Here on the Isle of Wight we have woken every morning for two weeks to beautiful, sparkling spring sunshine: bird song, and the wind in the trees fill the silence that is the sound of the Covid-19 lock down, how can it be we are so fortunate amidst so much international distress.
Yesterday I added more prints to Linda Beale's page in the Yarmouth Gallery 'buy art' on-line shop. They are full of sunshine too. Calm. Bright. Optimistic. Like Linda herself.
How nice to wake up to sunshine several days in a row. Apricot sky behind the bare branches of the trees in my garden at Freshwater Bay and silvery light through a gentle mist on the River Yar as I drive over the bridge to work at the Yarmouth Gallery - if I can call it work to be surrounded by beautiful things each lovingly designed and made by individual makers. Professional artists are a dedicated bunch. Paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, all made with such care and attention. I wish the whole country would decide to by-pass the mass produced, profit led stuff and just come and browse in all the small galleries and independent shops in our towns and villages - especially ours! Here are just a few of the pieces we have on display. Drop by or use the email on our contact page to inquire about anything you see on this site
Inspiring as ever my annual visit to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate was doubly enjoyable this year thanks to my being accompanied by Tessa Hilton, latterly Roving Editor of Woman and Home Magazine, who gave me a whole new take on choosing from the stunning variety of craft work on show. It was great to meet new artist/makers and to chat to them about their work and to learn more of their techniques and motivation. Earning a living from designing and making beautiful original objects requires huge enthusiasm and dedication and that was apparent everywhere as Tessa, with her journalist's curiosity and empathy delved into the facts and feelings behind each artist's work.
After leaving the show and still buzzing with inspiration we headed into Harrogate and another annual treat, Betty's famous Tea Shop. Yum!
As new work starts to arrive at the gallery over the weeks ahead I look forward with great excitement to unpacking and displaying new ceramics, glass and jeweller...
Yarmouth Gallery will be open until 4pm on Xmas Eve and we will re-open on 27th from 11am - 4pm for the rest of the year! Closed New Years Day. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and that you drop in and see what is on show at the gallery, which is looking beautiful as ever. I have just hung a new painting - one of the cloud series I have been working on in 2017, 'Cumulus Over the West Wight'
Here it is - along with some close up detail (oil on stretched canvas - overall dimensions 70cm h x 80cm w x 4cm d)
I will be rehanging the exhibition space at the front of Yarmouth Gallery this Friday with some of my most recent paintings. 'Indigo Sea - Compton' is just that - I have used a restricted palette, just indigo and cadmium orange water soluble oil paint on fine stretched canvas 80cm x 80cm. I chose water soluble oils to create a loose and vigorous image with little 'over painting'
I will add other paintings to the site over the next few days.
IN HER ELEMENT - PREVIEW 6pm - 8pm, 21st September
'In Her Element' is a new exhibition from Jill Wilkinson, an artist we have have not featured before at Yarmouth Gallery. At first glance these paintings may seem purely abstract but a few moments of contemplation by anyone who knows the Island's wild beaches soon starts to reveal the source of Jill's inspiration to be the South West coast of the Island which is just a short walk from her home.
Working directly in the landscape is part of Jill's practice and many of these works are made using not conventional painting media but the local clay itself, combined with predominantly indigo ink. This gives the paintings their characteristic earthy tones: these works are not simply about the natural environment but of it.