Monday, 30 January 2012

BP portrait competition entry 2012

It's that time of year again when the competitions across the country start calling for entries. My choices for February are the BP Portrait Award, the Lynn-Painter Stainers Prize, and the Royal Portrait Society Annual Exhibition. They are all due in at pretty much the same time and are all London based, so the considerations are mainly the cost of sending the work down there from Glasgow rather than having enough work to go round.

I have been working on a series of portraits of the incredibly beautiful Missy Malone. I love every painting I make of her, and I was very honoured when she agreed to come and model for some paintings. She has given me a painting challenge in return, to portray her sitting on an elephant, so watch this space during March for progress. The pose I chose for the portrait is a demure one, where she is at rest sipping a nice cup of tea. I have been moving towards portraing the burlesque performers, not only in the throws of a performance, but also at rest. The final one is an oil painting, 100 x 80cm large, and is simply called 'Missy' and I hope she likes it as much as I do.

So back to the competitions; the Royal Portrait Society has started an interedting idea of judging works online, so you still pay your £12 per work, but you only send it down if you get picked. This is a great bonus for artists living outside London. The Stainer-Painter prize always has interesting mix of work, but as I want to try and  promote myself more as a portrait painter, so the other two win my money this year. Wish me luck!

Friday, 13 January 2012

New Year, New Studio

For over 6 years I have been working out of a bedroom studio in my home. My house was getting more and more full of paintings and art paraphenalia and I was also concerned that the house smelt of turps constantly. So, with trepidation, I put my name down on the waiting list for a WASPS studio at the beginning of the year, not expecting anything to happen for at least 3 years.
With all the new refurbishments going on with the WASPS studios around Glasgow, there were a lot of artists moving from one studio to another and I got the fabulous opportunity of a proper artist's studio in the refurbished Briggait building in the Merchant City, a very bohemian end of Glasgow. I was offered the studio in December and started the long task of moving in my equipment and furniture on the 4th January.

Here is the studio before I moved in. It didn't look so big when it was empty.

I have now moved in a small amount of my stuff and the place is looking quite homely and nicely minimalist (for me). I am not sure how long that will last, but I will enjoy it while I still have plenty of floorspace. I love it there as the light is amazing; I have a wall that is completely glass plus some of the ceiling too. I cannot wait until the summer when I will get so many more hours of daylight. My husband is worried that he will never see me!

So now, if you want to see my work, I will also have a continuous little show of paintings, framed, and in progress, in studio 203. Come and say hi (but call first to get let in)!