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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 72: Back to business and some essential reading

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This week I am still enjoying the afterglow of my residency at Cove Park. I’ve been back in the studio working on some bigger pieces. I’ve also just got my copy of Scottish Women Artists by Charlotte Rostek (available via The Scottish Gallery). A wonderful little volume celebration the work of sadly often overlooked Scottish women artists.

Sheila’s weekly update 71: Colour, conversations and Cove Park

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This week I have been on a residency at Cove Park. What a week I have had, enjoying the magical space in and around the Park and meeting and getting to know the other artists there. It really was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed have both the physical and mental space that the Park offers. It truly was a restorative experience and one i hope to repeat.

Sheila’s weekly update 70: celebrating all the women, and new spaces

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This week we celebrated International Womens Day.  I am so thankful for all the women who have, and continue to support me in my work and life.  Over the last couple of years,  I’ve  also really enjoying getting to know so many fantastic women artists – so this week I’m taking a bit of time to celebrate that. I also got the keys to a new studio space – how exciting.

Sheila’s weekly update 69: Solidarity and hope

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This week everything is dominated by the terrible events in Ukraine, so I share some of my thought of helplessness about that, and a few other brighter notes about some exhibitions my work is in this month, you get more info here. Just now more than ever we need to be kind, to support our fellow human beings and look after each other.   Art can help bring us together, to reflect , critique and find  solace and hope.

Sheila’s weekly update 68: Lost in a trance . . .

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This week I share progress on the work I shared last week. I’ve been spending lots of happy, trance like hours tearing paper and glueing paper onto paper building layers of patterns and textures. Ideas are still evolving in my head as to what final pieces will be, but I do have some ideas and have been doing some more experimentation. Watch to find out more.

Sheila’s weekly update 67: In the beginning

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In the beginning . . . This week I’m sharing an insight into how some of my creative process starts. I’m starting some new mixed mediw work,so I’ve been dong some monoprinting using different “things” – including old packaging cardboard and paper doilies. I find they create such a range of patterns, lines and textures. I monoprint on various types of paper, and then start the process of adding layers. I’ve never quite sure where the patterns will take me but that is part of the adventure!

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.