Monthly Archives: July 2014

A magical evening at the Whitespace Gallery..

P1130836To spend several months painting a subject can be quite a solitary challenge,  though meaningful. Then when you share your efforts with the public, it’s a vulnerable moment to see your paintings (which seemed such large swathes of blank canvas) for the first time in the gallery, where they appear to be swallowed up in public space!

 

P1130803The journey from personal to public was borne along on a tide of good feeling, thanks to the help of family and friends! But also by two very moving performances by Jennifer L Williams and Atzi Muramatsu, who responded to the paintings in poetry and music.

 

 

 

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Jennifer recited three poems, one of which was written in response to ‘Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay’, and Atzi improvised on cello to several paintings in the exhibition.

I was so very moved by their artistic responses, I found them quite magical, and I’ve included two videos here, along with the text of Jennifer’s poem.

The videos below (taken with my little digital camera!) show part of Atzi’s performance (mostly in response to ‘Moonlight on Eigg’). Followed by the poetry recital by Jennifer (also the poem text, and paintings – ‘Moonlight on Eigg’ and ‘Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay’ below the video links) …

Link: Cello performance, Atzi Muramatsu

Link: Poetry recital, Jennifer L Williams

Poem by Jennifer Williams:

Who lived in a country place as we do

The dead call out to the dead. David Harsent

Looking in from outside where the fire is burning
Looking in from outside so our hair seems to be on fire
Looking into the empty house whose only
People are the forgotten memories of ourselves

Looking in at the tides of dust and the peeling of mirrors
The peeling whose iridescence is reminiscent of shells
The pealing of bells signalling a memory about to appear
Long-buried because of its too-great pleasure

Silent as the witches whose innocence welds the tongue
Outside where we belong with the fire and the sea’s glass
Its waves of green astonishment lavishing the sand
The creatures of the deep and the wild salt

Looking in at our own reflection with sleep-heavy eyes
As if a spell has been cast from which we cannot wake
Our hands forever wet with the birth milk of the milkweed
Our breath, our image in the painting, fading

'Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay'. Acrylic on 40x30" canvas

‘Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay’. Acrylic on 40×30″ canvas

 

 

 

 

 

'Moonlight on Eigg'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Moonlight on Eigg’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt so uplifted and inspired by the preview night, and I really look forward to future collaborations with Jennifer and Atzi. Also, many thanks to mum, dad, Alicia and Lucrezia for their help!

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(resting weary toes!) Rose, Alicia and Lucretzia

Eigg Island Exhibition – Artworks

These are all the artworks to be included in the Whitespace exhibition starting this Friday

(The Preview is this Friday at 6 – 9pm at Whitespace, 25 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF. The exhibition then runs daily from Saturday 19th July to Wednesday 23rd July, 10:30 to 5pm)

If you have any questions about the paintings (or prints of these) please email me at rose.strang@gmail.com

'Waves in the Rain, Singing Sands Bay'. Acrylic and ink on 40x30" canvas

‘Waves in the Rain, Singing Sands Bay’. Acrylic and ink on 40×30″ canvas

'Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay'. Acrylic on 40x30" canvas

‘Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay’. Acrylic on 40×30″ canvas

'Cliffs of Cleadale'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Cliffs of Cleadale’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Cliffs of Cleadale 2'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Cliffs of Cleadale 2’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Sphagnum Moss'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Sphagnum Moss’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Wave, Singing Sand Bay'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Wave, Singing Sand Bay’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Moonlight on Eigg'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Moonlight on Eigg’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Boat in Pier Harbour 1'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Boat in Pier Harbour 1’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Boat in Pier Harbour 2'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Boat in Pier Harbour 2’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Seagull, Eigg Island'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Seagull, Eigg Island’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Lighthouse'. Acrylic on 10x10" wood

‘Lighthouse’. Acrylic on 10×10″ wood

'Waves from Singing Sands Bay'. Acrylic and sand on 5x5" wood

‘Waves from Singing Sands Bay’. Acrylic and sand on 5×5″ wood

'Eigg Series No. 49'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Eigg Series No. 49’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

'Boat'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Boat’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

'Eigg Series No. 8'. Ink and acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Eigg Series No. 8’. Ink and acrylic on 5×5″ wood

Green glass slow-motion waves

These are most of the latest works for the Whitespace exhibition this Friday, just two more to go! I’ve made quite a few changes to ‘Rum from Laig Bay’ as it just didn’t capture the strange bottle-green slow-motion waves I was so fascinated by. This version seems closer to it..

(More info about the exhibition/times/dates Here )

'Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay'. Acrylic on 40x30" canvas

‘Mountains of Rum from Laig Bay’. Acrylic on 40×30″ canvas

'Waves in the Rain, Singing Sands Bay'. Acrylic on 40x30" canvas

‘Waves in the Rain, Singing Sands Bay’. Acrylic on 40×30″ canvas

'Cliffs of Cleadale'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Cliffs of Cleadale’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Cliffs of Cleadale 2'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Cliffs of Cleadale 2’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Wave, Singing Sand Bay'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Wave, Singing Sand Bay’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Moonlight on Eigg'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Moonlight on Eigg’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Boat in Pier Harbour 1'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Boat in Pier Harbour 1’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

'Seagull, Eigg Island'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘Seagull, Eigg Island’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

The big one..

'Rum from Laig Bay'. Acrylic on 40x30" canvas

‘Rum from Laig Bay’. Acrylic on 40×30″ canvas

This latest work is for the upcoming exhibition next week (on the 18th July 6-9pm at Whitespace, 25 Howe Street, Edinburgh) it’s about 3.5 by 2.5 feet. Quite a physical effort compared to the recent 5×5 inch series! I’ve huffed and puffed over this one and think it’s almost there…

And this is a smaller work on 20×16″ canvas

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‘Boat in Pier Bay, Eigg’. Acrylic and ink on 20×16″ canvas

Also if you’re interested, here’s an article on ‘how to paint the sea’ which I was invited to write for Art Jury.com – http://www.artjury.com/How-2/Strang.html

I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful sunshine. It’s just as well the UK light lasts until 9pm since I need all the light I can get to finish this latest series! I’m feeling more into the swing of it now, as usually happens about halfway through.

I’ll be sending a catalogue of all new works/prices/dimens’ etc for the exhibition to former buyers on the 16th July – what’s known as ‘first refusal’, for those who’ve bought work before.

 

There’s no obligation to buy obviously, but if any previous buyers are interested in originals or prints for the exhibition they have the opportunity to reserve works.

Performances at Whitespace exhibition preview

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Postcards for the Whitespace exhibition. (don’t forget! – Preview 6-9pm 18th July!)

With just 16 days to finish four large works I’m slightly fretting! But with painting you can only take each day as it comes.

Performances for Whitespace

I’m very happy that two Edinburgh friends will be performing for the Whitespace exhibition preview on the 18th – Atzi Muramatsu and Jennifer Williams

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Jennifer is originally from New Jersey, she’s currently Programme Manager for the Scottish Poetry Library but for many years has been a writer, talented poet, and a performer with beautifully atmospheric vocal expression.

A book of Jennifer’s work Locust and Marlin has recently been published (viewable on title link)

 

Website: http://jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk/

 

222761_10150164579576990_6756518_nAtzi Muramatsu, originally from Japan, is a talented cellist/composer who also wrote the filmscore for BAFTA award-winning film ‘The Making of Longbird’.

For the Whitespace preview, Atzi will be improvising music in response to my paintings  – he improvised at last year’s exhibition, and it was such an imaginative way of perceiving the paintings – which also focused viewers amongst the busyness of a social occasion.

In addition to classical performance, Atzi also plays in the melodious yet moody Lipsync for a Lullaby

Website: http://www.atzi.co.uk/

It’s just great that Jennifer and Atzi will be performing at the private view, it makes this into a really special event!