Newsletter - April 2007
Welcome to my
This month's theme is "Beginnings",
which seems appropriate on several levels. Not only is this the
beginning of my foray into the world of online newsletters, but
at the end of this month I will also be holding my first solo
The exhibition will be held at Castle Douglas
Art Gallery from April 21st to 28th. I will be there
from 10am until 4.30pm every day, except Sunday. I hope
those of you who live within reach will be able to come along.
you would like to download a poster of the event, then right click
on this sentence and select "Save Target As..."
It's in PDF format - if you run into any difficulties then please
let me know.
There will be several new works on show, but I
will only be updating the website gallery after the exhibition,
once I know which pieces have been sold.
As an exclusive member of my mailing list, you
will get advance notice of events and certain artworks, so here
are a few of the new artworks I will be displaying:
There comes a moment when you can make yourself as comfortable
as possible, or you can try and tear free.
Hand painted silk and fibres on canvas (92cm x 92cm)
This was such a striking image that I decided to use it as the
basis for the posters for the exhibition. Being such a vivid red,
it certainly catches the eye at a distance.
Pulling back the skin to reveal a complex world beneath.
Hand painted silk and stitched layers laid into contoured canvas.
(92cm x 92cm)
I plan on going into more detail about this piece in next month's
New life pushes through the old.
Layered mulberry bark stained with walnut ink on canvas. (30cm
Despite the smaller size of this piece, like the title it grew
over time. I added layers over several weeks; for a long time
it was just a work in progress until I was finally satisfied.
Swirls and eddies distort and reveal layers of perception.
Original image on photographic silk, hand painted silks and silk
fibres applied to canvas. (100cm x 35cm)
This is the first time I have integrated photography into my artwork.
Using special paper I was able to print the image of the tree
in the mist directly onto silk and then stitch it into the canvas
and layer over and around it with silks and threads.
(100cm x 35cm)
Another use of photography - this time it is an image of my own
right eye that has been printed onto silk and layered over. It
was inspired by a story called "The Bandaged Woman, written
by my husband, a copy of which I plan to have next to the artwork
when I display it in the gallery. I've already had several thoughts
about ways to expand the concepts in the story through other media
too. Watch this space over the coming year.
Memories and experiences from the past shape the present.
Layered, recycled, embroidered linen fragments and machine stitched
silk on canvas. (35cm x 100cm)
Photographing an artwork that is entirely shades of white and
cream is not easy, but I hope this gives you a reasonable sense
of the piece.
With the explosion of online video created by sites
such as YouTube and Google Video, I thought I would experiment
with video as part of the publicity process. I will be putting
up a page on the website to promote the exhibition in the next
few days, intend to embed this video.
Finally I would like to thank all of you who have
signed up for my first newsletter. Of course I won't be holding
an exhibition every month, so I will need other content for future
So if you're the kind of person who likes to ask
questions and/or give your opinion, then I would very much like
to hear from you. Please email me with any questions about my
artwork, or with ideas of things you'd like to see and read in
future editions of this newsletter.
I hope to see you in this corner of Scotland in
the last week of April, but until next time I wish you all the
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