Tuesday, September 2, 2014

painted papers

workshops up and coming

over the next few postings you can see the kinda thing we will be doing ... 

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

i am excited ....   and hope you too will be ...
I am holding workshops in painted papers and basic bookbinding techniques ....

these are A FEW works and trials for the workshops ...

painted papers first - its all about play, relaxing, letting go and making marks that are your own. 

in play we find out what materials do when we do things to them ...adding, subtracting, layering, printing, stamping, tearing and so on.  You end up with a stash that you can use for bookbinding, collage, scrap booking, things unlimited by imagination.

If your painted papers session is part of the combined bookbinding day workshop we will use some of your painted papers as well as pre-printed card and paper to create books.  (will talk of this in a future posting)


And we have Bookbinding workshops coming up too - postings coming up !

Basic bookbinding techniques - Saturday 25 October 2014 - 10am-2pm
                                                    OR Sunday 26 October 2014 1-5pm.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Reflecting on my experience to date whilst considering what next, where will my work take me.

When I first started exploring art (coming to it quite late) it was Jasper Johns and Brett Whiteley that lit the spark for me ...   they both still 'have it' for me ... and seeing their works in real time is amazing.  Johns' works had me enthralled for hours in a gallery visit in New York (2001) and Brett Whiteley's sensuous lines echoing the female form, in every things he sees including landscape paintings and his colours have never dimmed to excite my senses. Jasper Johns and Samuel Beckett: Fizzles
found at the Manhattan Rare Book Company
more info & images at the link


“Two of the most enigmatic artists of our time, Samuel Beckett and Jasper Johns, collaborated on this complex yet elegant artist’s book. Originally written in French..., the brooding essays were rewritten in English by Beckett for this project. Nevertheless, Johns decided to include both texts that expanded his own involvement to thirty-three etchings and aquatints plus color lithograph endpapers. Johns’s imagery is based on a major four-panel painting, Untitled (1972), along with his classic imagery related to numbers and body parts. This cerebral volume that provokes more questions than it answers is considered one of the greatest artists’ books of the second half of the twentieth century.” – Johnson and Stein, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000. Included in the landmark 1995 Museum of Modern Art exhibit: A Century of Artists’ Books.

Printed at Atelier Crommelynck. FINE CONDITION. $30,000.


Johns 'White Target" 1957. Wax and Oil on canvas. 30x30" (76.2cmx76.2cm)
Whitney Museum of Ameircan Art, New York

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), White Target, 1957. Wax and oil on canvas, Overall (Canvas): 30 × 30in. (76.2 × 76.2cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 71.211. Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NYNARRATOR: Jasper Johns made White Target in oil paint and encaustic, a painting medium consisting of melted wax. Encaustic hardens very quickly, so each brush stroke appears on the canvas exactly as Johns placed it. The individual strokes don’t blend into each other. As prominent as they are, there’s a uniformity to them—one that makes the surface very different from the spontaneous brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists. For these artists, who were a generation older than Johns, gesture was a highly personal matter. A dramatic brushstroke was understood to express an equally dramatic feeling. By contrast, Johns’s surface seems cool and somewhat distant.
For Johns, that impersonality was part of the point. He once told the art historian Leo Steinberg that he chose to paint things like flags and targets because they were, quote, “pre-formed, conventional, depersonalized, factual, exterior elements.” He could include them in paintings without them having to mean anything specific—which meant, in a way, that the paintings were abstract. But at the same time, they were very literal. Theoretically, one could play a real game of darts on a Target painting. And Johns’s Flags have stood in for American-ness on many occasions. So are they actual things, or paintings of things? With Johns’s work, the philosophical problems of representation became part of the painting tradition in a way they’d never been before.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

a little gardening today

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—

The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—
Yours, Fly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

in betweens

in between unpacking in the studio, building shelves, planting and planning another section of the garden, cleaning the fish pond and lovely spring type days i continue to find some gems out there ...

Nancy Fouts surreal imagery looks to me, like photo-shopped images but they are actually sculptures - funny, clever, perhaps disturbing - a mind of seemingly unbounded ideas that appeals to the unfettered imagination ...  i love the thinking ballerina.

and this - 'pipe dreams'
Nancy Fouts, Pipe Dreams

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

found at inqmind
"Nancy Fouts' sculpted reinterpretations of inanimate objects and animals alike have a knack for sending the minds of her audiences on a wild roller-coaster ride of curiosity and intrigue.

Sometimes her sculptures re-contextualize notable works using contemporary details to polarizing affect. Sometimes her sculptures seem to be some sort of ambiguous social commentary linked to deeper meaning. But as the artist herself reassures us, her sculptures are in fact "not [that] deep, but it is entertaining and it makes people smile!"

With pieces like her literal tooth-brush, penis-holding golden Buddha, and her ballerina version of The Thinker, how can one stand to argue? All we can do is sit back and enjoy the wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts."
The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

and this from wordlesstech
On the subject of her work, Fouts says; ‘My work is not a comment on religion, nature or indeed anything, it is all about manipulating the object to realise my idea. Everything starts with the idea.’
UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (12)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (9)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (5)

my next question is how? .... they sure look like photographic images to me ....


Sunday, August 17, 2014


and excited, chomping at the bit to get into it 

here you see what i am up against - unpacking in the studio which comprises 3 rooms - below1 is the clean area ... heh (well, it will be) and below2 is the assemblage area - so much stuff 
not only have i been working in a small area, with small stashes to draw from i have also been collecting ! ....

in traipsing around the internet looking at assemblage, wishing to be inspired and challenged  i have been a bit despondent to see so much of the same same same ... notwithstanding  'masters' in this form whom i admire immensely such as my first love for assemblage thanks to Rosalie Gascoigne, love love love Louise Nevelson, fantastic Joseph Cornell, the wonderful amazing Dale Copeland,

Joseph is in great company! ...

and then ..today, i found Ron Ulicny .... wow ... young vibrant assemblage that challenges, engages and makes you (me) smile.

love this ... so clever ...

as one who used to wear high heels - some far too high - AND roller skate (which i love) i can so relate ... smile and sigh

and now ... i am having a crisis of  art identity ... ... but thats a whole other story

Friday, August 15, 2014

wintering away

still cold with snow around  
working on an eZine - due out 3 october 2014
limited edition hardcopy (not online) 
in the spirit of eZine the aim is 
the look of handmade, the sound of a voice, the writings of a person

if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive information about each edition
OR if you would like to contribute - image, writing, art snippets
e: portsidegallerytas@gmail.com

Sunday, August 10, 2014

red or blue?

red or blue porthole
with or without black square?
and then there is the lettering options

Saturday, August 9, 2014

we know we must just trust in process

or we would never start the journey in the first place ...
tidying up after the flood in the gallery

 this was day 1
by day 3 the water was halfway across the room

Studio work day tomorrow !!!
not too many things left to do now
a Georgie selfie

working on a few things -
workshop ideas and trials
an eZine
pOrtside Gallery paraphernalia and logos
a couple of photo books ...  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

a gaggle, a gathering, a group ....

barbies unite ....  (just unpacking in the studio - finding fun, and a viewpoint) ... small differences

Thursday, July 24, 2014

oh my ....

a tiny snapshopt of the whole ...
starting to unpack ... these boxes have been like this for a loooong while but now its time !
working around a few finishing touches -  that back wall (below) has to go up - i am thinking a pin wall  (we will be doing that tomorrow) .... V and I
am thinking of keeping this wall (below) as a noggin wall because it retains the wall of the sea freight container  and i love that the noggins are so practical in a studio !

 my family dont think everything will unpack into the studio ...
 hmmmm ....

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