I was very pleased to read the review (above) of the RSA Open today in the Times, which mentions ‘Cockenzie Power Station, 26th September 2015’.
Many thanks to Giles Sutherland (Author and Art Critic, Times Scotland) for mentioning my work in this review
The RSA Open is free entry and continues until February, there’s a lot to see and some great paintings and sculpture, I highly recommend you drop in.
One of today’s paintings, veering more abstract, I may add some subtle pen and ink lines suggesting branches or ferns. It slightly reminds me of the background of an Arthur Rackham illustration, minus fairies/elves etc.
Also a series of even smaller snowscapes – the shrinking snowscapes!..
They range from 3.5 inches square to just 3 inches – here’s one below at 3×3 with ten pence next to it so you get an idea of size. The light was fading fast as I photographed them so they’re a little fuzzy but it gives the idea..
I have Christmas gifts in mind with these smaller ones, but also they’re handy as studies for larger paintings. I’ll be selling a few this Saturday at a fair in Portobello, I hope the locals like them!
‘Cockenzie Power Station, 26th September 2015’. Mixed media on 17×11″ wood panel
Well, what a lovely surprise! I’ve been accepted for the RSA Open Exhibition for ‘Cockenzie Power Station’, above.
I’m delighted, and surprised because I’ve been shortlisted for the SSA (Society of Scottish Artists) exhibition a couple of times, and was also shortlisted for the RSA, so didn’t expect to be accepted for that. The preview night on the 27th November is my Birthday – what a nice present!
Here’s info and website…
Website: Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2015
28 November 2015 – 14 February 2016
The RSA Open Exhibition has a long history of celebrating the best of contemporary practice. After having been part of the RSA Annual Exhibition for over 180 years, it now enjoys its own slot in the RSA Calendar. Drawing from artists across the whole of Scotland and beyond, this exhibition showcases around 400 works annually and features a wide range of small and medium sized works (max. 80cm in any direction) selected through open submission including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs.
Please note that this year the RSA Open Exhibition will be spread over two floors in the RSA Upper and Lower Galleries. It will share the upper galleries with the ESSA exhibitions (Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists) and will be open throughout the duration of those shows.
Today’s paintings – the painting from yesterday developed into a view of Edinburgh from snowy Salisbury Crags. At least I think that’s what it shows, I’m not sure it’s quite there yet. I don’t want too much detail though, or it’ll end up looking like a Chrsitmas card – maybe that’s not a bad thing!
Also some small works on 4×4″ wood blocks. I experimented with gesso and salt then put them in the oven which created a nice crackle effect…
I’ll work on these more tomorrow, but I’m quite pleased with the small one of odd coloured buildings. It’s of the 16th century Dutch colony buildings in Leith. If you wander in amongst the modern buildings you come across this interesting architecture here and there – a Dutch tower with yellow stucco walls and a teal blue tower with a silver dome – very pretty.
The Edinburgh snowscape also has a sprinkling of salt/glaze which makes the city look glittery in certain lights. I’ll have a think about that tomorrow in the daylight, the painting’s bigger than it looks here – 22.5×10.5 inches, a slightly odd size which suggested a panorama.
It got dark outside today with a sudden rainstorm at 2:30pm and the light didn’t really recover – the down side of painting in winter, but I’m really enjoying this series so far, and look forward to seeing them in the exhibition space which has white walls and wooden roof beams. I’m going to light candles and serve mulled wine on Thursday 10th December. More info here – Snowscapes
A couple of paintings in progress.
The square one on the right is a snowscene where I’ve gone a bit Auerbach (in terms of impasto anyway!), the other is a work I started which wasn’t working, so I messed it up a bit, and I can now see it will make an excellent composition of a winter squall from the edge of snowy Salisbury Crags (on the right looking down onto Edinburgh – I won’t add too much detail but definite suggestion of rooftops, castle outline etc).
These paintings are for my upcoming exhibition – Snowscapes, which will be at Gayfield Creative Spaces on the 8th, 9th and 10th December from 12 noon to 8pm daily. (mulled wine on Thursday from 6 to 7!)
All info here – Snowscapes
I’m happy to announce an upcoming three-day winter exhibition – Snowscapes – featuring winter landscapes on wood.
Dates: Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th December
Times: 12 noon till 8pm all day
Venue: Gayfield Creative Spaces, 11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh EH1 3NT
Facebook event page Snowscapes
Snowscapes features highly textured, semi-abstract winter landscapes on a variety of wood panels, blocks or found wood, from large to small. The exhibition space at Gayfield Creative Spaces reflects the wintry/woody theme perfectly, and the mood will be further enhanced by lashings of spiced, warm mulled wine, served by candle-light on Thursday the 10th December in the evening from 6 to 8pm!
Gayfield Creative Spaces..