Oaks Open 2021
The Way it is Now
|Open studio 2021|
For my first open studio after lockdown I made a simple and speedy decision to show 'The Way it is Now' choosing these small works using the criteria the past, the present and the future.
I had the ground prepared for two canvases, (not yet named Summers Day and Wait ) in early March 2020 and Inaccessible was unfinished when I went into isolation for 18 months.
At home I spent a lot of time looking at my old and twisted Wisteria tree, I made several drawings, pen and ink studies and walked.
|Wisteria pen and ink|
Returning to the studio I had a lot to consider after lockdown, I made a few quick ideas for a new painting based on interrupted verticals and horizontals.
|Study 2021 acrylic on card|
Concurrently deciding to use the previously unnamed but prepared canvases immediately. I had no initial expectations but needed to work in a very exploratory way. I wanted to be surprised.
Questioning what is important to me now it was interesting how many questions and comments were asked about the two new paintings Summers Day and Inaccessible. Both of which stand outside my normal way of working.
These selected small works highlight a fragile system, exposing an interconnectedness of water, earth, space and my environment.
List of works
Specimen No 5 2013 (shell) in oak frame 17 x 12cm charcoal, acrylic, carbon pencil
Specimen No 6 2013 (shell) in oak frame 17 x 12cm charcoal, acrylic, carbon pencil
Curiosity No 5 2013 (bird skull ) 26 x 20cm pencil and graphite
Oaks Park Leaf Sep 21 14 x 19cm acrylic ink directly from ink dropper
Fallen Oak 2021 acrylic ink directly from dropper (image 18 x 21cm) 22 x 27 framed
Discarded Shell 2021 (found on rubbish heap in Wolverhampton, almost the furthest point from the sea) oil bar on paper 21 x 30cm
Sea Change in vintage frame 23 x 29cm (image 18 x21)
Sea Change 2015 acrylic, plastic, ink wash - reclaimed frame (image size 29.5 x 20)
Inaccessible 2021 acrylic on card in reclaimed frame 35 x 24cm ( 21 x 14 image)
Summers Day 2021 25.5 x 25.5 acrylic on canvas
Wait 2021 25.5 x 25.5 acrylic on canvas
Blue Divide 2004 16.5 x 32.5 oil on board
Crosscurrent 1 2021 30 x 30cm framed, acrylic ink and acrylic on paper
Crosscurrent 2 2021 (image 25.5 x 25.5) 30 x 30cm framed, acrylic ink and acrylic on paper
Crosscurrent 3 2021 (image 25.5 x 25.5) unframed acrylic ink and acrylic on paper
Repairing 2012 (image 35x25 cm) charcoal
Reclaimed - materials 2008 31 x 39cm mixed materials, charcoal, graphite
Reclaimed - Dovetail 2021
Switch -Reclaimed Series 2012 ( image 17.5 x 11cm ) cobblers wax and acrylic
Reclaimed cobblers wax and acrylic in small black frame
Unearthed 2010 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Restricted 2021 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Sea Change 2009 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Switch iii May 2019 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Yield 2011 2019 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Nudge 2020 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Forgotten series - Remaining 2017 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board
Unfolding 2017 16.5 x 16.5 acrylic on board