hello journal. three more pictures from the artworks 2015 art exhibition at blackthorpe barn in rural suffolk. it is a timber-framed, thatched medieval threshing barn, built on land once owned by benedictine monks. from the mid 1980s it has been a centre for exhibitions of art, design & crafts. it is also a home to nesting bats, and some industrious spiders: don’t look up, look straight ahead at the art on the walls [and the sculptures on plinths]…. however, the high-beamed rafters and thatched roof are the architectural features of the barn!

introducing four, five and six [4, 5, 6] – my series of small pieces in this art exhibition:


4. chicken scratch, painting and collage, 6cm x 9cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]


5. tinker, painting and collage, 8.5cm x 7cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]


6. building blocks, painting and collage, 7cm x 6cm
[frame size: 18cm x 18cm x 4.5cm deep]

artworks is a professional art group with a fixed membership of thirty east anglian artists. each year we organise an art exhibition at blackthorpe barn. all artwork is new, not previously exhibited. wide variety of art on show, abstract to representational: painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media.

Saturday 5th September to Sunday 27th September 2015

Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The exhibition is open daily 10am – 5pm.

Artworks Gallery shop (small paintings, original handmade prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass, wide range of artist postcards & greetings cards). Artworks café for light refreshments. Free parking on site. The Artworks exhibition is signposted via AA road signs. Junction 45 from A14.


  1. Jazz
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    i like seeing these pictures in black & white. all colour reality in the artworks exhibition.

    i have been influenced by vintage exhibition catalogues & art books where the colour reproductions are few, or non-existent.

    in some old art books, the colour images/illustrations are simply ‘tipped in’ [often glued on top edge] – some are removed or go ‘missing’ – maybe to put into a picture frame to hang on the wall! must have been a bane for librarians.

    much to do with printing technology of the time, or the expense of colour printing… it’s curious to think about imagining or recalling colours in a painting, especially in these saturated multi-coloured times.

    an old monograph i have on jackson pollock dating from the 1950s has most of the colour pictures intact, which is nice. i think it was quite an innovation to print/reproduce silvery metallic tones. the book must have been expensive when new.

  2. Jazz
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    here’s a handy website portfolio tip*: if you have a series of artworks that will be framed in a series of identical glass frames [integral to the work] which will be difficult to photograph behind glass – and you have also run out of time to photograph each artwork in its frame with the glass taken out – then take a photograph of one of the empty frames [without glass] and simply place your artwork pictures** into the blank ‘frame’ at your convenience.

    *requires photoshop.

    **photographs of artwork.

  3. Jazz
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    i photographed my artworks on the backing board and then emulated the slight shadow that would be cast by the deep-set frame.

    the drop shadow is common feature of photoshop – to be applied with a light touch – previously i have utilised the actual shadow cast by the frame, but that approach required even more photoshopping – the above method was/is less labour-intensive!

  4. Jazz
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    “art is art, and everything else is everything else”

    will switch off ‘comments’ to think more about art…