'My recent body of work has become an obsession with depicting trees.
Winter finds me parked up in my little car in a spot on some remote Norfolk lane, where I'm able to study and draw a tree in its denuded glory. Trees in leaf are a completely different story and one I'm not ready to tackle just yet.'
If you are not able to get to the Country Living Fair in Islington where Paul will be from 12th - 16th November, never fear, just come along to the Two Rivers Trail Festive Fair 22nd November. Paul will have a great selection of his beautifully handcrafted boards, bowls pens and more for sale at the Victory Hall, Neatishead, NR12 8AD.
We would like to invite you to the Two Rivers Trail Festive Fair on Saturday 22nd November at the New Victory Hall, Neatishead, NR12 8XG. This year we are delighted to have the well known author, TV presenter and explorer,
Nick Crane opening the fair.
Our group embraces a diverse and imaginative collective working in graphic design, textiles, print making, wood turning, silver jewellery, photography, and art. We are open from 10.30am to 4pm to allow more time for browsing, chatting to the artists and crafts makers and of course, lunch! We are again helping to raise funds for The Nancy Oldfield Trust and Neatishead Primary School; the latter will be providing light lunches and delicious homemade cakes.
We look forward to seeing you at the fair, where you will find unique, unusual and inspiring gifts.
I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Greece where I spent many hours wandering along the shore line, looking at beautiful old fishing boats and battered wooden jetties - all in aid of inspiration for making my jewellery. I have picked up many shells to cast in to my shell necklaces and charm bracelets. I had a whole team of friends on one beach ( during a birthday party whilst listening to guitars being played) searching for shells, but they didn't all grasp just how small I need them and had to explain that a shell that was 2 inches across was just too big to cast in silver,too expensive and very heavy to wear!
I love snorkelling in Greece. This year I found a very scary Moray eel which made me gasp and swim very fast in the opposite direction! It appeared to me to be at least 5 foot long with a girth of about 4 -5 inches and had been hiding under a large rock. I then decided to be very brave and fetch my waterproof camera and take a picture as I loved the patterns on its back. I am sure one day they will be part of a piece of decoration on a piece of jewellery.
Another of my favourites is the textures found in pieces of olive wood. They bend and twist with holes and knots all over with an amazing mix of colours. I have even found one piece which had grown round a stone. They do fit in suitcases but my husband has a limit on the size which I can bring home - which is a good job or we wouldn't be able to open the door of our small cottage!
The cold weather is approaching and nights drawing in so I must now start making new designs. I have just transferred 5,000 photos from my dying laptop, and have noticed that half of them are of reflections in water, pieces of concrete or piles of pipes, all waiting to inspire me. Just need to turn the heating up and get on with it!!
A chance to see one of the TRT Artists in another setting, Denise Wingrove's colourful mixed media work is currently showing at the Caper Exhibition at the Fairhurst Gallery in Bedford Street, Norwich...
The exhibition runs until 15th September.
I can't believe how quickly time has flown, and here we are, on the eve of the Taster Exhibition at the Forum for Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 2014.
My piece for the exhibition this year was inspired by our local pantomime, 'The Green Man'. Having done some research I found the following quote which meshed perfectly with my quest for inspiration.
His name means the Green One or Verdant One, he is the voice of inspiration to the aspirant and committed artist.
He can come as a white light or the gleam on a blade of grass, but more often as an inner mood.
The sign of his presence is the ability to work or experience with tireless enthusiasm beyond one’s normal capacities. In this there may be a link across cultures,… one reason for the enthusiasm of the medieval sculptors for the Green Man may be that he was the source of inspiration.”
My medium is sheeps' fleece, which I needlefelt. This is a labour intensive method of dry felting fleece using a sharp barbed needle which meshes the fibres together without the need for water, soap and friction. By repeatedly stabbing the fleece with the needle it is possible to sculpt in the same way as you would with clay.
He started to emerge slightly spookily from the fleece quite quickly...
In view of the fact he is a 'Green Man' I began to colour him with green fleece, but quickly realised that what he needed to be was bark coloured. I took my inspiration from the cherry trees in my garden, which are grey rather than brown, with green shadows.
The green aspect would be the leaves, which is where dyeing came into the picture...
Each leaf was created individually using the dyed fleece to create the colours and shades...
To add a little texture and light I also created a few leaves with silk velvet which I painted with dye...
...and intermingled these with the wool leaves...
And this is the result...
The 'Green Man', along with other pieces of work from members of The Two Rivers Trail and other artists taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios will be on exhibition in the Forum, Norwich from Friday 18th April to Wednesday 23rd April 2014. It's well worth a visit, there will be a huge variety of work, something for everyone.
I will be there, wielding my trusty felting needle, on Friday morning. Do come in and say hello!
Continuing from the previous post...
Stage 2. Here I defined the shapes of the fish a little more, and altered the background colours, still being unsure how I wanted them to interact with the main subject i.e. whether to be dominant or recessive areas.
Stage 3. Applied more colour to the fish and plate now, and experimented with adding some text to the teacloth. I decided that I wanted to use a warm vibrant colour for the background area beneath the plate, making the colours “sing”.
Stage 4. Took a long hard look at the composition at this stage, and decided that I really needed to add another fish to make a more balanced image. I then worked on the teacloth adding soft shadows and decided against the use of text.
Final stage. At this point all the colours and layout had been decided upon, so it was just a case of strengthening the shadows and adding more highlights generally. To avoid overworking (which is my usual problem) I then decided to add my initials and call it a day! Phew!
My idea for this painting was to view the plate of fish from directly above, therefore eliminating the usual perspective issues. I also prefer to arrange the subject so that it flows off the edge of the canvas, making a far more interesting angle in my eyes.
Stage 1. Mapping out the shapes for my design very loosely, indicating roughly which colours I feel work together but not setting anything in stone at this stage. At this point I have only two fish and the background colours are very much “try outs”.
Eight diverse artists living and working between the rivers Ant and Bure.