Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Feel the Love.....

A little sneak preview of some of my work for The Art of Love exhibition....

"Passion" Mixed media piece on canvas using acrylic and tin.

"Love Tokens" Assemblage piece using spoons, a bed spring spanner, wire and found objects.

"Pinned" Assemblage using a table mat, vintage bottle of pins, and found objects.

To see more of my work for the exhibition check out my website!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sketchbook Pages

On Saturday, FenVAC held an art morning at Chatteris Museum for members to come along and draw, paint, photograph etc the varied exhibits. The curator of the museum, Jenny, is also on the FenVAC committee so we also had access to items which aren't usually on display. ;o) I chose to draw mainly Roman jewellery pieces and these are the pages from my sketchbook:

I had a rummage (in the gentlest sense!) through a box of Roman artefacts which weren't exciting enough to be in the public display cases and found these two pieces of metal. Whilst not the most aesthetic to look at they were very interesting shapes and the colours were subtly gorgeous.

All these pieces were on display in the public exhibits. Again the colours were fantastic especially with the display lighting on them, and the shapes were really interesting to draw.

We were all but done for the morning but I had time to spare so drew this fabulous old key. It was sitting on a glass shelf so had virtually no shadow so I used a bit of artistic licence to bed it down!

It was a really pleasant morning and, speaking as someone whose only drawing pleasures of late have been from battling with trying to draw people at life class, my word, it's much easier to draw an inanimate object! LOL

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Art of Love

The exciting news is that my joint exhibition with Rob is all set to open at the end of this week. ;o) We've both worked hard at producing a variety of different work for the exhibit exploring different media and having fun along the way! Rob has been experimenting with a groovy technique using masking tape and acrylic paint to create textural pieces on canvas to go alongside his stunning photographic images.

I have been exploring the world of abstract painting on canvas with bold colours along with assemblage pieces using all manner of everyday discarded objects. I will also be exhibiting some of my assemblage jewellery pieces.

Altogether the work will form an eclectic exhibition which we hope will offer something for everyone! We are having a preview of the exhibition, with soft drinks and nibbles, on Friday, 30th January from 5pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome so if you're in the area please do come along and say hello! ;o)

Monday, January 05, 2009

You need hands....

I'm really looking forward to life class restarting after the Christmas break this evening. It's been three weeks since the last class so I'm expecting to be a tad rusty! I wanted to do some drawing over the break but only managed to work on hands. Hands and feet are two of my dodgy areas and I'm quite pleased with some of these although I think there's a long way to go yet! ;o) Excuse the underlying bottoms on the page, waste not want not! LOL

Friday, January 02, 2009

Old Year, New Year

I meant to do this before 2008 whizzed off my radar but here we are in a brand spanking new year already! ;o)

As we do at this time of year I've been thinking about what has gone before and what lies ahead for me and I thought a bit of a review of 2008 is in order.

In my artistic life, 2008 has been a pivotal year for me and some of my highlights have been:

...becoming Vice Chair of the Fenland Visual Arts Collective

...having an assemblage piece shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

...making my first sale!

...having my first solo exhibition

...creating my website

...teaching children's altered art workshops

...participating in an Open Studios event

...attending life drawing classes

I'm very excited by what 2009 holds for me...developing my jewellery work, working on several themes with my assemblage work, exhibiting, collaborating with other artists, experimenting and exploring, growing and learning, challenging and stretching myself... passionate, rampant art in action! LOL