I am really pleased to announce that I have been selected to exhibit in the Open Exhibition for the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Draw 19. I created a drawing specifically for this exhibition and took inspiration from a unplanned photoshoot that I did earlier this year on Cannock Chase. My selected drawing, ‘Waiting’, is based on a similar area to my watercolour, ‘Frozen Earth’ and captures a very quiet and frosty scene in the forest. I’m looking forward to seeing the show in London and meeting the other artists.
Today I received the Barracks Trust Prize at the Brampton Museum and Art Gallery Open Art and Craft Exhibition 2019 for my ink drawing “Entrance’. This piece is based on an area at the edge of Cannock Chase, a forest in Staffordshire. I think it’s almost impossible to guess how your work will be received and so it is always a pleasant surprise to win an award. I also have two paintings in the same show, ‘Clearcut’ and ‘Clearcut 2’. The exhibition runs until the 12th May.
I have just completed a new ink drawing entitled, 'Opening'. This piece is based on a quiet and slightly desolate looking area of Cannock Chase. The dead tree in the foreground is contrasted by the healthy tree just behind it. I like looking at both sides of nature and including both within a scene. The piece was made using fine liner pens and brushed ink.
I plan to use the ink and wash technique with some urban landscape imagery next. I have a few ideas planned for an exhibition next year.
I have a lot more time to work on my art this year and as a result I have been able to produce more pictures than before. I have been working on an ink drawing and have plans to start working with lino printing.
Today I completed another painting in the current woodland series. This one is 'Clearcut II' which continues on from the previous piece. The series together looks at the relationship between people and nature and the imagery shows natural elements contrasting with the unnatural which creates an interesting narrative. The pieces work individually and also as a set.
I found out this week that my painting, 'The Shack', has been accepted into the Three Counties Open Art' exhibition which is held at The Burslem School of Art. This painting had recently returned from London after it featured in the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition.
I have just completed another woodland painting which I have called 'Clearcut'. This is part of series of work that looks at the interaction between people and nature. Changes in the urban environment are usually quite apparent but in nature change is not so apparent. Yet in my recent woodland series you can see a direct and dramatic change to the landscape made by people. Upon finding these changes it is noticeable how quiet the forest has become once again with only traces of the interaction left behind. 'Clearcut' can be found in the woodland section this painting.
Last Thursday I enjoyed looking at the current New English Art Club annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. I was pleased to have my painting, 'The Shack' included this year which is a piece that has proved popular with quite a few people.
I have just completed a new ink drawing which is part of the new Woodland series that i am working on. It is called 'Entrance' and was created using fine liner pens and water soluble ink. I have worked in this medium in the past but not for some time and have enjoyed the process. The idea was to create an atmospheric drawing that was expressive and also descriptive.
The title refers to being on the edge of the forest but also describes the feeling of moving from one place into another. It's about change, new beginnings and new experiences.