Underground community

Anybody remember the programme that said that trees in forests communicate underground via networks of fungi so that if one is being cut they all know? I was flabbergasted when I heard that & the idea has really stuck with me!

This painting is now finished & going into hibernation until it’s ready to be varnished but this idea of an underground community is staying with me!

Wow, how can you live like that?

I spend a lot of my time painting, being totally involved in my own world, in my studio. When I don’t have a commission or an exhibition to work towards, I create my own commissions for myself & when I get back into my home my walls, all of my walls, have something on them, whether it’s a print or a photograph, a drawing, a calendar, one of my paintings or someone else’s paintings and quite often I move them around to keep things interesting.

So when I go into someone’s house & they literally have nothing on their walls other than a tv screen, I find it really hard to comprehend.

If I go to a public place, a cafe or restaurant & there’s no art, I’m disappointed, a bit bored actually, even bad art is better than no art for me.

I just genuinely wonder, how do they live like that? I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not judging or condemning. I’m just baffled.

I seem to fundamentally need non-digital visuals to trigger my imagination & endorphins when I’m at rest. I listen to the radio much more than I used to & look at screens for as little time as is humanly possible in this day & age.

I’m always really interested by what people put on their walls in the same way I’m interested in what books they have on their shelves or their opinions on things. These choices are what makes us who we are & our differences & interests enrich us & others lives. As long as you’re not hurting anyone there really is no right or wrong in those decisions but to live somewhere year after year with bare walls…..even the cave people couldn’t stand that.

Is it because you can’t decide or is it because you can’t agree? Or is it ….just because you don’t want anything on your walls?

( I wanted to add an image, it feels wrong not to 🙂 so here’s one I made earlier, it’s on the floor not the wall but I love the way the sun is dappling it. )

I’d love you to tell me what if anything is on your wall as you read this. Do you feel connected to it in any way?

And if there is nothing there, is that a conscious decision? Do you think maybe I should try it?

xx

Naming my first solo exhibition

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‘Beautiful Day’ Acrylic on canvas 40cm x 40cm

The ’78 Derngate’ Gallery have awarded me my first solo exhibition and wanted to know, for their advertising, what I’d be calling it. It runs from July 4th to September 28th this year in Northampton city centre.

Being new to this sort of thing I have agonised over this – and at the same time wondered if it is important at all?! I have swung from thinking, ” it really doesn’t matter, the paintings will speak for themselves” to, “it really does matter, the title could alienate people and put them off even wanting to view it!”

And so daily I have been coming up with, & noting down, different titles, trying to find a few words or a phrase that encapsulates this collection of 14 paintings that I have been working on day & night for the past 4 months.

I often paint roses but I also paint lavender, chickens and interiors – I paint my life, or at least the good bits, when the sunlight comes in and makes the mundane beautiful – for this exhibition I have even painted my kitchen sink.

So after making a final decision fifteen times, the deadline day arrived and I had to make the FINAL final decision. I sent over a jpeg of ‘Beautiful Day’ and asked them to call my exhibition, “Shades of an English Life”. I hope it doesn’t matter and at the same time I hope it makes people want to view it. Only time will tell.

“Shades of an English Life’ will be on display at ’78 Derngate’, Northampton from July 4th – Sept 28 2014 with a ‘Meet the Artist’ event on July 5th from 2pm-4pm. ( I, for one, will definitely be ready for a glass of wine.)

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‘Everything But’ Acrylic on canvas 40cm x 40cm

 

Painting Dreams

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‘Here Come The Girls.’  Acrylic on canvas. 2013

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One of the greatest things ( of which there are many) of committing to being a painter as a full time profession is that in those first semi conscious moments of the day my subconscious mind is filled with work……images of paintings yet un-started. I can see them and I love them – the colours, the composition but most importantly the feeling of them is overwhelming. That is the challenge, to capture the joy of them.

 

When sitting down to paint them, the fear is overworking them, wasting time, over thinking it. They arrive so easily and confidently in my mind – if only my conscious mind was as confident!

 

2013 has been a good year for me. In my second year of painting I have sold 15 original paintings through ‘Open Studio‘, my website, my Facebook page & a privately organised ‘invite only‘ exhibition. My prices ( with my confidence) have doubled in a year and I have customers awaiting notification of new original work. 

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‘Roses in Oils’  Oil on canvas. 2013 

Having read ‘The Yellow House‘ by Martin Gayford about Van Gogh & Gauguin’s nine turbulent weeks in Arles as my starting point, I set out as a painter to fill my home with my paintings, being content to leave behind a body of work for my family with no expectations & only a desire to say ‘I woz ‘ere’! To sell 15 paintings, without the help of a gallery, in my second year has been an unexpected bonus to say the least.

 

In addition to this I have been awarded my first solo exhibition by ‘78 Derngate’ in Northampton city centre. Anyone who is familiar with this historic building renovated by Charles Rennie Mackintosh with its elegant art gallery attached will understand my excitement. I literally thought they’d made a mistake when I was chosen and I am honoured that they have such faith in me as an artist to give me this opportunity. They will be displaying my work – around 12 paintings for 3 months between July- Sept this year.

 

They will be exhibiting the dreams that I get onto canvas in the next few months as I currently have no paintings. In 20 weeks time I will have enough work to fill 78 Derngate & my own gallery in Foxton near Market Harborough for ‘Open Studios’ in September. Once I get going I’m very productive & have phases of putting my overalls on at 4 in the morning if I can’t sleep.

 

Ironically I haven’t been able to hang my own paintings on my walls at home but with the money I’ve earnt over the past 2 years I have been able to invest in the works of my contemporaries. This has given me so much pleasure and I now have beautiful original artwork by Janet Singer, Scott Bridgewood, Stephen Holmes, Kelly Gardner, Sheena Henderson & Imogen Skelley hanging alongside work previously bought from my mentor Paul Wright. My home is close to the way I imagined it being – filled with creativity, inspiration & character.

 

To me, it’s a strange world we live in, where a generation think nothing of spending hundreds of pounds on body art which will only deteriorate with time and finally decompose to nothing but may never consider buying a piece of art directly from an artist as acceptable value for money. 

   

Like most people, my life is compounded by the challenges of 21st Century living and life outside my paintings is not always a bed of roses but my home is now permanently enriched by the pleasure of owning other peoples original art. Their beauty & permanence is somehow reassuring.

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‘Sophie, Waiting.’  Acrylic on canvas. 2013

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  So, lots has happened since my last post! I

 

 

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So, lots has happened since my last post! 

 

I did the ‘Parallax Art Fair’ at Chelsea Town Hall, which was a wonderful & learning experience and a huge logistical challenge! 

 

I will go into the practicalities of doing such an art fair in a future blog but for now, suffice to say, 

 

“Was it worth it?’  Yes 

 

“Would you do it again?”  Yes, but probably not with Parallax. There are other art fairs at Chelsea Town Hall who, I am advised, market their art fair much more effectively.

 

 Parallax only charge for the stand and do not take a commission, basically you get what you pay for and I should have anticipated that. They made big promises on their marketing but nobody that I spoke to that had happened to wander in had known about it before they stumbled upon it and everyone at the Private View that I spoke to was there because another artist had invited them. However, it is indeed an amazing venue, as they promised.

 

‘Why was it worth it then?’  I now have my original paintings hanging in Russian family homes in Chelsea which would never have happened otherwise! There were two busy times and I sold a painting at both of these times.  

 

I was also blogged about by ‘The Alice Audley Chronicle’ which was unexpected and nice and I met lots of interesting people. I’ve also had follow up contact with interested galleries as I was one of the few artists that made sales.

 

I made contact and have kept in contact with other artists at the fair. A big bonus to have other artists to call on for advice!