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
Thanks to everyone who helped me hang the show and run the opening night!
Two 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.
We're opening our doors again at Art's Complex soon - the second Open Studios event is over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of December and I'll be welcoming visitors to my studio on the top floor.
I'll be displaying some of the works from my recent show 'Damaged woods' along with field drawings and sketches. More details to come on my facebook page.
...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.
With 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!
There are many reasons why I love wood, but right now it's just for the pure pleasure of drawing it. And the fact that I'm using carbonised wood, taped onto dead wood to draw living wood on a surface made of pulped wood - what versatile stuff!
I'm hoping this newest drawing will be ready for my upcoming show 'Damaged woods' which opens on the 5th October. It's an ambitious one, being much bigger than I've attempted before, but I'm optimistic it'll be finished in time - you'll just need to come to art's complex to see if I've managed it.
Preparations 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.
With two shows on the horizon I'm busy putting in the hours and the studio is filling up nicely with work. I have four charcoal drawings going to Open Glass Doors this weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing the whole exhibition at the end of September.
Then my solo show 'Damaged woods' opens at Art's Complex on 5th October, which will feature more charcoals, pastels and this really big drawing I completed today. I first discovered this tree in January of this year, very shortly after it had lost one of its limbs in high winds. It was so striking that I've been back four times to draw and photograph it - I think there's a whole series here.
As the Art's Complex Summer Show comes to an end, so the work begins to get ready for my second solo show coming up in October. Entitled 'Damaged woods', the exhibition will explore the way trees respond to damage and disease and how their forms record it in three dimensions. All the research and field studies were done in the early spring and now it's time to face the blank sheets and start drawing!
The inaugural Art's Complex Summer Show opened in style last Friday, with lots of interest and an exciting mix of resident artists' work. I have six new charcoals in the show, which are shown off beautifully in the recently refurbished Gallery 1 and there's also a wall drawing which curator Sophia Lindsay Burns encouraged out of me! The show is open every day 10-6 till the 19th August.