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Lockdown painting experiments continue. The green corridor.

The Meadows. The Links. We live close to this glorious strip of green that weaves its way in between tenements and streets. To be in lockdown in Edinburgh feels somewhat lucky as we have these generous green spaces to escape to. These grassy knolls and treelined walkways connect one neighbourhood to the next. Get yourself on a bike and you’ll find you can connect all the way to Holyrood Park.

I’m pleased with how this one is turning out. A few more details here and there and that’s me done.

I’m starting to populate my website with these interesting treasures. They’re treasures to me as they show me the gift of time I’ve been given to make them. To find out more please hop along to see my brilliantly colourful Paintings.

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Lockdown painting experiments continue

Morningside, Edinburgh

My Lockdown painting experiments continue. I had an unhealthy relationship with this one until I decided it was finished. Done. Walk away from the mini canvas, Cassandra. Walk away.

Everything here has been at least five different colours. If you conducted a forensic study, you’d find shades of red, purple, neon pink under what you see here.

It bothered me that the top of the building on the left mimics the hedge on the right. Now I have decided I like that quirk. A repetition in an unexpected place.

So what am I going to do with all of these paintings when I’m finished? Probably will never be finished as I’m having a lot of fun with this.

Stay tuned!

Posted in allthesmallthings, inspiration, news, Uncategorized

Edinburgh Hopscotch Lockdown Game

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The forecast looks like rain for Wednesday.  Staring into my weather app with hope for many more sunny days and finding rain on the horizon is always a disappointing sight.  This week it is even more disappointing as usual.

Over the past couple of weeks we have watched the Leamington Terrace Hopscotch Game grow by leaps and bounds (oh please laugh at that!  It was a good one – yes?). We have added our own squares, aiding my six year old to add numbers following 1378.  We have seen the chalk bucket travel up the road and down again and more than once I have been astonished to find that no one has lifted it.  Well, either that or some very conscientious people are replenishing the chalk supply.

This is certainly a weird, terrible and wonderful time in which we are living.  What else have we noticed?  We have noticed neighbours sharing their superfluous garden plants, bread being baked and shared, a smile and a nod as someone chooses to walk in the street so you and your small child can have the pavement.  We have noticed children safely learning to cycle in the street (mine included) and kindness parading itself around like it was here all along but maybe we were too busy to see it or too busy to give it.

As for my bit, I am gifting everyone on my street a small print of the drawing I created.  The day was sunny, the game was on.  I hope we can look back on this time and remember it as a splash of sunshine in a climate of uncertainty and change.

Here is the news article about our wonderful street.

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Crash Course in Art History launching…soon

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Learn and Do

Join us on a journey, starting with the cave paintings in France and ending with Bridget Riley’s painted stripes.  We’ll hop through the centuries and decades, learning interesting facts about the artists along the way.  What did Michelangelo think about being landed the job of painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?  Who were the Fauves and how have they influenced art today?  After flying through history, we will all create an artwork influenced by one of the artists we learned about.

Think you aren’t good at drawing?  It doesn’t matter!  Some of us have put up barriers due to a bad experience with art making.  This lesson will help to overcome that.  Do you love making art?  Great!  Perhaps you will learn something new and can then repeat that back home.

It has been proven that creating art relieves stress, focuses the mind, encourages us to become creative problem solvers and so much more.

The workshop is divided into two 30 minute sessions:  Learn and Do.  We learn.  And then we make.

Who is this workshop for?

Everyone!  But to narrow that down, here is a list:

– Team Building Groups

– Businesses who observe Mental Awareness Week and are interested in bringing something new and fun into the workplace

– Special events (birthday parties, hen parties, just because parties)

– Educational events (especially for those teachers that might not have a good grasp of art and art history due to the other hundreds of things you are teaching in class).

For more information please visit my website here.

My first event will take place in February and I have been burning the midnight oil planning, designing, thinking, and writing about this event and for this event.  Two months ago I officially listed this effort with Companies House and ever since that day, the foundations have been forming.

2020 is going to be a big year for me.  The exhibition was the first idea to land in my head and grow into big ideas about it being an installation piece.  Soon after Crash Course formed and I had to grab onto it and not let it go.  I have had to move around my work commitments to make way for these two new things.  I am both excited and daunted.  I am curious about how these two ideas will grow and that is winning out over any uncertainty.

What are your big, fun, and scary plans for 2020?

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#allthesmallthings competition

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The other night I thought I would lay out all the drawings I have made for the #allthesmallthings exhibition.  The floor was covered from corner to corner.  I am rather impressed with the number of drawings I have created in spaces where I thought I did not have time to draw. It is interesting to me to see how much my style has changed and developed in just a few short months.  In August I was asked to draw people for the DECIEM launch event in Edinburgh.  I was like ‘People?!  You want me to draw people?  Have you seen my artwork?  I do NOT do people.  Or animals.  Buildings yes, but nothing on two or four legs thanks very much.’  So then I started drawing my friends and family and my obsession with drawing people caught in-between moments grew from there.

There is certainly a style growing from this challenge and I’m so glad I can use materials on the hoof.  I think of those artists with massive studio spaces and hours to be in those spaces.  One day I shall have that but for now I will embrace my parameters and see what great things I can make from here.

As for the COMPETITION part of the title, I have a little competition on the go.  It’s easy to play along.  All you have to do is Follow this blog or Follow me on Twitter or Instagram and tag in a friend.  What do you get for this small yet big action?  On January 31st I will choose two names from a hat and will draw a photo of you/your family/your favourite building/your best holiday snap/your favourite cafe/your prized shop dog in my style.

Please share and thanks for following.

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#allthesmallthings

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I could go on and on about how a decade has ended and a new one has begun.  Really, though, a new decade follows an old one every year.  2019 looked back on its own decade from 2009 and 2018 reminisced about all of its days from 2008.  It is exciting to look back at all the fun, cool stuff you saw and did in a nice chunk of time and I have to say, my ten year time lapse has been incredible.  As with many others, I have seen so much change within the lens of my own life that I could not have even guessed at most of this that has come to pass.

To say I have hit the ground running would be accurate for this new batch of months.  I have booked an exhibition space at Bloc Gallery and have been working on sketches towards artworks to be completed for the show.  The initial idea was to create hundreds of sketches then choose a few to work into paintings.  I have realised, however, that my life is not parceled up into nice, long blocks of time where I can concentrate fully for hours or days, if needed.  That is so far from my life.  I long for that, but that is not how it is right now.  So, I will work with what I have.  I will choose to not feel restricted by it but will instead embrace the 20 or 30 minutes I have and do what I can in that time.  What I have found out is that what I can do is quite small.  Literally. This is one reason why I have chosen the title ‘allthesmallthings’ for my show.  It is about capturing those moments in-between.  Those small spaces of time.  I have chosen my materials also based on this theme.

There is a lot more I could say about my 2020 plans however they are on a very different topic.  So until then…I hope you enjoy the gift that is this time of year.  It’s nice/agonising/painful/uplifting to reflect on what has passed.  Let us now look forward and do something great with the time we have together on this spinning blue and green ball we call Earth.

 

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Making your work pay

On Friday I attended a workshop for artists and craftmakers.  This workshop was about finding ways to make your work pay.  Essentially.  Yes.  That was the gist of it and I am very thankful that this event existed and that there are things like this and groups and organisations out there with the goal of assisting artists at various stages of their careers.  Apparently, I am an ’emerging artist’ which makes me feel like I am slowly releasing myself from an egg; me and my unique-to-me batch of talents breaking out into the world.  Cheep cheep notice me tweets.

So.  It was all very good and we learned important things like the obvious:  If you don’t value yourself and your work, no one else will.  We did an exercise for finding the basic costs of creating a work and what was needed to not just break even but to *gasp* earn a living through your work.  Why do we as artists and makers feel so bad when we price our work according to what it and our time is worth?  The next time I put a price tag on my work, a price that is fair and  reflects the cost of materials and the cost of my time (as well as the expense of framing), I will not display it apologetically.  I value myself.  I value what I do.  And I swear to God I’m not ripping you off.

So really, it’s value for money.  Think of all the many hours you will enjoy this work.  Think of the thought, the time, the materials and the love that has gone into this.

A good lesson learned.

Part of the workshop also dealt with how to approach galleries, which I feel fairly confident about doing by this stage of the game.  Do your research.  Obviously.  Scope it out and make sure your’re a good fit for it and it for you.  Obviously.  Know the name of the person that runs the thing. Yes.  Yes.  All good advice and chalk full of common sense.

There was a spiel about networking that I backed away from.  Networking is necessary for my type of work and it is a valuable lesson to learn that making connections is vital.  What I don’t like is engineering a situation that feels false and is driven by the thought ‘what can this person do for ME?’  False and insincere:  this is NOT how I roll.  I prefer my connections to be organic, friendly, if there is anything I can do to help you then great and hey, if we both get something out of this then isn’t that a bonus.

I am pleased that I attended this chat, this discussion, this thing where there were about 30 of us asking questions and having them answered.  There is much to think about now.  Unfortunately, my brain felt it was vital to think on it last night and didn’t seem to shut off until 4am.  Let’s see if we can put that thinking time into more useful hours, like, on a Sunday afternoon at a cafe with something nice and hot sitting across from me – like a hot chocolate with marshmallows.