Pop Up Exhibition!

All welcome to drop in to our pop up Exhibition in Treffnant, near Denbigh, North Wales, to chat, browse, and have a drink, cake and/or lunch at the on-site café.

Handout with all details below.  Here is a picture I’ve just finished for it, after a visit to Dolgellau in mid-Wales.

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Cader Idris, oil on canvas; 40 cm x 15 cm, £300.

I love mountains, always inspired by low cloud playing around the top.  It was especially alarming that day as one of our party was climbing to the summit, but he got back safely!

Here is the handout, with full details:

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Ancient Copper Landscapes…

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At Parys Mountain  I, oil on canvas

Recently I’ve been sketching and painting at Parys Mountain on Anglesey, a desolate area where copper has been mined since Roman times, leaving interesting staining and bleaching on the landscape.  It is colour and form that interests me most at the moment.

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At Parys Mountain II, oil on board

I love the underpainting on this, the gold glows through the pink….

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Experiments in gold leaf

Oof!  My exhibition at Oriel Ynys Mon (click here) on Anglesey still has a month to run.  It’s been hard work, as pictures sell off the walls to all the tourists who pass through there, so I’ve been painting like mad to fill the gaps.  Here are some new pictures.  I’ve been experimenting with ‘icons’, which are hinged – they have found materials, drawings of skulls, random (relevant) pictures on the front, and a ‘surprise’ painting with gold leaf inside – a bird icon!  Difficult to convey in pictures, so you have to imagine that you’re seeing the front and inside together…

 

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Razorbill, not hinged!

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Rhiannon’s birds#2 (inside)

 

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Rhiannon’s birds#2 (outside)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another story from the Mabinogion.   Rhiannon’s birds sang the dead to life and the living to sleep…..

 

 

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Welsh tale

This started life as an icon with a hinged front but has now become a diptych.  The hinged front was really heavy, especially with slate glued to the front, and was a danger to passing artlovers!  It didn’t really work, we’ll have to see if it works better in this format.

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Blodeuwedd, egg tempera on wood and ink on slate

It is flying off shortly to Oriel Ynys Mon to join my exhibition there, as there is a gap where another icon has been sold off the wall.

It is called Blodeuwedd – she was the wife of Leu but she fell in love with Gronw Pebr.  Together they murdered Leu, but he turned into an eagle and was brought back to life by the wizard Gwydion.  Leu sought out Blodeuwedd and Gronw Pebr, and threw a spear at Gronw Pebr, which went straight through the rock he was hiding behind and killed him.  It is now called the Slate of Gronw can be seen somewhere above Blaenau Ffestiniog  (I must go and look for it sometime!)  Blodeuwedd was turned into an owl by Gwydion for her part in these shenanigans.  I love the stories from the Mabinogion, more Mabinogion inspired work to follow shortly perhaps?

 

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Exhibition at last ready…

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What a week!  Finishing, framing, mirror plating and wrapping 40 pictures for my exhibition at Oriel Ynys Mon Long Gallery, at Llangefni, Anglesey.  This represents about two years’ work, watching and drawing seabirds in the UK and the Falkland Islands.  It’s been fun!  The work has really changed over that time: I started off with oils on canvas that I stretched myself:

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Gentoo Penguin, oil on canvas

 

and finished by using mostly egg tempera on board:

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West Indian Whistling Duck (seen at Slimbridge!), egg tempera on board

 

and also started my very exciting (to me, anyway!) Icon series – interactive pieces with a hinged front.

 

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Icon: Rockhopper Penguin, egg tempera and gold leaf, inside

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Icon: Rockhopper Penguin, front

Going to go and have a look at the exhibition tomorrow!!  Then taking a few days off !

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Adventures in Photoshop – yes or no?

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Ruddy Headed Goose, egg tempera on board

See how this image pops!  Just been to a Helfa Gelf (the North Wales Open Studio Event – click here to look at their website)  workshop on Photoshop, really good.   Now dithering about whether it’s worth spending money to rent the programme.  It makes such a difference to the presentation of images on the webpage, but not sure there’s an economic argument in favour?  What do other people advise?

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Cormorant Icon, oil and gold leaf on board

It makes a massive difference to the presentation of my images because I like to have white backgrounds, which always come out grey or blue in reproduction.  Hm, meditate….

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Falklands magic

 

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My visit to the Falklands Islands is now paying off!  Oil on canvas.  This is Rock Hopper Hop!! Rock Hopper Penguins are really charming and comical, and very interested in people.

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Four Rock Hoppers and a King Cormorant.  This is in egg tempera, a new departure for me.  I love the way you can use it to do detailed work.  More details shortly.

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