This year, I have been working on a new collection called Little Gems. Showing this week at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair 2022 I wanted to experiment with new ideas and push my materials further. By making small pictures I have been able to explore more ideas and techniques.
Here is Spirit Faces inspired by a book on Inuit Masks and ceremonies I found in a local book store.
Look closely and you will see scratch marks, this is because this piece started out as an exploration of African Textiles.
Look again at the bottom and you will see textures, these were applied before the idea of Spirit Faces emerged. You will notice that the paint is slightly iridescent. The top textures have been sanded.
I am intrigued by people and cultures and as a kid spent hours in the library reading books on anthropology.
When it was finished, I decided to explore the idea further. Spirit Faces 2 started life on a small piece of oil paper. Using the Sgraffito method I etched in the faces. In this version all the textures are on top. Look closely and you will see glass, gold and iridescence. The paper has been collaged onto canvas board and heavy mediums add more textures onto the surface. The shine comes from the mediums and iridescent gold and copper paints.
If you are curious about the Little Gems Collection- I would love to meet you and answer your questions. I am exhibiting at The Surrey Contemporary Art Fair 2022 this weekend. 4th- 6th March 2022 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey
You can book tickets here SANDOWN CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2022. Use code SS-COMP for free tickets on Saturday and Sunday or code PV-COMP for the private view on Friday evening
I am opening my studio in Epsom again this October.
Open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday the 2nd, Sundays 3rd,10th,17th and 24th of October.
You can buy small original artworks from £12 and larger works from £95-£600.
I look forward to meeting you and showing you my work.
If you missed Open Studios, please come see Rue’s exhibition at Denbies Winery, Dorking RH5 6AA. It’s free entry, free parking, no need to book. Open 10am-5pm till Sunday 27th June.
Last chance to buy from the new collection this summer.
Buy prints,mouse mats and handmade jewellery
Rue is exhibiting with First for Art, open till 4.30pm on Sunday 27th June 2021. Denbies wine estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA. Free entry & parking, cafe and refreshments on site. Open to all. Hope to see you there.
18 days to Open studios starts from 6th June 2021
I am delighted to say that Marc the electrician has done a great job! Late starting the carpentry so no storage unit yet….
I decided to move in anyway and have spent some time working on my first project
Varnishing my picture of the Mars Glacier.
I have started a new collage- inspired by the aerial view of glacial fault lines on Mars.
Great news, Sam the carpenter started work today!
Built in 3 days
I would like to invite you to my studio which opens June 2021 for 6 days
with the Surrey Artists Open Studio program.
Where you will be able to see the inspiration behind the paintings and gain an insight into my processes.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase paintings,prints and unique handmade jewellery.
Open days: 11-5pm 6th,7th,11th,12th,18th,19th June
Address: Cherrycroft Studio, Cherrycroft, Tattenham Crescent, Epsom KT18 5NR
Booking optional: firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 07799 626596
Covid safe rules and social distancing will be observed.
New pictures for sale
This week, I have been varnishing hummingbird paintings on my old desk
My old desk is a bit fragile, in my new studio I would like this. Meanwhile…
I am topping up the gravel path down to my new studio
Hummingbird paintings for sale at my open studio in June
I had two luxury holidays booked for this year. Although neither were for really exotic destinations, I was really looking forward to them both as an escape from the day to day activity. Now the day to day activities of going out with friends or to an art gallery feel like luxuries. I have managed to do them occasionally, but not as much as I would like.
So, I decided to escape– I was inspired by the story of Antonio Bolivar Salvador from Brazil. Sadly I only knew his story through his obituary in the Economist Magazine.
Antonio Bolivar Salvador Obituary “when he spoke of the Jaguar, lord of the forest, the embodiment of power strength and violence, he would begin to growl deep in his throat. Antonio’s head would move around warily as if he were on the prowl himself. When he mentioned Anaconda the great snake god his hands would slither, swim and twine round each other, getting faster, until still smiling-he might leap from his chair and fling his snake arms around whoever was listening to him.” Extract: The Economist May 30th 2020
As a child, I was fascinated by the people of remote places such as Borneo and spent hours in the library reading about them and seeing their pictures. I found a book on Maori myths and legends which was beautifully illustrated and showed people with very defined features and sculptural tattoos. Antonio Bolivar Salvador’s face reminds me of my childhood.
So, I escaped to Brazil in my imagination. I have embellished my paintings with stories of Anaconda and Jaguar Lord of Forest. I researched the butterflies and the birds and included them too.
You too can escape to the place of your choice- the libraries are open, so are the art galleries ( till Thursday midnight 5th November)
And, you won’t have to isolate when you get back….
postscript: Looks like we will all have to escape this month via the internet and our imagination, till December…..
Dead Celebs Clothes 18”x22”
Back on the bus, we stopped at the now defunct Route 66 museum. In the carpark was an old boat with a sign on the side- Vintage-Dead Celebs Clothes 1682 street. However, I didn’t go into the shop, but I thought of those clothes and tried to imagine all those dead celebs and what they might have worn and thrown away. I have created their clothes from painted paper, acrylics and acetate. Their clothes loom ghostlike over the carpark. As anyone who has ever been to a carboot sale may concur- “it’s all junk in the end
Mohave Desert 47x47cm framed £239.00 (sold)
In 2018, I went on a road trip around California. We had some early starts
and late nights… For a few days we travelled through the Mojave desert. My painting was inspired by an early morning on the bus as the sun rose over the desert it turned red and gold. The foundation for the painting is an old a street map of the town of Mohave. This provided a framework to explore the natural patterns created by the streets and avenues and the colours were informed by those of the desert. The work was created using acrylics and tar gel and involved pouring a lot of paint and water to get the effects desired.
Both works will be on sale at Denbies from the 16th December. Hand embellished prints are available of Dead Celebs. These can be purchased at the exhibition till Sunday 22nd December 2019