Be the 1st to download …………..

Link here to the ABSTRACTED app – Requires iOS 11.0 or later

The ‘ABSTRACTED” team have done it !!! Covid 19 tried its best to derail us in our mission to create this extraordinary synergy between abstract painting and technology. Our planned tour dates all had to be cancelled but fear not!!……… we have developed an iOS app thats free for you to download & explore the installation in a scaled down form & you can do that from where you are sitting right now!!! HOW COOL IS THAT ??!! :O)

A bit about the work in case you’ve missed updates so far….

ABSTRACTED is inviting you to explore the development of an abstract expressionist landscape painting through technology ( an iOS App).

We have opened a window into my creative development process and this experience will allow you to become immersed in the physicality and psychology involved when I paint. The iOS app. takes you on a fascinating Augmented Reality exploration, ten hours of me creating this painting has been condensed into a seven-minute immersive experience. This unique work aims to demystify the process involved in my painting practice, whilst at the same time exploring how new technologies and fine arts can complement and amplify one another.

OK enough of all this chat I hear you say …… what do I need to do next ???

  1. You need to have an iPhone or iPad thats pretty well up to date and can support AR functionality (Im afraid due to tight budgets we could only run to developing on iOS sadly not android)
  2. Using either your iPad or iPhone click here ABSTRACTED which will take you straight to the app. or go to the App Store and search for ABSTRACTED, download it and then you’ll be ready to have a play! When you first open the app please make sure you allow access to your camera otherwise this won’t work!
  3. 1st screen is ‘Info‘ have a read then at bottom of the screen tap ‘AR‘, have a read then tap ‘Enter AR Experience‘ Follow the instructions on the screen (basically you need to aim your camera at a horizontal surface and tap!)
  4. An easel should appear on your screen and music should start (you can mute at bottom of screen)
  5. OFF YOU GO ……. I encourage you to really play around with the imagery. You can move your device close to the canvas and watch the painting grow, if you place your thumb & finger on your screen and twist, the image will rotate. You can walk around my avatar & painting to observe the performance from above, below & behind. Walk around the imagery, I would like to encourage you to explore and watch the performance from more than one spot to really get the most out of the experience :O)

This project is a pilot project. I would really value feedback from you lovely people. In 2021 I plan to return to the Arts Council to propose a much larger project using this technology. If I can submit REAL feedback from REAL people it would truly add a huge amount of credibility to my project application. Heres a few questions to get you thinking :O) Thank you in advance :O)

  • what did you think of the experience?
  • has this altered the way you think about abstract art?
  • do you think this approach makes abstract paintings more accessible to the public ?
  • did you watch it more than once?
  • if yes, why?
  • would you like to see more of this immersive type of art in your galleries / art institutions?
  • any general comments and feedback for me to take with me into the next project ?
  • PLEASE EMAIL Sally Coulden with your thoughts :O)

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the amazing team Scott Fletcher (Producer), Benjamin Walbrook (Immersive technology specialist, developer extraordinaire), Zubr VR Studio, Jenny Male (communications) and most importantly The Arts Council England for providing funding for this extremely exciting project.

I hope you have enjoyed a brief immersion into the world of AR and abstract art!!!

A last request…. PLEASE SHARE THIS APP WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU KNOW, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET IT GOING GLOBAL :O) THANKS!

Watch this space for more exciting projects in development :O)

Tootle pip

Sal

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

Exciting times………

Greetings everyone,

A sunny September day in my studio

I hope you have had a fab summer, full of sunshine, ice-cream and laughter. So what has the studio of Sal been getting up to over the summer??

Well, Ive actually been working hard, preparing for my first ever ‘solo show’. As a valued friend you have a personal invite to the PV on 3rd Oct. There will be fizz and everything! If you can’t make the 3rd, please do drop into the gallery for a browse during October.

Heres a bit about the exhibition……..

A contemporary twist on Turner’

When: Friday 4th October till 3rd November | Private View Thursday 3rd October 2019 @ 18.00 – 20.00hrs
Where:   Hidden Gallery, 6-10 The Clifton Arcade, Boyce’s Avenue, Clifton, Bristol. BS8 4AA 

This is the write up associated with the exhibition :

Sally Coulden comes from diverse background of global careers & travel. In 2014, she embarked on her art career. She attended Art School in Bristol and then worked under the tutelage of a professional abstract artist to build her knowledge, experience and painting techniques.  Sally’s instinctive approach to painting is inspired by her life experiences and the landscape surrounding her. Primarily working with a strong, vibrant colour palate, her energy and vigour translates directly into her work. Capturing the concept of non-containment is key, as she has a deep-seated need for a sense of space and infinity in both life and work.

Her new body of work ‘A contemporary twist on Turner’ has been inspired by JMW Turners late works. This 21st Century interpretation is translated onto materials such as Perspex, canvas, linen, and paper with some subtle variations in modernising the subject matter.

Sally has collections of her work hanging globally.

Gyclee prints – Seamonsters I – IX

A little teaser …. I have also teamed up with an amazing digital artist | creative director Scott Fletcher. We are currently applying to the Arts Council, requesting support for an Augmented Reality project we would like to explore together … very very exciting! I will keep you posted.

Im going to sign off now only because it means I will actually press the publish button and you will recieve this newsletter this side of Xmas!! :O)

Hoping to see you at the exhibition, if not, I will be in touch again soon,

Tootle pip for now,

Sal