Its the end of JULY already!!!!

dont forget your mask…..

Greetings from Bristol, I hope you are all managing to stay safe and well. Wow… what strange times we are living through, as lockdown is gradually lifting we are all having to adjust to the ‘new normal’ whatever that is!!!

BV Studios – M3

As an update from the studio I actually moved into BV Studios during lockdown – I have to say it was a bit bonkers as I did it on my own and nearly killed myself. I have been super lucky to have been allowed to paint right through the whole period which has been fabulous. I didn’t really see anyone else but it gave me an excuse to get out of the house for a change of scene.

Benjamin adjusting the cameras in the studio during the shoot
Sal as an avatar painting !

My augmented reality project ‘ABSTRACTED’ has undergone a rather massive change in scope due to our friend ‘covid 19’ ! I did have a fabulous exhibition tour all booked for the month of May in major public venues across Bristol but sadly this all had to be cancelled due to the venues being closed and no one being allowed out!

Quick rethink as I wanted to keep momentum going with the project even though we couldn’t meet etc… so we decided to repurpose the funding slightly and aim to develop an app. which means anyone globally will be able to download from their iPhone or iPad and watch a scaled down performance in 3D on their kitchen table! Check out the ‘Abstracted’ page on my website which explains what its all about and includes a short film of the making!

App due for public release beginning of August – I will let you all know & send you a link :O)

Salthouse gallery, St Ives. Solo show Aug 8th – 14th 2020

So just cos I didn’t want to get bored Ive painted a whole new series of paintings especially for my show in St Ives!! Its just 2 weeks away as of today and of course Im not panicking aaaahhhh….. :O)

I think Im pretty well sorted, its just all the logistics to get organised, but Im really looking forward to it. I have the whole Salthouse Gallery to myself so Im spreading out with loads of paintings for sale. Red Dog Glass is coming as well, so I will have plenty of glass samples on show to tempt visitors into treating themselves to a beautiful bespoke fine art kitchen splashback, a new shower wall or if they happen to own a hotel or bar I have just the thing for them!!

If you or friends are coming down to Cornwall in early August I would absolutely love it if you popped in :O) I promise to give you a personal tour of each painting! I will be there from 10am – 6pm everyday – obviously social distancing and appropriate PPE will be in place, make sure you have your mask !!

I think Im going to stop chatting now and let you get on with your day, trusting you are keeping well and adjusting to this new way of living, which quite frankly is quite odd, all the masks and no hugging unless you’re in a bubble…. keep smiling and heres to a sunny and fun summer :O)

The ABSTRACTED painting – 10hrs of painting condensed into 4 mins of film

Tootle pip for now

Sal xx

2020 off to a flying start!!

Fab news – funding awarded by the Arts Council for my augmented reality painting project

The stage is set at the Bristol VR lab – my painting overalls, the green screen ready for filming and a blank canvas
Ben ready to get techy … thats a dummy in the foreground by the way, not me!!

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.

Exhibition news

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

Sal x

Spring has sprung ……..

A long time coming… and yes Im referring to my complete tardiness at posting a newsletter this year!! No excuses … better late than never :O) I would also like to welcome my most recent readers whom I met at The Other Art Fair, Brick Lane earlier this month, welcome!

Lots has been happening in my world down here in Bristol. Before I start though, I just have to rave for a moment, about my stupendously amazing studio space, which I share with the multitalented arts collective ‘Caraboo Projects’. I am constantly in awe of their energy, professionalism and pure talent. Ceramics, film making, painting, sculpture their expertise and talent is endless. I am so lucky to be sharing creative space with such amazing people, its so inspirational. Check out their website Caraboo Projects – do come and join us at any of the events they have planned.

Speaking of my fantastic studio space, as you may know its in a disused printing factory. Gathering Voices run the collective of buildings on the large site which is known as The Works. PrintWorks where Caraboo and myself are based are just one of those building. A property developer has submitted plans to knock it down and build a massive block of apartments (boo!), we don’t know when this is going to happen but we will get a few months notice. Forever an optimist, Im hoping planning permission will take ages/ years :O) so we can continue to build our practices in this fabulous space … I have a big smile every time I come to the studio, each day a bonus.. ‘carpe diem’ !

Birds eye view of my studio…. I’m not lounging around the whole time!!!

A busy start to the year preparing for The Saatchi Arts Fair in London (March) – cracked on with some new paintings, mainly inspired by my experiences down in the Floating Harbour in the rowing boat. The fair was a triumph, my first in London ! Many thanks to everyone that came to say hi and supported me, it was really appreciated. I met so many lovely, interesting people and sold paintings – what could be better. Having taken a week to recover… these fairs are absolutely exhausting … I have reflected on what made it so great and what I could learn from it. The biggest learning as an artist investing in exhibiting at an Arts Fair is, make sure you research & take time to understand the demographics attending the Fair in question. You can be a genius modern day Michelangelo, but if your style doesn’t fit with the demographic visiting the fair, you’re not going to have the impact. The visitors at Brick Lane, for me, were generally after interesting, edgy abstraction & new concepts – If Im lucky enough to get accepted next year Im going to get a bigger stand, make bigger, bolder and slightly wilder work… can’t wait!!! :O)

What next…. well we have an Open Studio in April so a bit of prep for that, I will be part of a creatives ‘Dop up event’ in May, with Doppler Effect (excuse the pun!) in the heart of Bristol and then …… Teddington Arts Fair May 17-19th. Do drop me a line if you have any questions about anything Im up to or you would just like to say hello :O)

Hope you have a fabulous Easter and I promise I won’t leave it so long before the next update :O)

Tootle pip for now, Sal.

A big dollop of bright green always brightens up the day!!