Happy New Year 2019

So far this year, I am in the process of decluttering my box room studio and maximising work space.

Those of you who struggle with clutter, you know that this is not an easy task and I am having to do it in small bursts of activity. I’ve only lived in the UK for 8 years and I am amazed at the amount of stuff I have collected.

As an artist, I tend to not want to throw away any packaging or random objects with the intentions of making stuff out of it.  However, I have now consciously made the decision that since I work at home and the fact that my studio is the size of a walk in closet, I must limit my media to painting, drawing or collage on paper and canvas, photography, video and music.

While cleaning, I found this series from 2012. I had them wrapped up safely with old shower curtains, plastic bags and bubble wrap.

This series reminds me of seeing a place with fresh eyes and mystery, along with expressing my inner world of emotions, unconscious thoughts and desires.

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Commercial Ventures into Christmas Stall Land

For those who lament that they can’t afford my work- shurrup and show up with your pound coins!

Thanks to the generosity of Middlesbrough Council, I am selling my makes at a Christmas Stall in the town centre on Dec. 8th-10th. I am working my fingers to the bones, hand painting cards, bookmarks, sketchbook covers (on blank A5 Cass Art sketchbooks) and postcards.

Those who know me, know I am obsessed with doing everything by hand, though there will be some limited small prints for sale.

I am also keeping everything very affordable from £2-18.50. Yeah, I know I won’t get rich doing this, but I might break even in art supplies and that would be good.

Most things will be Robot themed with a few Death Out and Abouts.

I am also making a limited range of Holiday cards which seem to have a theme of 50’s mod style cats or Sci-fi. Then there are the Krampus cards, which are scarily delightful.

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I may be an amateur artist, but my work is as good as any professional.

Today I accept that I am an amateur. Why? – because I don’t have the motivation, influence, connections or luck to make a living as an artist, selling my art.

Today, I am not willing to do what it takes on the business side of things.

Really, I am just interested in making things when I want to, or expressing myself through visual art when I have to.

Today I give up on being a professional artist. Today I embrace being an amateur.

I used to feel insulted when people called my art amateur. Not anymore, because I am still an artist and my work is as good as any professional.

I will still try to sell things when I can and promote myself, but I can’t do it full time because I would starve to death and be homeless. I need to be honest with myself about this- it might never happen, this professional artist thing. I need to let it go, just for today. I like having a day job and enjoy having a roof over my head and some food in the fridge (mainly beans and rice).

I will still have to file self-employment, self assessment tax with HMRC. Just because I am an amateur doesn’t mean I might not sell something, mainly my soul to the devil on the crossroads to survive in this world. Of course I will declare this.

Enough of my rambling- let’s look as some art.

Here is a series of mixed-media pieces I made for our show ‘Face of the Other’.

These pieces were created specifically for the show. They include collaged letters from p.a. morbid and myself from 2008-2010. They also include personal photos and drawings, along with images and text from film magazines of the 1970s. The semi-abstract faces represent the strangeness of falling in love with someone you have never met in person, someone who is somewhere so utterly different.

 

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Exhibition still up and I am back from Florida!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged- mainly because I was super busy getting the exhibition ready.  Then, I flew off to Brooksville, Florida for 3 weeks where I had a nice time in the woods, visiting Mom & Dad, siblings, nieces, nephews, uncles, banana spiders, cows and Rocky the cat.

Back to the exhibition- it is up until August 31st at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough. If you haven’t seen it yet and can pop down, please do so. TP Cafe is there and the opening hours are Monday-Friday 8.30-5.00 pm. They have delicious coffee and food.

I’m proud of this two person show, a collaboration between my husband (p.a. morbid) and myself. Few couples have art exhibitions together, so it is certainly unique. Our styles are different, but we are both intuitive and visionary.  p.a. morbid is self-taught and prolific while I have been schooled and am obsessive, taking many hours or years to finish one piece. He tends to work fast, though his pieces can gestate for many months. Mine gestate as well and I often work from references, challenging myself to render a scene or character. Sometimes I work spontaneously with no imagery in mind, but often I have a plan. p.a. morbid is the same, often incorporating words and poetry with his imagery.

We had a great opening night, a lot of friends and supporters turned out. I am looking forward to going down to the gallery and reading the comments left behind in the book.

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I am also including some of my favourite photographs from my recent holiday in Brooksville, Florida. The property I grew up on (from age of 5 upwards) and where my parents still live is magical. It was the wettest I’d seen it, as they have had much rain over the past months. The pastures were spongy and there were streams everywhere, some washing away parts of the road and driveway.

The oak trees just keep getting bigger and the place was full of life: hawks, crows, wild turkeys, deer, spiders, lizards, mosquitoes, frogs, wild pigs, cows and grasshoppers (just to name a few).

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Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice Everybody!

It’s been a mixed day for me; a leak in the bathroom has been stressing me out, along with trying to finish work for the upcoming show (opens July 6th @ Python Gallery).

But the solstice didn’t let me down, as the fabulous writer/editor Kate Garrett-Nield contacted me about using one of my ‘Death Out and About’ paintings on the cover of her newest chapbook ‘Land and Sea and Turning’, which will be published by CWP (Cringe-Worthy Poets) Collective Press in the States!

This really made my f***ing day because I was feeling down in the dumps about the bathroom leak and struggling with the art;  having negative thoughts about it, feeling like no one cares and that I will die penniless and alone (because I will probably outlive Morbid).

Then Kate contacted me and it was a reminder that people do care and that if we stick together, we can thrive.

Here is Kate’s website: Kate Garrett Writes

Here is Cringe-Worthy Poets site: Cringe Worthy Poets Collective Press