Art in another barn!

Last Friday’s private view of ARTWORKS annual exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn near Bury St Edmunds was mobbed! The general consensus from visitors on the night (and in the visitor book since), was that this is the strongest ARTWORKS show yet.
ARTWORKS are a group of 30 East Anglian artists who exhibit here each year. I’m one of the new ‘guest’ artists and have eleven pieces of work on display and several unframed browser works, plus cards. The barn is a huge impressive space and there is a wealth of contemporary art and stunning sculpture on display. There’s also a great little cafe selling tea/coffee/cakes and a shop with art cards and small items of artworks, jewellery etc. for sale by the artists.
The exhibition is on every day (10am to 5pm) till 1 October, with demonstrations by artists most days and is well worth a visit. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, nr Bury St Edmonds (just off Jct 45 of the A14).

emerging blooms …

Mixed-media on canvas, 100x100cm. © Mari French 2016

Mixed-media on canvas, 100x100cm. © Mari French 2016

After struggling with a couple of canvases this week, I was beginning to lose the plot with this one. Remembering what I’d recently been advised* – ‘Don’t let your painting know you’re scared of it’ – I threw caution to the wind and began editing the image by vigorously covering certain areas with paint, then adding a variety of marks with oil sticks, paint pens and ink pencils. 

Some marks were robust, some delicate and twirling or meandering. Several of the latter seem to be suggesting etoliated, wiry but fragile blooms? I love this colour palette, luminous, soft and atmospheric.

Standing back, I’m quietly excited by this one.

 

Emily Ball, artist & tutor.

salt and sand…

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

… happily working on the Saltmarsh series. Well, sometimes I’m happy, other times I’m cursing with frustration! 

Today was a calm, happy painting day.

Some of these works are for my upcoming solo show at Creake Abbey, North Norfolk, where Fineline Frames are hosting a selection of my work (which they have beautifully framed). It runs from 5th September onwards for the month.

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French

Meanwhile, I’ve been invited by a contemporary Edinburgh venue, The Sutton Gallery on Dundas Street in the vibrant New Town district, to show four works, three of which are from the new Saltmarsh series. These will be on view as part of their mixed summer show, which runs from 4th to 29th August 2015 and coincides with the Edinburgh Festival.

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French


Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French


Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on watercolour board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on watercolour board. © Mari French