Something A Little Bit Different

Looking forward to an exhibition with a difference. This is where the home becomes the gallery - in the style of Jim Ede maybe...
I feel very privileged that Helena GolanĂ³ has asked me to submit five new pieces of work for her upcoming exhibition event in her beautiful home.

In the invitation, you get a little glimpse of Helena's light and airy space and the way the furniture compliments her interesting and eclectic mix of prints, drawings and paintings adorning the walls.
With her discerning eye, Helena has collected the work of British and European (mostly 20th Century) artists
Helena is a writer, curator and art consultant ~ based in Barcelona until her move to the UK four years ago.

You will see that the main exhibition is of Rupert Mallin's 'Art in Boxes'

I met Rupert over 20 years ago, when I first moved to Suffolk - and we bump into each other every so often at exhibition previews - so it will be good to see his latest work.
I found some images of his pieces in boxes on the web to get an idea of what treasures to seek out next week...

I Dream In Green And Floating Triangles

Actually, I have realised that - although not so good for my waistline - an enforced period of rest does mean that the pressure's off
Thus; composition through 'playing' and 'dreaming' in an A3 sketchbook is productive - for the mind, the body and the well-being:

Bowls Of Iced Water Are My Friends....

Here's a thing. 
I spent an evening with my aching Achilles elevated, cutting up pages from a magazine or two. 
I simply cut fairly random shapes - mostly dictated by the shapes colour and texture on the pages.
Next I created a backdrop in the form of a not quite plain white piece of A3 paper.
Hey ho - then I played...and snapped, with my phone, as I arrived at different potential solutions for composition and layout.
Interesting how the shapes fit together to become something recognisable - or not - and how they suggest what they might be, when alone or joined with one another.
Anyway - here they are:

The dilemma - I only have one set of shapey-shapes - what to do?...

I Know Where I Can Stick It....

Paper, with glue, that is...
I have been creatively responding to tidying and sorting and de-cluttering my old Dad's place - realising that my love affair with all things stationery is inherited from him.
Unable to just chuck out ALL the yellowing papers, envelopes etc. I started using some to make collages.
I am taking my cue from Rex Ray, who wanting to make a conscious change to the direction of his creative pursuits, simply cut up magazines every evening, gluing and sticking to make many many small-scale collages - more doing than thinking initially, I imagine - always a good way to start.
There's a little film I found on Pinterest that's worth a watch:

For me the small pieces are more engaging than the larger laboured finished collages - nevertheless, his work is very popular and his collages on a grand scale are successful. In fact it is a pleasure to see collage on a bigger scale - the nature of bits of paper is that they are generally small in scale - which inevitably dictates a scale for their use in a collage piece.

Here are a few images of some collages I have been working on recently:

As Promised - The Insides.....

Just took my phone into my shed - to snap, almost at random, the insides of my sketchbooks - some old, some very recent - to give you a glimpse of my personal observations, memories, dreams and plans:

 Phew - I have more....! - which I will put on my Sketchbook page soon, if you want to head over there in a couple of days...