Ah yes, it is my favourite place.  West Dean College is where it all started for me in 2005 when I attended the “Sculpture with Wire”  Course tutored by David Farrer.   My sculpture “Articulation” hangs in my studio as a beautiful reminder of a kind of birth… I nearly sold it a couple of years ago, but I am quite glad I still have it for now. I may well continue working on it in the future.  That course worked as a kind of take-off pad for me I think… to suddenly have a whole week to be creative made me realise how fundamental my creativity is to my existence.  And one course turned into several more over the years, mostly involving working with metal, but two in painting.  Short but sweet.

I am playing it safe this year and attending an excellent course by John T Freeman.  I know it’s excellent because I did it a couple of years ago.  (I say “playing it safe”  because I have attended a course which just wasn’t the right kind of thing for me before, and this is a very discouraging experience.)  The painting course is only for a week,  but I just cannot wait.

Image is one taken at West Dean Gardens in the Spring.  My heart’s gone out of making photographic images right now, but I take a little time now and again to fiddle around with past images with Adobe Photoshop.   And it is a very handy skill to have as an artist.  Good for putting work up on the internet, sending it here and there, entering competitions and all that stuff.  However, I worry at times that there may be glue on the stool that I sit on in front of the computer.  You sit down, thinking you are just going to check your emails, and then look up one hour later, and realise you are still there!  So I presently work as little as I can on the computer, and as much as I can with paint.

Having said that, occasionally I am tempted to play around on screen.  Hence  “Morning River, West Dean”, which was an image originally taken in 2007.   It’s a nice little game, but I would not claim that my current photographic images are anything special in themselves.  They are an artistic product without any great craftsmanship.  Some knowledge, a limited tool in the shape of my  distinctly unprofessional camera, and the computer magic of software.  Yet there is value in it for me all the same.  But I am not a photographer, no, I am not.  The beauty of it, for me, has all drained dry.  I am pleased with what I have done in the past, and I am keen to continue some threads started in the past,  but I don’t see much future in it for me.

This type of black and white image ” Morning River, West Dean”  IS something I will continue with, and rather interestingly, it is something in the vein of which I started with. Stuck all over my “Articulation” sculpture (2005) are black and white photocopied images of the branches of a tree in my garden.   I was struck so by the patterns of the branches of different trees, by the whole system of a tree, by the relationship between the overarching pattern or design and that of each unique individual tree.  So it appears I have come full circle!

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Back from the Awards Ceremony at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.  Great to see the delightful selection of work, and it was also very interesting to see a slideshow of all the work which was entered for the competition.  Many great pieces were not selected.  I am  grateful that one of my works was displayed as part of the exhibition.    I hope they get even more entries next year, as the way that the gallery have linked up with St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a wonderful thing, and it would be good for even more money to go to the Hospice and also to “Outside In” 

See this link for more;

http://www.openart.stwh.co.uk/2010_entries

Here is one of my works which was not shortlisted, but entered in the competition:

One of the entries for the St Wilfrid's Hospice/Pallant House Gallery Open Art Exhibition 2010

Very pleased to say that “Don’t Bank On It (Still Life)” has been selected for the St Wilfrid’s Open Art Competition in Association with Pallant House Gallery!  What is wonderful about this exhibition is that money will be redirected to a good cause and help enhance the quality of many peoples lifes, so I do hope it lots of work is sold and that the exhibition is a great success.  The exhibition is in the Studio at Pallant House and entry is free so do come along and look at the work on display.  There are 43 different artists exhibited in the gallery with a slideshow of shortlisted entries.  They had approximately 250 entries this year.  The exhibition runs from 3rd June until the 2nd July 2010.

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