Friday, 13 January 2017

Visual Diary (Cyprus)

'Land-Spirits,' ink and acrylic on rice paper, 97 x 95 cm

As I am going to Cyprus for three weeks to visit my in-laws, my painting will have a small interruption when it comes to working on canvas. I am taking a watercolour book though and plan to work from ideas while I am there. I will use photos of current work on my iPad as starting points and to remind myself of certain current interests, and also I may work from photos on my iPad of imagery that strikes a cord artistically, and some photos of places in China that I want to develop. But naturally these ideas will be influenced by my environment in Cyprus! It is impossible not to be influenced in some way visually. My work often relates to my surroundings like a visual diary but I am particularly focused on many ideas inspired by China and really want to push these onwards and this is what I will probably do in Cyprus.

Monday, 9 January 2017

January's First Post

This is the poster for an exhibition my work is in this month. It is always so encouraging to have work selected for exhibitions in other countries, and to see the promotional material with your name on it! It feels like a good beginning for 2017.

I also have a painting in an exhibition in Singapore near the end of February. Below are the two selected paintings.
The Joy of Life, (selected for the Port Commune exhibition)

Fiona's-World, (selected for exhibition at the Momentous gallery, Singapore)

Friday, 23 December 2016

Wrapping Up!

As we wrap up the year, and winter reaches its depths, it is time to send positive thoughts into the New Year while preparing for the festive season. I always find January is a depressive month and in the lead up to Christmas I project new ideas into the first months of 2017, and make sure I have submitted work for exhibitions and events. It sets a tone of excitement and anticipation for the coming year. The above painting is one I have submitted for an exhibition in China. It was painted to a brief and it is largish - 160 cm by 120 cm - and combines spray paint, acrylic and oil paint on canvas. I learned a lot while painting it, which is always good!
'Land-Spirits,' ink and acrylic on rice paper, 96 x 94 cm

Some figuration has crept into some of my recent works, the above ink painting being an example. I find it is better not to know exactly where I am going; the work should just evolve, each painting having a dialogue with past and present works. I am really looking forward to seeing where the work will lead in 2017. 2016 was brilliant and I still can't believe that I completed a funded painting Fellowship by the Great Wall of China in August! I believe that the things I absorbed from that experience will influence my work for months to come. I am applying for another residency in China.

The painting below is to be sent to Kuala Lumpur next week for an exhibition at the Port Commune Art Space from January 7th to February 7th. It is called THE JOY OF LIFE, (the title of the exhibition), and it is acrylic on board, 35 x 25 cm.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

New Work

'Rhythm around the Great Wall,' acrylic and ink on rice paper, 96 x 94 cm
'Red-Dynasty,' acrylic on canvas, 30 x 25 cm
Some of my posts which were posted from my iPad have not posted correctly; the images are either too large or have been cut off by information at the side of the blog, so I am reposting some of them!
'Colour-Poem,' acrylic and ink on rice paper, 96 x 94cm

'Mountain-Water-China-Poem,' acrylic and ink on rice paper, 98 x 95 cm

As we near the end of the year, I am looking forward to next year and a new body of work. These works, which were inspired by my funded 'Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall' painting residency, have provided much inspiration and new ideas.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Catching Up


'China-Journey,' ink and acrylic on rice paper, 94 X 94 cm 

I am struggling to catch up with my blog! So much has happened since my return from China and I have not had a chance to write so for the moment I am posting some new work made since my return.

'Rhythms around the Great Wall,' ink and acrylic on rice paper, 96 X 94 cm

China and my experiences during my 'Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall Fellowship' still continue to seep in to my paintings! 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Exhibiting at the Great Wall

I have just had my first solo exhibition in China and right next to the source of my inspiration! I am so proud that in just over 11 days studio time and quite a few nights in my room, I made something like 55 paintings and then set up a show in two hours with the help of my hosts. 

This photo shows me with one of the pivotal pieces I exhibited which is called 'Mosaic Mountain,' and which is based on my walk up to the Great Wall. While others took the chair lifts I wanted to walk. It took me about 45 minutes and I thought about all the people across the centuries who walked up that mountain and their lives and footsteps became patches and shapes of colour. This painting also extended an approach I had begun on raw canvas a day earlier and with both of these pieces I mixed different mediums: acrylic, ink, collage, pen and marker pen. They are both 54 by 40 inches and I hung them from nails by string in my show.

 In this photo you can see that I laid my large paintings on rice paper on tables. It was not the best way to see their shapes and colours but I had limited time. In the background you can see several of my works on watercolour paper hung by clips from string! Right behind them through the window you can see the Great Wall strung like a garland along the mountains - as this next photo will show.


My canvases were along two walls; the larger ones together and two smaller ones by some Windows. I also had some more watercolours hung from two black bamboo screens.

I had spent the previous night thinking how I could hang these pictures as it is not easy when work is on raw canvas and stuff is unframed.


It is always positive to make a show because it gives you an overview of the various strands of thought - though I don't like to be too cerebral about something that rests on a lot of mystery - and I could see where elements had gone forward and which ideas I will develop in the UK. 

Preparing for my show near the Great Wall of China

Today I carried all my work back down the road from my studio in the village (not far) and have sorted it into two sections; to hang and not to hang. As I have limited time to hang the work and generally people get bored after seeing 20 paintings I am only showing 20: 6 on canvas, five on rice paper ( large) and 9 or 10 on watercolour paper. I wish I had had the chance to do the really large painted I envisaged before I came but ordering a stretched canvas was going to take too long. I am posting a photo of me in the studio with 'Mosaic Mountain,' and the rice paper painting I made yesterday called 'He worked in the field under the Mountain,' and another of my 'Fiona's China Journey.'