January 17, 2013

Ruth McCabe – The grace of the ordinary

Spring Landscape McCabeI’ve spent 30 years working as a Group Analyst. I’ve grown to like ideas about mess and “difficulty” that emphasise what I believe to be an inherent paradox in all our lives. H.A.Williams says it very well: “Error can be the mediator of truth.”

I think that hints at my approach to painting, now my full-time occupation. I like to find out as I go. I take risks. I make lots of “mistakes”. I watch and wait until the next idea comes.

LandscapeAs a Group Analyst, its been a privilege to witness the journeys people make towards recognising the beauty of their own ordinary grace, qualities which had previously been hidden and overlooked, masked by what they saw as their “problems”.

Although I am not conscious of these themes as I paint, I am sure that they are there. In the words which follow I offer some thoughts on what informs my painting.

I walk the Suffolk fields around our home. Rain seeps, distant horizons dissolve, tractor tracks fill with water. Sweeping curves pick me up in their movement and rhythm.

After the deluge

Newly turned furrows: deep, dark, textured, monumental. Sticky clay, cut and heaved by massive ploughs, transformed into a great serpentine creature, twisting and writhing over vast areas.

I have fallen in love with ewes, cows and piglets. Their rounded, weighty forms. Their substantial flesh and impossibly bulging bodies feel sturdy and resilient. Beautiful elegant ankles, great sagging bellies and craggy haunches present paradox: beauty in unrefined forms. I celebrate their creamy udders and woolly warmth, images of uncomplicated, unselfconscious fecundity, and protection from the cold.

Sheep

At the coast I am drawn to boats beached on the shoreline. Worn, stranded, vulnerable objects. But they persist. I also see in them something about intimacy: close, alongside yet apart, in conversation or comfortably solitary.

Southwold Harbour 1

In all my work there has been something about loving, honouring and celebrating the significance in what may appear ordinary and unremarkable. What really matters to us, and in us, is not always obvious. It can be overlooked.

Ruth McCabe, with the help of friends.

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November 9, 2012

Mihaela Damian

Mihaela Damian grew up with painting and drawing in her life – her father was an artist and encouraged his daughter to follow in his footsteps.

Painting is Mihaela’s escape from the stressful daily life. Like many of us she is not a full-time painter, and takes to the brushes when inspiration is chasing her.  All her paintings are therefore ‘not just random…they are a drop of passion.’

Mihaela say’s ‘I would like my art to make people happy. And the first step in achieving this is to make myself happy. If I’m smiling when the painting is finished, I have achieved my first goal.’

If Mihaela’s work makes you happy then take a look at her Pop-up Gallery here.

September 29, 2012

Amber Caspian Art

Sarah Turpin paints witches with a little kink in their personality, along with other magical characters and delightful creatures. She now sells them under the name Amber Caspian Art having sold a number of paintings, bookends and mirror frames under her pseudonym in the past.

Born in Folkestone, Kent and brought up in Thaxted, Sarah studied Art in Bristol, worked in London for several years in bookselling and then marketing for Penguin Children’s Books. While there she indulged her passion for art, books and stories and amassed a considerable collection of wonderful children’s illustrated books.

Sarah has loved witches and fairy tales since early childhood, enchanted by the drawings and silhouettes of Arthur Rackham and Jan Pienkowski. Later she turned creatively to this subject painting them in watercolour and ink.

I am inspired by folk and faery stories, dreams, nature, spirit, ancient landscapes and beautiful words, I write poems as part of my creative process. My recent travels across flame-coloured deserts in North America and frozen lakes in Arctic Sweden also greatly influence my work.

You can visit the Amber Caspian Art Pop-up Gallery here – http://www.i2popupgallery.com/popup/Amber-Caspian-Art.html

September 25, 2012

Pat Collingwood (pjc gallery)

Pat Collingwood retired last year after more than 30 years working in an office environment. A keen amateur photographer for many years, she recently turned her attention to learning painting and drawing skills at local classes.

It was during one of the classes that someone explained about encaustic art (hot wax painting), which sounded so interesting that she decided to give it a try. Pat was hooked from the moment she created her first picture using this technique.

Due to the large amount of art materials Pat has accumulated and the lack of a dedicated work space in the house she started off working on the dining room table. She has now moved onto better things having had a lovely studio built in the garden where she can create whenever she wants.

I enjoy visiting art exhibitions but most of my inspiration comes from nature.’

You can see more of Pat’s work in her Pop-up Gallery here – http://i2popupgallery.com/popup/pjc-gallery.html

September 20, 2012

Anthony Hopkinson

A long time painter, Anthony took up printmaking about eight years ago and is now his main artistic activity. He began by exploring screen-printing a cheap, simple and non-toxic form of printmaking that can easily be carried out at home.

He tends to use only a small number of colours, often just a basic blue, red and yellow. The colours are transparent so a wide range of hues can be produced by printing one colour on top of another, varying the strength of each colour. Anthony will usually produce editions of 10 to 20; as the screen or plate is re-inked for each print in the edition there will be slight variations.

In the past year he has turned to other forms of printmaking, particularly drypoint and collagraph. Some recent prints are monoprints or monotypes, still using printmaking techniques but as one-offs, not editions. This is an exciting area for experiment and a lot of fun.

You can see more works by Anthony Hopkinson in his Pop-up Gallery here – http://www.i2popupgallery.com/popup/Anthony-Hopkinson.html

August 28, 2012

In the Picture – August 2012

August 28, 2012

Julia Everett

Another enthusiastic Pop-up Gallery owner, artist Julia Everett.

About Julia

Julia is an abstract landscape painter and her studio by the Thames in West London is a location that inspires a lot of her work. Her use of vivid colours, combined with the influence of music, produce vibrant and dynamic paintings. Julia graduated in Fine Art at Brighton University and has successfully exhibited in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and New York.  Julia regularly exhibits at the Affordable Art Fair with Art Star and many of her paintings are in private collections.

Artist Statement

“I am moved by the sky and sea and am trying to capture the feelings one can experience from being in a wild and dramatic landscape or watching the sunset into the sea. I am inspired by the British landscape and its coastline and I love being able to work by the river in London. My paintings are concerned with the reflective aspects of natural beauty as realised in water, landscape, light and pure colour.  I paint from memory rather than life and each painting is an emotional response to a sensory experience and an attempt to recapture how it felt to be in a particular place at a certain time. I always listen to music when painting and feel that this has a strong influence on the finished work. Many of my paintings are named from song titles and lyrics.”

Julia’s Pop-up Gallery URL is http://www.i2popupgallery.com/popup/Julia-Everett.html

July 26, 2012

In the Picture – July 2012

July 26, 2012

Earth Angels Art

 

Earth Angels Art is the name of Amanda Clark’s Pop-up Gallery!

Amanda’s paintings are a rich tapestry of colour, fairytale, myth and legend. Inspired by the magical and mysterious tales she has been reading and studying since childhood and the enchanting English countryside where she has lived all her life.

 

The colours she uses in each piece of art portrays the mood and essence of a tale that has been told through the centuries, but with a contemporary twist.

 

“The old fairytales have such an other worldly presence that can take the reader or listener on a fantastic journey of wonder and a special connection that is passed on through the ages. When I’m painting, I’m naturally on a journey of my sub-conscious, and the images are truly of ‘another world’ which I feel the fairytales and myths are born”.

 

Each piece of Amanda’s art is painted in jewel like colours with acrylic paint, adding layers, glazes and fine detail and sometimes mica for iridescent texture. For very special commissions, Amanda makes her own paints using egg tempura and natural pigments.

 

Amanda’s family are all of the creative kind, whether it be music, art and crafts or writing. She has illustrated 4 books for her brother Robin Clark and has art published in ‘Earth Pathways Diaries’. She is hoping to write and illustrate a book of her own for next year.

The URL to Amanda’s Pop-up Gallery is http://www.i2popupgallery.com/popup/Earth-Angels-Art.html

July 26, 2012

Patricia Arts

We are pleased to introduce you to the paintings of Patrica Palmer…

My art training in the 70’s in Leeds (Teacher Training College, Headingley), was graphic based: the following years of teaching developed my abilities in a variety of art and craft skills. After 22 years in the classroom I decided to return to study.  I started the first full time course in 2000 at Cambridge Regional College and continued there for the next 5 years: Foundation, HND, Diploma and finally BA Hons, I graduated from A.P.U. Cambridge in 2005 achieving a high class degree in Fine Art, specializing in painting.

After years of being trapped in a reality that didn’t meet my needs, through art I have regained control over my life. My artworks have become a representation of my life with the concepts of freedom, control and escapism regularly appearing in the form of grids, windows, doorways and spaces.

My Themes

Themes for work come into my head when they are ripe and ready to explore: the starting points are from references found in the landscape. I spend a lot of time In Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I love the ever changing skies, and sea. I enjoy warmer climates too, so holidays are spent in regions where the sun shines.  Sunsets are usually dramatic and I love sundried buildings and ancient churches with their beautiful stained glass. I love going on trips to more mountainous regions where round each corner there are breath taking views: lakes like mirrors, deep valleys, glowing deserts and tall trees. It is these experiences which give me inspiration.

My Process

At first, I explore the ideas through drawing, painting and collage, on paper (postcard size) using all mediums.

I work from memory in order to sift away the unessential revealing only the typical, although, I do refer to photographs if I need to check a specific detail/ colour/ shape/ position in space etc.

I try out different formats, scale and size on paper to see which is appropriate for my theme before going on to canvas. Colours are softened or intensified, perspective flattened and features simplified. These methods help me to create an impression of the landscape, which is both believable and imaginary. My work, though abstract in appearance is for me representational and my paintings are how I see the world and how the world makes me feel.

I hope that the viewer will respond freely to my work and make connections with her or his own experiences.

Patricia’s Pop-up Gallery URL is http://www.i2popupgallery.com/popup/Patricia-Arts.html