I haven’t been out and about as much as usual as have been busy with tight deadlines so, as there’s now just a week to go till The Other Art Fair I’ve been exclusively focussed on the studio developing new work to exhibit. Here are a few snaps of a couple of pieces that’ll be on my stand (No. 48).
Energy (dark ground) 100 x 80cm
This canvas, tentatively named Energy (dark ground), is one of a pair finished only a few days ago during the very cold spell when the pipes in my studio froze. I’m a bit obsessed with a dark ground at the moment – it has something to do with an intensity of mood. I had planned to paint a series of three ( I have a thing for triptychs) but then received my stand layout (No. 48) which doesn’t allow for 3 large pieces in a row. Never mind, they work as single paintings too.
I work ideas out through drawing and studies: this one developed from the small piece below, itself one of a series.
Dark Study (1) 18 x 13cm
One of my nightmares is naming work so please send me any suggestions – they are always welcome and I look forward to meeting you at the show.
If you get off the Docklands Light Railway at Gallions Reach, one stop before the end of the line to Beckton, a short walk will bring you to a new development called Royal Albert Dock, right on the river Thames and opposite London City Airport.
Bow Arts has worked with the developers to help create a soul and community to this location with RAW Labs, a purpose-built affordable studio complex with a gallery and cafe around one of the pools. It’s a wonderful place for artists to work with big skies and the light from the water. And, luxury of luxuries, the studios are heated! I’d be there in a shot if it weren’t so far away from where I live.
Sara Heywood, the recent artist in residence, was influenced by the waterside location and the proximity of London City Airport across the river. Bird life includes cormorants as well as the ubiquitous seagulls. The big birds, however, are the planes which fly directly overhead in to land. Her hide helps you identify both from its location facing the water with binoculars provided.
It’s cosy inside with views up to the flight path and there’s a handy identification chart too.I was outside when this one came over and no, I can’t tell you what type it was. there are little spyholes to see what else is going on around the hide.