Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As mentioned a few days ago, my friend, the composer/cellist Atzi Muramatsu, offered to create a musical response to his favourite paintings from the Snowscapes series. He emailed his music piece to me a few days ago and I’ve had time today to put together a two-minute video montage (below)
I love the way Atzi’s music draws me into his response to the paintings, often re-inspiring ideas. In this case I’m inspired to play around with black ink – allowing subtle effects to happen with salt and ink, suggesting space and depth through layers and transparent glazes.
Hope you enjoy the video – ‘North’…
Last night’s mulled wine event went well, despite the freezing cold and damp weather – the mulled wine and minced pies were appreciated!
Many thanks to John and Corrie of Gayfield Creative Spaces for their support and general warmth during this chilly time of year! Also thanks to folks who came along, and especially a big thanks to everyone who bought paintings or prints.
My painting ‘Cockenzie Power Station’, which is currently at the RSA, has sold, and the buyer would like to gift it to someone for Christmas so I must replace the painting with another by next week since the RSA Open continues to 14th February.
On the left a pic of me standing underneath ‘Cockenzie’, and the RSA Open preview night!
I’ll be choosing one of these two below (‘North 3’ and ‘Winter Birch’) from the remaining paintings from the Snowscapes series (so if you’re interested in buying one, let me know by the end of next week before I hand one in to the RSA)…
Also, there are a few smaller paintings left from ‘Snowscapes’, so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in any of these below. They range from £15 to £100 and I think they make lovely Christmas presents!..
I’m just beginning to set up Snowscapes. That little table in the photo above should be the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of mulled wine while contemplating paintings!
My friend had the ingenious idea of making mulled wine in a slow cooker (in the gallery space) and I’m perfecting a recipe of a basic wine and spices syrup that can be added to each new batch of wine.
Below are a few of the paintings, one is new, and some have been worked on a bit more..
The exhibition opens tomorrow 8th Dec’ at 12 noon. It’s on the 8th, 9th and 10th, 12 noon to 8pm daily. At Gayfield Creative Spaces in Gayfield Square Edinburgh. I’ll be serving mulled wine every evening from 6pm
Also, I’m really delighted that Atzi Muramatsu will be creating a cello piece in response to the trilogy below. I’ll be making a short video of music/images and will post it here as soon as I’ve edited it in the next day or so.
Today’s snowscapes including a view of Leith Shore looking quite Scandinavian, and various houses in the snow…
Below are all works to be included in the Snowscapes exhibition. Click on images for larger image. The photo on the left gives an idea of scale
Many thanks to Susan Swarbrick at the Herald for featuring the Art for Charity print project!
Article here – Artist gives back to landscapes that inspired her work
You can view and buy the prints here – Buy Prints for Charities . 25% goes toward a landscape conservation charity or trust related to the landscape painted.
More snowscapes from yesterday and today..
A larger version of Quayside buildings in Leith and two works that began experimentally then reminded me of Arthur Rackham or Charles Folkyard book Illustrations – I added pen and ink lines to suggest bracken and trees. I’m happy with the mood of these, sort of lyrical.
I have four days left of painting, then I’ll begin hanging the exhibition on Monday 7th.
Snowscapes launches at Gayfield Creative Spaces in Gayfield Square on Tuesday the 8th December. It’s a three-day exhibition (8th, 9th and 10th Dec’). Open from 12 noon till 8pm every day. Drop in for a glass of mulled wine on Thursday after 6pm!
All info here – Snowscapes Exhibition