My exhibitions so far with Little Van Gogh have been at Grayling Communications and Kingston Smith offices in London. I'm so pleased to see my work displayed and hope the companies feel they've added some colour and interest into their office spaces. Little Van Gogh has kindly sent me some pictures - please see below...
My new artworks have been delivered by my lovely husband to workplace art consultants 'Little Van Gogh' this year. They are based in Southampton, so it was a bit of a drive from Nottingham, but we wanted to make sure they arrived safe and sound!
Their website is: http://www.littlevangogh.co.uk/. Please feel free to check it out. You can buy my pictures directly from their website. As per their website, their aim is to deliver inspiring art experiences to offices whilst supporting and promoting emerging artists.
Now the work has left I have more space in my tiny studio, so I have started a few smaller pieces. The nights are closing in and reducing the amount of natural light that is available, so I have to make the most of my weekends. I have a daylight bulb but it's not the same.
The autumnal colours and crunchy leaves underfoot outside is lovely though.
This summer my partner Andrew and I got married. We've been together for 15 years, so we decided it was about time! My surname has now changed to Dennison. It was a very relaxed civil ceremony with close family and friends and then an evening party in a nearby café/bar called Copper.
Here we are cutting our lovely cake, which was specially made by a local baker 'The Pudding Pantry'. I asked for a lemon meringue cake, which was layers of lemon drizzle cake with lemon buttercream and curd and it was covered in toasted meringue.
I also bought these beauties from our local 'Marshmallow Kitchen'. They were strawberry shortcake and morello cherry giant marshmallows.
It was a very balmy summers evening so Copper's cocktails went down a treat. We decided to offer Mandarin Martinis when guests first arrived.
I must apologise to everyone for not posting in my blog for a while. I decided to concentrate on finishing off some of my paintings and getting ready to update my online portfolio. This year I'm also getting married, so some of my spare time has been spent planning the big day!
It's been such lovely weather recently I've also taken the opportunity to wander round with my camera. Experiencing nature and taking photos keeps my creative mind fresh and perpetuates new ideas for artwork.
I'll be posting new artwork on my website soon, but in the meantime here are some of my photos...
Finally, this weekend there was no snow and the sun came out! Already everyone I know is feeling more bright and positive as Spring is finally arriving.
I spent some of my weekend repotting some of our houseplants into bigger pots as they were doing so well. Our patio area is a little suntrap so I decided to do this outside and get a good dose of vitamin D. I also surveyed the frost damage on my garden plants! I find caring for my collection of plants really relaxing and their shapes and colours often give me artistic inspiration.
Visiting local gardens and green spaces with one of my cameras is one of my favourite weekend things to do too. Having a wander and looking for subject matter for photos on my own is so useful for me, as it gives me some quiet time and often produces some new subject matter for my art.
Here's some of the photos I took last year at Newstead Abbey....
Whilst painting this piece I looked at pink quartz. These beautiful stones have all different shades of pink and I was interested in how the light comes through the cuts of the stone. I felt that I didn't want just a pretty pink painting, but something that showed off the different shades and shapes of the rock. To do this I decided to use my palette knives as much as possible to make sure the paint went on in blocks, with straight lines and smooth paint to reflect the cut edges. I wanted to use as few layers and detail as possible so I didn't lose the effect of stone. So, I kept stepping back and considering the picture as much as possible. I'm really pleased with this piece of work and think I will do more like this.
This painting is called 'Swell'. I was thinking of the movement of water under waves and a pull upwards when you're underwater. My favourite part is the mixture of grey and dark turquoise in the bottom right hand corner. The biggest challenge when painting this one was trying to keep a balance of detail and large mark making.
I think one of my next paintings will be a mixture of soft greys.
To mark International Women’s Day today, I thought I would go through the women who inspire me. Thinking of these wonderful women and all they've accomplished makes me so happy.
Developing as an artist and putting yourself forward is challenging, but so empowering and fulfilling. It's great to think of others who have done so successfully and how they would have had to overcome their own personal obstacles.
In clockwise order:
Shirley Manson is a Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Manson is known for her rebellious attitude, distinctive voice and formidable stage presence.
Georgia O'Keeffe was an American artist best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American Modernism".
Juliette Lewis is an American singer and actress who was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Her work in television has resulted in two Emmy nominations.
Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was an English artist and sculptor. She was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international prominence.
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist whose work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and Indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Yayoi Kusama works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.
Of course, there's many more, but these are who I think of frequently.
Nottingham experienced quite a lot snow last week as well as the most of the UK. Luckily I had already booked the week off as holiday so spent quite a bit of it just watching the snow coming down and the garden birds. It was very quiet and beautiful.
I thought this poem captured it....
Snow by Louis MacNeice
The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes –
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s hands –
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses
My partner and I treated ourselves to a trip out to Hodsock Priory to see their snowdrop display last weekend. It was a clear and sunny day. The Whispering Wood Folk outdoor theatre company were also performing a mix of storytelling, live music and thrilling aerial acrobatics in torchlight in the evening. So we thought we'd time it, so we could walk around the grounds and then see them when it got dark, which worked well. The grounds are not very big so you don't need a whole day there but it was pretty. The theatre was all about the start of Spring and it felt nice to break away from the Winter and look forward to the warmer weather.
I took some photos while we wandered around. Here's a few:
As part of my love of nature I watch quite a few nature programmes and there is a quite a few David Attenborough DVDs in my collection. Whenever I feel I've been hibernating in my home too much and haven't been outside enough I find inspiration from these programmes and I push myself to wrap up and get outside! I take quite a few photographs especially when I go for walks or visit nature reserves and find it useful as part of my studies of nature to pick out colours and patterns. When I was a child my family and I often visited woodland and National Trust gardens at the weekends and I enjoyed being surrounded by wildlife.
I've managed to catch BBC One's 'Wild Cameraman at Work' this week, which I would recommend to anyone interested in nature and photography. It covers five of the best nature cameraman who all live in Scotland and how Scotland has helped them hone their skills. Here is the link to the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014hqgz
There are so many memorable clips and I don't think I could pick a favourite subject.
Picture from Radio Times page: http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/wyj4v/wild-cameramen-at-work--s1-e1-ice/