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Only two weeks to go!!

peace be with youColin and I are both working hard in our respective studios in preparation for our exhibition ‘Two of us’.   We are lucky enough to have both the large and small galleries at the horsebridge so we are thinking what to do with the smaller gallery.   Perhaps a view into the mind of a painter?   Stuff collected and sometimes used, sometimes rejected.   Our work is often based around memories or journeys and photographs and postcards collected as aide memoire.   Back to the studio now ….

Exhibition approaching

My exhibition with Colin Whitaker is fast approaching so I have been in the studio working hard.   The exhibition is called ‘Two of Us’ and the idea is from the song by the Beatles.

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone’s
Hard earned pay
Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving

On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

Two of us sending postcards
Writing letters
On my wall
You and me burning matches
Lifting latches

On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
Standing so low
In the sun
You and me chasing paper
Getting nowhere

On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

Our paintings are based on our memories of places, people and things – journeys that we have made and the things that we see.

Horsebridge Centre – 21st September – 28th September

Working together

My artist friend Natalie Bennett and I are working together on some paintings.   We are using the same source material to make individual paintings.   I have just seen two of hers which are finished – mine are a long way off at the moment.  It is interesting to see how we are similar in our approach and also different.   The spice of life and all that!!

Lino Prints

catfishI have been doing some lino prints over the last couple of days.   Our Monday art group have an exhibition coming up in July at the Fishslab Gallery and our theme is ‘Fish-Lab’ so all things fishy are going to be on show.   This is my interpretation of a cat-fish – more like a Cheshire-cat-fish really!!

May 2016

painted-face
Painted face
Violinist
on-stage
On stage

I thought that I would write a little here about what I am doing.   My subject matter is currently about my daughter Charlotte who is a performer and musician.   She is in a show which is a modern day circus called Alice in Wasteland.   It is a modern take on Alice in Wonderland but all about waste and ecology.   It is this that is fuelling my painting at the moment.   I have also begun to look at all performers and the masks that they wear, both literal and metaphorical, which in turn has led me to look at African masks and the ‘masks’ that we all wear in different situations in our daily lives.