These images are all from a tasting weekend organised by Carole Fitzgerald of Lazy Sunday.
Photography copyright by DOVE COTTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 2016.
When Gill and I had our Gallery, a popular range of original pieces were a series of small (and some large) seascapes painted on various artisan papers – handmade paper; flower petal papers; etc – usually with an assortment of seabirds included. Our gallery overlooked Campbeltown harbour in Argyll, Scotland and so such artworks spoke of sights readily visible in Campbeltown Loch and from almost any vantage point on the peninsula.
I have felt to return to this type of painting after a break of 5 years or so as I have always enjoyed the challenge and the resulting surface textures of this artistic viewpoint. It is not something I have seen others do, although I feel it inevitable that some must, but I see it as a style that I still need to explore – moving on to other subjects perhaps; a natural change of direction as we live on the landward side of County Wicklow.
Here are the first few results of my efforts this month.
After many years, Kintyre will have a fresh ident on new and replaced roadsigns. BEAR Scotland, acting for Transport Scotland have commissioned a new version of the logo.
The artwork for the original version, which I prepared in the 1990’s, had been lost at the signmaker’s, so it was a great opportunity to ‘tidy up’ the detail and give more emphasis to the Viking longship allusion in the K of Kintyre. The new version is sharper than the old one, and the brighter colours should improve the branding of the Kintyre area within Argyll.
Here are images of the old logo alongside the new to give you a better impression. Alsi included are a couple of photographs of existing signage. I am told that signs at Campbeltown should be in place at the end of February/beginning of March 2015.
For more information about these signs, please see my artist website.
George John Stewart – February 2015
This picture came about as a result of a commission for a friend recently returned for a time from the 49th State. I used a photograph to give me the image required, and felt that a fairly representational approach in acrylic was needed – without any firm direction otherwise as to style or medium.
George John Stewart – February 2015
|A glimpse of how the completed work should look|
We have been silent on this blog of late as we re-orientate our thinking to a new environment, a new land and new inspirations. This re-direction does not mean wiping all the old creative thought-patterns aside. It is always about building;
|Panel 3: The Way*|
about moving forward based on where we have been, but trying to keep it fresh and alive. Sometimes this is the most difficult part in any creative project.
|Panel 2: The Truth*|
There was also the idea that suggesting a stained glass window might be a way to go – and certainly it does lend a unique air to the work, but as always, doubts creep in. There is too much of my cartoonist leanings for my liking, but maybe I should not suggest such a thing and put ideas in your head.
|Panel 1: The Life*|
It occured to me that many artists relish being obtuse or obscure; assuming that it confers an air of mystery or sophistication at least on their work. I believe that an artist should not merely provide the viewer with an interesting or beautiful image, but should also have layers of understanding and depth to raise a work above the everyday.
These are all only part of the ‘reading of this painting. Each colour can be assigned a ‘spiritual’ meaning, and the relationship between this and the other two panels has a story to tell.
|Poster by ARTMAP ARGYLL|
|Posing artfully at the exhibition preview in Bishopton House, Christ Church, Lochgilphead are (left to right) LOUISE OPPENHEIMER (Textiles; Drawing & Painting); MELANIE CHMIELEWSKA (Sculpture); MARGARET KER (Ceramics & Mosaic; Drawing & Painting; Printmaking); ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Photography; Sculpture; Wood; Mixed Media); GEORGE JOHN STEWART (Design; Drawing & Painting; Mixed Media; Photography). LESLEY BURR (Drawing & Painting; Ceramics & Mosaic; Printmaking) added photography to her skills by taking this one.|
|ALEX, MELANIE, MARGARET and LOUISE are joined by LESLEY for this happy photograph.|
|Starting a new commission is always a bit nerve-wracking until you begin to get into it.|
|This is my coloured pencil sketch from the photograph provided as my starting point. Although I frequently work straight from a photograph for my own subjects, I find it helps ‘get the feel’ of a commission if I do a sketch or two before starting in paint, and I have always loved working with coloured pencils – particularly the aquarelle ones.|
|The first washes of colour – letting your choices speak back to you about the way ahead.|
|And beginning to see where it is going. Don’t want to stop here as I will have to go through the whole ‘displacement activity’ time when I come back to the studio – working myself back to where I am now.|
|Of course I can always ‘warm up’ by tackling another work – this is of Fingals Cave on the Isle of Staffa. It is sometimes useful to work on 2 or even more works at one time, if working in watercolour; it reduces ‘wasted’ time spent waiting for paint to dry.|
|A couple of last weeks thoughts.|
|This is a reframed small tonal study from a few years back that I pulled out recently. It was painted on one of our Mallorcan holidays for Gill – and I was rather pleased with it, (he says immodestly).|
All photographs and the images portrayed are copyright GEORGE JOHN STEWART