Next exhibition – wood nude tree limb

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There’s just a month to go before my next exhibition, a joint one with three other artists who share my fascination with natural form.  It’s at Art’s Complex and opens with a preview on Friday 12th July, then runs for just over a week.  The gallery is open to the public between 10am and 6pm.

Find out more at the exhibition blog»

 

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Refilling the creative bucket

I’ve come to realise that creativity for me is a never ending process of filling myself up to the point where it overflows – if I don’t keep filling up with new stuff, the flow slows to a trickle and eventually stops.  So I’ve learned to make time to seek out new things to inspire me, to devote energy into research as well as production.

A bit like this, though now I’ve drawn it I think perhaps there should be a hole in the side of the bucket for the ‘work’ to flow from, rather than it coming over the top…

creative bucketThe Creative Bucket (patent pending Tansy Lee Moir)

So I’ve been out and about, minus walking boots this time, a bit more smartly dressed for visiting galleries and all that.

I met up with a friend and first of all we visited the Peploe exhibition at Edinburgh’s Dean Gallery, properly known as the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two.  It was quite busy and I was not able to take any pictures of course, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the paintings were masterful, striking, elegant and colourful.  I loved the way the show documented the development of his work – moving through the rooms I was struck by how different the phases of his paintings were.

Across the road at the Gallery of Modern Art One, we saw ‘From death to death and other small tales’, a show of contemporary works which were in turns mysterious, thought provoking, puzzling, hilarious, irritating and wonderful – Ernesto Neto‘s work falls into the last category, with his sculpture evoking the internal structures of the body, ‘It happens when the body is anatomy of time’, 2000.  I sneaked a photo of this one though it sadly fails to capture the fragrance of all those spices at the base of each tube-like form.

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The following beautiful sunny day, eager for more, I headed over to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh with the family.

I love the John Hope building, with its confident, innovative, sustainable design and its welcoming, comfortable spaces.  It’s big and busy but it makes me feel at home straight away – I’m not sure what the architectural term would be but it seems to guide you round all its interesting nooks and crannies without ever making you feel like you’re lost.

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Upstairs, through the restaurant (where we may or may not have indulged in afternoon tea) is ‘Leafing through Scotland‘, described as “A celebration of the Year of Natural Scotland with a selection of books and objects from publishers across the country.”  In the display cases my daughters spotted both books and whisky which we have in our house too!

Finally, though it made no sense at all on the hottest day of the year so far, we toured the famous glasshouses… I don’t need to say anything more other than see these for yourself (with a few photos in my next post to persuade you) – fantastic!

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Solo show in 2014

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So here I am in my native habitat nestled amongst the honeysuckle, rewarding myself with a nice cup of tea after some drawing and feeling very pleased to have been offered a solo show at the Meffan Gallery next year.

Angus council’s museum and art gallery is in the busy town of Forfar and it’s a lovely space to exhibit in.  I’m really excited about the opportunity to think big and have plenty of time to work towards the show, which will be October/November time 2014.

I’m just starting to research some possible drawing sites in the area so that I’ll be prepared to make the most of the late Autumn drawing season – it’s all getting a bit leafy now so I’ll be concentrating on studio work over the summer and waiting for the wind to blow in October to reveal some new trees to fall in love with!

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Buy Design Gallery

I had my first visit to the Buy Design Gallery today and what a wonderful place for anyone who appreciates wood, art, original design and fine craftsmanship.  It’s in some gorgeous borders countryside, next to the Harestanes Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh.  Owner Eoin Cox is a man who’s been making a difference in the world as well as making beautiful furniture – check out his website to see his work. He and his team also run woodworking courses at the gallery, encouraging you to have a go yourself too.

I dropped off some drawings and pastels today and I’m really excited to be working with the gallery – I think I’ll be getting to know the A68 a bit better from now on!

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The Harley Open

crichton rippled beech

The new year got off to a great start with the news that ‘Crichton rippled beech’ was accepted at the Harley Gallery’s second open exhibition. 

Situated on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, the gallery is a beautiful space and I was disappointed that the snow prevented me from attending the opening last weekend.  However, the show is on till 17th March so there’s plenty of time to visit yet.

My family are from nearby Worksop and I used to visit Welbeck as a child, so the place has fond memories for me.  I also discovered that my Great Auntie worked there during World War II making munitions! 

 

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‘Damaged woods’ exhibition

My second solo show ‘Damaged woods’ ran last October at Edinburgh’s Art’s Complex.  It’s a big undertaking to mount a show but hugely rewarding too – I had so many interesting conversations with old friends and new ones, gained some tips for drawing locations and enjoyed chatting with collectors and selling my work.

Here are some photos to give you an idea how it looked in Gallery 3

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Thanks to everyone who helped me hang the show and run the opening night!

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Meffan Gallery Winter Exhibition

charcoal drawing in meffan galleryTwo of my charcoal works have been selected for this year’s Meffan Winter Exhibition, which are now hanging in this lovely gallery until the new year.  There were over 500 submissions from across Scotland and, as I saw at the bustling preview, there’s an excellent range of high quality work.  It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area – more details here.

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What goes up…

damaged woods gallery 3…must come down – after being my temporary home for ten days, Gallery 3 in Art’s Complex is empty again and my show ‘Damaged woods’ is safely packed away in the studio. 

Thanks to all those lovely people who came to see the show and engage in such interesting conversations.  I love to hear what people think when they view my work and I’m pleased that so many find it as emotionally powerful to look at as I do to make.

What’s next? A period of reflection and some experimentation, particularly trying some different surfaces to work on, on a larger scale.  Also on the horizon is the Open Studios event and exhibition in early December.

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Damaged woods

damaged woods posterWith only four days to go till the opening of my show ‘Damaged woods’  I confess to being excited but also a little nervous.  Last year I mounted my first solo show and I was far too busy organising everything to notice the nerves – now I’m better prepared and have more time to think.  However, over the last year the work has certainly progressed well and I’m confident I can pull it together to form an engaging and impressive show, I just have to make it happen before Friday!

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Open Glass Doors

open glass doors invitePreparations are well underway for the Open Glass Doors exhibition on the 29th and 30th September.  In the King’s Hall, Edinburgh, it will feature a wonderful variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewellery and crafts and all works are for sale. Have a look at the website for all the details and lots of lovely pictures.

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