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!

 

 

 

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Can it really be that time of year again?

As in, Somerset Art Weeks 2015, with less than a week to go! Emerging from Estivation – that means I’ve spent most of the summer slumbering, from an artistic perspective anyway – I survey the work I’ve managed to achieve. I discover that I seem to have started the year reasonably productively, with paintings of subjects observed ‘on the doorstep’ or ‘just around the corner’, several completed ‘en plein air’ in fact.

Later, following weeks where mainly I visited hospitals, we managed a couple of weeks in gorgeous Troutbeck, in the Lake district, and I got a fair bit of drawing done. There is a convenient seat just outside the cottage where we stay, and I accidentally produced a panorama – or even Triptych! – without setting out to. I just sort of looked in different directions and drew.

Whether or not I can get them in the correct sequence here remains to be seen:

By the post-box, Troutbeck 1 resized By the post-box Troutbeck 2 resized By the post-box Troutbeck 3 resized

Hmm….In the right order, but vertical rather than horizontal!

They’re being framed along with some others. And if no-one from Somerset wants to acquire them, they will grace the wall of our daughter’s holiday cottage in Troutbeck, where they will at least have the advantage of representing extremely local scenes!

New work on the wall

Somerset Art Weeks 2013 is fast approaching for the 100 or so venues that will participate in what Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs calls ‘ a much-loved and annual event’.

However for the four of us Spring Farm Arts participators it’s approaching even faster! Not because we’re in some kind of alternatively-timed universe but because we made a cock-up in our current leaflet and we advertise ourselves as starteing on September 15th, where the rest of the county starts on 21st September.

So, making a virtue out of necessity, we launch on Sunday next with an Arty Tea Party, with cake, tea if you must but obviously something more alcoholic too.

Now I know daughter Nancy Farmer is coping with two exhibitions at once so I guess I’d better have a stab at putting some of my new for 2013 artwork onscreen.

I’m starting with one of my favourite topics – boats: some inspired by nearby scenes, others are from further afield (asea?)

A  palette of boats, low tide, Lyme Regis

A palette of boats, low tide, Lyme Regis

In the harbour, high tide, Lyme Regis

In the harbour, high tide, Lyme Regis

The town quay, early morning, Korcula, Croatia

The town quay, early morning, Korcula, Croatia

Sail, sea and sky

Sail, sea and sky