I made a book and it went like this…..
Saltwater Memories. Lotus book, completed September 2019.
I was glad to have these two monotypes included in the current Utopia – What’s Yours exhibition with the Society of Scottish Artists. On at the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, the show runs until the beginning of November.
Of Water and Dreams I and II are monotypes worked on the theme of memory based dreamscapes – a kind of Utopia, for some.
I’m looking forward to taking part in the Artist Bookmaker’s Market as part of Art Walk Porty in Portobello this weekend. I’ll be joining bound:unbound at the Dalriada on Portobello Promenade to sell my books. Oh, I do love a trip to the seaside!
This morning I took myself to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where there is currently a small exhibition showing some of Francesca Woodman’s photographs. I have been interested in Woodman’s beautiful and unsettling work for a long time.
Connected with this – in my head, anyway – I have been reading Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
There is little to link these artists, except that they were two American women who produced intense and intimate bodies of work, neither of which were discovered until after their deaths.
However, their work lives on – emitting a poetic radiance through the years.
The Poets light but Lamps –
Themselves – go out –
The Wicks they stimulate
If vital Light
Inhere as do the suns –
Each Age a Lens
Coast, a micro exhibition of artworks responding to the topic of coastal change, will open at An Talla Solais, the contemporary arts centre in Ullapool on Saturday the 20th of July.
My monotype Submerged will be part of this exhibition
I didn’t make any prints while Edinburgh Printmakers was closed for relocation. A five month break is plenty long enough to lose the thread of one’s artistic practice. In the past few weeks I have been back working again, playing around without an end in sight. For me there is only one thing to do when you’ve lost your way: make something, anything, just the act of creating gets your muscle memory flexing
When in doubt do something, anything.
Just make a start.