small country living

Saturday 24 April 2010

I cycled ten miles yesterday… passed these farm buildings on my return (first noted on the outward journey)… not particularly thrilled with these sketches as they were quite rushed; about fifteen minutes or so for the first two, less for the last one…


[barn and sheds, seen from the roadside]


[barn buildings, near a bend]


[farm buildings, viewed across corner of a field]

These sketches are about 8″ x 11″. For anyone interested in my sketching methods, I used watercolour pencils on lightly dampened paper (I carry a tiny jam jar of water). These sketches, although appearing representational, are not what I am striving for – the regional art scene is saturated with representational landscapes. It is more to do with working quickly ‘on location’ which I think re-awakens a different part of my creative brain, quite separate from an isolated studio practice largely driven by concepts and processes. I am interested too in the prevailing art aesthetic-sisation of mundane, rural scenes. I am pondering whether to use my amazon voucher to purchase a book on Andrew Wyeth’s landscapes…


Andrew Wyeth, House near Chadd’s Ford

Today, after visiting the Harleston Gallery, I stopped by the local allotments – there will be an art & allotments themed exhibition in the future… I captured a couple of quick abstracts, looking for bold interactions of colour, both of which (here) contained the complementary colours blue and orange…

and here, I  just thought the arrangement of the three different water butts placed next to the potting shed made a pleasing composition, a still life of sorts…

The HWAT Mini Artworks & Showcase exhibition is now open…

I am not sure that my painting Fenn (pictured left) looks quite right hung so close to a small etching and a life drawing, but it is currently in a fine gallery and not on my own wall (which is nice)… the wall of mini-artworks looks really appealing – many art bargains to be had at only £25 each…

Click here to read about HWAT’s Mini-Works and Showcase Exhibition

It’s also the last weekend of the Artworks exhibition at Wingfield Barns Arts Centre