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.

 

still outside but looking in too

I took my portraits to the gallery today for hanging. while they have been framed and wrapped waiting to go I’ve carried on with my abandoned farms. some drawings in my sketchbook

and three small paintings

I have two more paintings on the easel but am finding it difficult to get what I want from them. when this happens, as it does from time to time, I find the best thing is to leave it completely and focus on something else.  I  used up the paint on my palette with two quick studies of a gerbera and a cyclamen on my kitchen window sill.

exhibition news

I am part of an artists’ co-operative gallery in  Shoreditch, east London,  called Espacio and  am happy to be included in a group exhibition there showing some of my portraits.  it would be lovely to meet you at the preview Thursday, 3rd April 6 to 10,  or on Monday, 7th April when I will be in the gallery from 4 to 7. the exhibition is on until 8th April.

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