From 27th July to 28th August I will be exhibiting at The Mill on
the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Do come along if you can.
Beaches as inspiration
Beaches are wondrous places on which to walk, search
and think. While the starting point for my work is always founded
in emotional experience, one of the strongest visual inspirations
is the powerful, physical nature of the seashore.
Here there is endless movement and change - an infinite
resource, I suppose, as the elements shift and delineate contours
of sand, rocks, sea and sky. Natural shapes of the shoreline that
cannot help but excite and send ideas flying around.
Camera and sketchbook are necessary accompaniments
on such outings to the seashore. There is always some meeting of
sky and rock or sea and sand to be captured. It is at these junctions
that points of tension arise, giving a different context and perspective
to the whole. Such tensions give rise to interesting and beautiful
lines and forms that I can't wait to bring to my work.
While I do not consciously try to reproduce these
seashore images in my art, inevitably, I suppose, something of them
creeps in. It might be the line of rivulets formed in the sand,
flashes of embedded pebbles in a glittery pool or the gatherings
of mussel shells on barnacled rocks. And then there are the colours!
The inspirational theme is continued with the
occasional addition of material picked up on the beach: salt-washed
sea-glass in watery aqua and highly prized blue, worn, sea-bleached
driftwood twists and rusty shards of used metal. All imbue my work
with a sense of long-worn down experience.
Mussels and Scrim
How a trip to the beach inspired an artwork with
silk fibres, muslin, scrim and stitching.
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Following on from the theme of the video above, here
is an image I used for silk screen printing. Using a photograph
of the artwork then manipulating it to remove all colour and greyscale,
I was left with a purely black and white image. I was delighted
with the effect which really gives such a sense of the texture of
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