Thursday, September 28, 2006

Return to Cyprus

In a few days time, (Monday in fact,) I will be jetting off to Cyprus once again. Has it really been a year already since the last trip? Limassol Studios will once again be my home for the best part of two months. At least this time around, having been there before, I have some idea of what I intend doing there.
I may get involved with constructions with the students there, like I did last year but we'll wait and see.
I plan on doing two things: one is to make a frieze of drawings and coloured work of the sea shore. An extension of my current work. After all the Med will only be a couple of hundred metres away. It will be nice sitting on the seashore in all that sunshine just drawing/painting/watching the sea. (Well, someone's got to do it!)
The other thing I intend doing is to have a closer look at ancient Cypriot art. I didn't get to visit enough of the historic sites and museums last time. So, I'll try to rectify that. Unless the Greek laid back way of life gets to me again.

This is a corner of the Limassol Studios. Much cleaned up I might add for the degrre show held last June.My thanks to Tim Watson, a post graduate at Cyprus Art College for this picture.The Colege as whole lays strong emphasis on painting. Its teaches in a very "hands on" way which, to my mind has much to commend it.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

On the Beach (3)

This triptych, made up of three canvasses, each 20 x 20cms was only completed a couple of days ago. Like the other two, - Beach#1 and Beach#2, - it is a study of the water's edge as seen when walking along the beach.
The work is painted in acrylics throughout. There is no overdrawing.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

On the Beach (2)

This is the same size and format as Beach (1) and using the same media. Different bit of beach and showing the water's edge and the way it invades the beach. Rather in the way the water's edge can interrupt a walk on the beach as the waves encroach onto your path, or if walking barefoot, invites you to paddle. It might be a tad cold by British shores but that's another matter.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A "Pentych"

This is Pentych #9.

It was some time since I last posted a pentych so some of you may well be wondering what I'm on about. The word is an invention. Just as a two panelled piece is a diptych and a three panelled one a triptych, so logically I call these five panelled works pentyches. The plan is to produce twelve of them. Six have been done as works on paper and another six are in progress as acrylic paintings on canvas boards. Each of these panels is 10 cms (4") square. This would make each work when mounted, 60 x 20cms. Ideally I would like to have made them larger, each panel say 50cms square. But this would have made them into very large works some 3 metres long by a metre high. They have to be viewed together to see the changing colour/tone in relation to each other. Five separate canvases would, unless viewed in a large room or gallery, tend to get separated and the point would become lost. As can be seen here, this particular work has the left hand panel in a blue-grey monochrome and the right hand one is in full colour while the intermediate three panels show a progression from mono chrome to full colour.

I would like to do a series of images that start as line drawings and progress through tonal drawings to monochrome paintings and full colour then progressively return to drawings. This would need many panels and probably take up all four walls of a gallery space. Are there any galleries out there who would like to give it a show?

I will be back at Limassol Studios in Cyprus from October2 through to November 22. That's seven whole weeks. I plan on having a go at making something along these lines on paper. Yes, they will need mounting behind glass but they will be easier to transport back as luggage in a plane, especially with the current security measures in force. I reckon each image will be about 18" square. I shall post them on the blog, either here or on The Draughtsman if I can get computer access. Which I should do, the studios were online last year.

On the beach (1)

On of my newer paintings in "The Sea" series, Beach#1. Each panel is 6" square and the whole thing is in a frame 25" x 20". Painted in acrylics on paper and graphite overdrawing. It is another way of showing a progression as illustrated in the "Pentych" series.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Turning of Autumn

Autumn seems to have come a little early this year as this changing bracken shows. I took this picture in mid August on Dartmoor. Perhaps the early autumn is a result of the strong heatwave we had in July speeding up the summer. Who knows?
Anyway it makes for a lovely pictue, the golding leaf against the green.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Cornish Wildlife - Close Up

Herring Gulls by and large seem to ignore or keep their distance from us humans. Unless you happen to be in Cornwall. But even there they tend to keep themselves to themselves.
Until you buy a cornish pastie that is.
And if you decide to eat it al fresco, then these birds find us humans very interesting indeed. St. Ives is famous for their intimate gulls, in fact they can be quite bold . So much so that Daphne duMaurier was inspired to write a novel based on this. The novel later became a famous Hitchcock film, "The Birds" which, if you've seen it you'll know what I mean. Tintagel is no exception. The gulls are a bit less aggressive but they are persistent. The best way is simply not to feed them. Not unless you want a lot of gulls squabbling around you.
Natural born scavengers, they need no encouragement.
But this chappie pictured here, quite a poseuer, isn't s/he?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Atlantic Sunset

The sun setting into the Western Sea. Not a scene I get to witness all that often. I was inclined to think this was the first time in my life I have watched a sunset over the sea but it cannot be so. Living in Lancaster where from the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park there is a commanding view of Morecambe Bay, I must have seen a sunset or two over the sea.
Nevertheless, it was wonderful to watch this one at Tintagel Youth hostel.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A Youth Hostel in a Dramatic Setting

Perched high up on the cliffs that plunge 600 feet or so down to the sea. The tiny yellow cluster of buildings is the Youth Hostel. The vertical cliff in the background is the site of Tintagel Castle which has its connections with the Arthurian legends.
Another (closer) view of the hostel with Gull Rock some three miles or so beyond. The next landfall from here could well be Manhattan Island. On a clear day....... no you can't see it. The earth is curved and its 3000 miles away. Bit of a long swim I reckon.
It's really peaceful here. The hostel is about a mile out of Tintagel village and consequently away from the plethora of tourists that throng there. It's mainly backpackers doing the coastal route that pass this way. Mind you, there's still plenty of them. The hostel was full throughout my stint there, as was the one I did a week later on the edge of Dartmoor. Tintagel hostel is very popular. Some bookings are made as much as a year in advance. People were phoning, asking if there were beds available on the very night the called. I think the three most common words I uttered the whole time I was there was, "Sorry, we're full." Well, a full hostel kept me out of mischief I suppose.