Tuesday, 2 August 2016

branchron

Brancaster Chronicles in my studio, my current work and John Pollards paintings were under scrutiny in this series of artist discussions. See the films, read the transcripts, join the discussion online at https://branchron.com







 

Friday, 29 July 2016

yet more bronze


The bronze course at Morley College is running again, a highlight for me to be able to work alongside the incredible Terry Jones and great students as usual. I look forward to seeing the results tomorrow. 


 the pour

 cooling off

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Tassis Prize

I am thrilled that Esclise, a carved wood sculpture that has been scorched has been selected by the Tassis Foundry in Athens to be cast into bronze www.vptassis.gr. Thanks to Stavros Kotsireas for delivering it for me.  www.kotsireas.com   Greek venues are being considered for exhibitions, I shall let you know where and when! 



Friday, 1 July 2016

leytonstone


I am delighted that the show opening tonight looks amazing! Alex McIntyre, a very fine painter has superb paintings and the gallery has been extremely supportive. I am looking forward to the artist discussion on the Sunday 10th July which is being facilitated by Liz Ellis. All told, a great experience.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

A brilliant day part 2, up in the mountains

After a fine morning seeing my sculptures patinated, I was taken out into the middle of nowhere.  I didn't think the day could get any better but I had the best ever tour guide, Fabricio, who decided that I needed to see more of this beautiful place before I have to leave. He knows these mountains, inside the hundreds of miles of caves and out all across the tops too, like the back of his hand. The weather was stunning, glorious sunshine and clear so we had superb views. 

A view across to the quarry where Michelangelo got his stone, now the skyline is protected and it is not permitted to cut the tops down flat like they were then. Carara is on the other side, we could hear some quarrying but it was muted



Looking the other way


 Moving on, we went through forest to a valley between the heights; Fabricio striding out across the summer pastures, I was reminded of my childhood reading Heidi. There were no roads, no tarmac for miles and it was so quiet! No traffic or aircraft. A woodpecker pounding away in the distance, a cuckoo possibly and lots of other bird song



 old terracing for vegetables

 a church in the middle of the pastures, we passed very dozy cows with huge horns to get here, I think they were thinking a la Noel Coward 'Mad dogs and Englishmen', it was a very warm day.

 Fabry

 A small town still being renovated after a devastating mud slide 20 years ago


Finally after a small hike through some undergrowth, we found this, an amazing waterfall that Disney would have proud of, 



 and yes I slipped but only had wet feet. Thank you Fabry, for a wonderful day


A brilliant day part 1, patination

This week has been excellent, my sculptures, which have been impossible to photograph properly while they are in black wax have finally begun to reach the patination room. They have been transformed from wax to bronze, cleaned up and sandblasted. Bronze is a very labour intensive process and there are no shortcuts. However, .........
 The end results! 

and how they got there........

 sandblasted

  patination in progress with Michela



Monday, 11 April 2016

fun times with a pantograph

I am spending the next few days away from the foundry learning how to enlarge a sculpture using a pantograph - oh yes I am. This has been fantastic. Setting up-

 an armature

 difficult to see but small black sculpture to be enlarged and looking out across the studio

 view from the doorway looking up into the mountains behind pietrasanta

 and the resident geese who kept tapping on the door. All this to Bach cello suite, Tchaikovsky and some Latin jazz, and no Bee Gees whatsoever