I’ve finished my little acrylic painting at last. Despite all this extra isolation free time , I still haven’t done much art . Well, I have actually been finishing off another large canvas – so that’s my excuse. And I’ve also started an art journal ( more for art therapy than anything else) .
This was an exercise we did a couple of weeks ago at Art Group – all look at the same copyright free photo and produce your own version . At art class we were encouraged to make as many changes as we wanted to or to add anything to it . So I changed some details such as omitting the bench and moving the cliff .Then I tried changing all the colours , which was surprisingly difficult , if you wanted to make it look harmonious . ( I think this is called colour abstraction ) . I also found patterns in the leaves, rocks and waves and exaggerated them , which I am more used to doing in my semi-abstract style . I have been told that it now resembles a sci- fi landscape ! It was quite enjoyable to do , if you like a little challenge
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Acrylic painting
Northern Fringe Artists’ Show at the Ridings Centre, Wakefield
We had to cancel the launch of our latest exhibition this week due to the present situation, but the artwork is on the walls of our pop-up gallery , all ready for the time when we can safely open it to friends , family and the general public .
I belong to the Northern Fringe group of artists and this latest show is all about Yorkshire Makers inspired by Yorkshire Writers. I chose Simon Armitage who reworked a medieval poem about the Knights of the Round Table into a superb piece of his own in modern English. It was so easy to picture the scene : the Green Knight is waiting for Sir Gawain to continue the fight . I’ll not give away the ending , you’ll have to read it yourself !
As you might have heard me say before , I love painting story pictures and it’s really good to take up challenges from groups I belong to for fresh inspiration . For example, last year I responded to an artist’s call-out on the theme of ‘ Iconic ‘ and I came up with this semi-abstracted view of a ring of standing stones in the Lake District , England
Happily, this one was on display last year so I can’t really complain
I just finished the fourth in my flower paintings in acrylic on small canvases – so I can’t call it a triptych anymore ! I always find such a lot of inspiration in flowers . This is some kind of ornamental thistle , I think . Anyway , I’ve just bought three 8 by 8 inch canvases so I can paint some more . Happy Days !
See ” Floral Art – a Triptych ” posted on February 1st , 2020 .
Local Artist’s Show at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
I went to see a great exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield a couple of weeks ago : Nomadic tales by Richard Bartle .
We were so delighted to be able to walk round with Richard himself as he told us the fascinating stories behind his huge paintings on canvas material , just like banners . Richard took inspiration from the medieval illustrations of a 14th century artist and storyteller Siyah Kalem who used the motifs of men and demons to comment on the everyday life of the nomadic tribes who lived on and around the Silk Road in Asia .
Richard lives part of the year in Istanbul , Turkey and he has put his own interpretation of the life and political turmoil of the area into his story pictures .
Its a really inspiring show – try and catch it if you are in the area but only if you enjoyed my exhibition review !
I do enjoy painting story pictures myself and , funnily enough , I painted the story of how the secret of making silk was smuggled out of China by a Chinese princess . She hid the silkworms and cocoons in her huge headdress , according to the legend . ( See more Story Pictures in my Gallery )
My Story Pictures
This is a romantic version of history , of course . But I am also drawn to putting social comment into my pictures , particularly highlighting the problems of women in our modern world .
This one ‘ Caged Bird ‘ was painted for the exhibition ‘Vote 100 – a Century of Change ‘ for the Cooper Gallery ,Barnsley http://www.cooper-gallery.com last year all about the suffragettes and their struggles to get the vote .
In this painting , ‘ Woman at the Window ‘ , I explored the idea of the restricted lives that some women lead . I followed this theme over quite a few paintings and sort of brought it to a conclusion with this last one ‘ Women in Chaos ‘ in which I tried to show someone trying to deal with all the pressures and problems modern life can throw at us .
Perhaps this is pretty heavy stuff – I suppose it is . But I like all kinds of art – including the kind that really makes you think