Archive for June, 2011

Open for business

June 18, 2011

Yesterday evening saw the start of the Open Studios for West London – and it poured down. Such a shame. A few people braved the cold and wet and came to see our wares.  The newly made  basement room at Louise’s house is fabulous – just like a small gallery, and I’m very pleased to be included. Her smoke-fired ceramics have a beautiful smokey-pink and grey look , like ancient marble.. The sun is out this morning, so hopefully the art-buying population of west London will be out and about in force today. ……………….there are also flap jacks…. ??

 

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Ready or not …

June 15, 2011

I’ve been so industrious over the past couple of days, tailor-making decent padded bags for all the pictures going round to Louise Mock’s, for the open studios weekend. Should have done it ages ago – will make transporting and packing up so fast. Yaay!

That’s if anything’s left of course, I’m always an optimist. Which is a good job because last sunday’s Carnival Fair at Orleans House was almost washed away ! Us craftpeople were in a small marquee, which was great, but I felt so sorry for the dancers and stage performers trying to keep a brave face. They did a good job and although attendance was obviously down on last year, those of us that were there had a great time.

The Richard Dadd exhibition in the main gallery is well worth a visit – I hadnt realised how small his paintings are, and they are watercolours not oils. Beautiful draughtsmanship.

Artspeak-Bunkum !

June 15, 2011

Have just read a review on the Artslant home page, by Mara Goldwyn,  about some piece of work called ‘and justice for all’. In my opinion it is artspeak twaddle of the highest order – what a load of nonsense some people spout, and it makes me quite angry.

Conceptual art has been around a long time – it was developing fast when I was at Liverpool College of Art in the early 70’s – and it hasn’t improved in the intervening years ! One of my peers at that time, for his monthly ‘exhibition project/piece of work’, wrote the time in felt pen for a whole  hour over the walls of the sculpture school entrance. ie. One fifty nine and twelve seconds, one fifty nine and thirteen seconds….etc etc. I cant remember what ‘artspeak’ explanation he tried to hoodwink the tutors with, but I’m sure they fell for it. Doesn’t anyone realise it’s all ‘the Emperors new clothes’ ??  It’s lacking in substance,  visual or otherwise, and IT’s BORING !!! I have always maintained that any piece of visual art should speak for itself and not require claptrap explanations to convince the viewer.

Cats or Dogs…not flat birds !

June 6, 2011

Flat Bird Memorial - mixed media

I went to the RA to pick up my two rejects this morning – one on the right. I’ve only submitted once before, and that time they were 2 fairly ordinary etchings, so this time I took in a couple of weird ones.
11,000 submissions and they accepted under a thousand, according to the young chap who went to find mine – ‘Last year was all cats…this year it’s dogs’ he said.
So not flat birds then.   Shame.

OPEN STUDIOS

June 3, 2011

Just been down to the Barons Court library with a pile of our small AAH brochures – a real sign of the cut-back times, it’s now open 5 days a week (no weekends) and manned some of the time by volunteers.

I also managed to get posters up in the papershop and the small Tesco.

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The event is coming up fast, but next weekend I have my craft stall at the Twickenham Carnival, organised by Orleans House. Should be a good day , but of course all these things depend so much on the weather. Today the sun is beamin’.

I finally got my four images uploaded for the submission to the Cork St. Open again – so we wait and see.