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Wonders, and New Colours

Monday was a contrast to the weekend. After a splendid couple of days in the mountains, camping in a wild place and achieving my objectives of ascending Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin, I had a day at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh to visit the “Ages of Wonder” exhibition of Scottish art.

I had carried a small box of watercolours, some of the pans I’ve had since I was in my late teens, before the age of home computers, when the only mobile phones were on Star Trek! My plan had been to use them on the mountain but the combination of strong, cold wind and freezing air with the exhilaration and desire for movement meant that I only made a couple of quick pencil sketches from the summit.  It was only on the walk out, later on, that I was struck in the sunset by the glowing quality of the land and, more subtly, sky and attempted to capture something of this with the paints; partially successful.

Relaxing in cafes and in the gallery, I felt the urge to sketch and, later found the superb Greyfriars Art Shop, in Dundas Street, where I found both a type of palette that I’d seen in a demonstration recently and decided to try some new colours from tubes rather than pans, to allow me to use the paint in greater density than is easy with pans.  The same demonstration left me feeling re-inspired to explore watercolours again, for their qualities and also the relative ease of use in the typically awkward situations I end up painting in, even at home; it’s why I do not use oils, despite several people urging me to do so, it’s just not practical in my present situation.

It’s reminded me that I really enjoy sketching, both with pencil and pen, and like what can be achieved with watercolours, even if I have so far largely failed to get the kind of results I would really like.

Here are some of them.  I may write more in due course about the exhibition and my impressions of some of the works, but I have an early start in the morning and need to sleep soon… and there is a heap of dull but necessary paperwork to be sorted…. I hope for a stormy weekend in which to deal with it and leave me feeling I can play more freely… self-created inefficiency for which I alone am responsible.

I hope you like the sketches.

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Wolverhampton Society of Artists 2

The biennial Exhibition of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists is still on: http://www.wolverhampton-artists.com/

Here is the painting I had selected for the exhibition “Stand”, painted towards the end of 2013.  It is a study from life, finished in the ‘studio’ (!) later.  Acrylic on paper.

Stand_portrait_study_2013_W3

Spring update

IMG00239-20120522-0712 IMG00230-20120522-0707 2 portrait studies 2012, acrylic on A3 paper.

The exhibition with Art North Wales in the Electric Mountain Gallery in Llanberis is now down and the paintings packed away for now. I shall be showing the paintings on this site (see Acrylic Paintings) for the time being.
The Summer promises to be busy with other commitments so painting will be sporadic. For the time being I plan to return to painting smaller watercolour landscapes from Wales and recent walking and cycling trips to Scotland. I’m about to update the Watercolour page soon so recent paintings should be there for viewing in the next couple of days.
Apart from this, I want to focus for a while on the portrait and life studies I’ve been building up in sessions at the Wolverhampton Society of Artists and at meetings of the informal “Art Mechanics” group near Telford. These are available on the Portrait & Life Studies page.
In my work at the school, I have started to assist a class with a transcript exercise (‘copy’) of a painting by Frida Kahlo; this was interesting to try out for myself, using the same paints and basic brushes as the students will be using. It’s piqued my interest in the artist herself, her challenging life and work.
I’ve also been exploring some basics in pottery and designing and making more armatures and wire forms for school projects with neighbouring primary schools: a full-size dragon, a clown that was transformed into an ancient Greek warrior (last minute request) and, most recently, a life-size Freddy Mercury for the school show “We Will Rock You”… we’ll see how it looks after the students have covered it in its ‘modroc’ skin!

New Site, New Start

Cloud-Land – acrylic on canvas – 16 x 16in – 2009

This is the new incarnation of my previous website at http://www.christerrell.co.uk .  This blog will have updated information on work in progress, exhibitions and so on.

The Pages will contain images and notes on my paintings in Acrylic and Watercolour and on work in other media. Images of the recent Acrylics are now up on that page, including a link to Oriel Tonnau in Pwllheli, North Wales, where they are being exhibited at present. I’m adding to the others as time allows.

Thank you for your patience as I rebuild and evolve the site; if you want to contact me to discuss works, buying a painting, etc, please do this by leaving a comment.  I intend to keep a regular check on this blog.  I may put up an email link soon, which will make this easier.