I am going to be showing my artwork at the Knowle Constitutional Club as part of the wonderful Totterdown Front Room Arts Trail. It is the oldest art trail in Bristol, and has around 200 professional and amateur artists displaying and selling their artwork.Read More
I'm delighted that Artfinder have accepted me as one of their artists, and my shop with them is now open. Showing my work on Artfinder was one of my goals from the beginning of setting up my art business. I really like the design and layout of Artfinder, it presents the art beautifully, and worldwide.
Like the iceberg below the water, the hidden underneath of the theme "At Edge of the City Where the Wild Comes In", is, I think about exploring my relationship with the wild instinctual part of myself. I find this an uneasy relationship, but have decided it's better to work with my nature, rather than trying too hard to be more rational than I can be. Pursuing my passion for my art is allowing myself to follow my nature.Read More
Here's my second experiment in building luminance. I've tried the classic basic structure of an oil painting, darks and lights underneath with coloured glazes over the top.Read More
Following on from my blog post on 30 June, I added another layer to my experiment in creating luminance.Read More
I think art doesn't need to be beautiful, but it's important to me. Three aspects of beauty which appeal especially to me are luminance, high contrast, and pattern. This post is about some work I've started, exploring creating luminance.Read More
This is a summary of what I'm trying to do with my art. It's the conclusion of my thoughts set out in my blog post Thoughts on what comes next...end of my first year. I wanted to set it out by itself, to keep coming back to as I work on each of the four aspects.Read More
I am enjoying thinking about where I am going with my art and a future theme, but I think I also need to think about things to make, not just the ideas behind my creativity. This is a list, a happy day dream of projects I would love to attempt, if I had infinite time and resources.Read More
This phrase, "At the Edge of the City Where the Wild Comes In", keeps coming to mind when I think about what I want to express in art. So much so, that it feels like the centre at the beginnings of a manifesto, or the title of an exhibition. This post is me exploring my half formed ideas about what it means.Read More
Now the arts trail is done, and I'm at the end of my first year, it seems a good time for reflection and to look forward to where I want to go with my art next.Read More
The map for the arts trail is now ready and available to download here.
I've been having fun making a flag to go outside Margot May for the arts trail, based on the poster by Sam Auden of Design and Tonic. It's out for printing at the moment, back on the 6th with any luck. Then just need to borrow a sewing machine to put it together!
And the finished flag...
This morning I took three landscape paintings into the Grant Bradley Gallery for the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail Exhibition. I was really pleased when they contacted me and asked me to submit some pictures. It was a bit last minute getting them finished though - I was painting until 2am this morning finishing the last one!
These are the three pictures I've submitted. All are the same size and shape, and are framed the same, so hopefully will work well as a set.
Other artists taking part in the exhibition are Alex Rezende, Anna Boss, George Harding, Judy Swaffin, Kari Warrener, Lucie Sheridan, Rupert Peploe, Ruth Ander, Sam Auden, and William Duncan.
The exhibition runs from 6 May until 29 May.
I'm going to be showing my work at the gorgeous Margot May Tearoom on North Street, Bristol, as part of the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail. The trail is on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of May. There will be several other artists showing their work at the venue as well, so plenty to see!
The Southbank Bristol Arts Trail is one of the biggest and best established in Bristol. Over a 150 artists will be showing their work at lots of venues throughout BS3 (Southville and Bedminster). There are also performances (many at the Acta Theatre) and workshops on all weekend. There will be maps available listing all of the artists, venues and events, nearer the time.
This is the wedding reading that I wrote for my brother and his bride to be, "Why Get Married?". When they asked whether I wanted to do a reading at their wedding, I had a look online, but couldn't find anything I really liked that I hadn't heard at weddings before; so I had a go at writing them an original reading. It went down well and I was really pleased to have added to their day.Read More
To celebrate my brother's wedding, I painted him and his new wife a bespoke wedding card. When designing the card I focused on a feeling of joy, movement and colour. It features caricatures of the bride and groom dancing out of the venue, with confetti falling round them and flowers by their feet. They loved the card, and I hope it makes a very special keepsake.Read More
I was spending lots of time trying to find the right watercolour brush in Corel Painter 12, so I created this guide; each brush name written in its own brush.Read More
Each time I draw or paint a subject, I get to know it better. I see more detail, and notice how it is different to how I thought it was. For this reason, I like to create detailed sketches before I paint a flower. In this case as well as a pencil drawing, I'm also going to create a pen and watercolour drawing, and a watercolour painting, before painting the study in oils...Read More