Sunday, 28 February 2010

All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is currently on show at the Albany Gallery Cardiff until 6th March.

Cardiff Life is running a full page spread of this painting. It's in the current issue - out on Saturday. It was good to pick up a copy in the restaurant over lunch with my family in Cardiff Bay and see it there. I think they have a made a great job of displaying it and of course it's a good advertisement for my work. Very happy with that!!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Old friends

What an amazing thing.... I've had a letter from a girl I knew when I lived in Rumney. We were young, our children very small and we became friends. Our lives revolved around toddlers and babies and an assortment of pets. She made collages using wallpaper. She would send for books of wallpaper through the post. I was painting in oils. One day we took our paintings on a bus to a meeting of Cardiff University Arts Group. They had a system of artists lending their work to the university to hang there for a year. I remember I lent two - one chosen by the student representative to hang in the student lounge and the other by the Psychology Department. Such good memories. We both moved with our families to different parts of South Wales and the link was lost- until now! No longer girls, for certain, but I bet we still have art in common. She has traced me through the gallery!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Gorky, De Stijl and Cy Twombly

We went to the Tate on Saturday; walking across the bridge from St Pauls, dodging the crowds and then entering another world - of painters from the past. Arshile Gorky first and then Van Doesburg. It's not possible to take it all in but the images stay and prompt thoughts that linger and make sense. Cy Twombly is another matter - just a floor above are his Bacchus paintings. I'm thinking about them as I sit and drink coffee, saving them for another time. More exciting today is seeing my small grandsons run endlessly up to the top of the ramp in the Turbine Hall and run full pelt back down again . Simple pleasures!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Blue skies

I picked up the Western Mail to read on the train one Saturday morning. When I read the preview of the exhibition at the Albany Gallery Cardiff I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day! If you want to take a look - click on the image.

You are my sunshine

I can't be doing with the cold days of February. Better to remember the explosion of colours, the sun and the heat in France last summer that gave birth to this painting.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Welcome to my Blog

Opening night at the Albany Gallery. It was a great evening. I was sharing the exhibition with three other painters. I already knew David Knight but I met Paul Sims and Jon Thompson for the first time. I have huge respect for their work and the paintings worked well together. The Albany Gallery did a great job in advertising the event with a spread in the Western Mail and an advert in the Daily Telegraph where an image of one of my paintings shared space on the page with an account of the auction of Giacometti's L'Homme qui Marche. How cool is that!