Over working art is a problem for many artists. Digital art is great because you can usually rewind things to a happier stage.
This mixed media artwork of a pale skinned woman is something I started on over two years ago. I put this artwork out of sight because of personal goings-on. I let it see the light of day about a year ago and added a little more.
It definitely reached the point where it became obvious I was again guilty of over working art.
Like many of my other paintings and drawings, she almost became a victim of the waste bin. So many hours had been spent on her however that I did not want to see this time wasted. Over the past few years, I have only drawn for a few minutes some days. Every minute seems perfect. I worked out a way to salvage her and I stripped her back to basics in many areas. I left all the detailed drawing in the hair. She then went back into a drawer.
Only recently did this artwork see the light of day again and I added little marks to the background and simplified the facial features.
Many artists have their preferred mediums. I am no different. One of my favourite years in the studio was when I only worked in graphite pencil. A year without colour sounds depressing but it was anything but. I learned to make different kinds of marks and experimented more than I would with other mediums.
This artwork makes use of whatever I had to hand whilst I was not able to work in the studio. She is a true mixed media portrait. THis artwork uses watercolour, graphite pencils, coloured pencils, inks and wax.
As I look at her now, I am glad that I did not send her to the round filing cabinet in the corner. She is a much more relaxed artwork than much of my other paintings and drawings.
Sometimes over working art isn’t the disaster it might seem.
Glasgow artists come in a great variety. From the well known, working from large scale studios .This includes such as Peter Howson and Ken Currie. To the many who are unknown, just emerging or working from their kitchen. To every degree in between.
Glasgow artists have long had a reputation for producing quality artwork. Possibly at it’s peak at the turn of the 19th Century with the original Glasgow Boys. There was a second wave of Glasgow artists known as the New Glasgow Boys. This was around 1980.
Glasgow is famed for a spectrum of reasons. From its’ “No Mean City” persona to it’s “City Of Culture” year. It has much to offer the art collector. From it’s small privately run galleries to the magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. This is at the door to the City’s West End.
WASPS Artists’ Studios
There are various artist’s studios throughout Glasgow. The largest of these is the WASPS organisation. WASPS Artists studios house hundreds of artists throughout the city. These studios are in various different buildings including the new flagship. The Briggait. It’s largest collection of Glasgow artists is at Hanson Street, near Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Known as The WASPS Factory, this former Tobacco Factory is home to ceramic artists, potters, painters, photographers, textile designers and glass artists. The studios open on certain days throughout the year to the public for exhibitions and events. However, many artists also welcome visitors into their studio for private views.
This is a fantastic way to see artwork in progress. Also to speak to artists about their work. Contacting an artist is easy. Many have their own websites with contact information. You can email or telephone them directly.
Amongst the stable of WASPS Glasgow artists is Joe Hendry. Joe welcomes visitors to his studio by appointment . Please see the contact section in the directory of this website.
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Artists In Glasgow In Various Styles
Artists can be funny people – believe me, I’ve met some real odd ones in my time! And I’ve met some odd artists in Glasgow. We are meant to be an odd lot though are we not? On the whole though, I have found most other artist’s to be supportive and over the past few years I have got to know some really decentGlasgow artists, some of whom have really helped me in my painting career.
Now and again i like to buy the work of another artist. At the moment hanging in my home I have a Daniel Campbell original watercolour which I love. It was painted around 1996. Another Glasgow artist: there is also a Gillian Orr painting hanging on the wall. Gill is larger than life and some of her paintings are simply wild. I love them and as I paint, there is a very dramatic lady angel, a figment of Gillian Orr’s brain looking over me. There are a couple of Jonathan Meuli’s hanging in the hall. Jonathan is a gem of a guy and a great painter. There is something so spontaneous about his art and he can even make a high rise block of flats look good enough to hang on your wall.
There is also a wonderful Maureen Rocks-Moore “wee dug” on the wall. Moe is a sensitive soul whose paintings vary from landscape to figurative with a nod to art deco on the way.
It’s even better owning an original when it’s swapped or gifted and I was over the moon when Frank To gave me one of his new original artworks tonight. I got a sneak preview of Frank’s new work for his upcoming show in April in Edinburgh last week. Fascinating stuff and I said to Frank how much I liked some of the new art he was working on. I really didn’t expect him to gift me an original to add to my own personal Glasgow artists gallery though. So, thank you Frank – I will be heading to the framers soon.
Frank To’s Plague Doctor exhibition, “The Human Condition” runs until the end of April at the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh.
Artists In Glasgow & The Southside Festival
Glasgow artists in jovial mood: what’s this? The shot above was taken as I delivered some artwork to the “It’s All Around You” art exhibition which is part of the Southside Festival in Glasgow this year.
As part of the Parade Artists group, we are taking part in this event. It is a pop-up art event and is being held in two disused shop units. I was a bit apprehensive when I heard where the venue was but I have to be honest and say what a great job the organisers have done. They have spruced the units up and they look great. It should be a really interesting art exhibition with a host of Glasgow artists including Peter Howson, fresh from his successful auction at McTears which raised nearly three hundred thousand pounds recently.
Artists In Glasgow. Pictured above is yours truly, Moira Buchanan (painter and felting) and Malcolm Dobson (ceramics).
The Road To Change
After the delivery, I spent a couple of hours with a different kind of Glasgow artists, actors Matthew McVarish and Tom Urie. They are great guys – full of ideas and so interesting. Tom plays a character in the TV show River City and has also worked on Holby and other TV programmes. He is also a fantastic singer/songwriter.
Matthew, also sings and he and Tom had an album called “Road To Balmaha” which featured one of my landscapes on the cover.
It had been a fun day away from the studio but it was quite humbling when I discovered more details of Matthew’s next project, The Road To Change. Matthew is walking 11000 miles around Europe to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. He has arranged all sorts of meetings along the way.
Matt has really educated himself on aspects of child abuse. Last year a play he wrote on the subject, “To Kill A Kelpie” was made into a film. Some of the things he told me made for uncomfortable listening but this is what he is all about: awareness. Hopefully with awareness will come the change that he is trying to encourage.
Merchant City Festival in Glasgow is, in my opinion one of the best events which takes place annually in Glasgow. My favourite section of the City centre comes alive and suddenly feels a bit like Amsterdam or Barcelona.
This year was simply fantastic. All sorts of live music, street entertainers and stalls selling quality food and crafts. I was there with Parade Artists on Saturday, we had taken over three “gazebos” at the edge of the city and it was fantastic to meet so many people. I only had prints on display as it didn’t seem like an appropriate venue for originals.
Elsewhere in the City, thanks to the Virginia Gallery and the “Who’s For The Game” exhibition, two of my paintings were included in an art treasure hunt and made into posters which were displayed in various windows. It was nice to see my artwork getting a public airing in this way after missing out on a similar opportunity a couple of years ago.
Other Artists In Glasgow
Some of the other Merchant City Festival street events were really impressive. A “building” made from cardboard boxes appeared with the help of the public and some parcel tape and a group of surreal ‘nuns on wheel” seemed to be terrorising some of the visiting children.
So after a great weekend seeing all sorts of creativity, it’s back to the studio tomorrow all fired up and ready to go.
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WASPS Open Studios, is one of the highlights of my year. With only a week to go as I write this I am delighted to say that I am quite relaxed. This is because I am organised and I am now really looking forward to this year’s weekend.
There was some panic as I thought I might not have enough work to show as four of my major pieces all sold just recently. This is quite a nice “problem” to have. Today, I did quite a big stint at the studio. I finally put my signature to two large scale drawings which I have been working on for ages. (You can see them in the photo above).
The figurative piece feels like it has taken an inordinate amount of time but I am finally happy with her and ready to get her framed in time for Open Studios.
Scale & How Artists Draw
The photo shown was taken to give an idea of scale. I have a concern that I am beginning to look a bit vain as I am appearing more and more in photos with my art, especially on Facebook. However, it is the best way to show the scale of the drawings. Part of the impact is created by the dimension and you just don’t get this the same online.
These have been interesting pieces for me as I have been playing with the way I draw lines. When I was younger my mum would always criticise my handwriting. My parents and my brother and sister all had the most exquisite handwriting. Mine was quite ugly. Over the years I just came to accept that I actually have quite a bit of trouble getting a pencil to do exactly what I want.
As I investigated working with graphite this year, this issue became more obvious as I read about using “light strokes” and not damaging the paper. This was just not me. I have also in recent times found out that there is a reason why I have this trouble or “heavy handedness”. I decided not to try and emulate others who draw lightly and have embraced my heavy-handed pencil work!
It has been interesting to create something of beauty out of mainly, sometimes ugly, heavy lines.
These large scale drawings will form part of my work being exhibited at the WASPS Open Studios weekend at 77 Hanson Street Glasgow. Full details on my Art News page.
Glasgow Art Club has in the past had the reputation in some artists’ circles as being a bit “old school” and “up itself” to use arather direct term.
I know some of the artists who are members but I have never really thought all that much about the group, which is actually a registered charity (this was news to me until I read some literature which I received today).
One of the artist members and fellow WASPS Artist Frank To was today giving a talk along with fellow WASPS photographer Ian Marshall (Lighthouse Reprographics). Journalist and art-lover Jan Patience was the third member of the presentation team. I went along with some painter friends, really to lend some support but I was also keen to hear some of the thoughts expressed on marketing art, which was what the event was all about.
It was my fiirst time inside this fantastic period building on Bath Street in Glasgow. The walls were hung with impressive paintings and the walls were impressively fitted with period wood panelling. The interior really did have an appealing atmosphere and wasn’t really “stuffy” as I had heard: I liked it.
Part of me feels that many artists, myself included, really don’t want to be involved in marketing their art. We really just want to make art, in my case to paint. At Glasgow Art Club today, this view was reinforced, especially during the question section at the end. Thi sis what art galleries are for surely? This is what art-dealers are for. It seems that the recession and the shift caused by the internet has meant that many artists who would rather not get involved in art marketing have been forced to become involved.
The presentations today were interesting. I already knew Franks’ story, but he told it in true Frank To syle, beginning by emerging from a box in the front of the room and surprising the audience.
Ian Marshall is a perfectionist and that became very evident to others today too. I have compared Ians’ reproduction work with his competitors and he is streets ahead. He really cares and i have seen him spend hours correcting difficult to reproduce paintings rather than accept a second-best. Ian is passionate about quality and he has created reproductions for the likes of Peter Howson and Pam Carter (and yours truly of course!)
I liked that Jan Patience spoke about the approachability of journalists. Many artists I believe are intimnidated by the thought of contacting the press and leave it to galleries or agents to do this on their behalf. Jan demistified things somewhat and also gave some valuable tips on being concise and clear.
It was a different way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I even got to meet my old lecturer who I had not seen for 25 years. George Devlin is now a very well respected Scottish painter. I don’t know if he remembered me but did a good job of being polite – I have to remember that 25 years ago I had a full head of hair.
Glasgow art exhibitions seem to be thick on the ground at the moment, no doubt witht the approach of Christmas.
Following on the heels of the WASPS Open Studios last month, the Parade Artists group at tthe studios where I am based are joining in the forthcoming multitude of Glasgow art exhibitions and we are holding an event which spans two weekends at tthe end of November and the begining of December.
I always enjoy this event, even when it got snowed in last year! If you don’t know much about it, around fifteen or so painters, sculptors, glass and textile artists get together and take over the ground floor exhibition area at the WASPS Studios in Hanson Street.
I use it as a kind of testing ground for new work to get feedback but it’s also a great chance for the public to buy art direct from the artists.
As Cafe Sejuiced is unfortunately no longer with us, we have an exciting pop up cafe and of course there is plenty of free parking.
As far as I am concerned it is just a case of using the next two weeks or so to finish some paintings and get some prints mounted.
So, if you are looking for a weekend with a difference or even some unique Christmas gifts, 77 Hanson Street is the place to be!
WASPS artists studios Open Weekend is only be once per year. However, it is the major event in many of the WASPS artists’ calendar. The preparation takes artists, including me ,away from regular events for a while. If you are a regular reader of my art blog, apologies for the lack of updates over the past few weeks. I am always amazed at the amount of people who read this and who get in touch. Thank you, it’s nice to know that I am not writing just for my own benefit. It is ope studio preparation that is to blame.
The non-blog updating has been because life got in the way too really. Lots happening and on top of that, there were problems with the website. The website is something that I work really hard to keep the best it can be. User experience is all important to me. You may have noticed that my website has reverted back to the way it was over a year ago. Long story but the template I had been using had come in for some (justified) criticism. I received feedback that it was too busy.
The slight downside of this website is that the images initially appear small, but once you click them, a larger version appears. I hope that this is now simpler for visitors to the site to use.
On top of this, there has been the preparation for this years WASPS Artists Studios in Hanson Street, Glasgow where I am based. The amount of work that goes into the weekend which only happens once a year is quite considerable. There is also the problem of artists trying to work together to make something happen.
This can be likened to lighting a box of fireworks with a grenade. This year it seems to have come together really well with people mucking in. There are always those who never get involved and just open their doors on the day. This is a bit selfish but hey, that’s people isn’t it?
My frustration over the years has been that the Wasps Artists Studios Hanson Street building we are in is fairly large. It isnot all that easy to navigate around if you are unfamiliar with it. A key element is signage which helps our visitors to find all the artists’ studios. Also, our fantastic Cafe Sejuiced tends to be a bit of a magnet for visitors and as much as we want them to enjoy the great soups Frankie the owner makes, we do want people to get around the buiding and see all the work that has been produced.
Exhibiting Artists In Glasgow
The ground floor exhibition area has also traditionally been used to hang large scale paintings. Feedback over the past few years has suggested that people think that this is all there is and don’t then venture upstairs. It also means that visitors think there is nothing for sale under three grand! This can be a bit offputting. It also happens to favour those artists who tend to produce large scale art. Why should they get all the exposure every year? We also have a mix of people in the building, some of whom use their space as a bit of a hobby or part time job. What some people don’t realise is that upstairs in the studios, there are artists who don’t earn much and for them, Open Studios is a huge opportunity, created by WASPS for them to make commission free sales.
Artists Really Can Work Together
WASPS Artists Studios is actually a charity, created for the very purpose of providing affordable work spaces for artists due to the low earning potential for the majority of artists. This year, we are using downstairs only for signage and information on the artists. This will hopefully help people to move through the building.
So there we have it. That’s the background to this year’s event. The studios are starting to look really exciting. I believe I have put together one of my strongest Open Studio displays yet. I still have some tweaks to do and some other bits and pieces. In addition to some marketing work, I still have to distribute 240 flyers locally (well, the excercise is good!) Special mention this year has to go to painter Linda O’Grady. Linda has produced a fantastic brochure for visitors. Painter Stuart Gibbs, who managed to get us some great press. Author Teresa Flavin who has put together a treasure hunt for the visiting children. And of course Gillian Orr, whose energy knows no bounds!
I hope to see you at the weekend if you are in Glasgow when the painting shown on this page will actually be dry!
Glasgow art scene has a lot going on and generally, I love looking at work by other artist’s. Painter’s mainly but I do like some printmakers too. If there is anywhere to get self indulgent and spout my opinion then surely it’s on my own art blog?
Today was quite an art-filled day. Firstly, I paid a visit to Trongate 103, a relatively new arts complex in the Glasgow. This houses the Glasgow Print Studio amongst others. I have negative feelings towards the Glasgow Print Studios as several years ago, when I was still in Interior Design, I paid them a visit to ask about print classes. Two stuck up people who obviously thought they were better than me took my details at the reception and I never heard anything else. I tend to rectify this and have a go again at a later date as there is something about print that really draws me in. Much of the current Glasgow artwork is print based.
The new building, is quite foreboding. It is absolutely fantastic to be honest but it really has that unfriendly white-walled elitist look from the outside, which I guess is why in more than half an hour walking around, I did not see one other visitor.
The Best Part
That needs addressed as far as I am concerned. Town was absolutely “hoaching” as we say in Glasgow, and yet this huge art space was empty. Part of it, I think is the aloof appearance of the place. It does say “Free admission” at the door but there is just a feeling that Joe Public shouldn’t be there.
I had a look around the ground floor of the Glasgow Print Studio. A lot of the same stuff I have seen before. The Helen Fey prints are popular and I can see why. A lot of “challenging” pieces that in my opinion just don’t merit the wall space. It gets up my nose when I see what some of the Glasgow art being produced by artists at the WASPS Studios where I am based have tucked away, never seeing the light of day and then you see some hastily produced, arty farty crap taking up prime wall space in the City centre.
It seemed the best was upstairs though. There were a few Howson’s from around his war period. Big price tags and not his best work – and I love the mans’ art. Then there was a fantastic John Byrne. That made the trip worthwhile. The pic above was me snapped looking hacked off, because I was , just before I got to some work by Ron Pokrasso. It lifted my mood and my day. I left the place thinking that Trongate 103 could do better, be more accessible. Just my opinion but as I said earlier, it’s my art blog!
Art On TV
The anger returned though. Tonight I caught a new programme on BBC 2 called “Fake Or Fortune”. In a nutshell, an elderly Englishman owned an original Monet but because it hadn’t been accepted by the Wildenstein’s catalogue as an original years ago, it was deemed never to be accepted as an original. A fascinating journey followed with trips to France and Egypt proving beyond doubt that this painting was an original Monet. All that was left was for the Wildenstein’s to be given the new documentary information which was requested to conclusively prove the painting was original. Rather rudely, they summoned for the painting to be removed on the same day it was submitted and basically said that it was not an original. The reason: because their father had said so years ago.
Great television. Infuriating result. Just proving that if you have loads of money it is easy to get away with many things, but it doesn’t prevent you from being an ass and that’s this Glasgow art ists opinion!