Today - 9th November 2019

It’s handing in today and tomorrow at the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, for the ‘Friends of the Burton’ Winter Exhibition. The Burton Art Gallery, now know as the Burton at Bideford, hosts this event each year at this time and it is an opportunity to find some attractive and engaging works that could make lovely Christmas presents for some lucky people. 

I have handed in two works - ink paintings on Yupo paper, mounted and framed under glass, entitled Monochrome I & II, both priced at £295. 00, images below, and hope at least one will be hung. Do go and have a look. The exhibition private view is on Friday 15th November and the exhibition runs from 16th November - 22nd December. The Burton is open seven days a week 10am - 4pm, apart from Sundays when the opening is 11am.

Today - 29 October 2019

Its been a cold day today - a day for indoor day jobs - and I have been applying to submit work to another couple of exhibition opportunities.  

I am a member of North Devon Arts, a local art society based in this area, who have a Christmas exhibition coming up next month. Today has been a time for sorting out what to submit - only two works - but I wanted them to be quite recent and not shown anywhere else before now. 

The first one,  Primero Y Ultimo, was created following a trip to Spain, to the caves in Altamira, where there are  cave paintings from eons ago. The caves were first discovered in the 1860’s, and excavation began, completing in the 1960’s when it was found that the paintings were deteriorating from human contact and light. Archivists and others then set about creating the paintings that we can see today, using, as far as possible, replicas of paint and image. A couple of years ago, we also visited Ronda in Spain, and had a tour of the corrida, the bullring. Although bullfighting is not something I condone, the way in which the beast is revered, was. Therefore, the image is an amalgam, of images that translated from my head to my hand, to my brush. 

The second one is called, Hot Rock, and to me, speaks about the movement of the planet’s layers, deep beneath the surface. Hope you like them.

Today - 23rd October 2019

It’s handing in day for works to the RNLI Exhibition at the Yacht Club in Instow, nr Bideford, Devon. I have put in 4 pieces - hoping that they will all be hung. The exhibition is an annual event to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboats Institution, with artists in the locality submitting works for sale.  It’s only a short exhibition over the period from 24th - 27th October. The Private view is tonight, 23rd and we are hoping for a good attendance.

As a matter of interest, I have uploaded images of the pieces on display at the RNLI Exhibition. The three Summer Study series works are in watercolour, a medium I rarely work with, but they were created during an experimental workshop - working wet into very wet as you can see.  They are very small pieces and priced accordingly. The fourth image is quite different and is in oils. This landscape was inspired following a late summer’s walk in our locality. The Tarka Trail, is a walking/cycle way that follows what was once an old railway line near to my home and this was a view taken along that route on our way to Instow. Unfortunately that view may not exist any longer due to ongoing construction work.

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