Fab news – funding awarded by the Arts Council for my augmented reality painting project
Test day – I dressed up in a motion capture suit to enable Ben to develop some early animations of the various movements I make when Im painting – capturing the painterly process (without paint at this stage!!)
This whole process is far more complex than I had ever imagined, I guess ignorance is bliss sometimes but one thing is for sure, I come out of meetings with Scott and Ben and my head hurts!! Its a whole different stratosphere of thinking but it really is very exciting. I am extremely lucky to have 2 brilliant technology specialists who find it quite normal to think virtually!! :O)
I was totally thrilled when I heard we had successfully secured Arts Council Funding for my newest venture into the world of Augmented Reality and painting. I would like to present the ‘A’ team,as you are going to hear from us over the coming months. Theres just 3 of us and we are here to astound the world!! :O) Scott our digital specialist and Producer, Ben our whizzo immersive experience designer and myself who is the artist and painter. Between the 3 of us we are going to create an immersive technological experience which will give viewers insight into how I approach abstract painting. Viewing the paint layering up on the canvas, the mark making process, you will be able to see me painting (in the form of an avatar) and I hope to also narrate what will be 6hours of painting condensed into a 5 minute immersive experience for the viewer. I have secured venues across Bristol and will be taking this on tour in May – so lots of opportunity to come and have a go :O) Im just finalising dates of venues and will let you know as soon as they are confirmed.
I will keep you posted on progress – Ben is busy post filming on Friday testing things and I need to prepare for the full on shoot on the 20th March.
Its been a supremely busy start to the new year exhibiting wise and was fabulous to be able to show my work on the walls of Alchemy 198 throughout Jan. I received some really lovely feedback and as always its just such a privilege to be able to show my my work to the public :O)
I was offered a pop up in Bath for Feb and March – a fantastic open gallery very close to the Holburne Museum, thank you Martin for being such a fab host and allowing the population of Bath to see some of my work! and thanks to al the lovely visitors that took time to pop in and have a chat about my work, so lovely to meet you all. This space is soon to become Dexters Coffee Shop, a fabulous cafe run by the lovely Claire and Matt so get yourselves over there before the coffee machine takes over!!!
Just to add to the mix, another exhibition popped up out of left field in February. Not one to turn down an opportunity, I of course said yes!! :O)
Contemporary Art 2020 – 20 painters from the South West of England – what a fabulous experience and a great privilege to exhibit with fellow painters from across the region – amazing talent.
New Studio space…. moving down the road to BV Studios
As many of you may be aware my fantastic studio space @ The Works in Bedminster is a meanwhile space – this means its up for demolition once planning permission is granted. Our lovely studios will become a massive tower block! As my practice is growing, I feel that I really want to secure a permanent home for my studio so……. drum roll….. I have managed to secure a lovely space at BV Studios, home of about 120 studio holders mostly creatives so very exciting. I have the keys and guess what??? Im just in time to take part in their annual ‘Open Studios’. This year its a special 10 year anniversary event but a great opportunity for any of you that love all things creative to be able to come along and have a look around all the studios and buy direct from the artist themselves. Always a fabulous weekend not to be missed so pop the date in the diary.
Gosh lots to fill you in on for this newsletter, I am going to let you go now, but before I do I also what to let you know I have managed to secure a gallery space @ the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives from Sat 8th – 14th August 2020. so watch this space Ive got some painting to do before then!!!
Im going to let you crack on, stay safe and keep washing your hands – dont let that coronavirus get in the way of things.
Tootle pip for now