Beginnings: 5 Things to do in the preparing for new artwork development

new beginnings Liz Ackerley Art

For the last couple of weeks I have been procrastinating rather than preparing for new artwork development. There are a number of reasons why I think I’ve been hesitant. Firstly, I am doing something much bigger than I have done before in terms of the amount and variety of work. Secondly it’s a new area of work for me, (albeit with a common thread of my interest in Place). This means that there is more uncertainty of how it will evolve (although that is what makes it exciting!). Thirdly, it’s for a joint exhibition so there are insecurities about ensuring the work delivers and fits together to form a cohesive story!

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Drawing as part of the painting process

This week, we have been able to go out and walk with fewer restrictions.  This means that I have been able to get out into the landscape to draw, bringing back to my mind the question of drawing as part of the painting process. Just a couple of hours walking on Marsden Moor enabled me to create some quick simple sketches. You can see my previous blogs about drawing during lockdown here. I love to draw on location and those of you that follow my work will know that drawing is the basis of a lot of what I do.  

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Containment vs. expansion – it’s all about differences

Since lockdown containment vs. expansion have been on my mind. I have been working from a small room at home instead of a large studio in an old mill.  I talked about some of the changes I was making as a result of lockdown in my last blog: Taking Stock and Forging New Approaches.   Of course, when our world changes, to be smaller, more contained and restricted, you would expect the things we create to somehow reflect that change….maybe.  This blog talks about what I have found in my work and how I see it progressing.

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My About Ashton Exhibition has started!

About Ashton

As of today, Tuesday 17th March 2020, my About Ashton exhibition is on show in the Market Hall, Ashton-Under-Lyne!!  You can read more about the venue in a previous blog here. After a few months putting this work together, it feels like a mixture of excitement, nerves and relief!  On a  practical note, it is likely that many fewer people will get to see it in person than we originally thought. This is because of the unprecedented times we are witnessing with Corvid19.  But I want people to be able to have a good look at it and hear what it’s all about. Even if they can’t get to the market hall.

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A market hall exhibition: My About Ashton Series

These days there are all sorts of places for exhibiting art, outside of the traditional gallery. Pop up Galleries, Art Fairs, Open Studios, Pubs and cafes etc are all possibilities. But it’s not always easy to know what is going to work best for your work. There are definitely pros and cons, and often there appear to be positive and less positive experiences for any one of these! Therefore, I am taking the approach of keeping an open mind and just going with what feels right.

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Find Your Voice 2019: A review

CottonMill series Find your Voice 2019

Over the past 6 weeks I have taken part in a second on-line course called Find Your Voice (FYV) with Louise Fletcher. This is a follow on to the Find Your Joy (FYJ) course. You can read my review, including my results, from FYJ here. The purpose of this second course was to continue to focus on developing our own personal voices. But with an intention in mind and looking at 4 key painting principles: tone; composition; colour and mark making.

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