My work is in the International Postcard Show 2016 on now until 13 February at Surface Gallery Nottingham. The show is the biggest yet with over 200 entries. A very high standard world wide including, New York, Australia and Hong Kong. Thank you to Surface Gallery for a very enjoyable Private View on Friday.
I am looking forward to attending the private view of The International Postcard Show at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, this Friday 15 January. On until 13 February 2016. Where I am exhibiting 5 pieces of art works. All welcome.
Oil on paper. 2015
I am delighted to be participating in The International Postcard Show at Surface Gallery, Nottingham. 16th January-13th February 2016. Featuring hundreds of original works in different media by established and aspiring artists.
Clare Thatcher. Oil paint on paper.
I would like to thank Anna Fairchild for curating Artmasters at The Old Truman Brewery over the weekend. I showed and met with a group of fantastic MA Fine Art graduates from around the country. It was an invaluable experience. Thank you for all of you who attended and bought my work. I hope you enjoyed the vibrant and eclectic mix of artworks.
I am delighted to be selected to take part in Artmasters 2015 at The Old Truman Brewery, East London of the latest MA Fine Art Graduates, curated by Anna Fairchild.
The Light at Spar cave (cave entrance)
I have been busy working in my studio at Bath Spa University, creating a felt response to my location, on a variety of surfaces. My use of materials needs to be specific for the same reason as my need to be very specific about colour.
Using the wall as my canvas I played with sitting surfaces next to each other, re-arranging them to explore different thoughts and meanings. I have focused on selecting and presenting work that best represents my intention, the allusion of place with a deep sense of feeling and emotion. I have learnt that the space changes the work. I have arrived at two separate assemblages that are in conversation, representing where I am now. It was important to include elements from and of place.
Transience of place I
Transience of place II
It is really good to be back in my studio this week at Bath Spa University. I have been preparing my space for my studio module assessment, making sure decisions about what is and isn’t working.
I am considering what the work is saying by using the wall as my canvas to arrange works that connect in a way that alludes to my subject, the transience of place. This is where I have arrived at.
At the moment these are hung as two separate assemblages.
In the studio I have been experimenting with the placement of my work to see how they work together by
rearranging the composition, thinking about size, format and the combination of materials.
I think this is an interesting format and they work well together, as one piece is flat colour and the other has textures added to the surface in the form of paint and materials.
I left this painting on paper to rest for a number of weeks until I knew what to add. I have added modelling paste mixed with paint, fragments of a drawing and a grey wash to enhance certain areas.
Today I have been experimenting with different modelling pastes on their own and mixed with an acrylic colour one way of adding a texture to my paintings. I am colouring the paste to give a ground colour to then paint over with oil paint.
I have made a few sample canvases.
I applied Lascaux Structura and acrylic yellow ochre at the top and Natural Lascaux modelling paste C and acrylic yellow ochre on the bottom with a palette knife. Leave to dry overnight and I will apply another coat tomorrow. The structura is less coarse than the natural modelling paste. It was easy to apply over the burlap. Leaving part of the burlap is interesting.
Galeria heavy structure gel-very smooth easy to apply and dries clear.
Lascaux Structura-light-creamy-easy to colour-dries white and when coloured dries dark.
Natural Lascaux modelling paste A-very thick-added with acrylic medium becomes a creamy consistency.
Natural Lascaux modelling paste B-coarse gritty and easy to apply.
Natural Lascaux modelling paste C-very coarse and gritty.