Lovely People - I'm Very Lucky

I have had some fantastic people come along to my workshops so far this year.
Lucky me - some of these women (yes, all women so far...) have been very sweet and sent me the kindest emails.
I have put a couple of these on my website - on the workshops page...take a look HERE

Had a productive weekend; filled up my collage 'sketchbook'
Did several little abstract drawing ideas in my tiny pencil sketchbook too

Then on Sunday I made three larger pieces and a smaller one - YES - feels so good to be in the shed and making.
Realised this weekend just how much making my art relaxes me - but also that I have to be relaxed in order to be able to make.
Just as well I found the space, with a busy exhibitions schedule this year - lots to do...

Breaking The Mould

Next month I'm happy to have been asked to be part of a group show at Stew Gallery, in Norwich.

Entitled Breaking the Mould, there will be an eclectic mix of work from a group of artists, working in both 2D and in three dimensions.

The exhibition runs:
 Saturday 4 April to Friday 10 April

Preview: 6-8pm on the Saturday

There will be twelve of us showing - it's a good big space, so plenty of room.
Here are a few images I found, representative of the work of some of the artists:

Amanda Addison

Jamie Andrews

John Clark
Gary S Holt

Hannalore Smith

Marion Stuart

Scott Stuart

Rebecca Tough

The images here may well not be representative of the work that each artist puts in this exhibition, as it's just what I could find on-line......
Apologies to those not represented - it means I couldn't find an image (or it was too small)

Rosa And Neus On Television

Both Neus Colet and Rosa Permanyer are part of this video - great to see them at work here.

You'll be able to see their work at Studio 20 in July, with some new collage pieces I'm working on for the show with these two internationally exhibited artists.
Rosa Permanyer's pieces combine painted papers and print:

Where as Colet's etchings are clearly related to her interest in 3D, as a sculptor:


See for yourself the crossover - with some examples of Neus Colet sculpture below:


Interaction Crossovers

Norwich artist Sally Hirst and I are to have a month long exhibition at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay
There's a good deal of wall space there, which will allow us both to hang a healthy representation of our work.
The show is entitled Interaction as there are several crossovers in our work - even though in some aspects, our work is chalk and cheese - mine's definitely a bit cheesy sometimes!
I'm sure Sally won't mind me showcasing a few pieces of her work here, as a lead-in to the exhibition.
You'll have to wait a little while; the show runs in June - from 27 May to 1 July, to be precise.

 Sally Hirst
Annie Brundrit
 Sally Hirst
Annie Brundrit
 Sally Hirst
Annie Brundrit
Sally Hirst

These two pieces (above) work well together for the Interaction flyer and the Fisher Theatre website's exhibitions page
I'm hoping to continue with working at a slightly larger scale this spring, although there will have to be some medium scale pieces and one or two smaller ones in this show, I have biggish plans...

Some Exciting News For You And A New Discovery For Me

I've just discovered the work of Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida
This is most exciting for me. I love love love to find new influences and inspiration - and then to set about investigating further - I want to know what and who Chillida's influences were.
Chillida's etchings and collages are, of course, the first port of call for me, working as I do in two dimensions.
However, I do look a lot at sculpture as well as ceramics and pottery too - and love the space, movement and force created in and around his sculptural pieces

Look at the white space! The edgy line, the give and take - it's like a cranky yin yang symbol!

There's a 'Map' or architectural model kind of feeling, with much of the drawing in his work. I wonder where's that from? What does it mean?

Beautiful. For some reason the one below makes me think of a Roman fort

Precious - Just found him today, on Pinterest

But he was also - or primarily - a sculptor:

I know very little about him - but look forward to researching a little and learning about his influences

I think this piece is called Peine del Viento - Combs of the Wind, or maybe Wind Combs

For me there is a definite link with the artist Neus Colet's work here - her balanced sculpture has that sense of solidity yet fragile vulnerability, which I also see in Chillada's work. 
Interestingly, Colet works with etching, which I think forges further association with Chillada. I might be wrong of course - it's just what I see. Perhaps Colet can put me right in July...
Because, you see, it just so happens that this summer I am taking part in an exhibition with Neus Colet.
Yes, Norwich and I will be privileged to welcome - not one - but TWO Catalan artists; Neus Colet and Rosa Permanyer
More about Colet and Permanyer; their work and our exciting exhibition soon...

Collage Contest Time...

 Grabbed some time to work on collages using the papers sent over from Canada, by the lovely Alesha Fowlie

Here are a couple of close-ups - and further down the post, a selection of the collages I've submitted to Sara at Brown Paper Bag:

Soon all the exchange collages may be on the websites, if you visit:

 and / or Papirmass

Check them out for yourself... 
You can also use #COLLAGECONTEST on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to see the work submitted

Abstraction Ten Plus Years Ago...

Went for a meal to my brother and sister in law's recently.
Lovely food and good company, as ever -

I noticed the painting I made for their wedding:

First Research Visit To Cley...

What a beautiful day to visit the North Norfolk coast - it was more like early May than early Feb!
Met up with the other artists selected for this year's exhibition, in July, which was really good.
We met Meryl Doney the curator, others on the committee, including the effervescent Marion Catlin and signed up to invigilate over 2 days.
I recognised a few faces and made a couple of new acquaintances.
Lots of interesting ordinary yet marvellous photo-opportunities in the church.
Here are just a few for now:

Red spot - left over from Cley14..?

Then I went down to the beach to take a few more before my SD card filled up:

Another visit required soon..... Next time we have a fantastic weekend, I'm up there