I am delighted to be in the ‘Open Eye at 40’ show
Celebrating Open Eye Gallery’s 40th Anniversary
As you may recall, I was happily chosen as the Open Eye Gallery’s exhibition award winner for the Visual Arts Scotland Open exhibition 2019, ALIGHT, we then followed up with my 2020 show ‘fine hair soft nibs, depictions from a shady bed‘, sharing gallery space with the wonderful artist Brent Miller.
This year, I’ve been selected to show alongside 40 well-established and emerging artists in their show celebrating 4 decades in the gallery biz! I have entered 4 paintings that I started during lockdown, based on the theme of wishes*, let’s face it who didn’t have a few wishes with the pandemic at its height and restrictions in place!
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I hope you will be able to head along to the Open Eye Gallery to see these in person
A bit of background / the story behind the pictures*
I was looking for something to paint early in 2021, whilst we were in deep lockdown before the world opened up. Rooting through my drawers of collected seeds, (that I am always meaning to do something with), I found this little seed pod. Sadly, it was broken, so I got out the glue and some thread, and thought I’ll tie this together whilst the glue is setting, and I then hung it from a bulldog clip on my art board. I collected this before I considered that labelling where I had picked a specimen up, and noting what kind of plant it was from, might be useful, but I really loved the shape and the different textures on the inside and outside of the pod, so silvery smooth and so rough and marked.
After a few days of looking at this seed hanging there, I decided I really liked it, it reminded me of a wishbone drying, so I thought I would paint it with the thread, I pondered that maybe some wishbones need mending, and I felt as though I could do with some wishes. I liked both sides of the seed pod, so I decided to do two paintings.
Shortly after completing the first seed pod, and partway through the second, I came across these Photinia x fraseri, ‘Red Robin’ leaves in a concrete jungle near Haymarket. I walked past these container-based shrubs most days on my daily lockdown walk, and gradually they caught my attention. Though not a shrub that I particularly love, I am attracted to picking things up that I find on the floor and studying them for a bit… After collecting and examining a few, and rejoicing in the colour and the bitten away edges on the margins, I realised I could make the same wishbone shape that I had with the seed pod, and I got all excited! So I decided to do the same treatment, painting the back and the front of each leaf creating and completing the set of four.
correction Bockingford, not Fluid 100