'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Monday, 13 September 2010

Heren Istarion

© Heren Istarion/Jef Murray

The 2011 Heren Istarion Calendar is now available for preorder and I'm thrilled to be featured in it again this year, alongside Jef Murray (who has painted the cover picture) and Anke Eissman. If you don't know their wonderful Tolkien work then follow the links to their webstes and take a look.

You will find full details about this beautifully put together calendar and how to order it here:

A bit about the calendar from the Heren Istarion Website:

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of The Northeast Tolkien Society we are happy to announce our 2011 Shire Calendar. 

Once again Phil "Parmastahir" Goss and his wonderful daughter Megan are steadily at work just in time for the Fall Holidays to create another wonderful calendar for us. Many of you, hopefully all of you, know Phil from his incredible Tolkien Calendar Collection, and website dedicated to it: 

The Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars

In its 4th year, our Calendar has been blessed to have a special cover by the brilliant artist Jef Murray.  The reflective nature of Gandalf and Frodo as they look upon the Shire is perfection.  The Northeast Tolkien Society is very grateful to have had such a wonderful community and member support in the past 10 years, and looking ahead we hope to continue being the Tolkien community in the New York City area. 

For our Shire Calendar format we are fortunate to feature the work of Anke Eissman and Sue Wookey, and a special 10th Anniversary centerfold illustration by Catherine Sparsidis to accompany our 10th Anniversary narrative.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Hertfordshire Open Studios

It's Open Studios time again, this time with the Hertfordshire Visual Arts Forum, or HVAF for short. Five of us are exhibiting at Artscape Artshop in Harpenden, where the owner has kindly allowed us (yet again) to use a large first floor room. You'll find all the details on the poster above if you clicky-clicky on it, but there is one amendment - we won't now be open on Friday mornings.

Open Studios is a great opportunity to meet artists and learn about their work and if you live in the Hertfordshire area it's worth checking out the full brochure here. Just click on the different areas listed on the blue menu, which runs along the top, for the full programme.

We had great fun hanging our exhibition on Tuesday - there are lots of different types of surfaces to hang onto at the venue and it's easy to start getting fixated on fixings, but it all got put up in the end. You just have to accept that it's impossible to get everything straight in this life. I think straight pictures must be one of the rewards that artists get in heaven, along with masking fluid that doesn't bung up your brushes and Private Views with more than 10 people at them.

My pictures, not looking in the least bit straight
© Sue Wookey

Just to jazz things up, I have moody black and white photos hanging this year, along with the paintings. Variety is the spice of life.

If any of you have an idle moment and want to come along and heckle while we try to paint then it would be lovely to see you. You may feel the overwhelming compulsion to straighten a picture....