Friday, 9 May 2014

Lindsay Sharp

This is Lindsay's first ever solo exhibition and she said she was full of butterflies this morning.
We can understand this, it can be scary to put your work out there for people to see and think Lindsay is being very brave doing so!

Lindsay works in different types of mediums; some mixed, some not. In the work shown here she has used pencils, pastels, acrylics and some water soluble oils. She has been experimenting with these as they are slower drying.
Lindsay did do art at college but had a break and only really started to get back into it over the last few years. Having a family and job means finding time to paint and draw is hard. Attending an art group every Thursday evening helps and Lindsay would love to have more time to create work. Space is an issue too although Lindsay would like to move onto some larger works.
Lindsay tends to create portraits and they tend to be family and friends. She mostly works from photographs rather than people sitting for her, she does spend time composing the photographs to capture a look or a mood.
I wondered what inspired her to create the portraits, Lindsay does try to get a likeness and they are often quite close up portraits, so I thought it might be an expression or a feeling. Actually it tends to be inspired by a colour. Particularly when it comes to experiementing with backgrounds and ways of applying the paint.
I thought I'd try something similar, so here is a photograph of Lindsay composed next to her own self portrait!

Here are some pictures of the exhibition as a whole...


As you can see Lindsay has also been experimenting with landscapes and has found she has been enjoying this more and more.  
Lindsay finds creating artwork very relaxing, "time just flies" and yet admits it can be hard too. Looking at a white page or canvas is the hardest for Lindsay. Once she gets started though she is just fine.
This exhibition is on in reception at The ACE Centre until Friday 30th May.
Bye for now,

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Graham Dean

Graham is a third time exhibitor here. Welcome back!

So I didn't just want to talk about things we may have covered in the past and how Graham works, I thought we would try on focus on new and new-to-us aspects of Graham's artwork.

Graham is a photographer who nearly always edits and manipulates his images.

Here is a selection of his images, they are available framed and unframed.

But Graham doesn't just create images he tells a story, with the work and often the title. He has been selling his work at exhibitions and craft fairs for a while.

Over the last couple of years he has started selling kindle books too: Graham likes to walk and about ten years ago his wife suggested he should keep a diary of the walks they did. Graham thought why not combine his love of walking and photography and started producing photo-illustrated walking guides.

He tends to choose walks where there may be something to photograph - an unusual building or a sculpture or a wonderful landscape for example. He does his best not to be thwarted by the Northern English weather! He likes exploring new places and will often walk the route a few times before he writes it up.

"I do like taking photographs of other peoples art"

Look at the texture on the sculpture here...

This is 'Venus and Child' by Shane Johnstone and can be seen in Morecambe.

You can buy these kindle guides here or have a look at some that are free on his website here.

Grahams work is quite eclectic and some of the images here are of a concept, for example, two works were inspired by Ribble Valley's Open exhibition which asked for submissions around water, some works are of Edinburgh where his youngest daughter lives, although the majority of the landscapes are from Lancashire.

The two images above are the Ribble Valley Water images.
So now, I'd like to show you the exhibition coming together...

Start with unpacking

Select hanging rods
Place in first layout, see if it looks ok?

Create an exhibition...


And there we have it.
I will be back shortly with our reception exhibition.
Ta Ra