Sunday, April 13, 2008

Well I'll be on my way...


Tomorrow [Monday] I fly out to Paphos. Thankfully this time I am not using Heathrow, not with all that trouble at the new terminal 5. Instead I'm flying from Manchester. A bit more local.
I'm using easyjet this time. They are new to the route having taken it over from BA. I have not used easyjet before so its a first for both of us.
So tonight I pack my bag and tomorrow I go.
I'll log on to this blog when (and if) I can. Failing that it will be June before I return. I'll give a full update then.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Exhibition Preview, well, a la'al peek.



Transferred the stuff for the upcoming exhibition at Arteria today. The gallery have selected nine pieces for their Summer Exhibition which begins in mid May and runs until the end of August. Shown here is one of the pieces, "Beach #6" painted in acrylics on three canvasses, each 30 cm (12" in English) square making the whole work a tad over three feet tall.

The bottom panel shows a group of large stones on a sandy beach in black and white monochrome. The centre panel, the water's edge in pale colours and the top, the more distant sea and nebulous horizon in full colour. Although a trip to the Mediterranean is imminent, this is not of it. This is Porthmeor beach at St. Ives on one of those [rare] calm days in Cornwall.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Countdown

I can count the days on one hand to when I leave for Cyprus. There's always a small multitude of last minute things to do before going which keeps me of the Blogosphere. Actually, I will probably be out of things Blogwise 'til June. I don't think the studios at Lempa have in-house internet so I will have to rely on internet cafes which can get a bit expensive but i will be keeping track of my e-mails. I will probably but in on the comments section of some of you from time to time to let you know I'm still around.
This last week at the studio I did the above mixed media drawing, mainly gouache and drypoint. It is of three (now headless) figures from the Parthenon in Athens. The original, which is part of the Elgin Marbles is in the British Museum in London. The reclining figure on the right is Pallas Athene about to give birth to one of the Great Mortals e.g. Achilles, Odyseus, Agamamnon....
I'll have to do a bit more research to find out who.
Another artist is renting my space from me for the six or so weeks I'm away so I'll have to make some room. This next day or two will be spent storing some of my stuff away as well as sorting what I'm taking with me. Some of my "Sea Pictures" will be on show at Arteria in Lancaster throughout May, June and July. The Private View is set for May 19 but I won't be there, I'll be 3000 miles away. So tomorrow the work will be transferred to the gallery. That should generate some room in my studio.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Unfinished Business

She sat there, taped to a drawing board for ages. She was to be the final piece in a series. But I'd moved on to another figure series so there she was, a piece of 300 gsm heavy duty drawing paper, 42 cm tall, painted with a Prussian Blue acrylic background and only the ghost of a figure.
Unfinished business. It needed to be sorted. I'm off to Cyprus in just over a week working at the school in Lempa, near Paphos and won't be back until June. This stuff is part of the Cypriot project work but I don't want to arrive there with a load of loose ends. Its always best to get there with a clean slate so I can have an open mind about what presents itself.
In doing this picture I wanted to just have the head and torso in sharp focus.
In case you're wondering who the model is, it is a manikin I have in my studio space, the type you see in clothes shops. I bought a couple of yards of white material and made a chiton for it so I could at least get some idea what a woman from the Hellenic period (BC500 to around the birth of Christ) looked like.
If you look closely you may see the eyes of these figures are blue and blank. Gods they may have been in mythical times, but all-seeing they were not. They were unable to see what consequences of their actions were for the human race. I must admit I got the idea from the blank eyes of the statues from that period. However, I have been informed by antiquarians that the Greeks painted their statues in their natural colours so it is reasonable to assume the eyes had the irises and pupils painted on. Whatever, when all is said and done, we can only look at the art of that time through 21st century eyes so I make no apologies for putting my own interpretations on it.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Broken Continuity



This is one of a series I have done recently based on the statue of Hermaphrodite (Ερμαφρόδιτος) who was the offspring of Hermes and Aphrodite. At first I featured how the statue might have looked before it got broken but later did it as above. The line drawings are striking in that I discovered, quite by accident how the missing component(s) do, in their way complete the continuity of the whole. In other words, the eye "reads" what is not there and completes the picture. Perhaps this is why I was attracted to these Hellenic statues in the first place.

Been down in South Wales last week visiting family. Went for a couple of walks up on the fells, they call them mountains in Wales, but what was surprising was that I did it. All the way up and all the way down again, just when I was beginning to think at my age Iwas getting a bit past it!

There's life in th' ol' man yet!