Monday, 18 June 2018

Be a bit more Rock n Roll!

This weekend and last weekend Ive been attending some big concerts first one The Rolling Stones and then Alice Coopers new band The Hollywood Vampires and tomorrow The Foo Fighters.
The audiences are so old I am happy to take my kids along what they make of it I'm not sure but I think they just take pity on us for liking these Dad bands.

As I was watching Alice and Mick on stage it made me think about the need to keep on keeping on why do these multi millionaire rockers put themselves through night after night of this, they don't have too they could be putting their feet up and toasting a job well done and watch the clock tick by.
But that's not very rock n roll bloody boring actually I listen to folk who cant wait till they retire and I'm like and then what? Do what you should be doing now why wait?
Alice's new band is cool they sing only the songs of their dead drunk friends Keith Moon ,Lemmy , The Doors etc.... the list goes on all those who wasted their talent or fell by the wayside too early.
I'm sentimental and seeing a photo of Bowie while Johnny Depp sang Hero's was too much heartbreaking actually.

So much talent still to share so much creativity not yet unleashed.
Here's the thing we all die yep amazing revelation huh! But seriously what are you waiting for get the knitting needles ,out cross stitch , make music ,paint, make stuff , draw stuff who cares what you do , what it looks like just do something that is for you and not logical or has great depth.

The thing is by making and creating we are giving something to the world adding layers , happiness and increasing the possibilities of meeting other people who also share in your madness. When we meet other creative souls it enriches our lives up and down the country there are folk sitting in village halls doing alsorts of mad creative stuff of no consequence having a great time doing it. It takes effort to get out of the house it takes effort to change it takes effort to create but its a beautiful thing.

It doesn't have to be serious you know all this art malarky is brilliant we don't have to have huge meaning behind everything we do. Don't worry that your workshop leader will think you are rubbish they don't they are terribly grateful you booked on the course so they can buy more paint. 

Imagine the buzz Mick Jagger gets when his songs are sang back to him he keeps going because its a beautiful thing to be heard and to be creative, sod the ageist naysayers who would have him retired what a loss to the world. All the folk Ive been watching on stage have had their fair share of bad press and criticism but the core thing that keeps them going is creativity they would do this anyway it just happens they made it and the critic's are jealous because all they can do is write about them.
I see it on social media too jealousy what a pointless exercise be happy for that friend who makes it help the ones who need it be a bit more rock n roll don't wallow in misery get up and enjoy the party that creativity will bring you life is for living NOW!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

An Academic Change

May has been a great month for me lots of sales and new contacts. But apart from the art I have decided to go back to University (again! The picture above is ten years ago!) to study an MA part time, in Public History and Heritage . I am studying part time and I hope it will compliment my work as a painter of heritage buildings and areas.
I often found myself lacking in knowledge when trying to explain the World Heritage Site where I live and it will be great to really understand why something is classed as having a heritage  who has deemed that classification and what it means for those living under the banner of World Heritage. I also would like to find work locally where I can combine all my interests when I'm not doing the school run anymore in two years time!
It will not effect my work as an artist it will enhance it but I will have to slow down on many of the things I have been voluntarily doing in order to give fully to the studies.
Below are two recent works from the Clusters area of Belper.

Having said that there seems to be no slowing down as I have just agreed to have a solo show at The Guild Hall in Derby from September to December at Gallery 5. So I will be busy preparing for that over summer.
Right now I am setting up for a week at The Gothic Warehouse Cromford Mills May 26th - June 3rd where I will be showing work with 8 other artists and makers for Derbyshire Open Arts. I hope some of you can come along and say hello.

Bye For Now
Ruth x

Friday, 6 April 2018

Ashbourne Workshop in the Rain.

A couple of weeks ago I ran my workshop at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne, in my head I had the idea that March would be the perfect time to get outside and do a bit of sketching!
Well as you all know its been brutal weather in Derbyshire and standing outside in pouring rain was not ideal.
Although actually looking back you get some interesting results and memories.
I managed to find us shelter in a doorway and we actually got some decent sketches and funny looks as we tried to capture the scene in front of us.
 Today I revisited the painting I started and totally destoryed it and brought it back again I think this captures how blumin cold and wet and freezing we were!

A Late Winter in Ashbourne by Ruth Gray.

The next date for a street scene workshop is June 12th details here hopefully not pouring down but glorious sunshine.

Id love you to book on so we can have a great creative day together.  Any abilities are welcome.

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

GDPR what Im doing,

Happy Easter to you all.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation is a lengthy read for anyone but what it means for small businesses like myself is that I must ensure that I have consent to keep data on a mailing list.
I have decided to create a new mailing list with double opt ins to ensure I am compling with the new regulation, it means I will probaly lose a lot of old subscribers some of which I have had for four years since I set up my list. 
But I believe the time is right for me to do this anyway as I am planning some big changes to what I do with my art going forward so its important to me that I have connections who really care about my work. Newsletters are a personal connection much more so than social media. 
I use my newsletters to share new work and news before anywhere else, no more than six a year. If you would like to subscribe you can do so here.

Meanwhile below are some of the events I have coming up it would be lovely to see some of you there.
Bye for now Ruth x

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Back street Painting


It was a pleasure to demonstrate a mixed media street scene, for Breaston Art Group yesterday and my subject of choice was a rather bleak photo of Hounds Gate in Nottingham, from this little image I was fascinated to hear all about experiences the group had of visiting the area when it was a warehouse in the 1950s and 60s and the thrill of walking over the little bridge that had so caught my eye. sadly today the road has many to let signs and empty shops.

I have arms!

Hounds gate Nottingham 40 x 40 cm

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ten Small Paintings for January

Below is the results of my labours for January ten small paintings of various street scenes around Derbyshire and the UK. I've been struggling to find a consistent plan of action for a few months what with Christmas shows, birthdays, anniversaries etc.... so I've needed to find something that I can fit in around all the goings on and weekends away and visitors, kids you know life. I'm also struggling with my physical health so short bursts of work has been the plan of action.

These little paintings I am quite proud of  all together as a group I'm happy with them, some I'm not so thrilled with but that's inevitable and is at the discretion of the artist to know which they are.
I've decided for now to keep them unframed and for sale on my website at a cost of £150 each I haven't had a online show of works for sale before so its all new to me, but I figured out how to connect everything to paypal and we shall see. Prints are always available of any of my paintings too. If you are interested follow the link here

Its been nice to revisit some of the places I love and to spend a gloomy January imagining I am there. I've just come back from a weekend in Sheffield my husband is amused at how excited I am for a bit of dereliction and general urban decay!  It was our wedding anniversary treat and I spent it marveling at demolishion sites! I've booked a few days in Cleethorpes soon and I am more excited in a day trip to Grimsby Docks than anything else so I see my year kind of panning out in that sort of direction less pretty landscapes and more grime. Possibly not very commercial but sometimes you have to follow your heart.
Anyway leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my months work.

George Street Hastings 18 x 24 cm on linen

Henrietta Street Whitby 18 x 24 cm on linen

High Street Rye 18 x 24 cm on linen

Market Place Chesterfield 18 x 24 cm on linen

Millennium Bridge Towards St Pauls 18 x 24 cm on linen

Niddry Street Edinburgh 18 x 24 cm on linen

Pelham Street Nottingham 18 x 24 cm on linen

Victoria Square Ashbourne 18 x 24 cm on linen

Water Street Bakewell 18 x 24 cm on linen

Wood Street Manchester 18 x 24 cm on linen.