I've Moved

0 comments Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Hello Everyone..
I've moved my blog to Wordpress.
I hope you'll come over and say hello.
I received an Arts Council Grant to expand my work into  digital media, and part of this process involved having an online diary. I find wordpress a bit easier.
I hope you can pop along..

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Cy Twombly Dies

2 comments Friday, 8 July 2011
Cy Twombly was probably my most favourite painter. I loved his work, his images to me like icons. Images that I constantly return to for inspiration, comfort even. It is very sad to know that the book has closed for such an iconic master.
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Summer Exhibition

1 comments Thursday, 9 June 2011
New Works on paper on Exhibition at Cadogan Contemporary from July 5th until September 3rd.

My Studio without a roof!
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Oh the joys

2 comments Thursday, 26 May 2011
of having two teenage daughters who have just finished their end of year exams. The whole house seems lighter!
My Studio is undergoing some serious work, cracks mended and leaks sorted, so I'm studioless for a couple of weeks. I'm putting a proposal together to apply to the Arts Council for funding. Wish me luck..
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My Friends New Blog

0 comments Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hi, check out my friends new blog.
They make some of the most beautiful work, a lot of which is all in the public domain and fantastic.
Check it all out and maybe follow them too!
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Website Update.

2 comments Tuesday, 10 May 2011

New Pages

Just put a couple of new pages on my website..
Still got to do the slideshow pages yet. 
But have a look. Your thoughts/any problems would be appreciated..

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1 comments Friday, 6 May 2011
Fine Line Drawing 2011. Work on Paper 32cm x 32cm
A New Drawing. Exploring synapses and Memory Maps.

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It's That Time of Year

4 comments Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Having spent the last couple of weeks away from my studio, entertaining friends and recharging my batteries, I was so looking forward to getting back into my space, but the paperwork in my office is demanding so much of my time. Tax returns and applications seem to swollow whole days whole!
Added to this, my studio roof is becoming a bit of a problem and I'm going to have to move out in three weeks time to make way for repairs.
Will I ever get the time to paint, print, draw and explore?
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2 comments Saturday, 30 April 2011
17 Guests. 14 days.
51 meals, umpteen bottles of wine, Late nights, but hot balmy days on the beach.
Great fun but exhausted.
My studio beckons offering solace.
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New Work

0 comments Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Persephone 1.
30cm x 30cm. Oil, Crayon, Graphite & Pastel on Canvas

Persephone 2.
30cm x 30cm. Oil, Crayon, Graphite & Pastel on Canvas

Persephone 3.
30cm x 30cm. Oil, Crayon, Graphite & Pastel on Canvas

Persephone 4.
30cm x 30cm. Oil, Crayon, Graphite & Pastel on Canvas
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Nina Rodin

"Inventory – All I know about painting 2010 started in 2008 as a diary of my arbitrary use of colour while painting a large canvas. Every time I have changed the colour on my brush, I painted a label, dated in pencil. Subsequently I added to this diary by painting a label with every type of painterly mark I could think of in each type of paint media I had at my disposal. Finally I cut out magazines, postcards, gallery invites and exhibition catalogues to add all the marks by other artists I had looked at. The resulting Inventory fails because it can never be complete and evokes as much the rich repertoire at the artist's disposal as it does the limits of a scientific mode of inquiry and of human understanding. My mode of working is thus marked both by how painting seduces me by its infinite complexity and by my desire to hold the subject at arm's length and make it the object of a pseudo-scientific form of enquiry"

Nina Rodin. (Taken from Axis Database)
I stumbled across this image whilst deciding whether to join Axis. My nemesis is 'Colour'. It scares me and I just love this explosion..

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New Painting.

1 comments Monday, 11 April 2011

Untitled. 150cm x 150cm. Oil, Crayon and Graphite on Canvas.
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I'm so excited.

0 comments Sunday, 10 April 2011
I cant wait for morning.
Don't you just love it when work in your studio suddenly makes sense and leaps forward and the mist of uncertainty is lifted.

I think this wonderful spring weather helps too! And the Magnolia Tree, a particularly melancholy specimen is glorious this year, its pink white lotus like explosions giving off an incredible heady scent that drifts into my studio on the breeze.
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Drawing Symposium

I spent Saturday morning in Oriel Myrddin at the Drawing symposium, organised by the gallery, to run in conjunction with the Jerwood Drawing Prize Show that's currently on exhibition.
Firstly, it was a gloriously hot day, and when we broke for lunch at 1pm I simply couldn't return. The morning lectures, had exhausted me. My head was buzzing with lots of ideas, that an afternoon of further discussion, would have probably dissolved what I'd solidified in my mind.
It was interesting to have three different perspectives on drawing and allowed me to re-visit art works that I'd not seen for some years. Roger Moss's talk and his photographs from Rodin's studio were particularly interesting and were so like Jake and Dinos Chapman's Disaster of War, I was really quite shocked that I hadn't made the connection before. His work looked so contemporary.  It was a real treat to be re-introduced to  Rodin's wonderful, quick watercolours' too and Barry Flannagan's Currency really made be smile.
May be we should all invent our own money!
I enjoyed Roger's  take on what drawing was and is. He had a particular interest in Haptics, which is something very close to my heart, as my partner has been working in this area for some time, and it was interesting to see how it could be utilised in the Art world.
But the main focus to me, seemed the void that is opening up between the traditional concept of drawing, and the digital and how drawing can be adapted in contemporary practise.

 What was clear by all speakers and all artists highlighted was the basic hand and pencil symbiosis, and how all practitioners use it to express their ideas.
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Desperate to Etch!

2 comments Thursday, 7 April 2011
I've always wanted to print make.
I took part in a Residency at Seacourt Print Workshop in Belfast about 20 years ago, and loved it.
My nearest facility is 40 miles away, which eats too much into my day.
I'm lucky enough to have a Rollaco, used to belong to Maurice Cockrill no less! And I've developed various ways of making images which usually involve collagraphs and Perspex Drypoints, but I just cant get the depth that I'm looking for.
I've discovered a couple of really good printmaking blogs, with lots of great images and processes..http://printmakingart.blogspot.com/
but if anyone out there has any ideas about how I can get my work to look more like an aquatint I would be very very grateful. (I absolutely know that there is no substitute, but I'm stuck).
Ireri Topete a Mexican printmaker
I love this crackle effect....

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Beautiful Ink.

2 comments Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Qi Baishi (1863-1957)

I have a vague memory of being shown this wonderful work at college, and dismissing the paintings at the time because they seemed so alien to my own thoughts and ideas, but now I revisit and find so much beauty in the composition and strength of line.
Chinese Art pulls at my very core these days. I find great inspiration in the soulful imagery. The considered marks and the controlled emotion captured in the imagery. And the black, I love the black. I often feel so guilty because I rely so much on the sculptural qualities of this magnificent colour.
This black is particularly wondrous. Its inky translucency dragging me in and the perfect balance of the white paper. Magnificent.

Interesting Fact: 
I see that his auction records last year were second in the world. 
Grossing an incredible $339,231,302.00. (The Number one spot being retained by Picasso).
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Entry Opens on the 1st April

1 comments Friday, 25 March 2011
Having seen the show at Oriel Myrddin and witnessed the diversity, I will enter this year..
Jerwood Drawing Prize.

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So Long Little Prince

2 comments Wednesday, 23 March 2011
My daughter's kitten died yesterday.
The house is filled with sadness.
It's a strange feeling when an animal dies. Its not just the fact that he has gone that is so upsetting, but it is witnessing the distress that it causes my daughters that is so hard. He was a gem with a fantastic character. And he gave all so much pleasure and lots of laughs.

Gwen John's Cat who looked remarkably like Angus.

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New Painting

2 comments Friday, 18 March 2011
Oil and Graphite on Canvas. 150cm x 150cm

28cm x 35cm. Oil and Graphite on Canvas

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Studio musings

0 comments Thursday, 17 March 2011
My days are full of dots. Tiny little dots applied with a fine brush. Also tiny holes made with a dressmaking pin. My forearm aches, but I think I'm getting somewhere. I'll photograph some work in the morning and share them with you.
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    David Davies. Northerly Migration

    Naoko Miyazaki

I spent a very leisurely afternoon at the Private View at Oriel Myrddin at their latest exhibition of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and I must say it was very inspiring. Several pieces stood out for me, Betsy Dudd's View from a Train Window, Samuel Kelly’s Factories, Rails and Road and Naoko Miyazaki's origami are particularly soulful. But my favorite, if I had to pick one drawing would be David Davies, Northerly Migration. I think its a masterpiece. 
There are some real gems here, and an absolute must if you are in West Wales. We don’t often get the chance to see this kind of work outside of the big cities.

Straight after I visited the Art Shop and bought myself a Roll of Fabriano.
I'm very Excited.

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I'm In LOVE with Tokujin Yoshioka

2 comments Thursday, 3 March 2011

This piece of work looks incredible online. It gives me goosebumps just looking at it, but to be able to experience the piece in the flesh, must have been incredible. I love the colour, the delicate markings, the weightlessness.

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New Work

2 comments Wednesday, 2 March 2011

   Experimenting with pin holes.
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Which Publication?

I subscribe to Modern Painters, (A gift actually) and I also read Art Review on line. I follow blogs and try to catch up on the reviews in the newspaper, although this takes quite a lot of time, and my studio beckons more often than not. It seems that it's getting more difficult to find articles about painters who practice today. There is the occasional hat tipping to the odd painter, but more often than not it’s usually the artists who use the lens as their preferred medium, who adorn the pages of these periodicals.
I’m not complaining. Art essentially is the vehicle for ideas, and makes for a better world, but surely painting with its tradition and longevity is still worthy of the journalists pen?

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Artemesia Opens in Cardiff

2 comments Sunday, 27 February 2011
Went to the Private View on Friday and met up with some old friends. Was lovely to see Justine Allison and Hannah Kelly. The work is very varied, Kathryn Dodd's two pieces were a highlight for me, because of the subtle colouring and melancholy.
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Cadogan Contemporary New Website

3 comments Monday, 21 February 2011
All New Website with Artist Interviews. Worth a look
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New Work

3 comments Thursday, 17 February 2011

Persephone. 225cm x 150cm
Work in progress.
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1 comments Monday, 14 February 2011

Abstraction. 1st February-26th March
Group Show
Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London. SW7.

Artemesia. 26th February-March 30th
Group Show celebrating the work of women artists from Wales.
St Davids Hall, Cardiff.
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