Friday, 15 November 2013

New Landscapes

I started these 2 yesterday and still have a bit to do yet before they are done.
I have been wanting to paint the Caledonian Pines in Abernethy Forest for a while now. It's been a couple of years since I did any landscapes. They are really therapeutic to paint- not as much stress as the tiny patterns to be found in kimonos.
Hopefully I will get 3 or 4 completed in time for our Open Studio Weekend at the beginning of December.

Monday, 7 October 2013

New work posted at last.

I have been pretty slow to upload images of my new work recently so here is a bunch of them all at once!
These are very small paintings. After completing a rather huge commission (4ft x 6 ft) I felt I needed to revert back to the comfort of my little brushes again for a while. 

'Asleep with the Phoenix'
oil on canvas (30x30cm)

'Crimson Wings'
oil on board (20x25cm)

'Grandmothers Chair'
oil on board (20x20cm)

'Pure White Daisies'
Oil on board (40x30cm)

'The Phoenix and the Apple Blossom'
oil on canvas (30x30cm)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Details of little red kimono painting.

Painting in Paris!

These 3 paintings are currently on show at Galerie L'Oeil du Prince, Paris. This is new gallery for me and am very excited to exhibit in this fab city. AND it's an excuse to visit and claim it as a 'business expense'!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Women Painting Women - New website

Well it is here at last - the website devoted to the UK Women Painting Women group show being held at Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow. The images are coming in of the work to be on show and it is gearing up to be pretty damn Awesome! Even though I am probably too old to be using the word 'Awesome'...I throw caution to the wind!





The response to the site has been fantastic and our 'sister from across the pond have been so supportive and excited for this movement to become Global. Already I have had artists talking to me about setting up their own show in Spain and Canada in the future. .

One of my paintings is rumoured to be featured in the September Issue of American Art Collector Magazine but I have still to see it to believe it.  Fingers crossed...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Women Painting Women UK Show - Update...

Updates on the WPW Show.... After a wee change in the line up we now have a terrific group of ladies. What is extra special about this WPW show is the range of ages represented. From the talent of recent graduate Morag Cullens to the beautiful sensitive paintings of octogenarian Anda Paterson, this exhibition shows us just how much these contemporary female artists have to say about their gender and experiences. It is NOT one to miss....


I have re-posted some information about the show...

Well, it is now confirmed and all the balls are rolling on UK's very own Women Painting Women Exhibition. It will take place at Art Exposure Gallery in Glasgow. Art Exposure gallery has been home to my paintings since I graduated from art college many moons ago and the owner Frances Lowrie is a friend as well as a big fan of figurative painting so it was an easy decision to collaborate with her and put a group exhibition on at her premises. 

11 of UK's finest female figurative painters (that's a lot of 'Fs!) will be exhibiting. I will post more information about the artists soon....


This exhibition is born out of a movement started as the Women Painting Women Blogspot
which is an online resource highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition. The website arose out of online discussions about how contemporary women artists are handling women as subjects.

Inspired by these discussions but failing to find any single, comprehensive online resource cataloguing contemporary women artists painting the female figure, artists Sadie Valeri,Alia El-Bermani, and Diane Feissel established the site in March of 2009; since then the site has featured the work of more than 260 women painters from around the globe. Out of the overwhelming positive response to the website grew a desire to create opportunities for women artists from diverse locations to gather and share inspiration and technique, and to promote and exhibit their work

I was selected to show 2 of my paintings in the first group show at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, Virginia in 2010 where over 50 artists took part. Six of the exhibiting artists at Art Exposure Gallery have been featured on the original WPW blogsite.

Since then the movement has grown. When the idea of a series of exhibitions were to run concurrently all over the world - (R)Evolution WPW  - was launched, I decided to curate a UK based show with Art Exposure Gallery to represent the strong figurative talent this side of the pond. We are currently the only gallery in Europe to host a WPW show, but that could change as more galleries are joining the movement, with seven venues currently organising an event.

The show opens  20th September 2013 and runs until 8th October 2013 concurrently with the other WPW events across the US.

All the shows will open on the same night  -the 20th September! 

Haynes Gallery Nashville, Tennessee
 MGallery Charleston, South Carolina
Richard J Demato Fine Art Sag Harbor, New York
Art Exposure Gallery Glasgow, Scotland UK
San Angelo Art Club San Angelo, Texas
Townsend Atelier Chattanooga, Tennessee
WPW New Jersey exhibit info coming soon.

Watch this space for more...

WPW (R)evolution  - Principle Gallery Press release http://womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.co.uk/p/wpwrevolution.html

Monday, 29 July 2013

Figurativas 13 Competition

I am currently waiting nervously to find out if my painting 'Dark Reflections' will be selected to be hung in the Figurativas 13 Exhibition held at the Museu Europeu D'Arte Modern in Barcelona. Paintings were judged on the 26th July by a Superstar jury, including Odd Nerdrum, Jacob Collins, Antonio Lopez Garcia and Gottfried Helnwein. Just to have these these eye on my painting is an honour. Keep everything crossed for me as the results come in the next few days.

Monday, 8 July 2013

'Women Painting Women' - the UK event



Well, it is now confirmed and all the balls are rolling on UK's very own Women Painting Women Exhibition. It will take place at Art Exposure Gallery in Glasgow. Art Exposure gallery has been home to my paintings since I graduated from art college many moons ago and the owner Frances Lowrie is a friend as well as a big fan of figurative painting so it was an easy decision to collaborate with her and put a group exhibition on at her premises. 

11 of UK's finest female figurative painters (that's a lot of 'Fs!) will be exhibiting. I will post more information about the artists soon....

This exhibition is born out of a movement started as the Women Painting Women Blogspot
which is an online resource highlighting women artists working in the figurative tradition. The website arose out of online discussions about how contemporary women artists are handling women as subjects.

Inspired by these discussions but failing to find any single, comprehensive online resource cataloguing contemporary women artists painting the female figure, artists Sadie Valeri,Alia El-Bermani, and Diane Feissel established the site in March of 2009; since then the site has featured the work of more than 260 women painters from around the globe. Out of the overwhelming positive response to the website grew a desire to create opportunities for women artists from diverse locations to gather and share inspiration and technique, and to promote and exhibit their work

I was selected to show 2 of my paintings in the first group show at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, Virginia in 2010 where over 50 artists took part. Six of the exhibiting artists at Art Exposure Gallery have been featured on the original WPW blogsite.

Since then the movement has grown. When the idea of a series of exhibitions were to run concurrently all over the world - (R)Evolution WPW  - was launched, I decided to curate a UK based show with Art Exposure Gallery to represent the strong figurative talent this side of the pond. We are currently the only gallery in Europe to host a WPW show, but that could change as more galleries are joining the movement, with seven venues currently organising an event.

The show opens  20th September 2013 and runs until 12 October 2013 concurrently with the other WPW events across the US.

All the shows will open on the same night  -the 20th September! 

Haynes Gallery Nashville, Tennessee
 MGallery Charleston, South Carolina
Richard J Demato Fine Art Sag Harbor, New York
Art Exposure Gallery Glasgow, Scotland UK
San Angelo Art Club San Angelo, Texas
Townsend Atelier Chattanooga, Tennessee
WPW New Jersey exhibit info coming soon.

Watch this space for more...

WPW (R)evolution  - Principle Gallery Press release http://womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.co.uk/p/wpwrevolution.html


Detail of latest painting

A detail of THAT hair. It was a labour of love. Honest! 

Trying it out in the frame.


I think this is pretty much finished. The hair was painted and repainted a number of times. It was easy to lose my place in all those twists and turns. Thinking of 'Becoming Undone' as a title as I tend to find it slightly unsettling to see a braid that hasn't been tied properly - Don't ask me why!  It speaks to me of unfinished business somehow. 

A prep sketch with the nearly finished painting.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Charcoal everywhere!

I am really enjoying working with charcoal at the moment. This does unfortunately have the side effect of smearing everywhere. Today I stood around in the school playground waiting to pick up the kids, talking happily to all the mums, only to realise when I got HOME that I was sporting a rather large charcoal moustache. Mortified.

On the easel in June

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

'The Oak Chair (East and West)'

Just got these two recent paintings back from the framer. I have been working on them for over 6 months - I had a wee holiday from them to complete a commission and when I came back I had changed my mind about how they should look. The patterned background is the beginning of something for me I think.
I've been looking a lot at the Japanese Masters again as well as the painters who were influenced by the Uchiyo-e style at the turn of the 20th Century. The whole surface of the painting or print is saying something either in colour, pattern or brush work. Got me thinking about where I can take my ladies next.


Friday, 26 April 2013

'Azure Silk', Oil on linen (100x70cm)


This a new painting just finished last week. I have used this sari in another work from last year but I felt it needed painting again. I love the intensity of the cerulean blue combined with the burgundy. My model Harriet has been an ongoing source of inspiration this year. Her hair was terrific to paint. You will no doubt recognise her face in a LOT of my recent work. I love it when a model can motivate like this.

New work in progress. Detail.


This is a painting with a bit of a different theme for my usual work. I was asked to produce something with a 007  feel to it for an exciting  upcoming group exhibition. It has been so much fun to do. The replica derringer gun was made by our inhouse studio blacksmith/silversmith Bryony Knox. A real one was quite hard to come by!
I wil post the final finished piece once the dates are confirmed for the show. It should be a fantastic one with most of the good and great of Scotlands art world taking part. 

Detail of WIP.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Private Commission completed.

I have been working on a private commission the last few month and finally completed this week. it is abig one at 6ftx4ft in size. It was a challenge but extremely enjoyable to paint at the scale. Everything looks too small now. The customer has kindly allowed me to post images of the painting -so you can see a close up shot of the brush work.




Thursday, 24 January 2013

New Gallery in San Francisco.



CK Contemporary have just opened the doors to their new gallery in San Francisco. You can see two of my works 'Recline in Green Kimono' and 'Preparation' hanging on the back wall. I think they have done a fantastic job in the design of the space. 




BTW the painting 'Preparation' was the one with the bubble wrap damage - It looks like it has been well restored. Thank the heavens! 

You can pop in of you are in the area at 357 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA. http://ckcontemporary.com/