Sunday, 29 January 2017

Creative Arts a new Wix website.

Continuing with this blog affords intermittent moments when glimpses of the directions of creativity taken seem to come into focus. Unconscious fragments appear revealing themselves though images...

New website with a collection of art works can be found below at ....

Try to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 13 January 2017

Exploration of ideas informed by nature worked into creative images

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams (1)

Exploring playing with and developing ideas...

Last Autumn I was working on a water colour image - having been Inspired by the abundance of sunflowers that seemed to be everywhere,  I decided to combined a portrait head and shoulders of Botticelli's Birth of Venus image, with the poem Ahh Sunflowers by  William Blake - I then incorporated the ideas into the portrait of Venus surrounded by sunflowers resulting in the image below ....I enjoy the idea of creating work that involves nature  - the natural environment and humanity in sync one with the other.

Later I then started thinking of using the image as a print design for cushion cover this resulted with a cushion embossed with the image on it... 

Toward the end of last year some original works I had produced in 2016 have now been made into giclee prints - such as those below....The Rainforest images were part of a series of works inspired by the natural beauty and a celebration of the abundance of life found deep in these forests. I am conscious of the effects of man upon the natural environment and those ensuing effects- causing fragility to ecosystems, which future generations are dependant upon. 

Original Rainforest image part of giclee collection

Rainforest image now part of giclee

Original Rainforest now part of giclee collection

Original image now part of giclee collection

Original Rainforest- now part of giclee 's

The portrait works were developed out of ideas emerging from a the theme based exhibition YUM! in 2016 - held at the Freudian Sheep Gallery Ipswich.   

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

Original watercolour- part of giclee collection

The original images exhibited at the gallery

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
— John Muir (3)

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

A cheery welcome and happy new year

Artist statement... at this point in time I feel most comfortable to describe it more - as being on a continuing journey - one that's ever evolving, ever changing, never static, moved and influenced by circumstances and inspired by the natural world along with a drive to explore and experiment with as many mediums as possible!

Growing up on a small wind swept island where the natural elements and the freedom to roam, exploring shorelines, experiencing vast limitless horizons have all left an indelible mark. This strong connection with nature inspires me to create artworks that can be either factual in visual representation or abstract in form. Ultimately my works convey a connection with the natural world and our human experiences of it.
Wind swept island of Walney

'To create ones own world takes courage' - Georgia O'Keeffe.

Creating art gives me the amazing opportunity to go on a journey of adventure into the realms of both the known and unknown worlds: Worlds that know no bounds or limitations. My artworks are also a response to situations I encounter; Art illuminates, it touches and brings to life, it can capture some forgotten moment in time. It gives opportunity to be touched, it stirs the senses of those often unconscious, overlooked moments that are an integral part of the everyday lives we experience. These attributes I strive to convey through art.

I explore ways of creating work through a variety of techniques and mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolour, mixed mediums, collagraph's and linocut prints.

The experimental process through these art mediums is important to me, it is something I thrive upon. Because the variance of materials encourages me to go beyond my comfort zone when creating a composition. And it is influential in challenging me to explore new dimensions and expressively create new possibilities. Whilst also simultaneously drawing on the natural world for inspiration.

Being inspired by the natural environment leads me to consider its impact upon man and vice-versa - man's impact upon it.

John Burrows timely quote ...'I go to nature to be soothed and healed and have my senses put in order'... resonates with me and seems relevant in an era of fast paced life and the disconnect from the natural world that can be experienced.

The residue left after gaining a Distinction in Art and Design 2011, followed by gaining my a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2014, has encouraged me to remain experimental in my approach and to encompass theme based works which inspire and influence my creativity.

Some recent works now on Linocuts of  Fabulous Mr Fox and Home To Roost

Home to Roost

Fledgling Wren still to complete- watercolour