Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Side turn back into metal clay

Enjoying working in silver clay again! (My previous work can be seen here
on flickr).

This piece is based around wrapped fine silver wire.
As silver clay shrinks during firing, the wire armature method is especially useful for rings made to a set size.

It's the kind of piece you can work on by building up layers
of clay slip, and also torch fire in the kitchen, although I always
kiln fire them too at the later stages.

Here's the latest photo of the ring - in - progress:

...and an earlier shot of the ring, before firing:

Monday, 19 September 2011

Work in progress, mid -September

New impasto abstract, "Red Queen In Autumn"

Oil on Canson Figueras sized painting paper, 40 x 36 cm.  

... and a couple of details:

These details will lead to further paintings I think, this time..   I need to explore working with broader strokes using larger brushes or ideally larger painting knives.

Loving my new Mameiri Classico Cadmium Red Light.

The title also refers to an Italian "giallo" film, "La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte", English title "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times".  It has a brilliant  Bruno Nicolai soundtrack which I've been listening to a lot lately.  I find a lot of his work autumnal, in an exciting blustery way.  Here's a highlight, 

Red Queen In Autumn  etsy link

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Leafing through a book on Australian art this afternoon I chanced upon a small image of Ian Fairweather's Monsoon.  
Wonderful work! I wish I could find more about this artist on the web. 
Please let me know if you have other links to images/ info. Thanks!

James Kalm on the Willem de Kooning Retrospective at MoMA

I was really excited to watch part 1 of James Kalm's video of the de Kooning retropective at MoMA:

So much amazing never-seen-before (by me that is :-D) work!
I think I am going to have to watch it hourly for a week or two to
really take it all in!  Thanks so much, James.

edited to add: parts 2 and 3 now up.

detail from "Secretary"

detail from one of the 
oil on composition board pieces

detail from "Black Friday"

I was particularly taken by the white-on-black oil (and/ or enamel?)
on composition board paintings, sometimes having
flashes of colour.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Exhibiting at Wirksworth Festival This Weekend

This coming weekend (10th and 11th of September) my work will form a part of Wirksworth Festival's Visual Art Trails. 

The fantastic opening weekend when art takes over the town 

The whole town becomes a gallery with more than 170 artists and makers showing their work in private homes, historic building, gardens, shop windows and churches.  A great chance to buy affordable art, meet the artists and take a peek at some of Derbyshire's best interiors! 

Stay for the whole day and enjoy our FREE events in the evening.  The Launch of StarDisc on the 10th September at 7:00pm followed by a screening of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'presented by QUAD at 8:30pm will provide an exciting end to the fantastic first day.

On the 11th September at 3:00pm, the Festival will be embracing its historic roots with'Clypping the Church' taking place at St Mary's Church in the heart of Wirksworth.  Everyone is welcome to take part in this ancient ceremony which sees the the congregation join hands in thanksgiving to completely encircle the Church. 

Other events taking place will be 'Unbroken Thread', a site-specific, multi-media installation performed by felt-maker Denise Stanton, choreographer Debbi Hedderwick and musician Tullis Rennie and a vibrant outdoor production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by acclaimed theatre company Jagged Fence in a stunning setting setting. 
Just opened in April 2011, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Wirksworth to Duffield line will be running Festival Specials, starting from 9:10am from Duffield with the last train from Wirksworth at 6:20pm.

My work will be on view in the Old School House, Wood Street, Wirksworth (rather than in Groom' s Cottage Coldwell street as listed in the trail guide)

edited to add:  Heartfelt thanks to Moira and Ivan, the venue hosts, and to Rachael Pinks, fellow exhibiting artist, for being so kind and supportive!  
Rachael is a wonderful artist and she has a great art blog here

City of Mad Priests/Flurry/Sub Rosa

above: Sub Rosa 

below: City of Mad Priests (sold)