In late September looking out my kitchen window I saw these two male gold finches squabbling over territory and I was struck be the fact that as I watched them I only saw or registered the bright coloured sections of the birds as they darted about really quickly. I knew the shape of the bird and I knew their wings beating but I could not see those things because of the speed of the birds so what I recognised was a combination of the visual with all ready stored knowledge because when I was looking it seemed like I could see the shape of the birds and the wings beating.
This was the starting point for the painting you see above, above are some early sketches from the development of the work.
I will be at the Spout Yard Park Gallery, in Louth Lincolnshire for the next four days, if you are in the area do come along and have a look at the work. The work is a combiation of absrtract and drawing.It is also an opportunity to have a look at my piece Tidal Variations, it does not get out ofter because of its size, it is made up of four one meter square canvas panels and with spacing is approximately 4.8 meters overall.
I got a chance to go through to the Usher Gallery this week and found this lovely installation by Cornelia Parker, it is well worth a visit if you get the chance. Like much of her work it speaks to the one inside you that words dont easily reach or arouse.
In the room as the viewer circles the piece air currrents and convection from heating cause the stones to move, yet they never seem to touch, even the smaller stones which have the greatest movment seem to avoid other stones close by. I like the sense of perspective by size of stone, I like the inclination I cant explain that these factors are simple pleasing to me.
There is no deep meaning for me in this just a powerful piece of work that engaged me and reflected in some small way a little about life.
Sometimes things work out just right and there is nothing that has to be done for deadlines or other commitments and I have the day free for drawing. Today is one of those days, nice. Have been working on some fairly detailed pen and ink sketches of wildlife just lately and so think I am going to take some large sheets of paper and a drawing board out with me and get some rough sketches of cattle.
Will post some of the “plein aire” sketches made of cattle this evening.
I visited the Alternative Village Fete at Tattershall Castle today, a contemporary art event which was well worth the visit. There is a new piece by Tod Hanson which was commissioned for the event, I don’t know how long it will be there but it is an excellent piece of work. Have no photos of the piece but the image below is an earlier work by Hanson which I have always liked.
This was my first visit to Tattershall castle and I live in Lincolnshire, I will be going back. Like many contemporary arts events some of the events are exciting and inspirational, but others leave me wondering why the artist’s bothered, but then the value in art is purely subjective on the intellectual and connectivity levels and so what is one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
There are probably quite a few who view my own art in a negative light!
We had the monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday night, (I am a Parish Councilor), and we made some steps towards having an event on the Village green next year to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. This could be great fun. We have had offers of support from various families in the village and so will hopefully be able to get a first Event meeting set up before Christmas to get the ball rolling.
The main concern of the meeting was the planning application for an Anaerobic Digester to be sited in Addlethorpe Business Park, the Parish Council objected to the proposal (unanimously), for many reasons, poor infrastructure, we have small village roads and large lorries impact adversely on road edges, there has been no Environmental Impact assessment and Lincolnshire County Council are having problem with odour and noise at a site in the south of the county. The digesters and so presumably the generators will be working 24/7, the waste is being collected from local caravan site and so will have through it glass and aluminium which will need to be sorted and that waste removed from the site. Because of the nature of the waste there is concern that the rats and flies problems that were there in the past will return. The primary cause for concern is the sites close proximity to local houses, 7 houses within 150mts and 50+ within 250mts, and European guideline propose that there should be no private dwellings within 250mts of Anaerobic Digesters.. East Lindsey District Council defered its decision and the planning application will be heard again in November.
We will keep you posted.