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Friday 23rd October 2015 : “It’s Not All About Drawing…”

Why is it so hard to start?

Determinedly turning my back on pressing emails, and even more pressing washing up – I make it into my art studio, hidden away in the garden – by mid-morning. It feels cold and damp in here. In my coat, while the heater gets to work, I pull out some sheets of used watercolour paper. (If they’re already used on one side, I won’t feel too precious about what I produce on the other side!)

Musical accompaniment must be classical (-no lyrics or voices to intrude upon my conciousness!). Pagannini – violin & cello – energizing.

“back iii”,
Joanna Stone 2015,
Watercolour.

“back iii” Joanna Stone, 2015. Watercolour.

I seem to have created a “back” series…

I decide to take photographs of recent drawings as a record and to use online. This turns into a process of consideration.

CONTEMPLATION TIME: IMPORTANT TO GAZE AND CONSIDER.

Making notes in my A6 sketchbook (almost a diary, but with drawings & not quite a journal) and cross-referencing other sketchbooks (I have several on the go at any one time).

The music has stopped.

A flock of Goldcrests come through the garden all around the studio, sounding high, sweet, few notes. Moving swiftly, taking invisible insects from the trees.

Another “thread” tugs at my thoughts…

TREES

This studio, this house and garden, this village – we’re surrounded by acres of of ancient woodland and heath.

One A3 sketch book is becoming all about this landscape. I feel alternately hemmed in or liberated by trees…

                                                                               Psychogeography

(Merlin Coverley, but also Dorothy Wordsworth, Richard Long and many more) – walking and recording – not just how it looks but how it feels, smells, sounds. Human interaction with the landscape. My connection.

Hunger suddenly drives me back into the house for a sandwich and hot tea, still contemplating ideas, undoing and reshaping in my mind’s eye.

Afterwards I go for a walk in the woods. Ancient woodland, mostly Sessile Oaks in this part, although I can’t find any over perhaps two hundred years (?)…Maybe they were cut down to use for building…? Our house has oak beams.

Drawing and taking photographs as I go. Occasional dog-walkers regarding me with suspicion or amusement. 

My favourite tiny sketchbook, 2015. Joanna Stone

My favourite tiny sketchbook, 2015.
Joanna Stone

  My favourite tiny sketchbook, handmade for me by my daughter.

Sessile Oak, Joanna Stone 2015, brushpen.

Sessile Oak,
Joanna Stone 2015,
brushpen.

Sessile oaks in bakers Wood, pencil 2015. Joanna Stone

Sessile oaks in bakers Wood, pencil 2015.
Joanna Stone

A couple of walking hours later, and back to the studio to allow the day’s wanderings and wonderings to settle into some kind of vision.

Now

I have a way

to begin

Latest exhibition at the Eagle Gallery

All memmbers of the Eagle co-operative have been invited to submit one piece of work each on the theme of “Contrast”.

http://www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk/

Exhibitions!

I’ve recently joined the Eagle Gallery Artists Co Operative in Bedford, and I’m very excited about it! The group run continuous shows at the gallery in Castle Street, Bedford. If you happen to be over that way, or fancy a day out in Bedford, there’s free parking along part of the Embankment, or in some of the side roads off Castle Street. The area boasts a lovely riverside walk and park with cafes, theatres, and of course the wonderful Cecil Higgins Museum – all just about within walking distance….http://www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk/

I’m also taking part in the annual Autumn Art Shows with the Artists Network Bedfordshire: http://www.artsnetbeds.org.uk/art-trail-brochure/

The venues are dotted around the county of Bedfordshire, and most are open for the whole month.

I have work at the Golden Hare Gallery, Ampthill, – I thoroughly recommend a visit as it’s a delightful little gallery that’s full of beautiful paintings, prints, sculpture and pottery all artfully presented in an unusual setting: http://goldenhare.co.uk/

I also have work at the Cafe O.S.O. in Cranfield, which is a bustling contemporary cafe with cakes!

This coming weekend, a group of us are showing at the Memorial Hall, Woburn Sands, and I will be around on Saturday morning if you fancy calling in for a browse and a chat. The exhibition is open from 10.00-17.00 Saturday and Sunday.

The thing I wish I'd never said

“The thing I wish I’d never said”, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, Joanna Stone

SUMMER LANDSCAPE ON LOCATION WORKSHOPS

See http://jostonearttutor.wordpress.com for information and booking!

View of Stockgrove Lake, Rushmere. Joanna Stone 2014

View of Stockgrove Lake, Rushmere.
Joanna Stone 2014

“Midsummer Madness” exhibition

Detail from “Soldier”, Joanna Stone 2015, watercolour and charcoal.

Following the success of last week’s exhibition at Parkside Hall, Ampthill ( see review at http://BecomingAnArtist.wordpress.com ), it’s time to tell you about the next one at Moat Farm Gallery next weekend 6/7th June.

I will be showing some new work along with a small group of fellow artists from the Artists Network Bedfordshire.

This is a lovely small gallery space in a rural setting, – with room to park nearby (though please not in front of the house!) or on the road outside.

We’ll all be at the preview on Friday 7-9pm to greet you, with drinks and nibbles!

I shall also be there all day on Saturday.

For venue address and opening times, please see below:

Reverse of ANB MM exh flyer 2015

Face of ANB MM exh flyer 2015

Exhibition News

ANB Spring Ampthill posterANB Ampthill Spring PV invitation

I will be taking part in no less than THREE exhibitions over the coming weeks and will be showing different work at each venue!

The first is at Parkside hall, Ampthill, Beds. on 23rd and 24th May.This is a massive show of 50 artists’ work organised through Artists Network Bedfordshire comprising a huge mix of disciplines, including sculpture, printmaking and furniture. Entry is free.

Please click on the right-hand image above for a printable invitation to the Private View, which is on Friday 22nd May at Parkside hall, from 7.30-10.30 pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served!

The following two exhibitions take place at Moat Farm Gallery, Stoke Hammond:

“MIDSUMMER MADNESS 2015” is on Sat 6th and Sun 7th June, with a Private View Friday evening 7-9pm. This a small group show of work by members of our Artist Network Bedfordshire Mid-Beds Hub. Entry is free.

“A SLICE OF LIFE” is an exhibition of drawings and paintings inspired by the human figure, by a group of fifteen artists, all of whom live in and around Leighton Buzzard. This will be on over two weekends, 4th/5th and 10th/11th/12th July, with a Private View on Friday evening from 7-9pm. Free entry.

Exciting work happening in art classes….!

Loose watercolour 4 Joanna Stone 2015 Watercolour and brush pen

Loose watercolour 4
Joanna Stone 2015
Watercolour and brush pen

Here is one of my demos from a recent Life Drawing session. I have been demonstrating some different ways of using watercolours which offer a “looser” style of working. The results have been really exciting!
To see some examples please navigate to my “Classes and Workshops” (see menu at the top of this page).