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the season changes

the air has the smell of bonfires about it with the sound of crunchy leaves underfoot. the temperature has dropped to almost winter levels and we are on our way through autumn with darker afternoons and longer evenings ahead.  as usual there is still a lot going on in and out of the studio but I’m wearing warmer clothes now.

I’m happy to be an invited artist in a group show,  Shifting States,  at Espacio Gallery in London from 29 November to 11 December.

I will be showing work that began in the depths of the Dorset countryside adjacent to the sea along the Jurassic Coast. Taking inspiration from Seamus Heaney’s poem The Loaning, an Irish word for a pathway between two fields, I used the landscape as a compositional tool to play with colour, texture, space and form. a sense of being betwixt and between informed the work resulting in the lines between representation and abstraction becoming increasingly blurred.

 

and I have work in 2 upcoming print shows:                                                                                                 the Printmakers Council  Loosely Bound 18 November to 1 December and                             East London Printmakers Festival of Print  2 – 11 December

In October I was delighted to have  3 pieces from my history painting series on show at the Wells Art Contemporary annual exhibition in the Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. they were selected by Justin Mortimer, one of the judges this year.  Since I saw his portrait of Harold Pinter in 1992 I have liked and followed his work so it was a pleasure meeting him at the private view and I was happy to be able to thank him for selecting my work for the show.

 

pheasants

a little later than planned, my new year post. wishing you all a healthy, peaceful and creative 2016.

december in the english countryside, dead pheasants are hanging everywhere. on people’s front doors and gates, left by someone who’s shot too many and thinks the recipients would be glad of a roast. yes, a little shocking but true and there they are hanging in all their beauty or lying on the side in someone’s kitchen or at the butcher’s. they run across the road in front of cars in the lanes, no flight, a stupid weaving like a drunk across the path of oncoming cars. everywhere and I didn’t think about it really except that I find them beautiful even when no longer alive. for awhile at least. and there’s a tradition in ‘art’ to paint them. my sketchbook is full of them. here is a selection of monoprints, drawings and paintings. I’m wondering what it means and hope to find out as I carry on.

exciting news!

 

I’m delighted to have  two paintings selected for inclusion in the NOA show 2014!

these are the paintings, from my Abandoned Farms series.

Abandoned Farm 1  abandoned farm

and this is what Brian Sewell has to say about the NOA

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On the Banquette ink and pastel drawing

The New York Optimist

delighted to be featured in The New York Optimist today!

I’ve gone outside

walking the dog in the english countryside I am struck by the quiet and emptiness of many of the farm buildings I pass. many of these buildings don’t fit the methods of modern agricultural practice and are  left to decay. often too,  economic factors mean no money for maintenance.  I have made sketchbook drawings and paintings  exploring  these abandoned farms with their absence of activity. I plan to continue with this theme and create a new series of work from it.