I’m slowly working my way up to a 120 x 100 cm monochrome painting. Using this limited palette is a challenge. I worry that, if I throw myself directly into a (for me) massive painting, it will fail. Upping the scale by a dramatic amount is a difficult thing to do. I will need bigger brushes, bigger jars for my paint, and use my whole body when I make a mark, not just my wrist. I started on A3 watercolour board. I have progressed to 60 x 60 canvas. So far, so good.
Where Have I Been?
I discover that I’ve not posted anything here since May 2020. Since then I have mainly used Instagram to share my work. I’d be interested to know how you feel about social media, and the best way to share and promote work? Links to my social media accounts are below.
Just over a year ago, perhaps as a reaction to the strangeness of our current situation, my work changed. In a moment of fearlessness, a large comical nose appeared, and then an eye. My abstract paintings were now also absurd grotesques. They made me laugh.
I have been working with a more monochromatic palette because I have been asked to do something quite large in ‘black and white with one dark colour‘. I’m normally partial to pinks, turquoise, and bright yellows (see painting at the bottom of this post). It’s proving a very productive exercise. It is always good to limit the possibilities, that’s when you have to make concise decisions. I do wonder if/how my work will be affected by this period of monochromatic discipline when I let the colour back in.
The painting below, was created in September of 2021. I have entered it into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition because, why not. I won’t know until April if I’m through to the next round. It’s hard to get in, so we will see. I’ll let you know.
If you’re out there, reading this, please let me know. Thank you, Sarah.
30 Drawings, 30 Days
3 paintings, Jan 2020
Back in the Studio, 2020
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2 Paintings. Acrylic on Canvas.
This gallery contains 2 photos.
Green Hill Open Exhibition 2019
I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the judges for this year’s Green Hill Arts Open Exhibition.
To submit your work, click on the above link.
Based in Moretonhampstead and one of Devon’s most prominent Art Galleries, Green Hill is attracting the attention of some of the most respected South West Artists. Names such as Peter Randall-Page, Susan Derges, and Peter Stiles have become synonymous with Green Hill over the last five years having exhibited in the Gallery’s large attractive contemporary space, and supported Green Hill’s developing programme.
Acrylic and gouache on paper, A5. March 2019.
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 cm. February 2019.