This past week saw the beginning of my first solo exhibition which is taking place in the Medieval Market Town of Dumfries. Not far from the town centre, situated by the River Nith, is a converted 18th century mill which houses the Robert Burns centre and the restaurant Hullabaloo. Within these walls you will also find my creatures of paint and pencil adorning the walls where they will remain until the 9th May.
Included in the collection of nearly 30 paintings and drawings is a few older works but the majority of the artwork was created in the last few months. I’m really pleased with this assemblage of badgers, horses, hares, hounds, rabbits and other beasties, and those who have viewed them thus far seem to like these creations, which is lovely. Many of them will become available in the form of prints and cards over the next few weeks and I’ll be sharing in more detail some of the most recent works in upcoming posts.
Returning from the setting up of the exhibition to my studio feels like the exhaling of a deep sigh. With the many creatures that populated my walls and practically every other available surface now far away the studio feels rather bare. But this is no bad thing as the sense of space and light is welcome after the busyness of the past months. And my notebooks of scribbled thoughts, ideas and wonderings are whispering suggestions of new creations – embryonic plans waiting to be nurtured into being.
I know that my writings here have been sporadic of late, but I’ll now be returning to much more regular posting, so prepare for some new ramblings, thoughts and sharings as I settle back in to my usual rhythms, rituals and practices…
About the Artwork…
The picture featured in this post is also part of the exhibition and is called ‘Highlander’. At 27.5″ x 39.5″ it is the largest painting I have ever done. This fluffy gentle-faced Highland ‘Coo’ took months to complete and was in fact begun about a year ago. However, he was repeatedly put aside as I wrangled with the overall idea, but finally I returned to him, and I have to say that I’m glad that I persevered for I rather like him.
Prints of ‘Highlander’ are available from The Honeybee and the Hare Etsy shop, or you can visit the original this month in Dumfries if you’re in the area.