I’ve had several requests for hard copies of Symmetry in Nature but unfortunately they’re sold out. So here’s a decent quality free download: it’s the pdf file of the whole book:
If anyone would like to purchase the high quality pdf of the book (R75) please contact me.
A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture on Facebook. It’s one of my favourite trees catching the warm sunshine: full of twisty arching shapes. At the time my good friend Harry Owen said he could see an artwork coming on …. he was right.
I’ve managed to find some time to work with it and I’m pretty happy with these two images. They’re full of mirroring and overlay and to me they’re fantasy works. This first one overlays an image of the forest floor to give a warm rich texture.
Äsperöd Mushroom Fantasy
The second one rotates the trees and the cross processing of the overlaid images gives some amazing blue and red tints. There’s a completely different feel to it.
This is still a work in progress and hopefully I’ll be putting up more pictures as my ideas develop.
‘Angel Wings’ and ‘They look like something from William Blake’ were the first responses I got to these pictures. They’re a little different to the other triptychs because there’s no background image, the runic tree is compressed to run up Natalie’s spine. It really does look like the wing of an angel. So I copied and then mirrored her image, superimposing them on top of the original runic tree to get this dramatic triptych.
Triptych Flame 1
Its was an easy step to duplicate the image and get some lovely flowing lines.
Triptych Flame 1 Double
I then worked on a version that kept the original orange colour of the tree but it’s cropped and follows her silhouette. The result is another striking image. I’m really looking forward to getting some trial prints done of these.
I was pleased with the stained glass effect and the repetition of the archway of trees in the triptych I posted earlier so next I experimented with blending together a different set of images.
Äsperöd Gnarly Triptych
The original inspiration is one of the Scots Pine trees on a rocky knoll at Äsperöd, Sweden. I followed the same process as before, mirroring the central tree, enriching its colours and masking with an art filter before projecting it on to Natalie.
Äsperöd Gnarly Tree
Äsperöd Gnarly Symmetry
Äsperöd Gnarly Symmetry Projected
After I’d copied and flipped the projected image I merged the two of them together and, where the shadows overlapped, I superimposed the merged image over the earlier saturated, mirrored image. It sounds a little complicated but gives a richly coloured overlapping blend of foreground and background textures so you really feel there’s something other worldly in the scene. I also made a mirror image of the triptych which would make a wonderful window!
Äsperöd Gnarly Triptych
Äsperöd Gnarly Stained Glass Symmetry
The visitors to my Portals exhibition gave me a lot of feedback and encouragement. Some of the ideas really inspired me and so, whilst the Festival was quiet, I started working on this small series of triptychs. I recently finished some of them and here’s a first look at what I’ve been doing with a description of how I produced it.
The centre panel’s a mirrored image of a beautiful bank of trees above the Coquet River in Northumberland. I took the original photo looking down a steep slope to the gate – if you look carefully at the pictures you can just see the gray river.
On either side of the centre panel are images I took last year when Natalie and I did a photo shoot of tree images projected on to her back. I masked out the background image on the screen behind her with a black and white filter so that she stands clear of the backdrop. I duplicated and then flipped one of the images so that she looks down into the centre image.
I really like the end result. Her back curves to the shape of the trees and the repetition of shapes and colours give the triptych a stained glass feel.
I’d like to start by saying how wonderful it was to receive so much positive feedback from so many people. That has meant a lot to me and pointed my work, and exhibition next year, firmly in a couple of directions. I’ll post more of these ideas shortly. It was quite something to talk about my pictures with complete strangers and that’s helped me get a very clear idea of what my work is about. I really enjoyed having friends drop by too: some of you were clearly surprised but in the nicest way I think. Then, of course, it was great to sell my pictures – though the first time a couple of them walked out of the door felt a little strange. I sold four framed copies and seven prints – so eleven in all – ten was my original goal so I’m pleased. Here are the ones that sold:
Äsperöd Gnarly (900 x 754) R2200 framed (sold); R1350 print
Aurajoki Runic (643 x 900) R1900 framed (sold); R1150 print (sold two prints)
Baobab Temple (900 x 378) R1550 framed; R1150 print (sold one print)
Natalie Metallica (1200 x 800) R2450 framed; R1300 print (sold two prints)
Aloe Skyscape (800 x 680) R2000 framed (sold); R1250 print
Lindesnäs Fjordscape (900 x 404) R1650 framed (sold); R1200 print
Stendörren Dreamscape (1350 x 529) R2200 framed; R1350 print (sold one print)
Okapuka Sunset (1000 x 997) R2750 framed; R1550 print (sold one print)
Prints are still available of all of these and so are hard copies where indicated. Portals Exhibition – the catalogue has full details for the other pictures as well. Contact me if you want to place an order.
What were the downsides?
Well, Carinus Annex is very cold to sit in day after day during mid winter and be told that you aren’t allowed to use the electricity for heating! This seems more than a little strange when you are paying a daily rental fee. It’s also a venue in serious need of a coat of paint and overall refurbishment. It looks tatty and that’s not a good atmosphere if you are trying to exhibit. I know it’s ‘only’ a Fringe venue but this also reflects poorly on the Festival. It’s been my first time exhibiting but I still I got the impression from artists and visitors that visual art as a whole needs some more support: just look at the ugly wire frame stands for example … I had to prop mine up with folded magazines!
Portals exhibition 2016
Finally, a big thank you to Harry Owen for helping me to set up and take down the exhibition.