Last week was a blur getting ready for the Holmfirth Art Market: new work to finish, work to collect from the framers, new pieces to have printed and then mount and wrap, the usual pre-show evening spent tucking cards and envelopes in to cellophane wrappers. I had new boards this time and tried to simplify my display. As usual it was an exciting day. Met up with faces that have become familiar, and met some new creative folk.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
'Over the moors'
Here is some of the new work that I have been doing for my upcoming exhibition at Trattles and Gaell in Whitby (from mid July). The work is all based on sketches from my trip to Yorkshire in April. I'm looking forward to it being shown in Yorkshire.
Inspired by work seen at Dorset Open Arts, and by David building a print press, I've been experimenting with some printing. These are monoprints. I like these as they are, strong, direct and gestural but I have also been using monoprints to create the 'bones' of my new work as a change to painting with ink. There'll be more new work on show at the Holmfirth Art Market on June 24th.
Bridport Arts Quarter was a revelation! Tucked behind the town, it's a treasure trove of antique and bric-a-brac stores, vintage clothing, artists studios and small businesses. Housed in converted warehouses it's an exciting example of how creative industries can bring life in to towns and cities. Many artists were showing work for the Dorset Open Arts and it was great to explore and escape the wind and rain.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
And then there's the quandary of the creative life. To do it all the time you have to keep doing it, and again, and again, and once known for working in a certain style, you feel obliged to stick to that. And all the self criticism and self doubt never really goes away, and I guess is at the root of what makes you keep trying, keep experimenting and keep creating. And somewhere along the way, I have made my creativity my job and my business and my raison d'etre but somewhere along the way I feel heavy with the responsibility of keeping on keeping on. I'm too busy! The life I've built has all the component parts I want except that I haven't seen our allotment this year. The making projects I've started with the children haven't got made. The supermarket has become a once a week visit and I'm forgetting to buy local, speed is of the essence. I want someone to gift me an extra day (or two) a week. I'm hoping that having two children at school will help me turn a corner and enable some balance to return to life.
Whilst on holiday we discovered this poster in the window of a junk shop. I'm holding that up as a manifesto for life.
I have turned a creative corner this week and have some new work completed ready to show at Holmfirth Art Market on Sunday 24th June. Pictures to follow.