Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Artistic Explorations: Light (1)

Last weekend I visited Stirling and Glasgow for some cultural attraction, learn about some major historic events that shaped Scotland as it is today and visually treat my eyes with beautiful scenery, architecture and art.

Stained glass window of William Wallace ©Fenfolio2012

The views from the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle were fantastic but I was quite surpised  that I was more inspired by the industrial smoke coming out of the factories in the distance than the surrounding hills! It was as if sunlight was creating a painting with smoke into the sky.

Industrial landscape ©Fenfolio2012

The "You, Me, Something Else" exhibition in The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow was very worthwile. This exhibition about sculpture from Glasgow presents exciting examples of current practice in the city by focusing on ten artists who are all at different stages of international careers.. The light installation in the centre of the building was the best in my opinion (unfortunately I couldn't see the name of the artist who made it!).

Light sculpture by an artist in GoMa

Although some of the other installations were interesting, I was most drawn to the shapes and colours of the stained glass windows of the building and the effects it created.

Window I ©Fenfolio2012

Window II ©Fenfolio2012

Window III ©Fenfolio2012

Window IV ©Fenfolio2012

Window V ©Fenfolio2012
Window VI ©Fenfolio2012
Window VII ©Fenfolio2012
Window VIII ©Fenfolio2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Artistic Explorations: Layers & Lines (1)

The festive season already seems like a long time ago and life has returned to normal (well, almost). Last week finally saw a great weather spell so I took the opportunity to have a walk, get my head around a new painting friends commissioned me to do and take photos. The fresh air would also help to banish the last remnants of the severe cold I had for several weeks.

My friends live across the Ythan Estuary in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, a stunning part of the Forvie National Nature Reserve. As I'm fascinated by layers, lines and textures I wanted to create a portfolio of images that would show how tide and wind continuously influence the formation of the dune landscape. I'm very happy with the pictures below because they give me the right inspiration on how to tackle this project. Now it's just a matter of completing the very big painting for my husband I started last week! So many ideas and not enough time, sigh.....

Dune shapes ©Fenfolio2012