As part of Powderham Art Festival the amazing Anna Fitzgerald who runs WooHoo Art Events facilitated the "Back to The Future" Powderham Art Display. About 40 artists were given a fairly random photo of a piece of existing art in the castle to re-interpret in their own fashion. I'll add the photo I was given and what I created at the bottom of this blog.
The show opened at 9am Saturday 21st September, and by 9.04 I received a message from Anna to say, that "Courtnay Hot Lips" had sold straight away. What a lovely start to a dull wet day, and an affirmation that some people out there do like my quirky style!!
The following words accompanied the piece:
Courtnay Hot Lips: The Courtney Dolphin that Broke Free
If you look carefully around you in the castle or ask a guide you will find the Courtnay Dolphin all over the place, but you will have to search carefully.
Anna knows me well enough to send me something to interpret with a sea theme. However, the image I received to interpret was confusing at first: a gold leaf creature on the legs of the pink upholstered chair. It took me some research from the those with local knowledge to inform me it was the Courtney Dolphin.
A tour of the castle revealed the various styles of Courtnay Dolphin, and my final inspiration came as I passed the Dolphin Inn on my way home. I am lucky enough to see dolphins in the wild in Lyme Bay and wanted my Courtnay dolphin to break free from the restraints of the castle and look as though she has having a whale of a time in the wild. The piece became a she when I chose to brighten her up with the red lips; and so her name evolved Courtnay Hot Lips.
Thanks for taking the time to read about her.
The images below show the evolution of Courtnay: The image I was given, the image on display in the dark castle, and finally her image set free as intended
Im pleased to let you know that I will be taking part in Powderham Art month on Thursday 27th June 2019. Di visit the castle that day and come and meet me working on some pieces. I look forward to seeing you there.
I am so happy to share and enjoy my relaunched website. With the help of a small grant I engaged Trudie Burne, creative director, graphic designer and Devon business owner of Bright Blue C to undertake the work which is a transformation. Enjoy getting familiar with this new look. Many thanks Trudie
I was invited to take part in this premiere event in Torquay. A new art show run by the parent teachers association of Torquay Boys’ Grammer School. This seemed a good opportunity for me to exhibit again in a new place, never expecting that it would become such a major event. I understand there will be 70 artists exhibiting, so I have been working to produce some new work that will be exhibited and for sale. My centrepiece of this exhibition will be my porthole, which is now finished and looking for a new home. I would love to meet your there in October.
Torquay Boys' Grammar School
Shiphay Manor Drive
I spend a lot of time on or by the water, these contribute to some of the themes of my work.. I am fortunate enough to sail and kayak regularly and am treated to the sights and sounds of the sea. A beautiful sunset on the horizon, birds flying in formation overhead, birds diving to catch their food, and the great sight of dolphins escorting you on your journey. I’ve missed them this summer, until last week. A pod of dolphins swam with us for a mile or so along the coast.