Sunday, 11 November 2012
I had the most wonderful moment when Albert (Bert) Irvin came to visit me in my gallery studio on his visit to Plymouth this November 2012. I was so humbled by his presence and to spend time with the great man who is 90 year's young and still fully engaged with his art we spoke with equal excitement and cheer about the feelings we get from being a painter. He was in Plymouth to collect his Doctorate from the Plymouth Collage of Art, on the Friday I went to a talk he gave at the college which was or inspiring and so refreshing I melted into his world and soul. The college offered to bring him the following day if he wished to visit my gallery. At first the lovely lady Tima who was looking after his trip said he felt he won't be able to make it as he had a busy day ahead. But within an hour he changed his mind and asked to be picked up to come and visit me. WOW how did that happen. I am so humbled by this experience and it was a feeling I can only describe as overwhelming, like your favorite rock star standing there in front of you with his undivided attention. We had a great moment and my wife turned up on cue with the milk, said he would like to meet her and so he did. Much love and wishes to the great man.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
AS I turn up the volume on Pink Floyds "Welcome to the Machine" in my gallery at 8pm, ambient lighting and acoustic walls I feel free, as my new exhibition is entitled "Wild and Free" this is what I feel when I listen to these old boys creative geniuses. As many of you older folk will know this music is so overwhelming it can take you to another place. Not where our everyday life resides but to a place of loving and life, out there, just so far away we can only dream. My thoughts take me to my first trip to Thailand in 1997 and when lying down in a hut with a fan swirling above I found myself somewhere where no one new where I was, no one I have ever met, knew or been with. It was an amazing moment, so far away from the life I had back home. I remember that day and still hold it dear to my philosophy of today. If you can escape the entrapment of western lead that pulls you where it wants you and doesn't let you where you believe you should be. We have a choice in life that is to do what we want to do, what we dream to do and then just do. I decided there in my hut that I would follow my dreams, my desires and let nothing hold me down. I now have a fulfilling life, as an artist it is a strange world to be such a person who paints life on canvas. I found that all my life it was to show my feelings was where I am happy, a place where to show and discuss all life's possibilities and dreams is a wonderful life to have. So I "Wish You Were Here" in my mind as the line goes "We're two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl"!
Been a while since I have been here, so many social media up dating to do. My Summer show ended up being in Autumn and the Private View went swimmingly last week. Many turned up some bought actual paintings and all enjoyed and devoured my wifes lovely orinental cooking, oh and drank all of my wine a part from the bottle I have in front of me well half a bottle!!! My new show named "Wild and Free" is up on the wall in my new gallery here in the Royal William Yard. If you want to visit and I hope you do then I am open Tuesday to Sunday 10 ish to 5.30pm and on some occasions into the early eve as I am here right now at 7pm! The exhibition is on and running til end of November showing my latest 2012 paintings. Comments have been so uplifting I am now sitting on the highest puffy cloud. Hope to see you. To find out more please visit my Facebook page (and like) Ma
Sunday, 1 April 2012
My 2012 Spring Summer exhibition is looming and I just wanted to share some photo's of the new paintings I am thinking of including. They are following on from the commission painting "Cocktail Lounge" below which has invigorated new colours and marks enthused by the sense of comfort and warmth, comments are welcome. :)
Commission painting for a client in Wales this was to fit into their front lounge and as they have two others from before to flow with them was important.
Cocktail Lounge as we titled it is on two canvases and measures 3 meters x 78 cm and is positioned nicely above a sofa of the same width dimention. Mood was important as the room is used to socialize and be a comfortable experience. Warm lush colours and marks set the painting. I will post a photo in situ when I return to see it up.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Happy or rather prosperous 2012 to you all and its an all go go go.....
My gallery will be divided a little more to make way for new large canvases for a few commissions. A lovely start to the year.
The yard is growing with many more people finding us and enjoying this amazing architectural bit of history as it opens up to the public even more in 2011-12.
We are open most days 10.30 - 5.30 pm so come on down.