spilling the beans …

It’s been a while since I posted, that time of year I suppose when we’re all hunkered down waiting for spring! However, I was recently taken on by an online gallery Singulart – who are based in France and whose remit is to promote contemporary artists from Europe (France, Germany and UK in particular) to new markets. They have just posted an online interview with me about my life in art, to their blog, which I thought you might find interesting to read.

The link to the full interview is here. Below is a snippet from it…

How did you find your voice as an artist?My earliest memory of art is of my first day at school, I would have been 5 years old, intently drawing marigold flowers in a work book. I can still see myself pressing the vivid green and orange crayons onto the page, forming the petals and stems…The Singulart blog also has interviews with other artists, giving glimpses into their lives and working processes, which you might also find interesting, so after you’ve read mine, why not explore!

abstracts for the open

 

Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.

 

I’ve enjoyed painting a few more of these small abstracts this past week, just in time for Norfolk Open Studios this coming weekend. I’m opening 23, 24, 25 and 30, 31 May up in my eyrie – my hayloft studio in Harpley, West Norfolk.

If you’re able to visit you can see them in the flesh! This link will give details and map.

Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.

 

Acrylic/ink on canvas board, Mari French 2015.

  

an open success…

 

SOLD. Moorland light. Watercolour/ink on board. Mari French.

SOLD. Moorland light. Watercolour/ink on board. Mari French.

The first weekend of Open Studios was held in my studio in a rustic hayloft in Harpley, Norfolk, and was a great success! This is the first time I’ve actually had the studio open to the public and the interesting centuries-old building drew a lot of attention. It was really busy and I was delighted to sell four paintings as well as quite a few cards. 

It was really enjoyable chatting to the flurries of visitors – friends, neighbours, fellow artists, and other art enthusiasts, some from quite far afield – thanks to you all for making the effort, your support is greatly appreciated! 

I’d lined myself up a few magazines etc for the quiet spells… but there was hardly time to read them; and my cat Cobweb provided entertainment for both myself and visitors alike.

Visitor to Open Studio, May 2014.

Visitor to Open Studio, May 2014.

 

I was also surprised, and pleased, to see the enthusiasm many visitors had for my Cornish mining abstracts, produced on my art residency in Cornwall back in March – I’d thought they’d only be of interest in Cornwall. It was good to be proven wrong, a valuable lesson, and a boost to my confidence!

Oh, and note the great storage facility I have in the form of a large Canadian canoe (not mine, it belongs to the owner of the building).

There’s still an opportunity to visit my fascinating rustic studio – I’m open the last Norfolk Open Studios weekend 7/8 June. Follow this link for further details address and directions.

The studio cat, Cobweb.

The studio cat, Cobweb.

 

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SOLD. From Ninevah to Levant. Acrylic on board. Mari French.


Ready for the Open Studio first weekend.

Ready for the Open Studio first weekend.