Archive for January, 2018

Tessa Beaver – Artist, printmaker


Thanks to Anne Duffy for posting this on Facebook. More about this artist printmaker here:


A Favourite Artist: John Clark

John Clark

(thanks to Hilary Cowley Greer for sharing!)


“I paint and build people. They are usually imagined, occasionally remembered and sometimes they are models; fragments of bodies that I have found and/or built.
Whatever the source, the work proceeds with some urgency as if it were a hunt. Meanings percolate gently through the mixing; attaching and detaching themselves as the arrangements shift. I exert little control but take notice and what I notice I paint or build. I suspect that at the heart of the process is a question of identity, allied to a suspicion that the real world is as much a product of desire as it is an object.

In recent work I have looked more and directed less. The work has become smaller and simpler. The larger groupings have given way to smaller studies. Heads float in space, arms lie on planes, figures drift.”

– taken from John Clark’s website.

ModernGothic_03-337x505.jpg    Born 1964
Schooled; Derby,Glasgow,Bristol,Oxford
Graduated; Oxford University (Distinction) 1986
Exhibitions 2010-16 London, New York, Miami, Cambridge, Bristol, Stockholm, Beijing, Edinburgh
Exhibitions 1987-95 Poland, Finland, Scotland, England, Spain
Employed 1986-2010 Sony, Infogram, Greys school of Art, Tramway, Glasgow Sculpture Studios
Publications 2011-12 Good Old Drawing, From Killzone to Canvas, Show me the MonetCaughtSleeping_03_Batt-337x505.jpg

(Send me a link to your favourite artist and lets share a feast throughout 2018 – thanks in anticipation –

Painting with Words -opportunity at Willow Gallery’s next exhibition


Willow Gallery CIC Exhibition: Information for Exhibitors

Exhibition Title: Painting with Words

Exhibition Dates:  Saturday 3rd March – Saturday 7th April

Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts. We encourage Artists to explore this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations.

Key themes for inspiration:

Literature, language, storytelling, prose, poetry, song lyrics, sung and spoken word, myths, legends and local history.
Calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, typesetting, print, bookbinding, paper and print.

Media: Open to paintings, textiles, printmaking, batik, drawing, mixed media and sculpture.

Description: Artists can submit a single piece or a series of work; submission fees are according to the space used rather than number of works submitted. The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork. Artwork can be replaced as work sells with no extra charge.

 Exhibition Timetable:
Application Form Deadline: Monday 12th February

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 3rd March – Saturday 7th April

Delivery of Art Work: Monday 19th February, 10am to 6pm
Collection of unsold artwork: Saturday 7th April, 4pm – 6pm & Sunday 15th April. 10am to midday

Submission Types and Prices covering five weeks.
Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤100cm – £20
Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤200cm – £40
Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤300cm – £60

Type 4: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames)≤400cm – £80
Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm – £20

Payments can be made by BACS transfer to;   Willow Oswestry CIC

Sort Code: 60-16-04.   Account Number: 74155253.
Or alternatively you can pay in person at the gallery by cash or card.
The gallery takes 35% commission on all artwork sold. Please include this commission within the given selling price on the application form. The Willow Gallery is a community interest, not-for-profit, gallery therefore commission on sales and exhibition entry fees go to supporting the up-keep of the gallery.
Entry Form:
Title your postal application / email: Painting with Words 2018
Please send example (JPEG) images of work with the title or post images of your artwork which will help us to advertise and promote your work.
Provide a list of the works you wish to exhibit and the dimensions on the attached form.
Submission fee is required to be paid with the entry form.                                                     Please indicate any special requests or enquires about hanging unusual work.


Work Images
Please supply us in high quality digital format (JPEG) individual images of your work, this will assist us in promoting your work through our website and advertising.

Preparation of work:
All framed/canvas work must be mirror plated in the middle of the frame and strung 1/3rd down the frame using D rings and picture cord.


All artwork including sculpture must be clearly labeled on the back. All framed/canvas works must have a luggage style label hanging down from the back of the artwork giving artwork details as described above. This label must be clearly visible when the work is on the wall. The work should also be clearly marked. This is essential for accurate labelling and hanging of artwork.

Artist Statement:

All work needs an artist statement that should be emailed to the gallery. This should be no larger than an A5 portrait page at font size 14, Garamond style, and should be used as an opportunity to promote yourself and your work. Our buyers are very interested in the inspiration and motivation of our artists. Discuss your use of materials or any unusual media and processes that make your work unique. How did you start your portfolio and how has your work developed over time? Does your lifestyle and experience weave into your creative process? An insight into the artist’s mind and background can further promote work and assist us in marketing, help to get your work the attention it deserves.

Please send application and enquiries to:
Willow Gallery CIC
56 Willow Street
SY11 1AD

Email :Subject: Painting with Words Exhibition 2018 Email:

Microsoft Word - Exhibition Entry Form - Painting with Words 201

Microsoft Word - Artist Disclaimer 2018.docx

Ant Dickinson installing work with Jessica Lloyd Jones at  Canary Warf January 2018Some previous works by Jessica belowA FEAST FOR THE EYES!

(Aiming to post up links to inspiring artists regularly. If you have a favourite artist send Diana a link for posting throughout 2018. Let’s brighten our lives big time!! Thank you.

Figure Drawing by fire and candle-light

Three winter evenings’ Figure Drawing sessions by fire and candle-light:
this Thursday 11th January, 
Thursday 8th February, and Thursday 8th March.
Places available on these cosy winter evenings of figure drawing at Black Park Chapel, Maes y Parc, Halton, Chirk, LL14 5BB.
Firelight and candles, plus a glass of wine and cake
are all on the evenings’ menu.
Each session costs £25 – with a £10 discount if you book for all three.
There will be professional models as usual, and sessions are suitable for anyone who’s done a bit of figure drawing already, as well as those with plenty of experience.
As tutor and facilitator, I am there to help with one-to-one tuition, or not, as you choose.
Please contact me if you have any questions – or 07813 466 930

A New Year ready for a get together!!

Dear Artists, friends of artists, aspiring artists!!


We’ve not had a get together for far too long now! Let’s kick off the New Year with one at

The Willow Gallery in Oswestry

at 2.0 pm on Tuesday 23rd January.

Hope this is convenient for some of you. Both John and Rob and I will be there. Bring  your sketchbooks, your photos, your ideas, your exhibitions held and visited, places you’d like to visit etc etc or just simply bring yourself and let’s have a catch up over a hot drink and something delicious from the Willow Eatery!

(We are aiming to plan an indoor sketching outing for February). Details to follow.

Congratulations to Myra!

Great news from Myra Ryan

“I was delighted to have both my entries selected for the 3rd year running and Steve and I set off yesterday afternoon for Conwy to the official opening.

As we were walking around I was thinking that the standard was very high this year and was really delighted that as we emerged into the main gallery my 2 prints were on the opposite wall, hung together.

I had a brief word with the mayor who asked if I was one of the artists and asked me to point out my work. I had no idea………… and just for once I think I was completely lost for words as he made his speech and announced the judges 3 nominees…….I still can`t quite believe I was one of them…………….anyway Happy New Year to you all and attached are a few pics. Myra”

Found this wood carver on Twitter and find her work inspirational.

 “In Neither Mine Nor Yours, the effect of the human footprint on the environment is investigated.The paradox of “man’s destruction of the environment, he needs to survive” rises to the forefront. And with that there is an overarching sense of fragility- both of the body and of the world around us.”

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