Keeping On Going….

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post; I would love to say that’s because I have had a massive artistic break through, fabulous run on sales, invites to exhibit….sadly the reality is none of the above…

In need of a lift my OH, who also works incredibly hard and was in need of some R & R, and I took off for a long weekend in the Yorkshire Dales – one of our favourite areas, definitely one of my ‘go to’ places for inspiration. The weather was very kind and we managed to get out and about, going for some lovely walks around Scar House Reservoir, Gouthwaite Reservoir and along Nidderdale…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘If we won the lottery…we would love to move here’ is our frequent cry…being outside in the elements with all that space, freedom, time to just be…a definite fillip for my artistic soul… and there are lots of creatives who think likewise…lots to do and see…

Bought this lovely hand made, hand printed sketchbook by textile artist Sheila Smith from Fleece in Reeth. Fleece is a co-operative of arts and crafts people who make a diverse range of products….definitely worth a look!! Also worth a visit is  The Old School in Muker; a gallery and craftshop showcasing  both regional and nationwide arts and crafts. To add to your visit there is also a relaxed self-service café and a lovely walled garden – a great place to sit (if the weather had been a little warmer!!)

On our way home we popped into the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where we saw the most fabulous Norman Ackroyd exhibition.. here are a few photos (apologies…it was difficult to get great photos owing to the lights, reflections etc)

 

 

My purse wouldn’t stretch to one of his works so I had to settle for a card plus his Hebridean Sketchbook…

There was also a great exhibition by Sean Scully in the park and up in the Longside Barn…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works by Guiseppe Pennone were also in the park and exhibition space…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All too soon I was home again, trying to keep on going…back to working on the series based on my memories of the north Norfolk coast…


Again, apologies for the photo quality; it’s a very grey day here and even with my daylight lamp it’s difficult to get great shots without shadows….  The last image is an experimentation using different paper; the LH one is on 250gsm mixed media paper whilst the RH one is on Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper (fairly heavy but I can’t remember the exact weight). I have to admit I prefer the LH one mainly because I left more of the white paper showing… a learning curve indeed as they are larger than I normally work. I feel that this next series should have one or two larger ‘wow’ pieces so am increasing the size of the work incrementally – don’t want to scare myself….

So I keep on trying, keep on going, trying to be positive…

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgment, Acceptance……Permission…

Well, three weeks down the line and I still I haven’t written my first newsletter….partly because I feel awkward at self-promotion, partly because I don’t feel as if I have anything to say and if I did….why would anyone be interested?? (I do see the irony in me writing/publishing this blog….)

So I have spent some of this week soul searching, navel gazing…….staring into space… (and I call this work……..?)  What would people like to know? What interests people about my work? And this led me back to the conversations I had with visitors to the Melbourne Arts Trail…

Inspirations, materials, process…some concrete, some less tangible….and the need to articulate these has made me focus on what precisely drives me…..so I have been jotting down thoughts….

Inspiration for me comes from the landscape and the emotions and feelings it evokes – that sense of freedom and space, the connection to nature, the changing seasons….

…. the textures…

….and the sounds; the wind, birdsong, bark of the fox or deer, raindrops and the sound of water…

….and along with this, words inspire me…

‘…there are jewels

to gather, but with the eye

only. A hill lights up

suddenly; a field trembles

with colour and goes out.

In its turn; in one day

You can witness the extent

of the spectrum and grow rich

with looking.’

R.S. Thomas

 

….and all these influences inspire me to paint in a loose, expressive style….I tried other styles but I always return…

 


So I persist with the watercolours and inks that flow and swirl, pool and splatter….allowing me to convey that sense of freedom I get from being out in the landscape…

….and in acknowledging my inspirations, accepting my style or ‘voice’ I am at long last giving myself permission; permission to be myself, to love how I paint, my style…to feel comfortable….and this, in turn, is making me more relaxed, not worry about being faced with that sheet of white paper…not stress if I don’t produce a masterpiece every time…

And in crystallising my thoughts…..I think I might have the beginnings of a newsletter…..