Saturday, 20 July 2013

Painting with Emily Ball & Katie Sollohub

I had an inspirational week working alongside a group of artists all looking to widen our artistic horizons on the Sussex coast. We were fortunate enough to be have a beautiful coastal house as a base for two days on location overlooking the Seven Sisters chalky cliffs. You can see how gorgeous it is  on their website
Using a combination of painted, drawn and written responses coaxed out of over those days we were able to conjure up the majesty of the place on our remaining days in the Seawhite Studio of Emily.
Here is a combination of painting and words which I hope convey the aspects of the setting to which I was drawn...

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


I have had a busy couple of  weeks since returning from Umbria with lots of inspiring activities and visits. After putting up the mixed exhibition at Plato's in Kirkby we had a bustling preview night with wine and nibbles courtesy of the restaurant at Plato's.
This was followed by 2 days carborundum and collagraph printing with Iain Sloane at the Brewery.  Having never done this type of plate making before it proved to be very interesting and productive as it offers the painter the opportunity to be quite painterly and intuitive. This coupled with the anticipation of the resulting prints as they are peeled off the plate makes the whole process quite addictive.
Here are some of the resulting prints...

A landscape which took on a life of its own

A lot of tile adhesive and carborundum grit
was used to get these textural marks

This is a print of the above onto gampi tissue interleaved
with my indigo dyed tissue papers.

I have also been adding to my bank of inspiration with visits to Tate Liverpool to see the Marc Chagall exhibition and London's RA to see their summer show. Along with a couple of friends we managed to spend nearly 3 hours in there as there was a lot of interesting work this year. Well worth a visit if you have a few hours to spare...