Thursday, 26 November 2015

Christmas Shows

The last few weeks have been very buy ones, getting paintings finished nd then photographed/framed and into galleries in time for their christmas shows. But all that's done so I really aught to let you all know where they have gone.

First to open is Mansfield Park Gallery's 150 Years With Alice, which had it's private viewing last sunday. The show is wonderful, with a nice range of work around the Alice theme, including Fran Hanley's charming multi media works.

This friday (the 27th) there are three openings. The first, and the one I'm attending, is the RSA Open on the mound in Edinburgh. I'm delighted to be showing with them for the first time and am really looking forward to seeing all the work tomorrow night in such grand surroundings.

Also in fairly grand surroundings is the Glasgow Art Cub on Bath Street, whose winter show I helped hang on tuesday. It all looks great and the re-opening of the main halls means more artists are putting in work than has been the case for a few years. There has also been a few really great new members elected recently that will be showing their work here for the first time. Also there is a small works show, including one of my drawings, in the reception/bar area - so nice to see so much work up in one place!

Art Exposure Gallery at 516 Great Western Road are also having their christmas opening that night, from half five generally. Again there will be a big variety of work and a very warm welcome - I wish I had a jet pack or something to travel between all three shows!

Saturday afternoon is the next opening, at RGI Kelly Gallery . This is a postcard exhibition with most works under £300 and unframed - I'll be trying to go along to catch a bargain.

And finally there will be The Smithy Gallery , opening on Sunday the 6th of December. Again this is a group show and knowing the quality of artist's that exhibit here I'm looking forward to seeing all the paintings up on the walls.

Hopefully I'll see some of you at at least one of these shows!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

WIP 23rd September

Finally a painting week - 5 probably done paintings and three more started.

Some studio tidying/clearing as well, as it is Open Studios on the 3rd and 4th October. It's really nice to have some space again and to get some new finished works up on the wall.

As you can see two of the new paintings are the 12 x 16 inch size - and one is my first big paper mask painting. Can't wait to see what these look like finished, as they look pretty strong already. The other one doesn't have as clear tonal differences and I'm more nervous about it but the plan is for there to be some subtle painting things going on, to counteract the dramatic subject matter. Next week you should be able to see how I've progressed - I might completely change my mind.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

WIP 16th Sept 2016

Another mainly drawing week - as you can see I've been doing more 12x16 inch drawings as I really like this format and am planning a little series - out of the 14 drawings I can see me painting about eight of them, to join the two paintings I've already done. (you can get a glimpse of those in progress back at the start of August ). I've also started planning some bigger paintings, but feel I'm still very much in the beginning stages of this - and I feel that I'm going to need some time and experimenting to get this right. So for the time being I'll mainly be sticking to smaller things, under a couple a feet.

Oh, and I've started tidying in preparation for the open studios at Hanson St on the 3rd and 4th of October - would love to see some of you there!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

WIP 9th September

A bit of a drawing week this one, partly because I didn't have a lot of studio time and partly as I wanted to explore the 12x16 inch format more. One of the changes that I'm planning is working with a more limited range of sizes and this one seems to fit a single figure quite well. Not all of these drawings will become paintings as some ideas are just better than others - the top right in particular I think should be a smashing painting, although I prefer the ones on the left as drawings.

So I had a day painting, in which I may have finished the top two and have made progress on the other two - if they have dried enough they will get more done tomorrow, with the little cat probably being finished then. The other one I suspect will take some time - not least because the aluminium is new to me and I'm still not decided if I'll leave part of the surface bare or not. Any opinions?

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

WIP 2nd Sept 2015

Mainly painting again this week - started four new paintings and done more work on six others, from changing the background to fully finishing. Eight of these should get finished over the next week and then I'll move on to finishing the five still lifes that have been in progress since before May. It will be a relief both to finish the uncompleted works and to get a batch of new paintings up on the walls.

Although I'm itching to get started on some bigger paintings based on the drawings I've done so far that might have to wait a few weeks until after the Open Studios at Hanson Street in the first weekend in October. Up until then I'll mainly be limiting myself to smaller works - I've been having ideas about a new series of works, all 12x16 inches. The plan presently is to spend Saturday doing drawings in preparation for these, so we'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

WIP 25th August 2015

Finally (finally!) I've managed to spend a whole day painting - woohoo!

So what did I do? Well, I finished the two back views that you could see a couple of posts ago but they are now at the framers so aren't in this pic. I'm very pleased with them, which is good as they are the first paintings done entirely post-op and as part of the new project.

I also got started on a new little portrait and put a basic layer of colour on all the paintings I had started the week before. In the coming week I hope to finish at least a couple of these. And I did some work on paintings that have been up on the wall for months - there's a little more to be done with the still life and a lot for the girl with the hat. The dragonfly winged lady though is done which is a relief as she has been causing an awful lot of trouble and at once stage I was worried she was just on too small a scale for me. But in the end it was the colour that needed balanced more than anything.

What else? two new models and two new drawings as well as the start of a studio clean/re-organisation and a trip to Edinburgh - it's been a busy week!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

WIP 19th Aug 2015

It's been almost a fortnight since my last WIP and this is what I've done. Not a whole lot, really, but through a combination of car trouble, visiting the Edinburgh Festival and photographing new models I've only had two actual painting days.

One of which was my first full day painting since the op. As well as finishing the teacakes I started four new paintings. I'm starting small, since I have a lot of small canvases lying about and I have various ideas I want to try, so the bigger ones will have to wait a little while.