The home straight

Well -that’s what it feel like, opening up the gallery for the Wednesday to Sunday finish to Somerset Arts Weeks 2015. Got a bit og a sense of deja vu, or rather deja ecrit as I’ve written this post once then lost it. I was trying to be clever, boasting that one of the things I’d occupied myself with in quiet times, and stuck with a laptop for company, was to open an Etsy shop. Then I tried to put in a link, thus: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyAnneFarmer Well, maybe that’s worked but I’m not risking it yet!

Other things I’ve done include updating my exhibition email list – tedious, there must be an easier way to do that – and buy shoes: that went well!

So back to SAW 2015: card sales have gone well. This is the 2015 Christmas card:Christmas 2015 version 2 cropped

This is a herdwick sheep, native of the Lake District. I love their teddy-bear faces, as if they’ve been embroidered!

I also busied myself with producing a drawing for the November issue of the Parish Magazine, mindful of the upcoming interest in the Staring activitis in these parts:

Room at the top: starlings on a pylon at Othery

Room at the top: starlings on a pylon at Othery

Within these five walls

…as I sit in my gallery for the Somerset Arts Weeks 2015 exhibition. The shape of the room and the different areas of paintings gives me at least five areas of work. As they’re in different media and styles they sometimes need to be kept well apart from each other.

Then there is the work of my colleague and friend Sheila Jones though on the whole her silk paintings harmonize pretty well  with my work.

So here I am surrounded by my ‘stuff’:

In the cider barn gallery, Spring Farm, Moorlinch

In the cider barn gallery, Spring Farm, Moorlinch

The ‘Field and Moor’ series has more then usually vibrant colours that sit happily with Sheila’s butterfly wing designs:

colourscape: scarves and pictures

colourscape: scarves and pictures

Even bolder, and definitely corralled on another wall are two collages and mixed media flower pictures: Holly hocks and Poppies, plus a painting of Sweet peas:

Hollyhocks, Poppies and Sweetpeas

Hollyhocks, Poppies and Sweetpeas

Sandwiched between  the two bright painting walls comes a restrained black and white collection, drawings made in Troutbeck, near Ambleside, in the Lake District:

By the postbox i, 2, and 3, and other buildings

By the postbox i, 2, and 3, and other buildings

Just a couple of walls to go: new work from ‘just around the corner’: barns at Spring Farm, and Swans and Pollarded Willows down on the Somerset levels:

Ferguson Tractor - 'Hidden Trasure' in the barn, assorted barns

Ferguson Tractor – ‘Hidden Trasure’ in the barn, assorted barns

Dancing Trees, Fishing nets ion la Rance, Quantock Ponies and Glastonbury Abbey

Dancing Trees, Fishing nets ion la Rance, Quantock Ponies and Glastonbury Abbey

And that’s it: walled in. Quite enjoyably, actually!

 

 

 

Moor and field

Whether this ends up in the right place remains to be seen – I accidentally published these pictures twice already, getting the parentage of my pages in a right old muddle.

This is a view I spotted walking in the local lanes, so I tried to treat it in a similar way to the ‘field squares’ I did last year for SAW 2014 . The smaller pictures are details of the larger one and i painted them on gesso and used some texture medium too, to intensify the colours.

Field colours 1

Field colours 1

This is the basic ‘stripes’ view: ploughed earth, then pasture, then oilseed rape; then hill,  wood and sky

Field colours 2

Field colours 2

Moving across the view, there’s an intriguing little corner to disrupt the stripes, but the skyline is more static.

Finally, the ‘big picture’ places the details in context, and adds amore sky and the hedge at the bottom:

Field colours 3 resized

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