Friday, 20 April 2018

Limitations and opportunities.

Six and a half years into my Artist Residence in Motherhood and I've adapted to life without a studio, my work has had to change. With my boys at school I now have some extended time to devote to creating a new body of work and developing the ideas that have been brewing for so long.
Limitations can be liberating, pushing you to experiment with ways of working that you might otherwise have dismissed. Small blocks of time, having to make use of materials I already own, limited space and an overwhelming wealth of raw, emotional source material and inspiration has lead me to begin this series of small watercolours.

There have been an equal number of complete disasters! Watercolour is so immediate, unforgiving and temprermental. So much harder to master than oil paint or drawing but compleatly appropriate for images inspired by motherhood, where your victories and mistakes all muddle together in a very raw, visceral and often muddy, frustrating, but in equal measure, beautiful and awe-inspiring way. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

Artists' Postcards a Compendium

One of my 'Unsaid Words' postcards is featured in a new book produced by Reaktion books, written by Jeremy Cooper. There are a few of the others pictured on this brilliant blog, Artists' Books and Multiples. And a show of the postcards is on at the moment at Spike Island, Bristol. A must see!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Open art 2012

This new drawing 'On Paper' will be on display along with a recent, small sculptural work, 'Endings', in the Open exhibition at The Black Swan Gallery, Frome. 10th February - 31st of March.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New painting commissions.

I'm working from home at the moment, taking a sabbatical from my studio as our new baby is due in September. So I'm back to doing some portraiture again, and loving it!
I can't wait to be able to sketch our new arrival. In the meantime I'm going to be working (gently!) on a few small oil paintings that I've been waiting to get on with for a while.

I've just seen a little mention I have in this months Ideal Home magazine, with a couple of past portrait works featured (better images on my contact page.) I hope to do some similar works in the next few months and try a new angle on the style that I've been planning for a while. Watch this space..... images to follow.... gradually (baby permitting)!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

My new Library Dust books

Interior of 'Kept out of the way of progress'

Interior of 'We now have an alternative interpretation'

Making the most of the library dust I've collected from the floor of a University library. These two new works are arranged more deliberately than my earlier 'Library Dust' pieces. I feel they are more successful, drawing attention to the interesting shapes, textures, colours and details amidst the fragments.

'Kept out of the way of progress'

'We now have an alternative interpretation'

Friday, 29 April 2011

New Work at Spike Island

This weekend I've taken the opportunity to develop some ideas I've been working on with my withdrawn library books at the Spike Island Open Studios. I'll be there on Monday if you fancy coming along.