Your canvas is a pilgrimage, an excavation
of the bones of time that breathe in a mosaic
of brunailles and verdailles, charting the diptych
of earth and sky. A reflective pentimento unveils
secrets buried in cairns; bronze age dilates
from your palette, possessed by vignettes
of antiquity that dream across light and shade.
A keeill, a wayside shrine, built on mounds, where
souls sleep beneath the narrow vault of grey heaven;
silent shamrock, camouflaged under pastel greens,
tugs at the limpid sleeves of kneeling spirits
that pray from the dark catacombs of history.
A walk in well, a baptism in hues of chamoisee,
chestnut and cordovan, a cryptic encounter
with the remains of yesterday. My eyes cannot
fathom this abstract landscape, but a blissful
tranquillity draws me into your float-mounted,
surreal world, your brush strokes hatching
a journey into the core of the earth.
The landscape opens to plein air, the hills,
the white dotted sheep, the stretch of the sea
flowing in bands of aqua and foam, the ghost-boat
chasing a fleeing eidolon, the rocks sequinned
with specks of light and shade, stroked in mint,
brown, grey and silver. In the valley, an evergreen
gorse flowers in speckled yellow. The tall,
cloaked man on the distant hill sings to the winds,
while the fields harvest in a riot of green shimmer:
thyme, sage and marsh whispers. You slice
the bones of time with metaphors of sharp colour.
An invading sky looms over my thoughts,
an empyrean realm dictating divine decree
to my temporal state. My exiled verse takes wing
with the clouds, mapping your palette.
The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.
One of my greatest pleasures in producing this website is that I get to share all kinds of beautiful work with you. If you haven’t yet seen the series “The Bones of Time” that I have been publishing over the last few weeks then please do take a few minutes to have a look. I feel so honoured to be able to publish such wonderfully sensitive poetry which complements the artwork so well and I’ll be sad when the final one goes out in a couple of weeks’ time. In a similar vein, many of you will know Janet Lees and I recently featured some of her photography work in one of these news updates. Whilst it’s perhaps pushing the boundaries of the scope of this website, I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous piece with you (click the following link) – it’s a poetry film which has been featured in Lucy English’s Book of Hours project. The project is about collaboration. For Janet’s film, she sampled words and lines from five of Lucy’s poems and wove them together to create a new five-stanza poem, then combined the text with footage and music by the beautiful and generous spirit that is Moby, via mobygratis. If you’re having a stressful day, click the link and take five minutes to watch this and let it wash over you. You’ll come out the other end feeling like you’ve just spent the day being pampered in a luxury spa.
Staying with beautiful words for a minute, Petrina Kent’s blog is a lovely one to follow. Petrina’s faith inspires her not only to produce some gorgeous artwork but also to write about how she translates her belief into her life. Petrina is a Christian but I find it easy to sense the larger, spiritual picture through her words which translate to any religion. Petrina has a series of ‘Little Gems’ which will make wonderful Christmas gifts and they are very reasonably priced. At just 10cm x 10cm they can easily be posted throughout the UK or even further afield. You can buy them via the Directory or visit her website.
There are lots of Artists busy selling their work in the run up to Christmas. In particular, do head to the galleries – Studio 42 in Port St. Mary, The Isle Gallery at Tynwald Mills, Hodgson Loom at Laxey Woollen Mills and The Sayle Gallery under the Villa Marina colonade. They all have stocks of original artwork, prints and other goodies that make for interesting and affordable gifts. Also keep an eye out at the Christmas markets as there are some great Artists selling their wares at these events. Of course, if you’ve missed the particular market you wanted to go to you can always track down the Artist you’re looking for via the Directory! Use the main navigation pages to see the Artist profiles and contacts and the Christmas shop page has quick links to Shops, Websites and Facebook pages.
Phil Kneen has produced some more of his stunning work in a new post on his WordPress blog “Ebony and Ivory” which goes into some ‘techie speak’ for those interested in photography. I’ll just share this one image with you and if you’re offended by nudity then don’t visit the page. Due to a huge amount of interest, Phil is now taking bookings for Film Photography Wedding packages (35mm, medium format and instant film) but be quick if you want to book him as a few Saturdays throughout the summer have already been filled. He is also offering a Portrait Package for Artists and Perfomers – whether it’s for press releases, brochures, album artwork or promotional material. As he says, if you want to be professional, you need to look professional. The package includes 20 final images and is priced at £450. Message Phil: email@example.com for details or to book a shoot.
Bryan Moore has been busy working on his graphic novel and he is hopeful that it will be available around Christmas. I’ll keep you posted when I hear it’s to be released and I for one definitely want a signed first edition!! Here’s a taster for you.
Svetlana Cameron goes from strength to strength, this week having been Elected a Full Member of Society of Graphic Fine Art by the UK national drawing society. Congratulations Svetlana! After her recent exhibition in London, whilst it’s been a wonderful achievement, it sounded like she was glad to be back in her studio and re-united with her paint brushes!
Manx Tails recently published an article about the most prestigious award for Manx culture. The article gave some background to the award and its previous winners, but also explained that the RBV (Reih Bleeaney Vanannan) award was now open for nominations of people or groups who have made outstanding contributions to Manx culture. The nominations close this evening (Monday 28th November) so you’ve still got time to nominate someone you feel is worthy of the award. More about the RBV award can be found here: Culture Vannin RBV Award.
Dates for your Diary
On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons
On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre
On now to 3 December – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery
On now through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show
3 – 7 December – handing in – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition ( show dates tbc but probably from 14 December)
24 November – 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery
25 November – 23 December – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery
30 November – Presence of Mann at Laxey Woollen Mills – Late Night Shopping from 6pm – 8pm
1 December – Artist Networking Event at The Sayle (tbc).
3 December – The Isle Gallery – Pot Thrown Ceramics and Christmas Decoration Workshop with Faye Christian (and Motown and Jazz and seasonal snacks and beverages…)
Here’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!
Have a great week!
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