Festival fallout

I’d like to start by saying how wonderful it was to receive so much positive feedback from so many people.  That has meant a lot to me and pointed my work, and exhibition next year, firmly in a couple of directions.  I’ll post more of these ideas shortly.  It was quite something to talk about my pictures with complete strangers and that’s helped me get a very clear idea of what my work is about.  I really enjoyed having friends drop by too: some of you were clearly surprised but in the nicest way I think.   Then, of course, it was great to sell my pictures – though the first time a couple of them walked out of the door felt a little strange.  I sold four framed copies and seven prints – so eleven in all – ten was my original goal so I’m pleased.  Here are the ones that sold:

Äsperöd Gnarly (900 x 754) R2200 framed (sold); R1350 print

Äsperöd Gnarly

Äsperöd Gnarly

Aurajoki Runic (643 x 900) R1900 framed (sold); R1150 print (sold two prints)

Aurajoki Runic

Aurajoki Runic

Baobab Temple (900 x 378) R1550 framed; R1150 print (sold one print)

Baobab Temple

Baobab Temple

Natalie Metallica (1200 x 800) R2450 framed; R1300 print (sold two prints)

Natalie Metallica

Natalie Metallica

Aloe Skyscape (800 x 680) R2000 framed (sold); R1250 print

Aloe Skyscape

Aloe Skyscape

Lindesnäs Fjordscape (900 x 404) R1650 framed (sold); R1200 print

Lindesnäs Fjordscape

Lindesnäs Fjordscape

Stendörren Dreamscape (1350 x 529) R2200 framed; R1350 print (sold one print)

Stendörren Dreamscape

Stendörren Dreamscape

Okapuka Sunset (1000 x 997) R2750 framed; R1550 print (sold one print)

Namibia Skylight Half Size 150

Okapuka Sunset

Prints are still available of all of these and so are hard copies where indicated. Portals Exhibition – the catalogue has full details for the other pictures as well.  Contact me if you want to place an order.

What were the downsides?

Well, Carinus Annex is very cold to sit in day after day during mid winter and be told that you aren’t allowed to use the electricity for heating!  This seems more than a little strange when you are paying a daily rental fee. It’s also a venue in serious need of a coat of paint and overall refurbishment.  It looks tatty and that’s not a good atmosphere if you are trying to exhibit.  I know it’s ‘only’ a Fringe venue but this also reflects poorly on the Festival.  It’s been my first time exhibiting but I still I got the impression from artists and visitors that visual art as a whole needs some more support: just look at the ugly wire frame stands for example … I had to prop mine up with folded magazines!

Portals exhibition 2016

Portals exhibition 2016

Finally, a big thank you to Harry Owen for helping me to set up and take down the exhibition.

 

 

Portals Exhibition – the catalogue

The cost of framed and print only copies are given below.  All images are available in digital format at R250/image.

Trees (costs do not include postage and packaging)

Äsperöd Gnarly (900 x 754) R2200 framed (sold); R1350 print

Äsperöd Gnarly

Äsperöd Gnarly

Äsperöd Gnarly Creature (900 x 800) R2300 framed; R1350 print

Äsperöd Gnarly Creature

Äsperöd Gnarly Creature

Aurajoki Runic (643 x 900) R1900 framed (sold); R1150 print

Aurajoki Runic

Aurajoki Runic

Baobab Temple (900 x 378) R1550 framed; R1150 print

Baobab Temple

Baobab Temple

Vresbok Archway (1000 x 759) R2300 framed; R1350 print

Vresbok Archway

Vresbok Archway

Vresbok Avenue (900 x 753) R2200 framed; R1350 print

Vresbok Avenue

Vresbok Avenue

Designs (costs do not include postage and packaging)

Alice in Wonderland (1000 x 1182) R3000 framed; R1550 print

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Blue Arabesque (900 x 933) R2450 framed; R1400 print

Blue Arabesque

Blue Arabesque

Blue Portal (900 x 1166) R2800 framed; R1500 print

Blue Portal

Blue Portal

Endless Filigree (1100 x 1200) R2650 framed; R1600 print

Endless Filigree

Endless Filigree

Endless Natalie (850 x 875) R2300 framed; R1350 print

Endless Natalie

Endless Natalie

Vresbok Spiders (1050 x 1200) R3250 framed; R1600 print

Vresbok Spiders

Vresbok Spiders

Eyes (costs do not include postage and packaging)

Ancient Eyes (900 x 428) R1700 framed; R1200 print

Ancient Eyes

Ancient Eyes

Natalie Feral (950 x 698) R2150 framed; R1300 print

Natalie Feral

Natalie Feral

Natalie Metallica (1200 x 800) R2450 framed; R1300 print

Natalie Metallica

Natalie Metallica

Skies, Fjords (costs do not include postage and packaging)

Aloe Skyscape (800 x 680) R2000 framed (sold); R1250 print

Aloe Skyscape

Aloe Skyscape

Lindesnäs Fjordscape (900 x 404) R1650 framed (sold); R1200 print

Lindesnäs Fjordscape

Lindesnäs Fjordscape

Okapuka Sunset (1000 x 997) R2750 framed; R1550 print

Okapuka Sunset

Okapuka Sunset

Stendörren Dreamscape (1350 x 529) R2200 x R1350

Stendörren Dreamscape

Stendörren Dreamscape

Contact me if you want to place an order.

 

 

 

 

Almost there …. National Arts Festival 2016

The pictures are framed, the labeling’s done, digital images uploaded for distribution, picture hooks, string and the rest of the exhibition paraphernalia are all just about ready to go.  So I’m almost there!


I’ll be hanging the pictures on Tuesday 28th, with Harry Owen’s assistance, and the finishing touches should be done on Wednesday.  Thursday 30th we open at the Carinus Annex. See you there!

Arena Exhibition at the Festival Gallery: Stendörren Dreamscape

The National Arts Festival sets up the Arena Exhibition as an opportunity to showcase your artwork.  My problem was which piece to decide on.  I settled on this dreamy looking landscape taken late last September at Stendörren Nature Reserve in Sweden.  It’s looking west into the sun (which all camera makers tell you never to do) reflecting over the sea.

Stendörren Dreamscape

I like the tranquility, the curling clouds and the range of blues which make you wonder is it night or day?

The Arena Exhibition opens on Monday 20th June and will end on the last day of Festival, Sunday 10th July 2016.  It’s held at the Festival Gallery on Somerset Street, Grahamstown.

Portals Exhibition: Two Mosaics

It’s been exciting this past couple of weeks seeing everything start to take shape. There will be 19 large format photographs for sale either as limited edition prints or as digital images at reduced size and resolution.  A further 20 images from Symmetry in Nature will also be for sale in digital format along with the remaining six copies of the limited edition print run of the book.

I compiled two mosaics of all of the images that will be on view at the exhibition so it’s easy to see what’s on offer.

Portals Mosaic Final Small Blog Version

Portals Exhibition

Symmetry in Nature

Symmetry in Nature

The pictures have been printed and the framing has started.  Here’s the first two images that were waiting to be collected yesterday from Classic Framers in Grahamstown.

For collection …

 

‘A tree sits like an avatar, an embodiment of the immutable, far beyond the pains of man.’

Nearly all of the Portals exhibition pictures are of trees. So I think a word of two of explanation is needed.

Why trees and what is their significance to me?

The great woodworker George Nakashima says in his book The Soul of a Tree:

‘Then, when I am there, feeling at one with the trees and space around me it’s easy to feel the trees with soul.

A tree sits like an avatar, an embodiment of the immutable, far beyond the pains of man.’

Sometimes, when I am alone with them, I feel the trees with soul.  Some trees speak more clearly than others. When I’m in Western Sweden I’ve discovered that there are a lot of Scots Pine (Tall in Swedish).   They’re special trees that usually hide deep in the forests on small rocky outcrops.  Here are a couple of pictures of one of my favourites sitting ‘like an avatar’ in its own space.

Äsperöd Gnarly Tree (Tall)

Äsperöd Gnarly Trees

I’ve visited this particular tree often in the autumn.  At sunset the light dips across the forest catching the branches in a  kaleidoscope of fractured shards.  Here it’s turned into a dark archway: spanning the forest floor.  Inviting you to stand beneath it.

Äsperöd Sunset Archway

But it’s easiest to photograph it when the sky is overcast or just after the sun has set.  That is when you get the images to help uncover its character.  There’s no sharp contrasts to distract the eye and it becomes a giant being with arms reaching high above you.

Äsperöd: Giant Tree Being

Äsperöd Tree Being: Waiting

Or, and this last picture is my favourite, it’s inviting you to pass between the old exposed tree stumps as it waits – poised, balanced, almost expectant – for you to come before it.