Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hudson Artists Spring Show

Though fewer artists than usual entered work in the AHA Spring show, 28 compared to an average of 33 or so, there was lots of energy at the opening night on Friday. I find that usually I can't take photos at the vernissage, because I am so busy chatting with visitors and other artists.

I went back at a quieter time to get these pix:

Heather's colour studies, acrylic paint on paper, mounted on birch cradleboard, 10" x 10"
and four mini-collages, 6" x 6"
My work was displayed back-to-back with Michele's:

Michele Meredith's compositions in raw silk,
the larger three framed under glass, the smaller on 6" x 6" stretched canvas
The event was well-attended, and Michele and I each sold a piece. A total of 18 works were sold, with net sales approaching $5000.

The group plans to paint the boards a dark grey for the next show, with the hope that the holes in the boards will visually recede, giving more prominence to the works on display. It seems that most community art groups have less than ideal venues to display their work: lighting, floorspace and methods of hanging are often compromised. Still, these local shows do add to the cultural life of the community.

Friday, 3 June 2016


  Ad Parnassum is one of my favourite paintings, so I had no difficulty making my choice. The more I looked at the painting, the more complex it seemed. What I find fascinating is the layering, first the coloured squares, then the white dots, followed by a second layer of diluted colour over the dots. I wanted to try to give an impression of complex layers of colour and  I spent a lot of time thinking about how I was going to approach it. I decided to overlay my fabric scraps with a sheer fabric and then add dots with  white markal which were then overstitched with stranded cotton. I was not sure whether it would work and found it difficult working out what colours of thread to put where as I could not see the overall picture until it was finished. The stitching shrank the piece rather more than I had anticipated and when it was finished it was less than 15 inches square. However I am going to solve this problem by mounting it on a sqaure of black felt (I do not have any at the moment so a square of ordinary black fabric has had to be a stand in in the photograph!). I actually prefer it with the black 'frame' as it makes it stand out and finishes it off better.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A blast from the past!

In looking at the pictures under 'images' for Pierneef a couple stuck out that reminded me of a piece I have in the back of my cupboard.

The medium used is dyed tissue paper glued onto a board, paint added and then sealed with a water based varnish. This is the result from a workshop I did many years ago called 'Mark Making' run by Sue Physick, a local textile artist.  It was 2 days a month over nearly 6 months and took me to places I had never been before and also boosted my confidence into making 'marks' on my cloth in ways I would never of dreamt of. Hence this piece takes me back and reminds me of where I have been and come from. It does one good to look back every now and again !!

Paul Klee - 'Inventions'

Paul's work during his Weimar period often depicted the serene, light-hearted side of his nature. The title 'Inventions' was given to these drawings, which are often purely of a graphic quality.

The twittering machine, 1922.

The invention of its themes and figures always start from an idea of a technical or compositive kind: from elements that produce forms.

This is the one i used for my inspiration / interpretation and I think it is called 'The tight-rope walker'.  Sorry everyone, hope this gives some info behind my piece.