Something for the Weekend…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘There is something infinitely healing

in the repeated refrains of nature –

the assurance that dawn comes after night,

and Spring comes after Winter,’

Rachel Carson

As I write this, the rain falls heavily, steadily…swelling the already overflowing rivers, adding to the misery in flooded areas… strong winds, and now snow…Nature conspiring to remind us we predict the arrival of Spring at our peril… And yet, and yet…there are signs…small jewels sparkling in hidden corners…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

A recent trip to Easton Walled Gardens, courtesy of winning their Facebook Snowdrop Photograph Competition…(here’s my winning entry…)

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…saw lots of these small gems peeping out, braving whatever the weather throws at them… And not only jewels, but textures and patterns…on the flora…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…as well as the architecture…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘I search for the realness, the real

feeling of a subject, all the texture around it…

I always want to see the third dimension of something..

I want to come alive with the subject,’

Andrew Wyeth

A visit here is a lovely way to spend an afternoon…gathering lots of inspiration, not just in the colours and textures that could find their way into my work, but also ideas for displaying plants….

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

(plus they have very yummy cakes in the tearoom…)

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

All of which leads me nicely to my book this week…

Although the days are growing longer and the birds beginning to sing, the recent weather has made me long to return to cosy nights by the fire, flickering candlelight…and gooey, unctuous delights..such as…

…perfect for even the greyest of days…

…possibly accompanied by…a small tipple…

(apologies for the grainy photos – it was very dreary and the light was poor…)

This book is not only full of the most delicious recipes, but also wonderful craft ideas as well as creative suggestions…for bring the outdoors inside…

Making wreaths, preserving leaves, creating silver fossil pendants along with nature diaries, hedgerow bird snacks, beaded garland necklaces, various crochet projects… And a little forward thinking…forcing blossoms and planting bulbs for early spring colour… Emma has found that by being creative, even something simple such as baking a cake, can counter that feeling of gloom and fatigue that can sometimes affect us during the grey, seemingly endless days of winter… Ooooh, I like the sound of ‘Plum, Orange & Ginger Blondies’…can almost smell that hint of citrus…

This week’s ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’, Pascale Rentsch, is also influenced by the nature surrounding her… I was drawn by the colours and delicacy in her drawings, and paintings…the tracery of the stems…even more so when I saw how she creates beautiful ceramics using the imagery…

(Here is the only successful pot I made…so I am in awe of those who can master the vagaries of clay…)

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Pascale Rentsch
Pascale Rentsch

‘Bringing nature into your home’ is Pascale’s byline….she designs and makes bespoke tableware and home décor, all with their origins in the nature and wildlife around her…

Pascale Rentsch
Sea buckthorn – Pascale Rentsch

Pascale loves the West Coast, it’s rawness and honesty…but admits that, wherever and whenever she is surrounded by nature, that’s when she feels truly connected with herself and the natural world… She feels free, able to draw and paint instinctively, following emotions rather than considered thoughts. Pascale loves the fact that when in nature, she knows she will always find something that she is drawn to, something beautiful, however small  and insignificant it might appear…’such as when a beautifully shaped dried strand of seaweed blew gently onto my board,’ or when a ‘glinting metal piece of an old barrel glowing like a nugget of gold’ caught her eye. Pascale regards these moments as signs, an indication to ‘go with the flow.’ She tries to ‘incorporate the now, the presence and my surroundings to give truth, honesty and spontaneity to my work.’  She aims  ‘to become one with what I paint, feel, see and hear, not the end result. I can set my feelings free and give them wings…like a conductor and his baton, guiding his orchestra, my arm merely an extension of what I am feeling, in awe of what I see in front of me…’

 

Pascale Rentsch
Aberlady Bay – Pascale Rentsch

Born in Switzerland, Pascale has always been, right from childhood, passionate about her creativity. She cites artist John Busby as having a huge influence on her art. She met him when she was just 15. Pascale tells the story of how her mother tore a phone number from a leaflet on the art college noticeboard advertising a drawing course at Bern zoo with John…’as soon as I came home, I gathered all my courage, and with racing heart, I dialled the number and asked if there were still spaces available. “Unfortunately we are full,” came the reply. Just before I was about to say a polite “thank you,” the organiser asked how old I was. “15” I replied. “Because you are so young and enthusiastic I will make space for you.”‘ And the rest is history as they say…Pascale admits that, little did she know, the significance of these events; through one of John’s Seabird Drawing Courses in North Berwick, Scotland, she met her husband Darren Woodhead…and now lives in Haddington.

Another artist who Pascale admires is Victoria Crowe…’her observational drawing skills and composition move me deeply. I can stand in front of her paintings and they allow me to lose myself in magical thought, perspective and emotion – finding my own story in them.’

 

Pascale Rentsch
Pascale Rentsch

When working in her studio Pascale likes to listen to the sounds of nature, the air filled with hint of essential lavender and geranium oils…so even when indoors, she is reminded of the nuances of the natural world.  She also listens to music; ‘Bird Set Free’ by  Sia is one of her favourites, along with ‘Alive’ and ‘Free as a Bird’ by Emile Sande – both artists are ‘powerful and raw…I can hear and feel their soul and it touches me to the core….’

Pascale loves to read and has just finished ‘Freedom Seeker’ by Beth Kempton, which she thoroughly recommends – ‘Read it – it will give you wings….’

 

Pascale Rentsch
Pascale Rentsch

I love the colours that Pascale uses…as well as the spattering…and the foliage….gorgeous!!

Pascale Rentsch
Pascale Rentsch

…and anyone who follows me will know that blue is one of my favourite colours… I love the shapes too…seemingly fluid and organic…

Pascale Rentsch
Pascale Rentsch

This piece has a wonderful lustrous feel … that blue is almost electric…!!

I love the way Pascale takes her inspiration across a range of work…do check out her Instagram feed as well as her website

As always, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the ‘Instagram Artists of the Week’; a random blogger, yours truly, messages them, asking if I can feature them on my blog, asking questions etc…and so far, I think only a couple have not responded… I am so appreciative of the time and trouble Pascale and all the other artists take to reply to me and are so generous with their responses…so a huge thank you!!

 

‘I am going to try to pay attention to the spring.

I am going to look around at all the flowers,

and look up at the hectic trees.

I am going to close my eyes and listen,’

Anne Lamott

The passing seasons have been, and remain so, inspirational to creatives of all genres…and I was going to post a link to music inspired by Spring…Vivaldi ‘springs to mind’ – (if you will pardon the pun) …but I thought, how can I improve on nature…and came across this recording of the dawn chorus near the Derwent Dam in the Peak District, a favourite place of mine…

It’s funny how things turn out sometimes, isn’t it? I am a big believer in ‘what you give out, you receive’…and so far, despite all the bad press social media has, I have received mostly kindness and generosity…without social media I would never have found the work of calligrapher Brian Whitmore; he produces the most beautiful and inspiring work…(do go and check his work out!!) and I was very honoured when he suggested a collaboration…resulting in…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist/Brian Whitmore

Carolyn J Roberts Artist/Brian Whitmore

Carolyn J Roberts Artist/Brian Whitmore

Carolyn J Roberts Artist/Brian Whitmore

The quote by Arnaud Desjardins is perfect for the muted palette of the artwork…and on an aside, so true…after all that rain…this morning on my walk to the river…

 

‘Give me the splendid, silent sun

with all his beams full-dazzling,’

Walt Whitman

 

As ever, I hope you have enjoyed this post,

Take care & have a wonderful weekend,

C

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Something for the Weekend…

‘…and the smooth waves grow sullen in the gloom
and wear their threatening purple; more and more
the plain of waters sways and seems to rise
convexly from its level of the shores;
and low dull thunder rolls along the beach…’

Augusta Davies Webster 

Mother Nature is a fickle, tantalising being…teasing us with hints of spring; the burgeoning warmth of the sun’s rays, the first longed for blossoms, the early chorus of birdsong…and then, in response to our temerity in thinking winter was sliding gently past, she sends storms to batter and pummel, to flood, to wash away…

A week’s break in Cornwall was sandwiched between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis; imagined mornings or afternoons spent sketching by the sea (I don’t mind wrapping up against the cold…but gales and rain…!!) didn’t materialise…instead, interspersed between the rain and hailstorms, along with the odd burst of sunshine, were hasty walks along the coastal path, being mindful not to get too close to the edge, taking photographs and making mental notes of shapes and colours…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Wild winds and seas at Dinas Head were exhilarating, with spectacular waves crashing onto the rocks…but the strength of the wind made filming difficult…what you don’t get from the photo below is the power of the wind and sea, the spray and the noise…at times, just standing was problematical….

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The conditions brought to mind one of my favourite paintings, Snowstorm by JMW Turner…

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and this led me to other paintings depicting storms… such as Clearing Up – Coast of Sicily  by Andreas Achenbach…which depicts the most fantastic light…aren’t those waves fantastic?

Andreas Achenbach, Clearing up. Coast of Sicily, 1847

…and although this one by Friedrich is a ‘sea of fog’…it has that feel about it….

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Wanderer above the Sea of Fog – Caspar David Friedrich

I would love to say I was emulating Friedrich’s enigmatic pose, looking out over ‘the Sea’…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist…but in reality, I was just trying to stay upright…whilst taking in the views and colours….

The weather did mean that we spent quite a lot of time in cafes…and galleries…where I came across this fabulous book…’Sea and Shore Cornwall’ by Lisa Woollett

Not only is it full of the most wonderful photographs, it is also packed with fascinating facts, anecdotes and incidentals on, as the subtitle states, the common and the curious…

I never knew there was a system, the Forel-Ule scale, as used by oceanographers, to classify the colour of the sea…

A lover of language and words, there is a section on Cornish words and phrases…ba-wiggle (spider crab), piddifogger (sea anemone) and loor and howl for (moon and sun) along with towerthack (weather-beaten)…

And it wouldn’t be Cornwall without some reference to wrecking and smuggling…

‘Oh please Lord, let us pray for all on the sea; but if there’s got to be a wreck,

please send them to us,’

(18th century prayer ascribed to the Cornish)

A trip to a very wet St. Ives necessitated a visit to the Tate St. Ives…naturally…and a chance to see up close work by Cornish painter Peter Lanyon

It’s always fabulous to see Barbara Hepworth‘s work…

and a couple of others that caught my eye, although to be honest, there were lots, was Composition II by Sandra Blow...

 

and Portheras Grey by Paul Feiler

…both for their colour palette and textures…

My ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’ this week is Lisa McLinden

I was drawn to Lisa’s feed by the ethereal nature of her work…gentle washes of colour, darks merging into lights, hints of features in the landscape, shrouded in mists… And to say I have serious ‘studio envy’ is an understatement…more of which later….

LisaMcLindenArt             Lisa McLinden Art

An abstract expressionist painter, influenced by land and seascapes, Lisa divides her time between her home province of Ontario and the Newfoundland coast and the differing land/seascape provide the inspiration for her work.

The rich agricultural lands, dense forests and great lakes of Ontario form the basis of Lisa’s landscapes, with their palettes of green, umber and blues…whilst the wild Atlantic Ocean surrounding Newfoundland calls naturally for muted greys, shades of white…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

 

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

I love the textures that Lisa achieves in her work, so was interested to hear about her process… Oil paints, graphite and oil pastels are her mediums of choice, although if the work calls for an atmospheric quality, she may paint base layers in acrylic paint, finishing the top layers in oils… Lisa finds this ‘provides the flexibility of painting washes in a quick dry medium for the underpainting, while giving the rich, saturated colour of oils on top layers’…with the added bonus that it helps speed up the drying time of the oils quite considerably…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

Lisa’s all time favourite artist, and one of mine too as evidenced earlier in this post, is JMW Turner; she finds his seascapes in particular move her on ‘a visceral level’, finding it hard to express and quantify her feelings when viewing his work. Lisa also enjoys photography and names the late Vivian Maier amongst her favourites in this genre…particularly her use of unconventional subject matter…

Multi-talented Lisa is no slouch when it comes to photography either…I love her muted close-up photographs, highlighting the beauty in the small, often overlooked details…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

 

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

 

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

I am always interested in finding out what artists listen to when working, and for Lisa, music is an integral part of her life; ‘Music is an elixir for the soul and I’m so grateful for the joy it brings into my life.’ She names Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Derek & the Dominoes and John Fogerty as being at the top of her studio playlist…

I mentioned earlier that I had ‘studio envy’ when I saw images of Lisa’s studio; it’s just the sort of space I aspire to…light, bright, airy, white with the natural colours of nature…it looks such a calm space…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

 

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

Lisa’s studio is on the upper floor of her home, a creative space to paint, teach and share special moments…although Lisa is the first to admit that her studio space wasn’t always so wonderful – her very first studio was a walk-in closet! She encourages people to try and create a space to work in, however small, and stands by the sentiment, ‘It’s not where you create but what you create that truly matters’…something I need to remember before the ‘studio envy’ gets too much…

Do go and take a look at Lisa’s Instagram feed; it’s full of the most fantastic images, not just of her work, studio or Luna the dog…but also of things that I find so appealing…such as torn canvases…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

…or paper edges, jars of brushes, baskets of paints…go, go take a peek… By the way, she also has a website…where you can see more of Lisa’s wonderful work and imagery…

Lisa McLinden Art
Lisa McLinden Art

As ever, I would like to thank Lisa for taking the time to respond to my questions; it never fails to amaze me how generous fellow creatives are when approached by me, a random blogger, so a big shout out to all my ‘Instagram Artists of the Week’…thank you!!

We end where we began…water, water everywhere…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘The wind begun to rock the grass
With threatening tunes and low, –
He flung a menace at the earth,
A menace at the sky.

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees
And started all abroad;
The dust did scoop itself like hands
And throw away the road.

The wagons quickened on the streets,
The thunder hurried slow;
The lightning showed a yellow beak,
And then a livid claw.

The birds put up the bars to nests,
The cattle fled to barns;
There came one drop of giant rain,
And then, as if the hands

That held the dams had parted hold,
The waters wrecked the sky,
But overlooked my father’s house,
Just quartering a tree.’

A Thunderstorm – Emily Dickinson

(P.S. for the life of me I don’t know why the whole of this poem isn’t showing as centred – it is on my admin page….??)

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you stay warm and dry…

Take care,

C

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Perfectionism & Pressure…Wrapped up in Imposter Syndrome…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘Just because you feel lost

doesn’t mean that you are.

Sometimes you just have to relax,

breathe deep,

and trust the path you’re on,’

Lalah Delia

Last week was spent in Cornwall – not the ideal planning, sandwiched between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis…but such is life. The hoped for periods of sitting sketching didn’t really materialise…but I took photos, looked, consigned colours, shapes and textures, plus the wildness of the coast – and the weather – to memory, anticipating that, on my return home, I would develop my ideas…

I have applied for an event in May; I already have a confirmed event in July, and I was foreseeing this ‘new work’ as forming a new collection… I began with such good intentions…choosing a colour palette…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…making tentative studies…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…even trying working on a larger scale…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and that’s when my perfectionist tendencies kicked in, the old ‘Imposter Syndrome’…to be honest, this feeling has been with me since the beginning of the year… I feel as if I have been doing lots of doodles, experimentation say…(when does ‘experimenting’ become another word for ‘procrastination’…?) but not settling to any one thing, not really producing any ‘finished’ pieces… I was hoping that the trip to Cornwall would provide a focus – which it has…but I now have all these imagined works in my head…that don’t appear on the paper…and so the vicious circle begins…

I know this is common to many artists and lots has been written; I have read numerous blogs, articles and listened to podcasts all designed to help with the psychology of the issue… So I keep showing up, trying not to have fixed ideas in my head, just see where the work takes me…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Using different materials i.e. soft pastels in an effort to shake things up…in the interests of openness, here’s my not very successful attempt….(see, there I go again…)

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Now, before you think this is just a total whinge-fest, I know that I am my own harshest critic, with such aspirations of perfectionism that, in reality, I will never achieve, so…..

Putting my watercolours and inks to one side, I decided to review all the doodles I have done over the past weeks and months…

Carlyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and do you know…it turns out, there was quite a few works that I loved…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Some might only be small, possibly suitable for cards or the like…but then there are others…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

 

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…that might just have to take a trip to a framers…

This reviewing and critiquing made me take another look at my efforts from today…and, even though initially I was feeling totally despondent about the work, there is one that, in my head at least, captures the wildness…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

(apologies, not the best photo…but surprise, surprise, it’s raining here again, so it’s lights, shadows….standing on a chair to get an overhead shot, wobbles…)

It may not be perfect, but it has given me an idea, something to work on…

This is all part and parcel of my artistic rhythms, ups and downs, fallow times, ‘harvest’ times…and I am attempting to learn to live with it, to understand it, and not give way to those feelings of doubts, that we all have, to the pressure we put on ourselves…

Looking at the pile of work I have pulled out serves to show that the adage ‘just keep showing up, doing the work’ does pay off…and tomorrow I will try again… I am already thinking of larger sheets of paper, pools of watercolour and bigger implements to apply it with…

And, as an aside, writing and re-reading this post, seeing how much work I potentially have, has made me feel much better, more positive…thank you!

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Something for the Weekend…

Imbolc, the festival marking the coming of spring, occurred on February 1st this year, so we are well on our way, closer to the spring equinox than the winter solstice…

‘Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which,

freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope

traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter

traces of her steps,’

‘Jane Eyre’ – Charlotte Bronte

Also known as Brigid’s Day, Imbolc is a pagan festival celebrating light and fertility, and marks the start of the agricultural year – the earth begins to warm, lambing starts….the promise of light and warmth…an awakening after winter’s slumber…

Regular readers of these ‘Something for the Weekend’ blogs will be aware of my ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’ feature; so far I have highlighted 18 artists/photographers/ceramicists…all of whom caught my attention through their use of colour, mark-making, textures, materials etc….

This week’s ‘artist’, photographer Sarah Drury, appealed to me, not just because of her beautiful images, but also because of the subject matter of some of the photos….

Now I have an admission to make…my very first love was horses, way before art and all things creative, I was your typical pony mad girl…and I was lucky enough to eventually have my own pony…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…his name was ‘Three Wishes’…and he was fantastic… Only four when we got him, we learnt together…through many trials and errors, highs and lows…but he taught me such a lot…! On leaving school, I trained as a riding instructor…before life changed…and I followed a different path…

But I still retain my love of all things equine which brings me back to Sarah’s feed…

Sarah Drury
Sarah Drury

Sarah began riding at the age of 3, owned her own pony at 13, and was lucky enough to keep said pony for a further 23 years! Childhood holidays were spent in the New Forest where the ponies roam free…

Now working in the veterinary industry, and with teenagers to minister to, Sarah’s time is limited; she has however, always loved photography, teaching herself the techniques and processes, and over the past 4 years begun to take it more seriously…

She spends a lot of time on and around Exmoor, home to another of our native pony breeds…

Sarah Drury
Exmoor Pony – Sarah Drury
Sarah Drury
Exmoor Pony – Sarah Drury

Sarah cites Carys Jones, Liz Uribe and Kisa Kavas as her favourite equine photographers and, having checked their websites out, I can see why; their images are stunning…

However, it’s not just horses that capture her heart…

Sarah Drury
Highland Cow on Exmoor – Sarah Drury

I love how well camouflaged the cow is…beautiful, muted colour palette…

Sarah loves wild landscapes, not only Exmoor, but also the coast  of Cornwall and the Scottish islands as well as Snowdonia…rugged terrains, moody, fast-changing weather…along with the gentler rolling Malvern Hills…

Sarah Drury
Malvern Hills – Sarah Drury

What I love about Sarah’s photographs, apart from the horses (!), is the muted, limited colour palettes and the way she captures both the beauty and atmosphere of the landscape as well as highlighting the often overlooked…

Sarah Drury
Morning Light – Sarah Drury
Sarah Drury
Sarah Drury

Sarah takes her inspiration from books such as Kathleen Jamie’s ‘Sightlines’…

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…and landscape photographers Dan Cook and Daniel Alford…as well as Cath Waters, a Scottish artist and photographer…

Sarah Drury
Pendeen, Corwall – Sarah Drury
Sarah Drury
Snowdonia Sunset – Sarah Drury

Do check out Sarah’s Instagram feed – it’s not all horses, you’re sure to see something that speaks to your soul…

My choice of book this week might seem slightly strange but allow me to continue my indulgence, following on with the equine theme… My favourite books when I was a child were ‘The Silver Brumby’ series by Elyne Mitchell…( in fact I think I may still own the books, packed away in a box in the garage….)

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…set in the Snowy Mountains of Australia, the books tell the tale of the mighty stallion Thowra and his descendants, and I loved them, enthralled by the mysticism of the stories, the way the horses were part of the landscape….

What was your favourite childhood book?

Oh, and before you ask, yes, I watched all the tv programmes too; ‘White Horses,’ ‘Follyfoot,’ ‘The Adventures of Black Beauty’…and who can forget that opening/closing credit sequence…… (can see where Lloyds Bank got their inspiration from…)

And talking of inspiration…. horses and the landscape are Sarah’s inspirations, and I have often talked about how the landscape inspires me; for some people it’s the properties of the materials that inspires them…

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources…and this podcast,  ‘Where does inspiration come from?’ discusses this issue…

As stated in the podcast, some people find walking helps them find inspiration…

‘All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking,’

Friedrich Nietzsche

…and I love this quote by Rebecca Solnit:

‘Language is like a road, it cannot be perceived all

at once because it unfolds in time, whether heard or read.

This narrative or temporal element has made writing and walking

resemble each other.’

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope it inspires you…

 

Take care,

C

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Something for the Weekend…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

‘Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,

Chaste Snow-drop,

venturous harbinger of Spring,

And pensive monitor of fleeting years!’

William Wordsworth

In the blink of an eye the week has gone…days are becoming perceptibly longer, dawn echoes with the sound of birdsong and ‘white angels’ herald the coming season…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

“Snow or Snowdrops”

Is it snow or snowdrops’ shimmer
Whitens thus the bladed grass,
With a faint aërial glimmer,–
Spring or winter, which did pass?
For the sky is dim and tender
With an evanescent light,
And the fading fields are white,
White with snow or snowdrops, under
The fair firstling stars of night…’

Mathilde Blind

I can’t quite believe it, but this week’s ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’, Eileen Anderson, will be the 18th artist I have featured…18th !!!

Eileen lives in the Eden Valley, between the Lakeland Fells and the Northern Pennines; with their natural beauty and fast-changing, moody weather, these areas are a huge inspiration for Eileen…

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

It was the marks in Eileen’s work that first drew me to her feed…closely followed by the textures along with the pops of colour she injects… I also love the way that, although, there are aspects of the landscape and its features in the paintings, the work is, at times, heading towards abstraction…

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

Eileen uses a variety of mediums in her work; acrylic paints and inks along with drawing materials such as graphite, crayons as well collage…

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

On her ‘About’ page on her website, Eileen acknowledges that ‘By sketching frequently out in the field, hints of a real place might creep into a painting but the aim is always to create with freedom, to retain the energy of the brush marks and to enjoy the results of a more playful approach.’

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

I love the freedom of the mark making and the loose, expressive brushstrokes…capturing the rapidly changing light and moods of the landscape…

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

There is such a freedom in these initial layers, reminiscent of the wild nature of the fells…

I am always intrigued to learn where the magic happens – Eileen’s studio, in common with many artists (me included…!!) is her spare bedroom. I am also interested to learn what books artists enjoy reading; Eileen cites any book about the seascapes and landscapes of the artist Joan Eardley, and the ‘Simon Serrailler’  novels by Susan Hill as her favourites…

Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

Eileen’s Instagram feed is peppered with images of work in progress; exploring and experimenting, as in the image above, with small collage and line compositions…. It’s the varying shapes, textures and marks that make her work so appealing…..

helm wind 40 x 40cm on board

Helm Wind – Eileen Anderson – 40cm x 40cm on board

Do check out Eileen’s Instagram feed and website…the variety of mark making, texture and brushmarks on offer is wonderful….

My book this week was a present to myself…a reward to recognise the relative (small) success of my Instagram Advent Calendar Sale…

‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy

It’s a beautiful book, full of the most wonderful drawings, captioned with words and sentiments…if any book could give you a hug, it’s this book…

It’s no secret that one of my favourite places/landscapes is the north Norfolk coast…but a landscape that has equal appeal is that of the North York Moors…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

a place of wild, windswept beauty, rapidly changing mood and light…a taste of which is provided in this short video….produced by The North York Moors National Park Authority. The Visitors Centre at Danby is always worth calling in to; not only is there a great café, but there is also a wonderful gallery space…I saw a wonderful exhibition by artist Peter M. Hicks

2a. Approaching storm Swaledale. ~ 140cm x 120 acrylics

Approaching Storm, Swaledale,’ Peter M Hicks (acrylics)

I hope you have found something to interest you in this blog, and remember, there has now been 18 ‘Instagram Artists of the Week’, so do look back at some of my previous post and check them out!!

 

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and as it’s the weekend, do get out and explore; go somewhere different, do something different – after reading my blog…..

Take care,

C

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