Just looking at my notes from a recent visit to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sussex.  A favourite gallery, especially as they chose to exhibit one of my digital C prints a few years ago as part of their St Winifred’s Hospice/”Outside In”  Open Art Competition. 

In the display of Edward Burra’s paintbox, there was a “Guitar” tube of paint!  I remember them!  Only one, the rest W&N. 

My favourite work is this one:


I liked the contents of room 15 “The British Landscape” most in the exhibition.

I find emotional charge in landscape very inviting.

Currently busy with preparing some work for the next exhibition “Some Kind Of Narrative”  (Stephanie Greenslade and Jenny Meehan).  I am looking forward to this very much, and it is delightful to me to be working with a friend on something, much more enjoyable than putting something on by myself.  More interesting, more to talk about, more to reflect on.  It will be at Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey.  I will put more information up soon. 

“Contemporary Artist”  Mmmm.  Images of pretension stand before me, and I don’t like them.  But when people look for visual art on the net, they look for “art” and “artists”.  So I have to settle for that.

Back from an excellent course at West Dean College led by Ted Vincent.  “Woodcarving” was great…I like wood, I had a feeling I would (Ahhh! I did not intend that pun!) and I learnt some very useful things, most importantly for me how to sharpen my tools and which tools to purchase.  I will carry on, maybe not in 3D…I liked working in 3D, but I have been wanting to try out some woodcuts.  It’s a logical next step forward. 

Here’s an image of my produce.  I am playing around with how I like it best arranged, and since taking this image, I think I have found a better way, but here it is for now.  I also have some small adjustments to make.  I have to admit to a certain complacency on day three of the course, as I had done the majority of the cutting, and I wanted to practice sharpening tools.  So I faffed  about.   I liked the polishing wheel and the grinder: it brought back memories of my Dad, a Locksmith and Toolmaker, and I spent a fair bit of time first making tools blunter than they were when I got hold of them, and finally making them sharper.   


Still have some adjustments to make.  Was a lovely course, great tutor, really helpful and encouraging.  Did a fair amount of research over the time there too.  Looking at Paul Nash (again!), examples of Japanese pattern/printmaking, and Christian symbolism.   


Enjoyed the Society of Wood Engravers 74th Annual Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. There is nothing like the graphic clarity of black and white printing, and how pleasing to the eye the meticulous and committed mark. Drawing! Drawing! Drawing! (I have abandoned you with my explorations into paint and texture right now, but what a timely reminder to return) to lines, lines this way and that, overlapping lines, lines pressing against each other, lines tailing off, lines colliding, lines confronting, lines integrating and rebelling against each other. Lines defining, in the way that only lines can. I won’t forget. The time will come. I found myself very attracted to fanciful creatures, imaginary beasts and have made a note to myself to create some imaginary fish. I have some wood, and it needs cutting. However, for work far more skilled than I will be producing in this medium: http://www.banksidegallery.com/viewexhibition.aspx?exhibitionid=44

What I will be doing soon in relation to wood is a wood carving course at West Dean College, Near Chichester, Sussex with tutor Ted Vincent.  I’m thinking of working on a relief carving of a fish.   While I won’t be printing with my carving, I am hoping that I will also gain some technical skills which I can carry over into using in different ways.  At some point I wish to work on some relief carving of limestone slabs…As usual I have far too many ideas and too little time!  It has been my experience though, that this is not such a bad thing, as long as one does have the ability to focus in when necessary.  Indeed, a diversity of ideas, reflections, inclinations, and of experimention with different materials, can mean, (if what is learnt is put into practice in other media), that avenues of creativity and expression are opened up in a way which would not have been possible in any other way.  Different materials and techniques have much to offer eachother, and stop ones work from growing stale. 



“Inner Strength” Charcoal Drawing from life by Jenny Meehan. 

I feel  grateful right now for all those people who, in a spirit of genuine compassion and love, have enriched my experience of life through their kindness and consideration.  It is these things which give us inner strength, and enable us to work in the world in a beneficial way.

Visited the  Saatchi Gallery.  Two items of interest here for me.  I REALLY liked  the gallery with Gert and Uwe Tobias’ large works, see:  http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/gert_tobias.htm   I am increasingly rather fond of woodcuts and to see these collages  of  printed paper put together to make such large work was bound to be of interest.  What intelligent use of colour and design.  There is no denying the power of the two working together.  I love that pressed down application of powerful pigment/oil ink.  Quality, and quantity! 

 I also liked the sculptures of Georg Herold 2010 and 2011.  The combination of the underlying form of the battens and the stretched canvas with its violent lacquer colour coating really works well as a means of expressing the human form and the work was both beautiful to the eye and technically a wonderful achievement for sure.     See: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/georg_herold.htm?section_name=artists_germany

A wobbling mirror made me feel quite ill, and wasn’t working properly;  it was meant to start vibrating when you stood in front of it, which it didn’t!  There is quite a lot I won’t mention, due to a mixture of lack of interest on my part, and the precious nature of time. 

Below a small section of one of my paintings.  This was oil, but I am using a lot of acrylic now, mainly to experiment with texture  in a more explicit way.      

Visit to the Jerwood Visual Arts on Union Street  SE1 0LN.  Of most interest to me was “Burn Burn Burn” (2007) a work by Glithero (Sarah van Gameren and Tim Simpson).  I could watch this for hours…a flame travels through time along a  flammable screen printed decorative pattern of paint  on a wooden panel (in this setting) which  leaves a charcoal trace as it progresses.  Also on display are past patterns made with the same process.   “Literally and metaphorically it is the ashes of a process”.  And on their  website “ The work is presented in a broad spectrum of medium, but follows a consistent conceptual path; to capture and present the beauty in the moment things are made”  A worthy aim, in my opinion, and what beautiful work it is:  http://www.glithero.com/   Time and transformation…..mmmmm.

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