I am collaborating with Anna Grayson in an exciting exhibition to be hosted by the new Words and Pictures Gallery in Teignmouth (Devon, UK)
We both re-create famous works of art with a contemporary twist, hence the title of the show Contemporary Classics. Anna makes photographic reconstructions often using herself and husband Des as models. I love art with an element of humour and Anna’s work really makes me smile. Last week we had great fun working on some publicity images for the show, using Jason Noble (owner of the W&P gallery) to model, somewhat reluctantly, as Van Gogh. With his magnificent ginger beard, Jason’s anguished expression came naturally with his discomfort in the role! Contemporary Classics will run from Friday 26 May to Friday 9th June 2017 (inclusive)
Having fun – me, Jason and Anna
Homages to Hokusai’s Great Wave
Amazingly, Pride sold on the very first day of the Finders Keepers exhibition – sooo happy! Last week I completed a second lion to be shipped to NYC Afforable Art Fair with Will’s Art Warehouse – a good example of how 2 works from the same image are the same yet different. The deadline was very tight and I just managed to complete the work in time for framing the day before transport to London arrived at 6.30 am. On the framing day, I woke up realizing what was not quite right about the face so made some stressful major last minute changes – a reminder that it is always good to live with a ‘finished’ piece for a couple of weeks to see any final readjustments needed. On finishing, the sky was dark and it was raining hard – therefore impossible to photograph the work outside in natural daylight as I like to do. So Pride II was snapped indoors using a flash…
Just a taster of an almost-completed work-in-progress… Guess who?!
The client does not wish me to publicize the whole work on my Blog but here is a teaser… (the sitter is not the client!)
Pride (lion) and Buddy (tiger) in situ at Finders Keepers, (Artworks inspired by recycled materials and mixed media techniques) Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney, London SW15 until 13th February.
Just completed this new work: Pride for Finders Keepers exhibition at Will’s Art Warehouse London, starting 7/1/17
Many thanks to all of you who helped solve the mystery of the spike in visitors to my website over New Year – it seems interest was sparked by the posting on Facebook of my Frida Kahlo portrait on a site called Folt Bolt – an amazing collection of art and images, linked by wonderful colour combinations. I particularly love the site header for the New Year – samples of images and patterns in one of my favourite colour combos – turquoise blue and bright red – beautiful!
This beautiful image of alpine plants on the Keplar trail in New Zealand’s south island was sent to me yesterday by an old nursing colleague who emigrated there some years ago. (Hi Lyn!) She thought it would be fitting for my post-yellow period!
Last week I delivered the new Frida Kahlo to Red Propeller gallery in Kingsbridge for a client in the USA. She had wanted it to be as close as possible to the first Frida, and I have done my best, but each work is unique. The first Frida had two hummingbirds in her headdress, but No.2 has butterflies and beetles. (I am now collecting plastic fruit for the headdress on a portrait of Carmen Miranda!)
Tiger was created earlier in the year but has not yet featured on my Blog, so here he is…
So we have arrived at the end of 2016… Today, there has been a record number of views to my site. I haven’t posted anything on my Blog for nearly a month and am unaware of anything new on the internet … can anyone reading this enlighten me please?!
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
Last weekend I was invited to speak about my work as part of the November meeting of the South West Quilters. The audience was a lovely group of about 200 ladies at the fantastic conference centre at Exeter Racecourse. I spoke about my transition from textiles to plastic, encompassing a (very brief) history of the use of found materials in Art, starting with Picasso. Apart from receiving a very warm welcome, I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful quilts shown by the ladies in their ‘Show and Tell’ slot – such talent!
At the moment, I am working on 2 commissions, a portrait of Adele (the singer) for a lady in Australia and portrait of Frida Kahlo for a lady in the USA. The Frida is an interesting challenge – the client wants it to be the same as the first one I made – but this is so difficult! I can’t make 2 pieces exactly the same as I can’t find exactly the same materials. Each work is unique – and that is the beauty of what I do. All I can offer is to try to make it as good as the first, if not better! (Image to follow soon)
I’m off to Bath this week to take my Beethoven Diptych, Composer Decomposed to display in a piano shop there – not to sell – I’d just like him to be seen in a musical setting! If anyone is in the area , it will be at The Piano Shop, 1 & 2 Canton Place, London Road, Bath BA1 6AA from Friday 9th December.