I was struck by the way that creatures are necessarily depicted as separate specimens in this kind of book. Therefore, in my section I added no paint or other material, but cut into the images trying to interweave and make connections, in order to illustrate the interdependence of these creatures.