Friday, 25 November 2011

Ryedale ArtWorks Launch

A big thank you to all who attended the successful launch of RAW last night. It was lovely that those of our members who could not attend the launch but who are committed to the group sent messages of support too.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera so have no photo's to post.  A good time was had by all and I am really looking forward to being part of raising the profile of professional artists, makers and galleries in Ryedale.  Work will start on the new artist's directory in the new year and I think that we shall have more members queueing to be included because it has been an incrediby useful marketing tool. 

Thanks to Andy Dalton, printmaker and manager of The Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum who is our Treasurer and IT wizzard for unfailing good humour and for constructing our initial web site, Janey Hayton for stirling work as acting Chair until next February, Jennifer Tetlow for her insight at the beginnings, sorry you have had to step down but glad it's because of work committments.  Thank you Robert Birmingham of The Pantry in Lockton for all the work you put in on the constitution; sorry that you are leaving us and best wishes for the future. Extra special thanks to Yvette Turnbull, Creative Economy Officer at Ryedale District Council for all the belief, encouragement and practical support you have given and continue to give.

Sounds like an Oscar speech!  Hurrah for us!

This year's directory has been a fantastic publication and marketing tool for all the artists involved and is the result of the hard work of the sub committee of members of RAW : graphic designer and artist Ian Mitchell, artist Sue Slack, Andy Dalton print maker and manager of The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, potter Janet Hayton, artists Liz Bailey and Chris Ware and as ever, the support of Yvette Turnbull Creative Economy Officer, Ryedale District Council. 

This directory is the second one produced so far and has been eyed with envy by artists from other areas in Yorkshire.  We hope to make the next one even better.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Ryedale ArtWorks

We launch Ryedale ArtWorks or RAW for short, tomorrow evening.  It has been a lot of hard work but we are now ready to formally constitute and become an artist's group working to raise our profile within Ryedale and beyond. 

I am looking forward to the cake. . . . .

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Time and Process Part Two continued

Below are the rest of the images that complete the series of paintings I talked about in the previous blog.  These follow on from the month of August to December and show the whole cycle together.  The images are not particularly good, for which I apologise; I took them myself with my small Lumix and while they give a good idea of the paintings, they are not nearly as good as the ones that Pete will take for my archive.





The completed 12 months of the year top row left to right, Jan - Jun,
bottom row right to left July - December

All images are acrylic on Arche paper and measure 305x400 mm.


all images copyright of the artist

Time and Process Part Two

I have, I think, finally completed the 12 paintings on paper which comprise my experiment with time, theme and process.  It has been an absorbing and at times frustrating experience.  I am interested in repetition as part of the process of making a two dimensional piece of work but at times I questioned my decision to use this method because I had so many interruptions that it was quite difficult to keep going the thought processes required to make the work.  It has been the usual struggle with the balance within the composition, the colour choices, colour overlays, what to leave, where to work up to an edge, where to go over one, whether to allow gestural marks to dominate and how to refer to landscape and the seasons without being sentimental or too figurative.

This is the first time I have produced a series of paintings using this process of repetition and as an experiment it has been worth while as a way back in to making work in series.  It remains to be seen if I continue with it or whether I use the experience to make other individual paintings that continue with the theme of The Four Seasons, the cycle of life and tree of life.



January - August

(The images that complete the series are on the next blog.)

All images copyright of the artist

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Walk on the Wild Side. . .

We were in Dalby Forest yesterday afternoon for a beautiful walk that turned out to be nearer 5 miles than the 3 we were expecting because half way round they put in a detour.  It's a shame they didn't warn us of this before we set out as the light was fading fast towards the end and Pete had to get to York!  Never mind, it was a lovely day and I got some more material to refer to when making my paintings:

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Time and Process

The summer months flew by; I hardly ever seem to notice it until it has gone.  Autumn is my favourite season I think; all that decay, wild contrasts of weather and light and coming darkness suits me.  I am beginning to work on ideas for time based work that explores the seasons, and the cycle of life and death:

Stage 1, January

Stage 2, February

Stage 3, March

Stage 4, April

Stage 5, May

Stage 6, June

First 6 stages

This process fascinates me; each painting is the same but different, with each successive one having one or more layers added to it.  I have 6 more in this series to complete and I intend to continue with this method and process; as I begin to loosen up, the work will become more expressive and less self conscious.  I am gradually beginning to get back in to a working routine after such a long lay off.

All images are copyright of the artist.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

ArtFest 2011

This year's celebration of professional artists in Ryedale is well under way with exhibitions in local galleries and open studios.  Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery in Malton is host to one of the shows, where my work was selected this year.  It is an interesting show, with some great work by several artists including Gill Dearman, (textiles) Serena Partridge, maker of tiny hand stitched garments with reference to historical costume and museum curatorship, newly graduated Steff Mitchell, Catherine Scriven who has made an new digital photocomposition for the show and Lyn Wait, showing a film.

The following four images are of the work accepted for this year's ArtFest:

Boundaries, acrylic on gesso, on board

Track, acrylic on gesso, on board

Lost, acrylic on gesso, on board

Low ll, acrylic on gesso, on board

Duckett and Jeffreys touring caravan gallery is also out and about: an early port of call was Ryedale Folk Museum, in time for the opening of Sally Taylor's show.

Anyone reading this who is interested in finding out more about ArtFest and the participating artists should go to the website and blog provided by The Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum:

Away With Hepworth, Moore, Frost et al and up with Sally Taylor

It was remarkable that so few works were required in the gallery for our Herbert Read exhibion; the Hepworths and Moore sculptures and the Terry Frost and Creffield paintings in particular have such stature both physical and artistically, that very little else was required to make an exhibition of real impact.

I had a frantic day taking down the paintings by Dennis Creffield, Terry Frost, and Brian Kneele and packing them carefully back into their travelling crates. The small Henry Moore sculpture was safely nestled back into its crate and we were then ready for the handlers to come and pack away the much larger Hepworth sculpture.  I felt releived that we didn't have to handle it ourselves given its artistic significance and value.  Our tribute to Herbert Read over, we then looked forward to receiving Sally Taylor's drawings for the next show.

Safe and sound!

Andy Dalton the manager of The Gallery and I worked with Sally to hang her show, "All Say The Same" and it looks great.   The longest part of the process is always deciding where to hang the individual pieces within the gallery space.  Once these decisions have been made, usually after much pondering and swapping things around and sometimes back again, the actual hanging takes very little time at all.  The whole show was up in just over a day but it is a period of very hard work.

We were on tenterhooks to see if Sally would win the Jerwood Prize for Drawing as she was shortlisted for the third time.  Sadly she was not successful, but it is a tremendous accolade to be shortlisted.  Sally's professionalism made it an easy show to hang; it has an excellent accompanying catalogue with an essay by Vanessa Corby who is currently Senior Lecturer in the Theory, History and Practice of Fine Art at York St John University and an interview with Sally by Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Liverpool.  The show runs at The Gallery, Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire until after half term, October.