I’m back! Back to my weekly updates – this is the first for 2022. Hopefully another exciting year for me and my pratice. Would love to hear your thought on these videos – what do you want to know more about, want me to share , show you? Or are just enjoying my random train of thoughts?
This week I’m on Islay for a couple of days before the Christmas season gets into full swing. This week I want to thank everyone who has supported me this year, and everyone who has watched these video updates. i really do love sharing my artists journey with you all. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, and safe 2022.
So this week I released my 2021 Advent calendar – my review of my work this year. Really enjoyed putting it together. I also went to the the preview for the Saltspace members winter show – Maximum Tilt. It’s full of some really lovely work so do try and get along if you are in Glasgow
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.
This week I’m sharing something slightly different. My fellow New Platform Art colleague Rachel Sedman is recording a series of interviews with artists, to share their stories about their work, their inspirations, their processes and any other stories. I had a lovely conversation with Rachel the other week, and the edited interview is now live. It’s a bit longer than my usual weekly updates – it’s about 40 minutes long, but it the conversation does delve a bit more into my practice, how and where I work, how I juggling my creative practice and “other stuff”.
This week I went to Edinburgh to drop off a piece for the SSA 30 x 30 exhibition which runs alongside the Society’s annual exhibition. As I was in the capital I took the opportunity to go and see the Alison Watt exhibition “A portrait without likeness” at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. The exhibition is a series of works by Alison inspired by the work of the 18th century portrait artist Allan Ramsay. I loved it. I was particularly struck by this quote from her:
“ A painting is a visual record of the inside of the artist’s mind. A painting is something that takes place over time; it is not static. To look at a work of art is to engage with an idea, and that is not a one sided activity. It’s more of a conversation.”
What a conversation this exhibition is! If you are in Edinburgh then do go and see this. I was also struck by the gender imbalance in the gallery. I know that they are trying to address this, but it really did strike me this visit that it really is the powerful that pay for their place in history to be remembered.
This week is all about dreams! Not my dreams specifically, this week I share a little story about someone else’s dream that involved me and and endless stream of not the right painting. In real life this dream has had a happy ending with one of my paintings heading off to a new home in The Netherlands.
This week I share news about a newly launched online gallery which some of my work is featured in. It’s part of the #walkcreate research project at Glasgow University which is exploring the impact of walking during the pandemic. One strand of the research is to explore the impact walking and lockdown on artists practice. I’ve written a bit more about this on my “other blog” here too. Also a couple of weeks ago I responded to a request from one of my New Platform Art buddies, Sara Reeve, for faces! Sara is a very talented portrait painter and I am absolutely thrilled with the portrait she has done of me.
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.
This week I share a bit about a mentoring session I took part in early in the week. It’s really made me think about what it is that I am actually doing as an artists. My interactions with my environment and the assemblages and entanglements that inform my work. I share a bit about the SaltSpace members show which runs until 26 September, and I have a piece in.