New Blogsite

As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at: www.nataliedowseart.blogspot.com

Friday, December 21, 2007

Midwinter and Little Miss Sunshine

Well it's midwinter - well almost as the shortest day is actually tomorrow. So very soon we can look forward to our daylight hours getting longer. I'm soon to be migrating south to (slightly) warmer climes. Last night I stayed up late and watched Little Miss Sunshine which I thought was fantastic. So if you want to bring some sunshine to the short dark winter days I would recommend it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I think I've done it!


Today I think I finally finished my painting (well actually it is five paintings that make one). I've done everything I intended, so at the moment I cannot tell whether it needs anything else or not. The Christmas break will hopefully distance me from it so that I will be able to view it with fresh eyes. I've been here in Derby for almost sixteen weeks and feel that I have achieved a lot (but not quite as much as I would have liked). I have completed two substantial pieces of work which amounts to 59 paintings. Although I'm not publishing the work on this blogsite yet - I thought I would post a couple of details, hopefully to keep a few of you intrigued.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Today's visitor to the studio



This was my little visitor to the studio today - a 10 week old Papillon. The day got off to a very, very slow start due to the party season. However, I did manage to paint - I am hoping my next piece of work finished by close tomorrow. Hmmm watch this space!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

York and Tracey Emin


Self Portrait 12-11-01 by Tracey Emin, Copyright: image courtesy of the Tracey Emin Studio

I took a trip to York yesterday with a friend - another city I had never visited. Apart from being bitterly cold we had a great day. The city looked very beautiful and impressive. We had a very decadent lunch at the famous(?) Betty's tea rooms (great cake). There was a very small Tracey Emin exhibition at the York Art Gallery which contained drawings, prints, embroidery and photographs. I love so many of her drawings, the mark-making is simple and beautiful. I can't express how powerful some of these images are. They are so delicate and it is a shame that so many people just associate her with the unmade bed.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Where is my mind?



"With your feet in the air and your head on the ground - Try this trick and spin it, yeah - Your head will collapse - But there's nothing in it - And you'll ask yourself - Where is my mind? Way out in the water - See it swimmin'?

I was swimmin' in the Caribbean - Animals were hiding behind the rocks - Except the little fish - But they told me, he swears - Tryin' to talk to me, coy koi - Where is my mind? Way out in the water - See it swimmin'?

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground - Try this trick and spin it, yeah - Your head will collapse - If there's nothing in it - And you'll ask yourself - Where is my mind?"

The Pixies


I'm having a big battle in my little mind. I am determined to finish the series of paintings I'm working on before Christmas. I have GOT to do it. The problem is my mind is mushed today from Christmas shopping and I'm tired, cold and need a break (poor me eh? Nothing quite like a drama Queen!). The past two weeks I've been obsessively listening to The Pixies again in my studio - so having a retro moment. I remember seeing this band at Exeter University when I was a first year Fine Art student at Falmouth School of Art. Perhaps working in a University amongst art students is bring all this lovely stuff back to me? Legends. Due the the immense genius of the world wild web I have found out that this was the 16th October 1989. The following night they played at Portsmouth Guildhall and I'm sure my sister saw them there. Oh the data you can find!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Calling artists of the world...

How important is drawing? Please post your comments or register your vote on the poll on the right hand side of this blog. I know this question is a bit 'same old same old' but the question was born from a conversation I had today - which has made me curious to find out other artists' views (or anyone for that matter).

Monday, December 10, 2007

In a whirl



I'm in a whirl and Christmas is fast approaching. I have travelled this past weekend: a trip to the Lake District to see friends (thank you for lovely food and films), then down to see another in Lancashire (thank you Juno for my lovely miniature Christmas tree for my very small flat). Today I've had a meeting with the curator of my first exhibition in June - and now have set deadlines. This has made me realise how little time for working I have left. In fact in those terms I'm half way through!! So I find myself in a bit whirl, so need to make the most of the two weeks' working time before Christmas. Thank goodness for online Christmas shopping - as long as it all arrives in time! So now I'm off to the studio for a mammoth painting session...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Green Door Launch



Last night I went to the exhibition and launch party of the Green Door Open Access Printmaking Studio. You can become a member and use the facilities at an hourly rate or attend courses in photopolymer etching, acrylic relief etching, monoprinting and collagraph. For further details follow this link.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Rainbow

The sky above the shed with rainbow 2.30pm today:


On Monday the Vickers gang organised a 'meet the artist' event at the Mayor's Office in the Council Chambers in Derby. It was a lovely evening with drinks and canapes and plenty of people to meet. There may be something in the press so watch this space for dodgy photos. At the same time there was a demonstration outside to save the Derby Playhouse (it has recently been put into administration).

The sky above the shed 3.30pm today:

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Three months


I have been in Derby now for three months and it now feels quite 'normal'. I am becoming very familiar with my immediate surroundings and Derby is beginning to feel like home. I think it is routine that gives us a sense of belonging as well as the people that we meet. I now feel more than just an oberserving outsider.

Around and about the shed today

The sky above the shed today:


The sky above the shed 20th October:


Britannia Mill:


Shortlisted:

Saturday, December 1, 2007

QUAD progress


This is the latest progress with the QUAD building with the temporary ice rink in front.

QUAD 13th September (see previous blog entry):



The big screen showing the action on the ice rink: