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

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Latest paintings available as prints

White Hart by Sue Wookey
I've been a busy bee today and finally updated my website with my new paintings. Prints are now available to buy online for White Hart (above), Moon Dance and Holding the Net of Life.

I've also realised that I haven't posted White Hart here on my blog despite finishing him several weeks ago. Where does the time go?

White Hart is the latest in my series of animal portraits framed by the moon. (See also Lunar Owl, Badger Moonrise, The Listening Hare, Fox and Lunar Eclipse and Moon Horse). A beautiful white Fallow Deer Stag stands poised with the moon behind him. The words I've composed for the border read: 

Hart of the White Fire, silver swift, 
poised between stillness and the leap, 
keeps the secret of the unbroken moment 
and hears the forest breathe. - SW

I've completely fallen in love with him so the original is now living permanently with me as part of my painting family. At least there are the prints!

Holding the Net of Life
Moon Dance

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Art of Poetry

Badger Moonrise
Another exhibition opening tomorrow - 'The Art of Poetry' at Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. The 'Art of Poetry' Exhibition runs from 23 April - 31 May and I'll be exhibiting 'The Apple's Heart', 'Badger Moonrise' (above) and 'Sharpenhoe Summer'. I love this annual exhibition because you know how dear the combination of poetry and painting is to my heart! From the Obsidian website:
"An exciting exhibition of selected work inspired by poetry in a wide range of mediums and styles. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book with selected art and poems from the show - available from the gallery and on the web shop.  On Thursday 23rd April from 6.30pm – 9pm, to coincide with World Book Night (and Shakespeare’s birthday), we would be delighted if you could join us to meet some of the exhibiting artists, with readings from the poems that inspired their work.
I'm thrilled to be included in the book for the second year running, this time with my own poem 'The Apple's Heart':

The wassail fades from Wisdom's field,
yet full I grow and branches part
for Avalon and Gawain's shield
and you who know my secret heart. - SW

Follow the links to see a PDF preview of the book!


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Demonstrating watercolour at The Eagle Gallery

New painting for the demo. I have no idea what it is yet...
Well, the Eagle Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition is well underway with the Gallery decked out in all things Italian. This weekend has been a special celebration with music, storytelling and artist demos. I was first up with a watercolour demo (see above). I had the quaint idea that I would sit in the garden and paint while people occasionally drifted by firing the odd question at me but a) it was pretty chilly (see most attractive boho shawl and scarf below as I try to fend off the breeze while still keeping my painting arm free) and b) I very quickly realised that rather than 'drifting by' people were going to sit around me in a circle and stay. And not only that, they were mainly keen and well-informed watercolourists!

So... I really had to get myself into another gear and do some serious demo-ing while talking all the while. And I loved it! I think we all had a lot of fun and, even better, everything I attempted to show came out well. As watercolour is pretty tricksy and fickle, especially wet-in-wet which I used a lot, I was very thankful to the watercolour gods for seeing me through. Quite honestly, anything could have happened - washes could have gone completely bonkers and the breeze could have sent them in every direction, flies could have landed in them (flies love an outdoor watercolour wash), neat little effects could have refused to play ball. Some watercolour secrets are as elusive as the unicorn. But everything went like a dream. I was asked some very interesting questions and heard a bit about what others do and, hopefully, people went away with some fun ideas to play with to make washes more interesting and textured.

As there was a whole day of events (and more to follow today) I stayed around and watched artist Sarah Janavicius demo her vibrant collages and Jo Spyropoulos demo how to really enjoy creating your sketchbooks and how to turn them into free and atmospheric paintings. I enjoyed watching and listening to both of them and came away with lots of tips and ideas. I also heard master storyteller Max Steinhardt tell a moving and beautiful story about old love, new love and healing. All this and fantastic music too.

Our Italian Connection Exhibition runs until 7th May and is well worth the visit - members have really risen to the challenge and come up with some amazing work, not just on the walls but in the browsers which are positively busting out all over with all things Italy!

The latest in artist outdoors wear

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Eagle Gallery 10th Anniversary

The Eagle Gallery's 10th Anniversary Celebration kicks off this coming weekend with painting, music and storytelling. I'll be demonstrating watercolour from 11-12am on Saturday morning as part of a really interesting programme of events which will launch our Italian Connection Exhibition. This themed exhibition will celebrate 10 years of our co-operative with some really interesting works on show inspired by La Bella Italia.

Saturday 11th April
10.30am -5.30pm
Artists Demonstrations
11am Sue Wookey, Watercolour Artist
1.30pm Sarah Janavicius, Mixed Media Artist
3.30pm Jo Spyropoulos, Sketching in pen and wash
Story Telling and Music
12.30pm Mark Steinhardt Italian Fables
1.00pm Interval- Juliet Lawson, Live Music
2.45pm Mark Steinhardt- Italian Fables
3.30pm Music-Trio, Clarinets

Sunday 12th April
Artists Demonstrations
12pm Keith Wells, Watercolour Artist
1.15pm Janet Cook, Textile Artist
2.30pm Aike Wright Mixed Media Artist

The Eagle Gallery
101 Castle Road
Bedford MK40 3QP