Well .. I went to a lovely private view / Q&A session at The Green Man Gallery last night … Unfortunately, I missed the submission deadline, but some of my friends had some gorgeous artwork in the show.
After a mooch about and a glass of wine, we had a bit of a talk about the Buxton Spa Prize ( link below) … Now the thought of being given a subject to paint (not of your choosing) and being judged in an art competition puts the fear of god into me, but after hearing a little more about the event and it’s exhibition, I am considering taking the plunge and entering. I very much doubt I’ll be winning any prizes, but the open night is, so I am told, PACKED with prospective buyers … so …. watch this space !
Christmas is fast approaching ! I haven’t even thought about making a start on the shopping yet, though … I should really pull my finger out !
Anyway … I promised to mention another exhibition to you.
This year’s address is : 67 Albert Terrace, Wolstanton, Newcastle, Staffs ST5 6AY
Exhibition : Home is a fantastic annual show. I love the concept of it. Each year, somebody turns their whole house over to the exhibition an it becomes a gallery ! The ambience and atmosphere are just perfect for some relaxed gift buying. There is always something different to be found. From beautiful glass work, to delicate ceramics or original artwork, there is something for everybody.
Stag Teatowel by Lauren Van Helmond
Beautiful porcelain tea lights by Perry Walmsley-Pitts
I am also feeling honoured to have been invited to exhibit a few paintings, including this one (above)
The exhibition runs from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of December …. the address is further up this post, just below the banner image.
Another reason for being so very busy is our annual Christmas fair in Leek, Staffordshire.
The Staffordshire Contemporary Artist and Designers Fair is a fantastic Artist and Designer fair, set in a beautiful venue, The Foxlowe. The building is set at the top of the town’s ancient market place and acts as a focus for all things related to the arts. They have a rather smashing fine art café, too !
The event is a fantastic chance to start your Christmas shopping with a huge range of beautiful objects of desire !
The Artist & Designers Fair is a showcase for original and contemporary art, craft and design from both local and National artisans.
Anyway, I digress … busy … yes !
As part of my Foundation Degree studies, I am part of the year 2 team who is coordinating our college submissions … as well as finding the time to create our own artwork to show, we are holding planning meetings, talking with the press and liaising with college press officers … phew ! It’s a great opportunity to get hands on experience of exhibition planning though. Fingers crossed it all comes together on the day, eh !!!
Here is a quick preview of what I’ll be exhibiting …
Photobombed by my cat !
As if this event isn’t keeping me busy enough, I am also exhibiting in ANOTHER exhibition … on the same weekend …. eeek !!
I had a really interesting tutorial session at college last week. Previously, I had taken a colour study and desaturated it, just to see what it would look like. I liked it …. I liked it a LOT !
See for yourself … here’s the original …
And here’s the desaturated sketch
Now … I have always loved colour. I love it’s volume, depth and vibrancy, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the starkness of monochrome. After the initial shock, I do now feel that it has its own bleak beauty. And maybe a place in the market, too.
My tutor pointed me in the direction of Franz Kline. I had heard of him, but had never really looked at his work before.
Now, I don’t really ‘do’ straight lines and abrupt angles, but there is a way of working that I really like in his work. I love the harsh black that shouts from his canvasses … it is confrontational, yet it also invites thought and contemplation ( to me, anyway).
He did also use colour …
So … where does this leave me ??
Buying a huge bottle of black indian ink and searching for a large canvas at which to throw it … it will be interesting if nothing else.
I love using my camera phone, don’t you ? It’s so much easier than it used to be 25 years ago. I remember all of the hassle it was, getting my old Ilford HP4’s developed at college in the dark room … yes … I was an art student 20 odd years ago too … Some things never change, eh … Anyway …
You can keep up with what’s going on by checking out my Instagram feed .. I am a habitual camera snapper who loves Instagramming and vintage-ifying absolutely everything !
Hi … I figured I should start my shiny new blog with a short introduction … My name is Lesley .I am a lampworker (I make hand crafted glass art beads for jewellery designers), and I am currently studying for a foundation degree in Art at Leek School of Art (part of Leek and Buxton College).
I have always loved being creative for as long as I can remember.
After many years spent living in the city, I finally relocated to the highest village in Britain, in the Peak District a few years ago. It was to be the best move that I ever made. It was also the most interesting move I ever made … especially in the winter !
My career has taken on a whole new direction since the move, so alongside my glass work, I am now studiously training to become a fully fledged fine artist.
Here’s my artist statement … It all sounds very grown up !
I am a mixed media artist, based in the Peak District.
I am influenced and drawn to mood and colour within my surroundings.
I mostly work with acrylics, but also love to explore using charcoal, collage, textiles and printmaking.