Category Archives: Commissions

Pint sized paintings

Now that the sale is over here are some images of the postcard sized paintings that went to the John Hughes Arts Festival event. I enjoy the challenge of working to a brief, which can encourage me towards new directions for my work. In this case it was liberating working to a sketch book scale but outside of a sketchbook format and allowed me to test out a format and palette for a pair of paintings I’ve been mulling over for some time but hadn’t yet started (which are now being worked on). The small format also allows me to easily play with displaying them in different configurations relative to one another. IMG_1432IMG_1434IMG_1437IMG_1439

John Hughes Arts Festival

I will be donating work to this year’s John Hughes Arts Festival, taking part in their Secret Postcard Sale. As the sale is to be anonymous I won’t be sharing images of the work until after the sale.

The festival sale is a lovely opportunity for me to gauge interest in recent developments that I’m working on which the small pieces I’m donating are representative of. It’s also great to be making a contribution to the festival events alongside other local artists. gallery1

Making it personal

I really enjoy making pieces with people or places in mind. This pair will be going to Manpreet and Ashley in January. Best shown together they could also be hung separately.

In this work I’m continuing to explore working directly onto untreated fabric. I’ve chosen to stretch coloured cotton so that the canvas is more obviously a part of, rather than read as ‘only’ a support/background to, the painting. Each painting is 33cm x 22 cm.

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New commission

I’ve been having fun working on a new commission, in this case adapting a couple of the pieces that were shown at Espresso Library from mid-May to early July. I’m really pleased with how they’ve developed in response to how they’ll work alongside other features of their future home, taking on more vibrancy and movement in the process. I think they are at the stage now of feeling ‘finished’.

The images below show some close-ups and the piece(s) as they currently stand on my ‘work in progress’ wall which is just over 2m wide and is directly in front of my desk. A good use of space, this allows me to contemplate about how work is progressing while seeing it in a domestic setting, which I find extremely helpful… and shows that you really don’t need a lot of room to be able to enjoy art that can make a real statement and transform a space.