Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The case of the crazy artist - a new gallery in Scarborough

With open studios fast approaching* and a Kickstarter campaign nearly ready to launch, I wouldn't do something absolutely ridiculous like... oh I don't know... open a GALLERY?

Or would I?

The new tiny gallery! (me looking serious and professional)
Picked up the keys on Thursday to the new Grejczik Gallery space. It's a cozy 8 square meters (probably not even that, I think they overestimated on the lease) with a big front plate glass window that means people can see the whole space from outside.

First performance piece: Yorkshire Vitruvian Man!

The entire floor space, almost. 
It's going to be the art/science themed gallery I first dreamed of in 2013, while on the New Creative Markets mentor scheme.

And the first show will be a "passerby exhibition" visible from outside - of the Long Drawings of the local coast created by me and Joy Green. First exhibited at Coastival earlier this year, it's a great starter show for the gallery to promote the open studios weekends and the local landscape to visitors. 

So if you're in Scarborough, have a mosey to Grejczik Gallery, 9a Hanover Road, just behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre. (right across the street from the train station!)

The Long Drawings will be on display for the whole of North Yorkshire Open Studios, 6/7 and 13/14 June.

*And of course you can visit my studio too! Details here: http://www.nyos.org.uk/Artist.aspx?id=448

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rock opera - fossil collection

My favourite everyday rocks! Fossilicious* sandstones all found on the local stretch of the Yorkshire coast. These are mass burial events where lots of bivalves or brachiopods (the occassional crinoid) were caught in a layer or scour in the seabed.

Talk about great still life drawing specimens!

Come see the fossil and rock collection at my OPEN STUDIO
North Yorkshire Open Studios
6/7 June and 13/14 June
Addresses and details at: http://www.nyos.org.uk

(* not a geological term, though it should be)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Open studio - meet the dragon!

Mark the date!

North Yorkshire Open Studios - Scarborough
6/7 June and 16/17 June
www.nyos.org.uk for details and addresses

  • Meet the studio lizard, Mort!*
  • See the new "Colours of Yorkshire" postcard sized paintings!
  • See the CSI drawing box!

*If you don't like lizards don't worry, Mort's idea of freedom is sitting in the sunshine on the windowsill for 3 hours without moving. So no dragons underfoot or scaring visitors. 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Splash - a work in progress

From Lake Michigan

To studio wall

To sketches on canvas:

To underpainting:

To finished paintings:

Splash, Starboard
acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 80cm

Splash, Port
acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 80cm

Friday, May 01, 2015

Wave mechanics - a day at the beach

This is what happens if you watch the waves with me.... apologies to my mom for the lecture.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mixed media - screenprint and drawing together

Using a simple screenprint as the basis of a series of unique mixed-media pieces.

Drawing on top - each differently. Close-up details:

Last stage of quality control, dragon approval!

The first of the new series are available in my Printmaking gallery
on my website. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

5 secrets from the studio

My "rolodex" is a TARDIS. 
Why not make admin fun?
Different drawer for suppliers, artists, galleries, etc.

My blade holder for cleaning the glass palette.
I couldn't find what I needed so I used a moldable plastic to create my own holder! 

Need a cheap fixative for studies, sketchbook, etc?
Hairspray! Non-archival of course, but perfect for everyday.

To check tones in my work, I have these Selectatone glasses. 
They filter out colour so you just can see the white/black/greys balance.
Bonus: they look super geeky!

Square rule.
The most useful square rule version I've ever found is actually a quilter's square.
I use it for cutting, masking, measuring, framing, almost every day!

Well, Mort says we must get back to work now! A dragon is a great studio addition, but definitely not good for productivity.

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