I’ve taken on 4 commissions recently. At the moment I’m working on three simultaneously, the fourth is finished and has been delivered and hung by Graham. Here’s that piece in various stages of completion.
1st the design, sketched on the iPad:
2. The plywood panel, to which I glued linen then plastered lightly:
3. The design has been squared up and then scaled up.
5. The finished piece:
I recently mounted an exhibition shared with Hayley Jay Daniels a sculptor, in the library in Eymet. I was invited by an old friend whom we got to know when we first arrived here, she was teaching in a local school and was very keen on furthering the arts within the school curriculum. There was flurry of pro-art and drama activity in those days of the early nineties, unfortunately this has long gone, the arts are no longer valued and once again we see dull end-of-term shows mostly with groups of children singing old French songs. Anyway I digress, for that is actually a good subject for a blog so I’ll save it for later.
The library is the noisiest one I have ever been in, it seems to serve as the local community centre; all morning as we were installing our work in the room put aside for expos, we could hear stories being told and children joyfully shoutingly joining in, then all afternoon the local OAPs club playing bingo. Anyways it’s a good space , and promises to have many local visitors.
Seeing as this is a library, I’ve displayed a few of the verses I’ve been writing recently, so some paintings have verses instead of titles.
Here’s a pic showing some of Hayley’s and my works. I’m sorry to say there are no new works of mine in this show, these are mostly from last year. Hayley works with porcelaine and paper, she described it to me as being a bit like papiermaché, only being of porcelaine and paper mix which gives it great strength. She then paints them to look like bronzes, and they look incredibly so.
The opening was on Thursday, unfortunately I managed to take lots of pictures of books! Never mind , it was a convivial evening.
Lastly, it’s actually stopped raining for a bit, so here are a couple of pics of the garden, it’s looking very green at the moment…..