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 …

 

 

Winter Series – day 2

Two works in progress (right) today for the Winter Series which launches on 25th November.

This project is a collaboration between myself and composer/cellist Atzi Muramatsu, who’s creating twelve two-minute pieces for cello on the theme of winter. I’m responding to each piece with a painting.

I decided to make two paintings in response to the first piece of music, just to see which works best! I can always paint over the one I’m not keen on. At the moment the one above on the left is working more for me, or at least it reflects the mood of the first piece of music more.

While listening to it for the first time I immediately felt space, height and distance. The mood is sombre yet soft – very still. There’s the sense of cascading, or gliding downwards, maybe looking downwards from a great height, either as a bird or a human.

Bear in mind I don’t know what Atzi has in mind other than winter, since we agreed he wouldn’t reveal his ideas until after the exhibition – it should be fun seeing how the paintings corrrespond to his ideas behind the music!

While painting today (which was a pleasure in my new studio space – more room, better light) I had the two-minute piece of music on a loop so I’m very familiar with it now. There’s a moment that feels as though it’s going to melt into something warmer, which reminded me of one of my favourite bits from Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Vaughan Williams, so I tried to suggest that hint of warmth and gentleness, though overall the music is very still, wintry, with a feel of introspection and solitude.

I appreciate music, but my knowledge of musical terms is patchy – I must remedy this by asking Atzi and other musician friends more questions!

More of the new series on Monday …

Portrait of Richard Demarco … preparing.

I posted a few weeks ago about a portrait I’m working on of Richard Demarco (previous post Here )

Having made some preliminary sketches (some of these below and right), I’m taking time to develop ideas in imagination before making a final work which will be on a 30×30″ wood panel. Also to look at the work of some favourite portrait artists, including Auerbach (more on that below).

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve made hundreds of portraits over the years in the form of sketches, probably only three or four finished paintings though, and for this portrait there’s so much to consider. Despite Richard’s connection to the world of avant garde and mold-breaking art, I don’t plan to make it a strongly conceptual work since that’s not my usual mode these days, so it will be more about expressing my understanding through line, composition, background and so on.

The themes I keep returning to are ideas about layering, also emerging. The reason being that this reflects my understanding of Richard’s character, work and life, but it also lends itself to my usual style of painting which involves layering, scraping back and building texture. I also know that it will be monochrome, or with very little colour.

For the moment though, I don’t want to say anything about what those layering and emerging ideas will be, for the simple reason that if I’m worth my salt as an artist, those ideas will be evident or discoverable by viewers when the painting is complete! (That will be in December after I’ve completed the Winter Series)

In the meantime, I’ve also been looking at portraits, my favourites being those by Frank Auerbach. I’ve included a short video of an interview with Auerbach below (far better than me havering on about him!) He comes across here as fairly modest – likeable. In his mid 80’s now, he’s still painting  …

On the left is ‘Head of E.O.W. IV’ by Auerbach, which is in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, what you can’t possibly see in reproduction here is the deep, sculptural layering of paint (though you see his paint technique clearly in the video) – the portrait changes as you change viewpoint – some people don’t even recognise it as a face.

On the right is ‘Head of Leon Kossoff’, from a private collection. (Kossoff was a friend and fellow artist). Video below paintings …