Here are a few photos taken during the 4 day Art in Action event held at Waterperry House in Oxfordshire. It was a terrifically fun event, though exhausting! Thank you to everyone who was there to help and support me. I could not have done it without you.
I have been working on a number of new "Flesh" drawings for the upcoming Art in Action show. You can find photographs of them in the portfolio gallery. These drawings are again charcoal, but on a different surface. I have been experimenting with tissue paper on handmade paper. The two together lend an interesting finish to the drawings.
Today I can present my new website. It has been under construction for a number of weeks. I've changed the design, added some more galleries and blog posts and will be keeping it up to date with all things relating to my artwork. Details of upcoming exhibitions, photos of events and new artwork will be posted here.
I've just been selected to exhibit at the 19th Art Fair at the Frauenmuseum in Bonn this November. The three day event (20 - 22 November) brings together 60 female artists and gallerists to exhibit at the museum. I'll be posting more information as and when I have it, but watch this space ;-)
Here is a short video about the annual Art in Action event. I am very much looking forward to participating this year. It looks like a lot of fun.
I will be demonstrating in the drawing tent at Art in Action this year. This annual event takes place just outside of Oxford, bringing together artists from all disciplines. I will be showing my latest "Flesh" work and demonstrating my drawing practice over the four day event (16 - 19 July).
Further details of the event can be found on their website or in the attached leaflet.
I've been in Florence for the last six months, studying at the Charles H. Cecil Studios. The studio teaches a sight-size approach to drawing and painting from life. My work focused mainly on portraiture with some figure study. Photos of some of this work can be found in the gallery. Much of it remains unfinished, perhaps to be resumed one day.
The private view went off with a bang and plenty of champagne. Here you will find some photographs documenting the evening.
Each "Flesh" drawing is made up of layer upon layer of soft charcoal and white chalk pastel. I use my fingers and hands to blend and smudge the layers to create a landscape of greys, blacks and whites. It is a very tactile process and, as you can see... very messy :-)
I had a photography session with a friend yesterday. She is one of the best models I have worked with. The purpose of this shoot was to gather some more material and ideas for the next phase of my ‘Flesh’ series of drawings. There are a couple of different ideas I want to explore - the sexualisation of the female body when clothing is introduced to naked flesh.
I am planning to experiment with smaller scaled work, which is going to be tricky. My natural tendency is to draw large, larger than life... down-scaling is going to prove a challenge.
I have decided to book a gallery space for my first solo show. The Hepsibah Gallery is in Hammersmith and is a great little space. The exhibition will be from 4th September to the 11th September. This gives me two months to focus on developing my ‘Flesh’ drawings. The exhibition marks the end of my London stay and my return to Florence for full time art study.
I’ve been working in the internet industry for so many years and yet, I have never spent the time to create my very own website. Largely because I had nothing I really wanted to communicate to the world that couldn’t be done in other ways. But... the time has come to establish a ‘presence’ of my own on the world wide web. This website is all about my art and double-life as an artist. I will shortly be returning to Florence to study art full-time again, after a year of working as a project manager... and I can’t wait!