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Sheila’s weekly update 78: Push and pull

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Just a short update this week as my great plans for studio time this week didn’t quite work out! Best laid plans and all that. But I did get some studio time at the end of the week, and just made some time to enjoy the process of pushing and pulling paint around a canvas. I feel this landscape study is just prep for something quite different. However I am enjoying the space it is giving me to think.

Stories from the exhibition

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Whilst the rest of the art worlds attention was focused on Venice and its Biennale, in a small part of the West End of Glasgow there was another smaller scale but to me just as huge event. I finally did it! I had my own solo exhibition at Nicolls Gallery. What an experience! I’m still recovering and reflecting on it all. I know I normally do video updates here, but as part of my reflections I felt I actually wanted to write a short post and share some of the digital resources I created for the exhibition.

When I booked the space I didn’t quite know exactly what I was going to exhibit. Would it be a series of newer works, or more of a retrospective/curation of recent works? How could I create a coherent story and theme? These questions remained unanswered for quite a while. Then, when I was at my recent residency at Cove Park and tuning into the wonderful colour symposium from The Slade, a phrase one of the scientists used to give the technical description of colour jumped out at me – “colour is the interaction of light and matter”. So Light and Matter became the theme and title of the show.

My work is quite varied, but as I started to pull things together for the show I could see families of colour across all my work. had Originally I thought I would hang the work in themes, but when it came to the final selection, with the help of the fabulously generous and talented Siusan Paterson, colour become the link between the works and the ultimate deciding factor on what went where. I think we managed to create a good rhythm and flow around the gallery.

As my work can be quite abstract I thought I would create some digital stories to sharing where my ideas and inspiration come from. For example the chalk dust from life drawings have been come the starting point for a series of abstract landscapes; nature and the regeneration of the Forth and Clyde canal is another rich source of inspiration.

You can see more by following the links below.

*Stockingfield and me

*Life to landscape

*The Covid Canal Series

You can also watch the Instagram live tour of the gallery I did just before opening.

Sheila’s weekly update 66: 100 x 100

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This week I share some good news, one of my pieces has been selected for the Bobcat Gallery’s 100 x 100 exhibition in March. The exhibition will take place on line and features 100 pieces of work all available for £100. I’ll be sharing more details nearer the time, but lovely to have my work showing with some other fabulous artists.

Sheila’s weekly update 65: Forbidden art

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This week I’ve been busy with lots of non art “stuff” , but I did really enjoy watching Forbidden Art. A great new programme with Mary Beards exploring our attitudes to art and what is “acceptable” for public and private viewing. It really made me think about why I find acceptable and why, and also about my own subject choices. Should I be a bit more challenging?

Sheila’s weekly update 58: A little weekend treat?

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I’m feeling so much better this week, thank you for all your get well messages in response to last week’s update. This week as promised, I’m sharing a great Black Friday offer. There’s 20% off across my online shop – if you haven’t got the code, then send me a message on Instagram and I’ll share it with you.

Sheila’s weekly update 50: Milestones and new mini exhibition

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My goodness, this is my 50th video update! Can’t quite believe that I’ve been doing these for over a year now. They really have become a bit of a habit for me and I hope you enjoy them too! This week I share some news about a new mini exhibition of my work that is showing in ScotiaVisuals gallery space in Glasgow for the next week.