Monday, 28 January 2013

Anne-Marie Butlin- Special Collection

It is a fascinating thing to be able to watch an artist work.  To be able to begin to understand how a painting is constructed and what thought processes the artist goes through to achieve apparently effortless brilliance.
This week we have a Special Collection by an artist who is rapidly gaining a deserved reputation for her wonderful flower paintings. 
In January's edition of Artist and Illustrator magazine she gives a masterclass into one of her paintings, a step by step look.
These images are taken from the article and it comes as no surprise that her working methods are so well considered.

Anne-Marie Butlin makes paintings that are beautifully feminine with such strength and purpose that we are left in no doubt that each brushstroke and every colour has been placed deliberately and thoughtfully considered.
Delicate flowers and fine china radiate presence and form, beautiful parades of colour march across the canvas.

 Come and see for yourself, or view the collection on line on our new web site .
All paintings are available for sale from the gallery or our web site and we deliver paintings world wide.  You can also get a fascinating peek into the gallery on our face book page and see the paintings that way.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Miles Heseltine : Western Approaches.

Boscawen Un
1050mm x 2200mm, charcoal on paper £1750
To experience the landscape of West Penwith is to experience the raw elemental power of our island home.  It is not difficult to imagine ancient Celtic shaman finding spiritual places and areas to construct their megalithic structures and to connect to their world. 
Most of us have wandered about in these old places, touching a stone and musing for a moment on the ways of the old religions and our distant ancestors. Afterwards returning to our busy lives, the wild moorland just a flicker on our TV screen of memories. 
Miles Heseltine however seems able to capture the very essence of place, like an alchemist he condenses and recreates the energy and resonance of this powerful landscape.
Hawthorn at Ding Dong
500mm x 1000mm, oil on canvas £1250
Stone circles and burial chambers, church towers and mine workings all point towards rain grey skies as markers of the human spirit.  Hawthorn trees bend against the wind like huddled figures. 
Heseltine has taken oil paint and made places speak, taken charcoal and graphite and given the elements a song.  Magnificent drawings wrought within the landscape itself spread their arms across the walls of rooms and bring the land home with us. 
There is no mystic misty fakery about these paintings, no new age magic, this is the real thing.  An honest, uncompromising response to a beautiful, elemental landscape that speaks across millenia to our ancient memories.
Nine Maidens, Boskendan
        1150mm x 2250mm, charcoal on paper £1750
Reproductions  cannot do this work justice, it has to be experienced.  Let yourself go and allow the paintings and drawings talk to you, just as Miles Heseltine has allowed the landscape to inhabit him.
The exhibition is displayed in our newly refurbished gallery from the 11th until the 23rd of January...and it is magnificent.
Mine Working at Ding Dong
400mm x 400mm, oil on canvas £550

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Spring Cleaning Big Style

Spring is in the air...well the daffodils are being picked, it has stopped raining and the days are getting longer.  The gallery is closed for a few days for some serious spring cleaning...

Actually I think it goes beyond spring cleaning and is becoming a refurbishment! 
Thank goodness that we have such a great team at Beside the Wave, our posh frocks and business suits are hanging up at home and the overalls are on, brushes, hammers and drills are in hand...
watch this space for some serious cosmetic surgery (on the gallery of course, we are just lovely as we are!)