Only 106 days until Xmas! Yeah, I know summer is barely gone (was it ever here?) but there's definitely a wee nip in the air and I may be a little premature about Xmas but I have decided to have a MASSIVE sale to make way for some new work. If you're looking towards buying a bargain for your loved ones at that special time of year (or any time of year for that matter) look no further. Well, a little further in a bit, on to my Facebook page where I will get the details of the images that will be part of the sale up soon, so keep an eye out.
Oh there's been changes afoot. I've moved again, pretty settled in now and finally got my internet connected. Hoorah! Hence website activity. The only thing now is to get my studio sorted in the spare room and I'll be flying. Hence the MASSIVE sale. Of course, if you're looking for a cheeky wee commission just give me a shout. I've created a new Commissions tips page to give some guidelines on prices etc. These are just suggestions of course, each commission will be discussed individually.
Here is a wee taster of what will be on SALE but there will be more...
Sale prices TBC but if anything takes your fancy here, make me an offer.
Sizes are of image, not including frame size.
New exhibition opening in Broadcast on Friday night. It's going to be all photography this time. Entitled "Glasgow Obscura", we have the photographic talents of the Toon joining forces to illustrate the place in our own special way. Me, I rifled through a few old negs and set out and about the city with my trusty old D50. Not my usual subject matter but safe to say I got some snaps of some burds and they totally have no clothes on. So if you want a bit of titillation of the photographic senses get yourself to Broadcast in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Curated as always by the marvellous Mrs Bones. Opening night is Friday 10th Oct from 8pm, on for two months.
Other things happening is that I am going to leave my wee studio in West Regent Street this weekend. It's been great having the space but as my flatmate is away for a while I thought I'd take the opportunity to take over the place and in turn save some pennies. So though I'll be without an outside studio premises I'll still be available for commissions and all sorts (within reason, I'm a respectable girl y'know...well most of the time). You can still see the nonsense I'm up to on here and on my Facebook art page. That's assuming you're on FB and have 'liked' it....what am I saying?? of course you have.... *arched eyebrow..... You know what to do.
It's official, all my pals will be bored of me saying this but, did you know I have an exhibition coming up from next week? Well why yes, yes I do indeed. Starting with the jolly little gathering of an opening on Wednesday 2nd July (7-9pm), my work will be exhibited at the Good Spirits Co. in Bath Street, Glasgow until the 9th August.
It will encompass basically most things I have to show from drawings from my "Drawing a Day" project I did for a whole year from February 2011 to January 2012 to my paintings of portraits, figures and my weird illustrative imagery. The show will be open to the public every day. I would highly recommend you have a good perusal around the Good Spirits Co. shop, they hold just about every spirit you can think of and they sure know a thing or two about it. I would like to give big thanks to Mark, Matt and Shane for giving me the opportunity to show my work in their premises.
I'm really looking forward to the opening and hope you can join me for a chat and a wee look-see. There will even be a glass of wine in it for you. All originals will be available for purchase as well as mounted prints. If you can't make the opening, dinae fret, it'll be on for 6 weeks.
You can check out the FB event here for more details.
Man, it's been busy the last month or so with my other work, y'know the stuff I do to pass the time and pay the rent when I'm not in the studio drawing or painting. Amongst other things, just finished working for a few weeks on the John Muir Festival; first with "Home" that included the launch of the Kelpies in Falkirk and then across the country celebrating the launch of the John Muir Way. Exhausted by the end of it? Yes indeed I was, but it all went very well and glad to be a part of it.
Now on to the here, now and shortly going to happen.....
In the meantime, we've had another Broadcast show, currently up and will be showing for a wee while longer. But hold on the your hats ladies and gentleman, I will be exhibiting my first solo with the good folks Mark, Matt and Shane at The Good Spirits Co in Bath Street at the end of June for 6 weeks! I'm very excited and now that I have time to get back in to the studio, I shall be painting frenziedly (is that word?) to add some new work. Opening night is to be confirmed but it will probably be the first Wednesday evening of July so keep your dairies poised. More details to come soon.....there is talk of distillery sponsorship!.....fingers crossed...
So finally, got it all done and decided. For the dawning of a new year; grand unveil of new studio name as now have the lovely Linzi Fergusson as a new studio mate. Done a wee new logo too, see what you think, I kinda like him. See, he's got a crown on and he's looking towards the West, geddit.....:-)
I'd like to thank the brave souls who ventured out to Eczema House yesterday for our open day. That was some weather. Despite the crazy storm, we had great fun during our open day, the mulled wine was flowing and the mince pies were getting scoffed. Our spirits refused to be dampened even when Brian's attempt at making his batch of mulled wine turned a little beefy, with definite overtones of sweaty sock. We found out you shouldn't use a well used cast iron soup pot for making mulled wine. A great big thank you to our stall holders; Lynsey Cosham's Art Angel, Linzi Fergusson's Twa Burds Soaps, Cat and David at Glasgow Chilli Guy and Lindsay Watson's Tyrannosaurus Spandex. Also to Nick Watson for providing his delicious Latin Street food, keep an eye out for him BBQing near you soon, and to the Quaker Meeting House for lending us tables.
Watch out for updates of future events, we're hoping to make this a regular thing but let's hope the weather will be kinder to us next time.
Exhibition news for me is my last exhibition opening for the year will be Monday 16th Dec (and also my birthday!) night at the Winners Exhibition in Cocktail & Burger in Sauchiehall Street from 7.30. A couple of months ago there was a portrait competition curated by Michelle Cohen of Grey Wolf Art and I got 2nd prize! Part of the prize was a group exhibition with Stu Murphy (first prize) and Marianne Vosloo (third prize), so this is it. I've got about seven portraits in and they've got deal on for opening guests a cocktail and burger for £12, I'm going for it, hope you will too.
Otherwise, whatever you do this time of year, I hope you have a marvellous time. See you in the new year.
In the building where I have my studio there are a whole bunch of small independent businesses and we decided to have an open day on Saturday 14th Dec 12noon til 6pm for Xmas shoppers to invite and encourage you, the public, to come and see what we're up to. We're in the affectionately named Eczema House at 141/143 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 2SG.
Come and visit Jeff and his new sidekick Archie in Rig Bike Shop where Brian and the guys will be providing bike expertise to everyone so you can consult with Santa about that all important new bicycle purchase for Christmas. You can also get your caffeine fill from Ingrid who will be manning the teas and coffees in the cafe.
If 4 wheels are more your style then see Lindsay at 5th Blocker Skates who will furnish you with skating and Roller Derby knowledge and kit. On the day, Lindsay will also have her range of fashion on sale as Tyrannosaurus Spandex. Mark & Tony will have their super cool Devil's Own Apparel where you can buy skateboards, comic artwork, urban wear and more. I believe Jetpace Industries t-shirt workshop, t-shirt printers to the stars (well, local Glasgow bands), may have some exclusive shirts on the go. I, of course, will be having my studio open with original artwork and prints for sale. So many excellent and fabulous gift buying opportunities.
What a selection of amazing goodies on show, I hear you say! Well, we are good to you but it doesn't even stop there. We're also going to have stalls from handmade soap purveyors Linzi & Ashley's Twa Burds Soaps, cards and jewellery from Lynsey's Art Angel, raging hot sauces from Matt the Glasgow Chilli Guy and Nick will be doing awesome things with brioche and chorizo!
Not only that there will be free, yeah you heard it, free mulled wine and mince pies (subject to availability, get in quick before they run out!). There is also a probability that there will be entertainment happening in the form of African drumming and a possibility of performance poetry. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see performance poetry at Rig Bike Shop. Hold on to your hats people!
A little while a go I joined Shop Scotland, an online showcase website dedicated to promoting Scottish and Scotland based creatives, designers, artists and makers. They've been working very hard at getting their site looking dandy and have a new fancy member badge that I've just put on the footer of my website. They've also just become one of the winners of the Edinburgh heat of the Local Business Accelerators. So check them out.
Other exciting news is I've got a new studio! Well, will have next month. I have been sporadically working from home but have realised that I definitely need others about me to get me working proper and having a separate place to work in makes all the difference. The temptation of washingup/cupsoftea/tv/daydreaming/generallyfannyingabout is far too much of a distraction and as I don't have a lot of space in my flat, my sitting room is either a sitting room where I can sit or a studio with all my materials everywhere and no where to live. Currently, it is a sitting room which I much prefer.
So from mid March I'm moving into a studio space in West Regent Street with my friend Karen Bonella. I haven't even seen it yet but I have good vibes about it. There are already a few businesses in the building; Rig Bike Shop, Jetpace Industries t-shirt printers and Devil's Own Apparel clothing shop who are just about to have their grand opening on Sunday 3rd March. Also judging by facebook pages, there are always dugs kicking about the place so that's an extra boon! Picture of cuteness of a chocolate lab pup called Elvis Presley here.
So with lots going on and lots of creative types hanging about hopefully this will be the start of very exciting things to come.