People often ask me what I do, so I decided to get some business cards made… they’ve just arrived and I have to say, they do look lovely. How exciting. All the cards in little plastic boxes, too. So neat!
I also made some postcards…so keep a look-out for them.
The end of last year was such a rush. Especially having to put together four new paintings for The Discerning Eye exhibition. The Exhibition was not a complete success, for me, though I did manage to sell one picture (Head on a Plate). There was such a lot of good work on show – and although I was a little disappointed at the positioning of my pictures (they were scattered high and low) I was very pleased overall to have been part of things.
At the moment I’m working on a couple of private commissions.
Last week I was lucky enough to be able to visit Clyde & Co to see my artwork on display; and to see the amazing work of the other artists chosen for their annual exhibition. I was not allowed to take pictures of any of the amazing work on display. But the building, St Botolph’s in the city, is worth a visit, just to go up and down in the lift! There are two lifts in each,er, column, which is pretty unusual. They’re colour-coded and I was told they never bump into one another. Phew!
Still going on with work for the Discerning Eye Exhibition. I am pleased with the way Sirens is going, so far. The Sirens are a little strange, in a way. I don’t want them to seem anthropomorphic, in a Disney way. Somehow they have to seem rougher and more natural. We are women, we are birds. It is a hard thing to do well. I want to get over the weirdness of the music of the sea. And I also want the old man of the sea, as I call him, to seem both modern and ancient. I think that the fairly modern clothes and bare feet should do the trick. But again, I’m not sure. It’s a kind of experiment, in a way, though I have not time to experiment, really. But all I can do for this exhibition is paint what is in my head as best I can, just get it out there. Hopefully, in the future there will be an opportunity to come back to these ideas.
I’ve got an idea that I’m working on for a new picture. I love the idea of sirens. And there are so many good pictures, already. They tend to fall into two camps:
There is the William Etty glamour-girl style of siren. Plenty of examples of this kind of thing.
And then there is the Waterhouse siren, much more sinister, somehow, relating back to the images seen on Greek vases. There’s also a painting by Victor Vasnetsov in this latter tradition, called Sirens: the song of joy and sorrow (or something like that!)
It’s this latter one that I’m planning my painting around. I like to think of a battered hero, adrift or tied to a post, still being taunted by these creatures…
Long way to go yet, but here’s an early image of the idea.
This is nearly done. It’s not exactly how I want it. But I’m running out of time.
What I’m trying to do, as I have probably said, is make the stone look almost animate. I don’t know if it works. Loved doing the curtains!