As part of our art class theme adornment we have been working with a set of pictures by Deen Dayal of Maharajahs, I was keen to put my pencil down and have a go with a Biro, also to work at a smaller scale, nothing like challenging yourself.
Visited this exhibition at Mottisfont a National Trust property and gallery with some very interesting talks by the artists loads of new artist for me to explore.
Our new exhibition celebrates the art of trees through paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture this autumn. Created especially for us, ‘Arborealists: the Art of Trees’ draws on a rich tradition of the tree as a vital subject for art.
Trees have proved an important source of artistic inspiration for centuries. From John Constable to David Hockney, artists have employed the largest plant on earth as a metaphor, symbol, decoration and stylistic device.
A new group of contemporary artists called the Arborealists are now adding fresh work to this tradition. Following a highly successful exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the Arborealists are creating a unique show for Mottisfont, which will include new work exhibited for the first time.
Full list of appearing artists: Robert Amesbury-Brookes, Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Peter Clossick, Gary Colclough, Marcus Cornish, Tim Craven, Dalschaert and Brandy, Michelle Dovey, Kurt Jackson, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Alexander Pemberton, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Julian Perry, Nick Schlee, Celia de Serra, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield, John Surplice and Lizzie Sykes.
This weeks art class we looked at blue and white china, the Willow pattern and the work of Grayson Perry. we started just painting from the Willow pattern with the aim to develop a twist on the theme, I don’t think my head was in the right place for this and It didn’t really go anywhere, later I worked on a few ideas and considered making a twist on the Japanese wave.
I put it all down and started to look a bit deeper at Grayson Perry s work, I liked his twist on blue and white using yellow and I liked how he uses text in his work, so one thing followed another and I made a portrait of him.