Two More

Since that wonderful experience in the Courthouse Gallery in Somerton, I’ve had two more exhibitions, both of them unsolicited.  The first was in the Heritage Centre in Dulverton, Somerset.  It was a small room, and didn’t suit the work half as well as Somerton, plus I had to man it for the whole week. I did sell another six pieces, so I shouldn’t complain.

The second was at CICCIC in Taunton town centre, and as such should have attracted a large number of visitors.  It was a joint exhibition with three other artists, and was called ‘The Life of the Artists’.  It was to celebrate the part that life drawing played in our work.  I wasn’t allowed to put in any of my drawings, but just my prints, which kind of defeats the object, which was to show how I work from drawing to print. I was surprised to find out that I was the only artist to submit framed work!  It was the largest preview I have ever been involved with, and yet I sold nothing! 😦  A lesson learned.

Dulverton Heritage Centre

Dulverton Heritage Centre

Drawings and prints

Drawings and prints

Preview at CICCIC with guests

Preview at CICCIC with guests

Flyer for CICCIC

Flyer for CICCIC

 

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I’m in the Courthouse

Yesterday was the preview of my exhibition ‘Love Life’ in the Courthouse Gallery Somerton, Somerset.  The exhibition is different from every other I have had, in that it is just nudes… Now, there’s a surprise!  Nearly all my work is based on the human figure, but this one has none of my mixed media pieces and none of the ‘America’ series.

The Courthouse is an amazing building, dating from the 17th century, still featuring the actual place of judgement and the holding cells beneath, and some of the doors are three inches thick with iron studs.

The weather was really bad with a gale blowing all day knocking trees down and flooding roads but despite that a few hardy souls turned out and we all ended up having lunch in the pub next door.

Nina who runs the gallery has been amazing, and has organised everything from flyers to bubbly and snacks. Thankyou. 🙂

Post Exhibition

Well, we managed to get the exhibition down yesterday, and what a mammoth effort it was. I have sold six pieces, which more than covers my costs.  I had almost given up on any sales, when on the day before the last, people came back and bought things they had seen in the week before.  We have had some amazing comments in the visitors book, which has filled us with confidence for next year.  We plan to have another joint exhibition in July, so watch this space…..

Dick Hewitson and me caught by Colin Winstanley.

Dick Hewitson and me caught by Colin Winstanley.

Metamorphosis

This Saturday saw the private view of the biggest exhibition I have ever had. It was the inaugural exhibition of a new gallery in Honiton, Devon called Woodhayes. I was sharing the exhibition with my old friend Dick Hewitson who is an abstract landscape painter. In theory our work shouldn’t go together at all, but there are so many similarities in both colour and form that we are constantly being surprised by how well they look on the walls. The gallery is a new, wonderful, bright, airy space and looks out over a lush Devon landscape. We have spent two days mounting the exhibition and have put up one-hundred-and-forty-two pieces roughly shared between us. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to assemble such a large number of pieces in the same place.  Lovely friends and colleagues turned up to the the preview, and now we must hope for some serious buyers to find us in this great new gallery.

Painted ladies

Painted ladies

Nudes and Hills

Nudes and Hills

Staircase to upper gallery

Staircase to upper gallery

Mixed print media

Mixed print media

Scrubbers and Indians

Scrubbers and Indians

 

 

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Dick’s Ledges series.

Time Flies Like an Arrow… Fruit Flies Like Bananas

It’s been a while since my last post, but things have been very intense, and writing about my failures is a bit off-putting. Needless to say, I am flying solo once again, and am quite enjoying it.

I’ve had a few good experiences this year with an exhibition in Taunton with the brilliant printmaker, Mo Lancaster, being part of a joint Devon Artists Network exhibition in the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.  Having a solo exhibition in Ashburton, Devon at Artspace@57, (a lovely little gallery, with a fantastic proprieter, Karen Pearson) and finally being artist of the month at No 4, Bampton. This last exhibition was the most successful, having made a few sales. But this has all been leading up to Devon Open Studios, which is taking place from the 5th September til the 20th September. I’ve been painting the studio and getting work mounted, and am at last organised and ready to go.

Utilising the conservatory

Utilising the conservatory

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Plants that bite!

Plants that bite!

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It looks so tidy!

It looks so tidy!

Cards are a great idea...

Cards are a great idea…

The Beast...

The Beast…

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I just hope the weather is reasonable and that people come along to see the work.

Art at the Works

For the last three weeks I’ve been getting ready for an exhibition at The Works Gallery in Tavistock, Devon.  The gallery is a lovely little space on the ground floor of an architect’s office, and I was very keen to exhibit there. The selection of work was both old and new pieces, and a mixture of drawing, painting and print work, with an emphasis on collagraph and relief prints.  I also included some of the pieces from Newlyn, and some that I’ve completed since. The preview was on Friday night and I sold two drawings and one small print. I am entirely happy!

Two new and two older.

Two new and two older.

Two red dots.

Two red dots.

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Still Hot

The hot weather is still keeping me out of the studio, but I’ve worked on a few of the pieces I brought back from Newlyn. The first was using a mixture of oil paint and oil pastels, a medium I’ve never really tried before, the other two were using a mixture of thin oil paint and charcoal.

Oil paint and oil pastels

Oil paint and oil pastels

Oil paint and charcoal

Oil paint and charcoal

Oil paint and charcoal

Oil paint and charcoal


There was an extra life drawing session last week, and the bonus was it was with one of my favourite models. I tried one or two of the techniques I used in Newlyn.
Oil pastels

Oil pastels

Partially erased charcoal

Partially erased charcoal

Prtially erased charcoal

Prtially erased charcoal

Oil paint and charcoal

Oil paint and charcoal

Partially erased charcoal

Partially erased charcoal


Even the two minute poses seem to be done with more confidence. I have booked up to do another two day course in October.