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‘Moonscapes: Isle of Harris’ launch

Last night’s launch of Moonscapes: Isle of Harris was a great sucess and most enjoyable. There was a good mix of people, familiar faces and new – many interesting conversations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Strang, photo Maria Doherty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atzi Muramatsu’s performance was magical as always. I will be posting the videos here soon. His response to Harris Moon 4 was suitably sombre and dramatic; it’s quite a dark, stormy and mysterious piece, but my favourite was probably the piece he played in response to a series of smaller works, it was evocative of being on Harris, driving along the winding coast roads watching the landscape unfold in shimmering light.

Atzi Muramatsu, photo Sarah Bader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Edinburgh organisor of Pecha Kucha, Gordon Duffy, enjoyed the combination of music and paintings and has invited us to present our work at the next Pecha Kucha on the 27th of July, which will be a pleasure (all info on the ‘Pecha Kucha’ link above). I’ll post more about that in a few days.

I’ll be in the Whitespace gallery every day from 12 noon to 6:30pm until Thursday, so if you are in Edinburgh drop in for coffee and a chat! (map and directions etc Here)

Many thanks to Catherine Strang for hosting and sales, to Donald Ferguson for helping with set up (and for his excellent company on the trip to Harris earlier this year) and to Atzi for another excellent performance – this is our fifth year of collaboration and friendship and as Atzi said last night ‘it gets better and better’. Also thanks to Leigh Chorlton (artist and manager of Whitespace) for his friendly support, it’s a lovely space and a delight to show there!

Snowscapes – setting up

P1290652I’m just beginning to set up Snowscapes. That little table in the photo above should be the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of mulled wine while contemplating paintings!

My friend had the ingenious idea of making mulled wine in a slow cooker (in the gallery space) and I’m perfecting a recipe of a basic wine and spices syrup that can be added to each new batch of wine.

Below are a few of the paintings, one is new, and some have been worked on a bit more..

The exhibition opens tomorrow 8th Dec’ at 12 noon. It’s on the 8th, 9th and 10th, 12 noon to 8pm daily. At Gayfield Creative Spaces in Gayfield Square Edinburgh. I’ll be serving mulled wine every evening from 6pm

Also, I’m really delighted that Atzi Muramatsu will be creating a cello piece in response to the trilogy below. I’ll be making a short video of music/images and will post it here as soon as I’ve edited it in the next day or so.

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New paintings

280px-John_Knox's_House_-_geograph.org.uk_-_3060967The photo on the left is of the Scottish Storytelling Centre in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town on the Royal Mile, where the Eigg Island exhibition and event will be held in March.

It’s on the site of John Knox’s house which is Edinburgh’s only completely original medieval building, dating from 1470.

 

The event includes debut performances By JL Williams and Atzi Muramatsu, so we’ve decided to ticket it (£6 – £4 concession). You can buy tickets on this link: Tickets

Depending on fund raising success we hope to give ticket proceeds towards the Eigg Island Heritage Trust (I should find out by early February if we’ll receive funding. Fingers crossed!)

You can keep up with exhibition and event updates here: Eigg Island Facebook

Also, a welcome new addition to the exhibition is photographer Simon Nicholas White – who is very much an Eigg aficionado! He was on the island in 1998 when the community bought the island amid much celebration. His photographs are semi abstract works inspired by geology – a focus in to the textures and patterns of rock formations which are small worlds in themselves. I’m really looking forward to seeing them in the exhibition space. (Click on the link on his name to view images)

phthaloblue_eb38f4f1-a913-4ecf-a7cf-792afb143b7b_largeAt the moment I’m in the midst of ordering art supplies for three of the largest paintings I’ve made so far. I’ll be focusing a lot on texture, and have ordered large quantities of molding paste, and glaze effects (normally I add lots of salt for texture and grittiness, but on this scale I’ve had to ‘upscale’ my materials!). Also some of my favourite paints – pthalo blue and green mixed with varnish for transparency

The works will be on three 40 x 40 inch wooden panels and I’m looking forward to working on these, having often worked on smaller pieces of wood. You can really play around with effects since wood is more resilient than canvas; scratches into the surface, layers and so on.

The themes are East, West and North Eigg (I wrote more about inspiration in the earlier post Here)

If you’re in on near Edinburgh on the 26th March, I hope you can attend the launch event which promises to be very atmospheric with poetry and music recitals inspired by Eigg and its landscape, or drop in between the 27th March to 21st April to see the exhibition

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!