Edinburgh Art Fair

It was an absolutely buzzing preview at the Edinburgh Art Fair yesterday evening, with  barely room to move – I was impressed so many people showed up on a freezing November night!

I had the pleasure of meeting owners of the Limetree Gallery, Sue and Stephen (photo below) who included some of my works at their stand (In photo below – ‘Hawk, River Tweed’ and four works from the Canalscapes series).

Three of the Canalscape series sold through the Limetree as part of a mixed exhibition earlier this year and it’s been a pleasure working with them  – it’s not just about being paid on time (which is nice!)  but also clear, friendly communication, and I hope this enjoyable working relationship continues.

The Edinburgh Art Fair is on until 19th November, more info Here

Winter series – post 6

‘Winter 2’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood panel. £150

‘Winter 1’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood panel. £150

‘Winter 8’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood panel. £150

A definite feeling of progress at last …

Above are the latest pieces for the upcoming Winter Series exhibition (info Here) which is opens in just 9 days!

As mentioned in a previous post, the challenge of this series is that I’m trying something new; responding to twelve two-minute pieces created for this project by composer and cellist Atzi Muramatsu, but also I’m finding it a challenge because each piece of music is entirely distinct, so with each painting I’m exploring a new theme as opposed to variations on one subject.

With nine days to go, and half the works finished, I’m finally getting into the swing of things. It was particularly enjoyable to paint the figure dancing in red velvet by firelight, this one ‘painted itself’ as they say. That’s partly because I took photos of myself in a red velvet dress for reference. That’s much easier because the proces is mimetic. The first thing you learn as an artist is to copy. It’s much more challenging to create something abstract and from imagination.

A couple of photos the painting in progress (I might take out the smaller figure, or make it recede a bit more).

 

 

 

‘Winter 1’, in response to the first piece of music, was quite difficult. The music itself felt like a meandering descent, and at the same time very cold with a sense of space. I  tried several epic-style paintings looking from a height down to a frozen valley but they just didn’t work. This descending waterfall, which leads the eye down to a ship frozen in ice, seems to fit the mood.

The running snow hare was the immediate image that sprung to mind when listening to one of the  pieces where the cello style is speedy, scratchy, scittering and staccato (to use a musical term!) also springing, just to add another word starting with ‘s’.

Below is the ground-work for a portrait of Atzi playing cello, in response to a Baroque-style cello piece. This monochrome sketch onto grey ground is a very traditional approach – I wanted to try a traditional technique so it feels in keeping with the 17th century music style. I’ll gradually build up more complex tones, then overlay with colour glazes, followed by some impasto highlights.

 

 

 

 

I feel I’ve earned a short break now, so I’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing before the Edinburgh Art Fair preview which launches this evening. I have four works in the show, hosted by the Limetree Gallery (at Stand D11). All info Here

Winter series – post 5

 

Today’s painting for the Winter Series 

I’ve decided to order these as ‘posts’ as opposed to ‘days’ since work does go on in between these blog posts!

It’s been a frustrating time as a delivery of paints didn’t turn up until four days later than arranged, so today’s painting was created within half an hour before the light faded, in a state of determination to get something more done.

Tomorrow I’ll have a decent amount of hours to work on something more substantial, though with the precious and limited daylight of winter it’s a challenge to fit everything in – tomorrow I’ll also be delivering my paintings for the Edinburgh Art Fair. (Info Here). Here they are, newly framed …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just to make up for the really annoying mess-up of paints delivery, the picture framers did an excellent job of framing these, and delivering them free. Excellent and reliable service does still exist! So kudos to Edinburgh Arts Framers. Link Here should you ever wish to have some paintings framed. I don’t know what they put in the tea there, but not only were they reliable, they were also friendly and charming. (I know, shocking!)

 

Upcoming exhibitions

Edinburgh Art Fair Private View (from EAF website link http://www.artedinburgh.com/image/44 )

I have a couple of exhibitions coming up ( info below) also new and various places where my artworks are currently available. I hope you’ll drop by if in Edinburgh or Glasgow …

17th to 19th November: Edinburgh Art Fair at the Corn Exchange. Link Here

The Edinburgh art fair is the largest yearly art fair outside of London and represents hundreds of galleries from across the UK. My work is represented  by the Limetree Gallery, which is at Stand 11. The private view of the art fair is on Thursday 16th Nov, tickets £12 available on the link above. From the 16th to 19th entry is £4 for one day, £5 for all three days and £3 for a group pass.

Works showing: ‘Hawk, River Tweed’. Canalscapes 3, 5, 6 and 4 (View on ‘Artworks’ page on menu above) You can view a video of the making of ‘Hawk’ Here.

26th to 3rd December, Winter Series, Open Studio. Link Here

This is a series of 12 paintings I’m currently creating in response to 12 pieces of music composed by cellist/composer Atzi Muramatsu with whom I’ve collaborated since 2013. Opening hours 12:30 to 6:30pm, all info on link above. This is a free exhibition. Also facebook event page Here

Artpistol, Glasgow. Link Here

The Artpistol Gallery opened in 2011 and shows contemporary art by emerging and established artists. Works can be bought at the gallery in Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, or online at the link above

Work showing in the gallery: ‘Nocturn 2’, ‘Nocturn 3’. Working showing/available on their website – ‘Harris Moon 4’. (View on ‘Artworks’ page on menu above)

Scottish Design Exchange, Edinburgh. Link Here

The Scottish Design Exchange is a not-for-profit gallery which aims to support and promote Scotland’s arts community.

Works showing: Paintings from the ‘Moonscapes’ series of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides. (View on ‘Artworks’ page on menu above)

Portrait. In December I’ll be completing my portrait of Richard Demarco, which I’m gifting to the Demarco Archives. More info Here

Online galleries. My works are also available on two online arts websites –

Saatchi https://www.saatchiart.com/rosestrangart

Artfinder https://www.artfinder.com/rose-strang#/

That’s it for now!

A day of photos

I’m waiting for a new batch of paint to arrive for the winter series I’m working on, which is proving a challenge! Each piece of music by Atzi Muramatsu is distinct so it’s not like painting a landscape series where I usually do variations. In other words each painting has an entirely new theme.

Yesterday evening Atzi came round to practice cello in the studio space, so I took some photos (below), which led to an idea for one of the paintings in response to a very Baroque-style piece of music. I’m being a bit literal, with a painting in the style of Vermeer (well, an attempt). So today I was experimenting with light (photo above). The photos are for reference and ideas, but I’ll paint from life mostly.

 

One of the music pieces has a swirling soft, warm quality which made me think of red velvet and dancing, hence the photos below, which I took of myself swirling around in a red dress this afternoon, which didn’t make me feel at all idiotic…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be posting more paintings by Monday.

Winter Series – day 3

More work on paintings for the Winter Series (my upcoming exhibition, all info here)

I’m quite happy with the one above, a few more details needed but it begins to capture the mood of Atzi’s first music piece. The following three are in various stages of progress.

 

 

 

 

The one farthest left is almost there, the one in the middle has pleasing elements but the upper half needs resolved. The one on the right is basically some mangled paint, but it has lovely textures and I know I can work with that.

I completely painted over the first two from a few days ago, I think they were more about getting paint on to wood – psychologically it’s encouraging but I wasn’t happy with them. Then I had an amount of chaos to distract me as I’m getting my open fireplace sorted out. For budget purposes I’m going for a medieval bare brick look which is actually really pleasing!

Here are all four works in progress together …