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Dates for your diary!

Artsfest in Birmingham City Centre  – 10th – 11th September 2011

http://www.artsfest.org.uk/ 

I’ll be exhibiting my work and demonstrating my techniques at ‘Art on the Railings’ in the city centre on both days. Look for ‘cocoa art’ the name for the trio of artists I work with – Karen Arnold and Rebecca Jayne Dolby. Both are brilliant artists and well worth a look. Mine’s not bad either!! We work in various mediums and styles so theres something for everyone.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Rockpool – 13              White Graphtint pencil on black card                 5.5 x 20.5 cm

 

Rockpool – 12              Ink on paper                  20 x 20cm

Rockpool – 10               Graphtint pencils on paper

Rockpool – 9                  Acrylic paint on paper                     20 x 20 cm

Rockpool –   11        Graphite & Oilbar on paper         20 x 20cm

Rockpool – 8                       Acrylic paint & ink               20 x 20 cm

 

More works from my Rockpool series – I’m finding that the more I do the more ideas I have!

 

 

FOR SALE – at present in exhibition – see www.painexhibit.com 

Acrylic on Canvas, 120cm x 120cm

From my ‘Pain’ series 

Arthritic pain has affected me for most of my life – like a living being crawling over my bones and tissues, invading my body, throwing out it’s tentacles to envelop me. This particular nasty creature lives over my upper spine and affects my upper back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

 

In ‘Bitter Acid’ I have portrayed how I perceive this creature and the pain and difficulty he causes. The gold and red depict me, my flesh and the pain I am in. I am covered with this acidic creature and caught in its painful net.

 

This is one of a series of four paintings using colour and abstraction to portray how I perceive my pain and it has proved to be very cathartic to spend time analysing pain and transforming it into paint.

Acrylic on MDF board, 100cm x 100cm

I have used abstraction and colour to explain to others how I perceive living daily with the pain and side effects of fibromyalgia and arthritis. Painted in layers, the under layer conceals me and the person I am, this has been covered with layers representing the illness – cloaking me with pain, exhaustion and brain fog. At the centre is my inner self, struggling to come through.

In exhibition – see www.painexhibit.com 

Acrylic and Ink on paper, 18″ x 18″

The inspiration for this series are how feelings and emotions are perceived. As a fibromyalgia and arthritis sufferer for over 25 years I hope to portray what it’s like living with chronic pain and exhaustion. Here hidden and visible layers represent how I felt at the time of working.

Inspired by colour, texture and abstraction I am exploring my perception of personal issues and people close to me.

FOR SALE

Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 18″ x 18″

Here I’ve used another cropped image from the original paintingand after layering the paint and colours I worked into the paint and marks with gold ink. The image changes as you move around it, concealing parts and revealing others.

I enjoy the process of applying random brushmarks quickly, then working into the marks in fine detail with ink of pencil.

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In this painting – again cropped from Ocean 1 painting –

I’ve worked into the brush and knife marks with painted string, ink, gold leaf and paint.

I’m really pleased with the fine pen and ink marks worked into the brush lines

– they are very subtle yet look so lovely (they don’t show up in the photograph

as well as they do in the actual work so I’ve included a close up)

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FOR SALE

Acrylic & Ink on paper

Another image taken from a cropped section of Ocean 1.

After a base coat I used thin layers of paint pressed onto the paper with

tissue paper and masking tape, I then worked into some of the marks

with more paint – see close up image.

The photo doesn’t do this one justice as it gleams with light and texture.