At the New Court Gallery in Repton (incidentally probably the finest space in Derbyshire) the Winter Cycle gets an airing less than nine months after the journey began. All in all I am delighted with the outcome and last evening it opened with a pretty good turnout (especially considering that quite a few of my oldest and dearest friends and family couldn’t make the event) though some others (they know who they are!) had made quite a considerable effort to put in an appearance. I was most pleased. I owe a debt of gratitude to Louisa Chambers (and the rest of the Repton crew) for the opportunity not only to exhibit but to do so in this space and at a location near to both my own home and studio and that of poet Reg Keeling (whose work partially inspired the project).
Here’s a cheesy picture of me, Reg and on the right Julian Broadhurst whose recording of Reg’s poems first drew my attention to them. We are standing in front of the three pictures that are dedicated to the two of them and to the Flute Interlude that divides the reading of the poems from the interview between Julian & Reg on his recording. From the top of this blog follow The Winter Suites link to see all the works with the poems.
And whilst on the subject of cheesy here’s one of me standing in the space looking pretty pleased with myself…perhaps a little too pleased as there are at least a dozen of the works that – now they are on the walls – I feel need a little (or in one or two cases quite a lot of) revision! But I guess many of us often feel that way.
However overall its turned out decently and looks – I hope – pretty solid. I’m just now working on getting the whole sequence of the actual Cycle onto my website with the full text of the accompanying poems.
So pretty much sorted and on to my next project – the prep for the trip to Cape Cornwall – courtesy of the Brisons Veor Trust. Its less than two weeks away and I’m really looking forward to it!
Still ploughing away with thoughts of West Penwith, Gamper is a small bay between Sennen and Lands End where the wreck of the ship RMS Mulheim can be found…there’s some great pictures of it up close (don’t try this yourself unless you are a very able climber and even then I personally would strongly advise against it!) but my impression of it was formed from up on the coastal path…
It’s only a couple weeks ago we were at Waddeston with the Bruce Munro works…best viewed as the night drew in. Today it’s hard work convincing oneself that the days are getting longer and we are racing towards the Spring not least as the weather has closed in and made mid afternoon rather gloomy. And yet there is also something comforting with the darkness and in my case the opportunity to put down brushes for the day – of course you could carry on with artificial light but it isn’t the same somehow. I’m continuing to work on the small hard edge paintings that draw their ideas from the visit to Sennen (that also seems a long time ago although it was only the beginning of this month we returned). Inevitably the further paintings (not the initial ‘Seven for Sennen’) are drawing on a wider palette of colour. For colour is the thing that always comes home with me from Cornwall. I recall some guff on the box once about the science behind the ‘light’ in St. Ives…something to do with a higher proportion of quartz in the sand? Whatever…I certainly always want to use high keyed colour after a sojourn in West Penwith.
Enjoying the ‘Seven From Sennen’ so much I decided to give the other work a rest over this festive season and carry on making these small formalist pictures. So we are off on a jaunt around the West Penwith coastline, starting with Porthgwarra. It’s a lovely little cove on the south side of that very last ‘bit’ of the land in the far west. I’ve given this little canvas (10x10cm) to Luke Tarpey of our gallery – the Tarpey – as a Christmas present from my wife and myself.