Saturday, October 26, 2013

Online Exhibition

Yayyyy!... today I'm on the home page of Artist Table's latest online exhibition 'Art des Femmes'. I have four works in the show, AND you can vote for me by visiting this LINK, entering and finding my paintings, click on the one you like then click 'VOTE'. Hope you like them enough...there are so many wonderful works in this show.

Hot Gossip
Rough, Rough
Along The River
A Conversation With Myself
As you can see I've put in works from several of my constant series...all in square format. (my favourite).  In The Square, Beach Culture, Above The Landscape, Abstract.

Every so often I revisit one of these series for some more paintings... but am still searching to find the 'essence' of abstract...harder than it looks.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An In-between Challenge

My favourite ATC trading group (Paper Traders) has regular challenges, but I've loved this one. 'My Stuff, Your Stuff' meant exchanging envelopes of bits and pieces with a randomly selected partner. Each was then to make ATCs with what they'd received and return them. My selected partner was Cathy Calamas...yayyyyy...I love her ATCs.

I received these, made from the stuff I sent her:

I sent such a strange conglomeration of stuff (sorry I didn't photograph it), I'm amazed that she could find any that went together.  Clever girl. LOVE the retirement one.

In return she sent me all this lovely stuff...

 ...and I sent her
Being Willing Is Not Enough

French Broad
 It was such serendipity that one of the maps she sent had a street named French Broad.

The Wall

I've no idea what the Russian text says...but I like it.

Now the frivolity is done..... back to my final 4" x 4" s.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Words Are Rocks

My next series of 4" x 4"s is based on text. The spoken or written word is the rock that is my foundation, as I am and as I will become.  Advice from friends, a letter from someone lost for years, a book to teach skills or simply free my imagination..... these are the basis of a sometimes complex life

So far, this is the group that I'm happiest with.

Friday, October 11, 2013

More 4" x 4" - Yellow

"I actually posted this several days ago, but found that I didn't care for the way the images looked (sorry those who said such nice things). They have now been reworked, and I'm much happier....Jo"

Following on from my previous post on 4" x 4" canvases, my next series is basically yellow.




'A Long Time Ago....' is based on a time before the things I am familiar with were called 'vintage'.  Old photos, weighing machines that printed out character traits, handwritten letters.  It is about memories of early travels, and other snippets of trivia.

It's funny how your early memories get jumbled...a bit of this, a bit of that.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Working my way up

My last post was we have 10cm x 10cm canvases.  Perhaps by Christmas I'll be back to 90cm x 90cm.

I am working on a series for the Rosebed St Gallery's Xmas show.  The theme and title is "Minutiae" - the small, precise, or trivial details of something.  Maybe past lives?


For this show I will have four groups of three images...this is the first group.  The works are all on 10cm x 10cm wide-edge canvas.


I have collaged snippets of red lace, and pieces of microfiche into this group.  The trivial details of past lives suggested, but obscure.  Somewhere there was some glamour, perhaps a news item.... fascinating huh?

Mark-making, and layering, all add to the overall picture. 

The next groups will be different palettes.