On Saturday 16th July 2016 I had great fun participating in the Windsor En-Plein Art competition, held as part of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations. The weather obliged by being sunny and didn't rain. Considering it was held at the height of the tourist season everything ran very smoothly. 1000's of castle visitors passed through and enjoyed the spectacle of 90 artists scattered around the grounds painting intently.
Up the Hill! was the result of 5 hours of non-stop painting and a 4pm dead-line. It was intense! Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish but was close enough. Having painted abstract and conceptual for a few years it was strange to be painting a structured building again.
I was on Tower Hill (red X on map) and positioned myself in shade for most of the day; many other artists boiled in the sun and there were a few of cases sunburn.
A pop-up exhibition followed and presentation of prizes by the Windsor Mayor. All the artists were treated to a delicious buffet and drinks. It was great fun and I look forward to next year!
The jewelled mandalas of Suzan Drummen
The gorgeous mandalas of artist Suzan Drummen are large installations that 'grow' across the floor, walls and over obstacles. Their 3-dimensional surfaces are like the tempting delights of a patisserie or jewellers! Mesmerising on the screen they must be wonderful to behold in reality. Like the works of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian they are made out of pieces of mirrors and glass, but also crystals, chromed metal, precious stones and optical glass.
"A sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects. When viewed from a distance or from above, the work looks organized and neat, but with close contact, visitors enjoy seeing the many intricate details resulting from the skilled craftsmanship that goes into each art piece. in much of her work, drummen places each glossy element loosely on the floor, making the artwork vulnerable and ephemeral." Design Boon
I have discovered Pebeo mixed media, such as foil and all sorts of other goodies! As well as using these on some of my new pieces of art I am revisiting one or two my older paintings that I feel were not 'finished'.
An example of green foil is in this central detail from Communicate With Passion.
Pondering on thoughts before responding with a strong sense of personal identity, physically and spiritually. The figure is ageless, masculine, active and intense energetically. Looking directly at the viewer, unwaveringly. A stick, or staff, gives stability and strength as well as making a connection to the ground. A response to this piece can indicate that you either need to ‘lighten up’, or pause more to give more consideration to the consequences of your thoughts, words and actions.
With Due Consideration is my latest painting - acrylic on canvas. It is in a NEW gallery on my website called Figures. I have decided to do far more art incorporating the human form for a number of reasons. Firstly, the human form is interesting and challenging to draw and paint. It keeps your skills honed. Secondly, the human figure has so many attributes that are ideal for expressing the symbolism of sacred geometry, colours and spiritual messages.