Summer work

Since open studios I've had plenty of time to focus on my work without the pressure of an exhibition! I also made it to Rhossili when I was in Wales recently, and was very inspired to paint the delicate hues of the sea.

Painting outdoors has been great for me to put a lot of technique and observation into my practice. The sunlight does shift and change throughout my sessions, which I initially found quite a pain, but through some determination and battles with the great British weather, I've got rather fond of it! This painting below was achieved by going back to the same place at the same time of day. (I did two sessions of this painting so far, painted between 11am and 1pm). I was very focussed on getting the right tone and colour of the rooftops, experimenting with architecture in the landscape, in preparation for the 'Pintar Rapido' competition in London. I will have Saturday the 29th July from 9-5 to create a painting, which will displayed for an exhibition on the Sunday from 11am in Chelsea Old town hall. I've not done it before and imagine it to be quite a big competition, but I like a challenge and meeting lots of artists! Canvasses are stretched, primed, and frame has arrived so only the day needs to arrive…

Sometimes the subject matter I choose often feels very eclectic, and recently I've been writing in my sketchbooks what I've been trying to achieve, understand or investigate. Flicking through Instagram one morning I found a quote by Francis Bacon, where he states 'the job of the painter is to deepen the mystery.' I can sit and think about those words a lot of the time, which is why I like them. Painting is certainly an emotional experience for me, both to capture the expression of the subject and complicate it with my own emotions. Painting is a mysterious entanglement of intense observation soaking in visual information and conveying it backwards onto a surface. The artist mirrors the world to an extent, through a complex and interesting surface of their personality. Sometimes the weight of pressure I give myself to produce something ideally beautiful makes me stop and think at the canvas sometimes too often. I often just paint scenes from everyday life to keep me painting, to keep my practice moving and interesting.

Actually, despite all the conceptual side I have buzzing in my head, wandering around the garden has been my main interest. I've seen so many changes, colours and shapes I am in fact full to the brim with ideas, just not enough canvasses and space! This painting above, was inspired by the evening colours and light upon the roses. I left many of the shapes and details left loose and expressive, as I notice more and more that paint often naturally speaks for the subject untouched. I now find some of my portfolio of work since leaving University has moments of coherence, so I expand and develop my work using the brush marks I liked on a previous piece. This painting of roses has left me interested in more shapes and colours around the garden, particularly shadows. It has been a bright and sunny day today so I've been drawing around shadow shapes, making some interesting patterns.

Another shadow study, painted outdoors.

The cows were initially very polite when I started painting on location here, but actually became rather too friendly and started nibbling at my canvasses and painting box! Artists quality indeed!

Something I hadn't done in quite a while, was life drawing, so I was quite keen to give it a go after so many years. Fortunately the techniques and hand eye coordination hadn't all been quite lost! (And hopefully aided by painting outdoors) Working on toned paper is my preferred way to draw during a life class, as it helps to express the mid tones without too much effort and wasted scribbling. These were conte crayons on a pad of earthy toned papers that I bought in Pegasus art supplies (an excellent art shop to use, even if you're not nearby they do deliver). Conte crayons are notoriously difficult because they can be unforgivingly hard and reluctant to be rubbed out, but if you apply delicate pressure they achieve similar effects to charcoal.

These two -unusual- paintings were a commission I have been working on for quite a while. I was given the topic of 'cells and dna' and given the opportunity to produce two paintings that will be going to the new office buildings of Akesogen in Atlanta, which has been super exciting! They are a biotechnology company who provide research services in genomic data – really interesting, and quite a hot topic in science, and their research has been featured in National Geographic magazine. My biology knowledge only extends to GCSE…My science interests were mostly in physics and astronomy, which I took to A level! So I began looking at images of plant cells under the microscope, bizarre images of different cells clustered together and came up with two abstracts. One of my artists friends said he was often irritated by the people who claim that abstract art is 'easy' and 'so relaxing..!' I almost want to agree with him, as the amount of thought, layers, re-thinking, second opinions and colour choices that went into this was tremendous! I began with a simple sketch and one black and white electron microscope photo, but that was it. Exploring these abstract shapes really opened up another part of my brain and got me focussed on the canvas. These are only photos of the pieces taken in my studio, but now they've arrived in Atlanta I'll be looking forward to some images of the works in situ.

One more thing I must mention, is that I will be doing a solo show of my work at the end of this year..! Save the dates Monday 27th to the 3rd of December, with a private view evening of the 27th, because you're very welcome! It will be at Lansdown gallery, Stroud, and will roughly hang about 20 paintings, so I envision a lot of work and thought to be going into it.

June

I’ve been busy with a number of things this last month, particularly with balancing my studio life with getting my artwork out there into new exhibitions and opportunities. Luckily, this month has been a success for me getting my work into a few places!

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Firstly, I must mention my new easel. I absolutely love it.  I bought it on eBay for £37 and I should have invested in one much earlier! Previously I used a box easel or a sketch easel for plein air painting, but my box easel didn’t have legs, and the sketch easel blew over with even the most gentle gust of wind! I’d read various articles on how to make your own plein air easel from a pochade box and a camera tripod, which would actually be quite light and transportable, but this easel has lots of storage space, including a palette, and a pull out drawer.

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On a sunny afternoon I spent the afternoon testing out my new equipment painting in the fields I take regular walks through, and came out with an expressive little painting that really captured the atmosphere and spirit of painting outdoors. After applying for the ‘Fresh Paint’ competition in Pembrokeshire, I was delighted to hear that it had made the first round of judging and was selected for the exhibition! The exhibition is open to the public from the 1st-29th July and you can find more details about it here: http://www.pictoncastle.co.uk/fresh-paint-painting-competition-selling-exhibition

Picton Castle is a beautiful place to make a visit to, with huge gardens and stately rooms, and they have recently started art classes and workshops in the studio, so worth a visit!

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I’ve also taken the advantage of painting in the garden, and the Irises were particularly amazing for about a couple of weeks. This was an afternoon study that I later finished off in the studio, which was also selected for the ‘Passion’ group exhibition at the Old passage, Arlingham. There are 34 artists contributing in this exhibition, and there are some wonderfully varied and expressive responses to the theme of ‘Passion.’ You can view the event here: http://www.theoldpassage.com/art.events.html which will also bring you to an online catalogue of the exhibiting artists here: http://www.theoldpassage.com/art.events.html

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I was recently offered the opportunity to exhibit again at the GP surgeries of Trellech and St. Briavels, in the Wye Valley. I did this a number of years ago with some of my A level and Foundation work, and since the organiser loved my work asked me back since I had finished my degree. So all my work from Open studios has made it there (some 20 odd paintings) – giving me some much needed studio space- and its great to have my work seen there again! Hanging my work there reminded me of how much my style has changed, but how I also kept an innate feeling for the landscape and a freedom of paint that is inherent to my technique. To make a return to certain subject matter or compositions, is often important to push the boundaries of interpreting subject matter and to explore the nature of the paint upon repetition.

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This is another large roses painting that I spent quite some time working on, in-between the two large commissions I am producing to be shipped to America. I was playing between the background and the object, and until I had completed it, realised that it related quite well to my paintings of fragments and collected things. I’m also digesting the visual information taken in from my visit to Rome, particularly the fragments of murals and the spaces between form and detail. I always feel there is an abstract connection in my work sometimes, and this often just comes out of intuition. I favour a feeling of freedom and expression in paint, and letting the medium do a lot of speaking for itself.

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Drawing and painting outdoors for a portion of my time these days does make me notice and influence the atmosphere and weather into my work. This month I am doing 10,000 steps a day for Cancer Research, and this is quite a challenge! I am often out walking the dogs anyway, but this challenge requires me to walk nearly 8km a day, so I have been pushing myself to venture out beyond my usual fields and I’ve taken to walking the canal towpath. There is a huge diversity of life, nature, flowers and landscape on this simple walk. I’ve been out and about in all weather conditions, and this is my little study I made from memory after coming back from a walk absolutely drenched. I painted out my frustrations with this little study, and let the oil paint drip, run, spill and layer up to evoke the rain and wind. You can visit my fundraising page here: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/georgina-bouzyk

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Have a great weekend everybody! Here’s a plein air study from a couple of weeks ago, reminding me of sunnier days. I shall be devoting my weekend to viola practice for the Stroud Symphony Orchestra’s summer concert, this Saturday at 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Stroud. Looking forward to a performing at a great evening of music after lots of hard work!

 

 

Site Festival Artist’s Open studios

Thanks to all my visitors that came over the last two weekends to my open studio. The sunlight was out for most of the two weekends, which was a real blessing! Tea and biscuits in the sunshine, greeting my visitors in a studio crammed full of work…perfect.

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It was great to hear so much positive feedback on my work. Even if you’re visiting an artists studio and never picked up a paintbrush, you can get an idea of how lonely it can be sometimes. There are many ups and downs of working full time at your passion – some days I’ll have painted all day in my studio until the light fades away and the next day I’ll come in and be frustrated with my previous efforts! My paintings are definitely produced with my utmost enthusiasm and energy, but still aiming to capture the immediate energy or response from my subject, right through to the very last layer of paint.

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My bluebells received the most praise during the open studios, and its quite a favourite of mine too! I was focussed on creating the depth and drama of the trees and the bluebells. Building layers of brush marks in a variety of sizes and directions is an effective way to add personality and atmosphere to a painting.

To those who missed the open studios, my exhibition also featured a large oil painting of roses. I’ve been working on another project alongside the landscapes and the collections of objects from my travels and walks, which is of movement in nature. From drawing the outlines of shadows and plotting the tremble of petals in the wind, I found myself drawn to a photograph I’d taken a while back of two roses, one fading away and petals beginning to fall, and the other in rich, luscious bloom.

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I used the interest of movement in these delicate forms to explore that in the movement of my paintbrush. Throughout my degree, I was fascinated by the use of very thin oil paint for its similarity to watercolour. I experimented with building up very delicate layers, with expressive marks, so there was a glimpse of the layer of paint before the next one. There was a lot for my eye to explore in this painting of the roses, from the rich encircling layers of tone in the blooming centre of a rose, to the drifting and fading petals.

I also made a visit to the ‘Fresh Art Fair’ at Cheltenham racecourse this Friday, and it was fantastic! It was great to see such a variety of galleries, and some quite prestigious ones too, altogether in a jam packed venue. I’m definitely inspired to visit more art fairs in the future. Some years ago I made a visit to ‘Art in Action,’ which sadly no longer exists, but it was great as I managed to squeeze in some taster courses pre-booked in advance, including egg tempera painting and Islamic geometry. At the Fresh art fair you could also watch some artist demos and ask a few questions, which was rather exciting.

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Chatting to a few galleries, I felt inspired to pick their brains. What makes a good artist? I asked ‘Beside the Wave’ gallery. What makes a successful, established artist sing out to you? The reply was; An established, successful artist has a strong, personal style that speaks out to you from a distance. Not only does that artist have a clean, distinguishable style, but an ability to adapt and experiment, for example, change their palette of colours, and remain consistent.

Wow. I felt really inspired. I looked again at that artists work on the wall and thought…one day…I’ll be that artist!

May is a fantastic time of year for painting outdoors. By June and July, I get followed by the mosquitoes and the horseflies, and the heat gets a but much painting for long hours outdoors, but May often has a bright sunlight during the day. Being so close to April there is sometimes the unexpected rain cloud or thunderstorm, so I find lots of changeable subject matter to work from. Artists’ weather forecast is looking good!

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I also got asked a few technical painting questions during the open studios, so in response, I might just share a few of my own techniques here on my blog, so stay tuned! Over time I have made my own preferences towards painting supports, mediums, etc, and through experimentation have found things that have worked/not worked. They are of course, personal to the way that I work but I can offer some tried and tested advice on beginning a painting and technical issues with oil painting. Any suggestions on topics would be received and answered with great contemplation!

Thanks for having a read, I’m hoping to update my blog a little more often as I paint more frequently these days as we draw into summer..and the days are longer…hurrah! I’m about to begin two huge canvasses as a commission, which is going all the way to America once completed (exciting). Also, a while ago I had artwork in the Doctors surgeries of St. Briavels and Trellech, which was a great success and they have invited me to exhibit with them again. So in a couple of weeks I shall be hanging quite a bit of work for them. I would love my paintings to find some good homes!

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Open Studios is nearly here..!

A belated blog post I’m afraid! However, I have been busy creating and working away and with the Stroud Valleys Artspace weekends coming up I will have a whole range of artworks, drawings, sketchbooks and cards for you all to enjoy. More details can be found on the Stroud Valleys Artspace website http://www.sitefestival.org.uk/whats-on/site-festival/ or by clicking the online directory http://www.sva.org.uk/sites/default/files/Open%20StudiosDirectory2017Web_0.pdf

427e93b610795c95494b2eec73321fb6There will be 102 artists opening their studios for the Weekends 6th-7th and 13th-14th May (including me!) and we’re all hoping for some glorious weather and lots of visitors. If you can’t make it to all the artists studios (there are quite a lot..) then why not come to the taster exhibition? The opening night is this Friday 5th May 6-8pm in 39 Kings Street, Stroud and the exhibition continues the 6th-14th May. This will showcase a piece of work from every artist exhibiting for the two weekends, to give you a flavour of all the art that is buzzing in the Stroud Valleys.

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This last month of my painting practice has had a ‘plein air’ feeling to it. Sometimes when I come across an old sketch or painting, I can distinctly remember whether it was painted outdoors or from a photograph, so I wanted to rekindle the looseness and freshness of my mark-making that would hone my artistic voice. Working from life is such a challenge as it really exposes your artistic ‘handwriting,’ such as the marks, dots, scribbles that you use to symbolise the observed subject. An intense week spending time drawing and painting on the coast of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, got me to think about honing the intentions of my artworks and think about my mark-making, whilst having a cold slap in the face from the icy wind and being cast a spell by the sea mists.

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Sometimes the light was so fleeting and transitionary, I often had the sense it felt right to just stop painting and let the artwork remain as raw as the subject was.

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Aside from my plein air work, I also had the urge to capture some of the Roman fragments I had frequently photographed during my trip to Rome. At the time, I was also playing around with some collage and liked the idea of tearing up a complete image to make a new composition, and I felt that the was naturally done by the museum curators fixing all these fragments together to explain something about its original state. Whereas the archeologist might look at all these fragments and clearly establish that it was part of a fresco, I feel they are just as interesting in their odd array in display cases. I often look at the fragments and try to make sense of the story or era that they come from through paint.

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A few weeks ago I finished my intensive four day paper making course at Bath College, taught by Elaine Cooper, who learnt the Japanese craft of paper making for 10 years in Mino, Japan. I had attempted paper making at home before, reading a few books on it and having a go with recycled paper, kitchen blender, and a crudely made mould and deckle, but I was sincerely disappointed with the results. Having failed at that I thought I must give it another go…under instruction! And what pleasure I got from the course! I learnt both the Western style of paper making, using a metal mould and deckle with cotton fibres, to the (difficult) Japanese method with a bamboo mould and deckle with Kozo fibres. It was so useful for me to learn by the true master -everything was taught from how to make a strong sheet of paper by moving the mould and deckle (in a certain way) to knowing the right consistency of pulp to water. Quality paper making can only be achieved by fully knowing the fibres that you are using.

I decided that my final project (which we did on the last day of the course) should be a series of handmade books inspired by the theme of nature and the materials that I used throughout the course. I love both the natural patterns of nature and its imperfections. Rather akin to the concept of ‘wabi-sabi,’ I dropped natural fibres into my paper mixture to achieve random effects. I also enjoyed using the skill of lamination, where I can layer in leaves, or other material, in-between the layers to make one single sheet with interesting textures. Above are my books, soon to be finished, bound with linen thread, and hopefully I will be inspired to write and draw into them. This is a rather beautiful video that shows the Japanese process, from collecting the raw plant material to making beautiful paper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swiu0YGU38Q

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I returned from my few days immersed in paper making to catch some of the beautiful sunlight that April has offered. It has given me a taste of summer! A few smiles from my neighbours who see me clamber over the stile for the fields in my painting smock, portable easel, palette and brushes. I often find inspiration just around the corner from home, being so lucky to be in the countryside, and means I can have a tea break too!

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This snowdrops piece is now finally finished. It needed a lot of attention to give layers of  paint for the effect of frost and snow between the grasses. Again, having the looseness of the brushwork becomes more and more important to me, as it breathes life and energy into the subject, and sometimes I feel the energy of the subject fluttering in the wind or changing position.

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A busy week ahead for me as I get the studio tidy and presented with all my work for -not just one- but two open studios weekends! Really excited for this event and hope to see some familiar, and hopefully new, faces at the exhibition opening night this Friday and in my studio over the next two weekends.

 

Spring paintings in the air 

The sunlight has started to shine gloriously through the windows of my studio. The cobwebs have been dusted away after I left the studio for my internship. I really enjoyed the sea air and a change of scene in Aberystwyth – on my weekends I discovered more beautiful walks and things to see. It’s definitely a place I’ll revisit again and again, especially with the different seasons.

My internship was very varied and gave me some really useful skills. I was an art technician and assistant curator, so I helped out in the School of Art workshop right through to changing exhibitions over in the ceramics gallery and cataloging new items into the Schools collection and museum. Behind the locked doors of the reading room is an exciting place for me (I love old books and antiques) and it is a varied collection of prints, drawings, albums, photographs and paintings. In particular, I meticulously catalogued an album handmade by the production crew from the original 1959 film of ‘Mighty Joe Young’ full of concept art and film stills. In the Arts centre ceramics gallery we had an exhibition changeover, which offered me an interesting insight into shipping and delivering ceramics as there was a specialist team that arrived and boxed everything up into a massive lorry! During my internship nothing was damaged, broken or stolen which is a good sign!


I arrived back to my studio and picked up where I left off without hesitation, which was easier as I left myself a large to do list and unfinished canvasses. So these two rock pool paintings were greatly inspired by the colours and movements of the shoreline in Aberystwyth.

 A few months ago I was in touch with the National Assembly of Wales as they did a call-out to artists with a connection to Wales to have their work hung in the corridors of the Ty Hywel building. They liked my work – hurrah! – and said they’d be in touch in the new year as to when they’d like some paintings. I set myself the task to get a number of paintings completed for them inspired by Wales to suit the venue, so naturally I chose the Hafod estate and the rock pools in Aberystwyth. This painting above was a particular challenge as I had the difficultly of the dimmed, woodland light, moss covered rocks and then the tumble of the water over the crags. I was delighted with this one, sometimes the challenge of the subject makes me paint loosely and let the materials express the subject.


I also enjoyed using a square canvas. These were canvasses that I made following my canvas making course at Pegasus art. As I set out to become a professional artist, I highly value the surface I paint on as much as my materials. Making my own canvasses, I can tailor make my canvasses and provide that extra touch of quality and professionalism.


The light along the corridor turned out to be great for displaying work. Working in my small studio, I don’t often see my work against a white, gallery background so this really lifted my work in a way I wasn’t expecting! 


Several of my paintings are also hung in Mills cafe, Stroud. Pop in to enjoy a delicious lunch, afternoon tea and some paintings..! I am really keen to carry on with some large paintings like this one above. It’s so rewarding to finish a painting of this scale, and I find that I can lose myself in the light, colours and space of the subject to another level.


I had an amazing weekend trip to Rome for my birthday treat, and a treat it was indeed! I soaked in so much art, architecture and ideas for more paintings. Seeing the ruins of the forum, the vibrant frescoes in the national gallery and the hidden beauties of the city I was really inspired. To say the least I could carry on writing about all the amazing art..! I studied Italian art in my second year at University, and so glad I’d taken that module as it really enriched my visit. As a painter, I tend to look less at sculpture and mosaics, so I looked at things with a different side of my art knowledge, and found I appreciated so much about sculpture! My sketchbooks are now filling up with experimentations in collage, mixed media and drawings to express the feeling of collected ruins, sights and loved treasures that I encountered.


On a slightly different note, I recently heard about the Newent art competition through Stroud Valleys art space group (which is really useful for me to join in with arty stuff in the area) and gave it a go. The requirements of the competition were to suit a particular title of a orchestral piece written for the Newent Orchestra, so with the blooming daffodils on the brass table I was instantly inspired. I had a intense few afternoons of studying the colours and tones of the reflections and light in the brass table. I remember a few challenges like these during my time at Aberystwyth, I remember struggling so much on painting the blade of a knife! I was delighted to hear a few days ago that this painting was shortlisted for the competition, so it will be included in an exhibition in the shambles gallery, Newent. The opening night is Friday March 10th from 7-9pm so save the date!

Another date to save for your diaries is the next Stroud Valleys Open Studios…May the 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. I am so looking forward to displaying my work in good sunny weather in the garden and studio! This years open studios is also an SVA ‘Bake-off’ (as in the great British bake-off). Maybe a good incentive to do the whole trail of artists studios in the area, sampling cake all along the way…!

To the New Year!

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Being the final newsletter of the year, I wish all my followers a happy New Year and hope you all had a great Christmas! This month began with my Open Studios weekend, part of Stroud Valleys Artspace Christmas Open Studios. I was so delighted with the words of encouragement and appreciation of my work and that I had so many visitors for such a quiet little part of the countryside. I will be sure to be doing the Summer Open Studios in the new year. Despite the freezing cold temperatures, I was so lucky to have a dry and sunny weekend, which I needed as my paintings were outside the studio too. A few of my works have now reached their new homes, and to know they are being hung up and enjoyed is such a great feeling.

Above is a pair of small oil paintings that I was commissioned to paint, of course I kept quiet about it as they were Christmas presents, so I can now reveal them! It was a beautiful little cottage tucked away in Nailsworth, with a lovely side garden, and my intention was to capture the charm of the place and the rich colours of the garden. I enjoy taking commission work, as it sometimes throws me out of my comfort zone and offers me a challenge and I always discover a new place or view I become inspired by!

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My Christmas card this year for Doc2Docs was my pheasant in the snow watercolour, which has now reached a number of Doctors and surgeries near and far. I am hoping for some snow this winter, so I can study lots of subtle and delicate colours.

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Meanwhile, a few of my paintings are still on display at the Old Passage, Arlingham, as part of the group exhibition ‘Between the Light and the Dark’ with a number of Stroud artists. (Above is one of mine included). If you fancy a browse of the online gallery follow this link http://theoldpassage.com/art.events.html where all of the artworks are available to view. The exhibition is on until April/May.

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So far the Instagram and Facebook pages are going strong with daily updates from my studio. The past couple of days have been canvas making and postcard painting for charity so if you need to see a messy paintbrush or a work in progress to feel inspired or uplifted then hopefully my pages should do just that for you!

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More artworks have been successfully uploaded to newbloodart.com (above are my sycamore leaves). You can now view the paintings with colour backgrounds of your choice (this one is testing the brown colour, not sure I’d have my walls that colour but good for mounting and framing ideas!). I have quite a number of canvasses now that I intend to paint of shells, rockpools and collections from my seaside walks. In the second week of January I will be making my way back to Aberystwyth for a month as I begin an internship with the School of Art as a technician and assistant curator. A return to some seaside subject matter and some sea air in the new year is much needed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

November exhibitions

The crisp warm light of the summer is fading now and the rich autumn colours have been magnificent, so I have of course, been there with my camera and sketchbook. I find I have collected lots more leaves that have filled a drawer in my studio and crept into some of my drawings and paintings.

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I was deliberating over some time whether to begin a Facebook page and Instagram, as it takes quite a bit of time just to keep my website and blog going, but actually the social media has been really great for me. My phone is always with me, and naturally I take photos as my work progresses, so you can now get daily pictures of my studio work on Instagram @georginabouzyk and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/georginabouzykart

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Word is now getting round that I do take commissions! I am now working on my second commission in time to be completed and framed before Christmas – so far my commissions are as gifts. I remember my 18th birthday present was a commissioned portrait of my pet rabbit, and I’ve adored it ever since. This little spaniel was a joy to paint, I find I observe dogs characters and expressions more than I think with four dogs around me in the house! So if you have someone in mind that would like a special Christmas present then don’t hesitate to contact me…

My research has paid off and I am now using an excellent framers in Cirencester to have my commissions and also works on paper framed. The dog commission (above) was framed very beautifully, and brings out the depth and layering of the oil paint.

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As requested, I have focussed more of my time on local scenes and countryside I spend a lot of my time walking. The first weekend of December will be my first Open Studios as part of Stroud Valleys Artspace Christmas open studios, so I am producing a wide variety of work, and bringing out some paintings from the past few years to exhibit. My studio is located at the end of the garden at Treetops, Oakridge Lynch, which is accessible by the bridleway near the village hall. Come and visit for a little inspiration, a chat and see what I’m up to! December 3rd and 4th, 10am-4pm.

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I recently refreshed my canvas making skills at a Pegasus art workshop and made a very beautiful hand stretched canvas, and I was astounded by the quality! For a while I was keen to work on paper for the way the thin layers of paint acted on such a smooth support, but I’m enjoying a change and working on canvas. I was informed of the wide variety of canvas material options throughout the shop, there was so much variety available. Very lucky to have such a great art shop at my doorstep! So now I am ordering canvas making equipment that will allow me to make my own canvasses from scratch. I personally like to create art from the very scratch as it has a new level of uniqueness.

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Above is my snowdrops from earlier this year, which I entered to be part of a group exhibition titled ‘Between the Light and the Dark’ at the Old Passage in Arlingham. I was delighted to have my work accepted and hopefully will get to meet some more artists at the exhibition. I received all four paintings back from the framers on Friday, and they are due to be hung this week and will be displayed for a few months. All work will be for sale, and I am particularly fond of the snowdrops as they captured the intense wintry light that falls upon the delicate petals, which was my interpretation for ‘between the light and the dark.’

 

 

 

October Projects

I’m working on plenty of projects this October. The series of paintings of Gloucester are complete and now hung in Pilgrims shop. These turned out to be a bright and vibrant range of paintings, and personally I enjoyed practising some perspective and proportion for a bit.

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Here is all the paintings grouped together as a ‘taster’ collage of the exhibition. The shop is located at 3 College Court, Gloucester GL1 2NJ, more details on their Facebook page @PilgrimsGloucester.

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In my free time in the last couple of weeks I have been drawing some ideas for set designs. The Oakridge Players are performing their pantomime ‘Aladdin’ from the 24-26th November and I was invited to design, draw and make the set and scenes for the play. Luckily I am not alone in the set design group! It is a big job to say the least. My plan is to make a series of digital drawings for the main backdrop that will be projected onto the main stage using a high tech short throw lens. The set might also need some props and painted flats to give some dimension to the stage. It is a challenge for me as I’ve not done anything quite like this but I’m looking forward to seeing how drawings can manifest into a huge scene!

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With autumn here I have collected some wonderfully crispy and colourful leaves around the garden and on my walks. The textures and shapes of the leaves are wonderful subject matter to explore in charcoal. I am experimenting with drawing some compositions to express the movement and shape of the forms which I’d like to continue in oil paint. The way the charcoal shifts and moves quite quickly is something I’d like to mirror in my painting technique.

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Jonathon bought me this beautiful handmade sketchbook, made from natural handmade papers and the feeling of the sketchbook is just like my crisp autumnal leaves. What’s also nice is the toned paper, which I can use black and white inks with it very nicely to give a quick sense of the shape and textures. Something so minimal as a white line on a pale toned paper is very subtle and effective.

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I’ve recently been accepted as an artist on New Blood Art, which is an online website that is carefully curated by emerging artists, so I am very pleased to be on this website too..! You can check me out on http://www.newbloodart.com/artist/3288/georgina–bouzyk

In the meantime I am blessed here in the countryside with some very sunny weather, so I am heading out to paint some local scenes and explore some of the area around Waterlane, as there are a multitude of beautiful walks I have not explored! I also have a commission I am proudly working on, more pictures will be coming soon once I have finished, so watch this space.

 

Doors, Streets and windows

I’ve been meaning to write a new blog post for a while now! Since the drawing classes at Druid camp, I spent a week in beautiful Croatia, where we stayed just round the corner of Dubrovnik in the quiet village of Zaton on the coast. Now I’m back to work in the studio (and pouring the odd pint at the Butchers Arms) everything is definitely back in full swing.


If  you fancy a stroll through the countryside near me, then pop into the Butchers Arms, Oakridge Lynch, enjoy a pint and my paintings, which are hung up to be enjoyed …and sold!


As featured in Gloucester’s newspaper ‘The Citizen’ is me painting at the Art In the City competition. My painting pictured is currently in a group exhibition in Gloucester’s Eastgate shopping centre until the 27th September. After gaining some interest during the day of painting, I was invited to produce some more paintings of Gloucester for Pilgrims shop, along the street that I was painting that day.


I am working on six more paintings of views of Gloucester, as pictured. I had been thinking about working in oils for some time, because I had some many colours collected over the years in my wooden box, and sometimes nothing quite beats the intensity and variety the medium can produce. Without hesitation, I picked up my oil painting brushes to do this series!


Until I squeeze out the colours and really look at the street scene in front of me, painting streets, windows and doors are actually rather colourful and there is a lot of detail. I approached all these pieces with loose paint, thin layers as well as blobs and daubs.


The bunting along this street is particularly nice to emphasise the perspective. I added a bit more detail in the pavement as there is a lot of detail in the hanging baskets and the signs. I intend to suggest a bit more detail the red brick as that will add some paler colours that will compliment the pavement a bit better.


Seeing a statue along one of the streets of a horse and rider inspired me to paint it as a contrast to the other views of narrow alleys and streets. I love painting the shape and form of horses, and the light on the statue was particularly good to describe its three dimensional feel in paint. For this one, I’ll be introducing some more subtle colours and emphasise the background for some depth. In the meantime, keep an eye on this space as I finish the paintings and get them hung in Gloucester!

Natural forms in Ink workshop

On Thursday and Friday I gave two drawing workshops at this years Druid Camp, near Gloucester. I had never been to a Druid camp before and this was a wonderful opportunity for me to share my approach to drawing and to explore some more arts and crafts at the festival. Those who came to my classes ranged from beginners to practising artists, and everyone really enjoyed drawing natural forms with natural forms! I had feathers, sticks, pine cones, shells, stones and all sorts collected from my walks and it was really an opportunity for people to experiment with mark making by using the feathers and such to draw with.


I had worries about camping, since I’d not done it since Brownie camp, but there is something rather invigorating about waking up in a field, breathing fresh air all day, and being like minded with other nature and earth lovers. In my understanding, Druidism closely appreciates and celebrates the human connection with nature and the earth. Above was one of our timetables for the day, which was different from day to day, providing and enriching variety of workshops.


I had a range of diluted inks to work with, which had the potential to have more painterly effects ranging in opacity and tone. In my ink drawing (centre above) I chose to study the central flower from a monkey puzzle tree, which had a bold and patterned composition.


Here are some of the drawings that came out of the class, despite the crudeness of using something as simple as a feather everyone came out with really personal and creative brush marks in response to the natural forms. I hope all those that attended felt inspired to carry on with some of these techniques.