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16th June, 2017

Off to Dartmoor.......the private view of Green Hill Arts Open 2017 is tonight from 6.30 - 8.00pm - all welcome.......and there's a bar. I have a new painting in the show along with other selected artists from the South West. Show runs from 17 June - 2 September 2017.
Work selected: White Field #2 (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, hailstones, frost and two frozen puddles collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset on board. Box framed in white wood and non reflective glazing. 73 x 56 x 4.5cm.

Green Hill Arts, Fore St, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor TQ13 8LL.
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16th June, 2017

Dropping off work for this over the weekend and looking forward to the private view on Monday 26 June 7-9pm. All invited.
Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD. Show runs 26 June - 4 August 2017. Open Mon - Sat, 9.30 - 5.00.
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13th June, 2017

Two works have been selected for the GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY exhibition at Bruton Art Factory due to open on 7 July 2017.

December (2013)
Black writing ink, rainwater (collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton) on found board. Box framed. 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm.
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13th June, 2017

Two works have been selected for the GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY exhibition at Bruton Art Factory due to open on 7 July 2017.

You Have Put The Wild Waters In Their Roar (2013)
Marine paint on wood, found washed up on Riva Degli Schiavoni, Venice after Full Moon high tide. 22 x 20 x 4.5 cm.
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12th June, 2017

Casespace, a solo show of recent paintings, studio research and materials, is now up and running at Bruton Museum, 22 High St, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AA. Weekdays 11 - 1, Saturdays 11 - 3. Show runs until 30 July. ... See MoreSee Less

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10th June, 2017

At The Edge of Where We'd Like To Be #2 (2015) has sold during the launch party of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. ... See MoreSee Less

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7th June, 2017

Metamorphic Slate (2017) will be showing as part of The Evolver Prize 2017 exhibition at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon, from 8 July - 26 August 2017. Preview 8 July 3-5 pm.

Writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and rainwater collected from a puddle in the centre of Castlerigg stone circle, Cumbria. Collage on paper. 21.6 x 30.3 cm unframed.
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27th May, 2017

Very pleased to be included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition again this year with At The Edge Of Where We'd Like To Be #2 (2015). Looking forward to a trip to London on 5 June for Varnishing Day and a good catch up with fellow exhibitors. ... See MoreSee Less

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26th May, 2017

I'm the Casespace artist at Bruton Museum from 3rd June - 30 July 2017....a solo exhibition of recent works and studio/research materials. Private view from 5,30pm on Saturday 3 June - all welcome. 26 High Street, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AA. Show runs for two months, weekdays 11am - 1pm, Saturdays 11am - 3pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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26th May, 2017

A recent work, White Field #2 (2017), has been selected for the Green Hill Arts Open 2017 running from 17 June - 2 September at Green Hill Arts, Fore St, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon TQ13 8LL. Looking forward to catching up with everyone at the PV.

White Field #2 (2017) Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, hailstones, frost and two frozen puddles collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset on board. Box framed in white wood and non reflective glazing. 73 x 56 x 4.5cm.
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24th May, 2017

Flood (2014) has been selected for the Millfield Summer Show at The Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset from 26 June - 4 August 2017. All works in the show are available to purchase for £500 or less.

Media: Black writing ink, floodwater (collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton), and beeswax on found solder board. 67.5 x 34 x 1 cm.
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21st April, 2017

New work off for framing - made for an upcoming exhibition called 50 Bees: The Interconnectedness Of All Things curated by Lydia Needle.

Ocellus (2017)
Black writing ink, hand made oak gall ink and rainwater collected from a grassland verge at Venford Reservoir, Dartmoor, on heavyweight paper.

The area was recorded in a 2014 survey as a habitat of Andrena tarsata, the elusive Tormentil Mining Bee, the first time it had been seen there for 41 years. The Tormentil Mining Bee is listed as a UKBAP Priority Species and Section 41 Conservation Priority Species due to dramatic declines in the number of occupied sites since 1970. They are almost entirely reliant on Tormentil flowers, requiring high densities to survive, and South West England is an important region for the species. Ocellus (‘little eye’, referring to a small eye in the top of the bee’s head which helps with navigation and stability) was made with rainwater collected from the site of a recently listed habitat on Dartmoor and references nest burrows which are usually dug in a south-facing low bank.
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19th April, 2017

Very happy to have this new work selected for The Observatory: Perspectives on Landscape, Society and Spirit exhibition at Exeter University. Text from website: "The University’s research takes place in teams combining a wide variety of topics from the distant reaches of the universe, to conditions in our own localities or our own minds, bodies and societies. What observations do artists want to share or swap with the research community at the university?".

Perigree-Syzygy of the Earth-Sun-Moon System (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and dew collected during the night of the 14/11/16 supermoon, on heavyweight paper. A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. Box framed in white wood and non reflective glazing. 51 x 61 x 4.5 cm.
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3rd April, 2017

Four paintings have been selected by Cultivate (London) for this upcoming online exhibition.... ... See MoreSee Less

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3rd April, 2017

Umidus was made a couple of months ago as part of a series of Winter works and sold today. Very happy it is going to a friend and local collector.

Umidus (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, winter hailstones and storm water (collected by Rebecca Fisk in Taunton, Somerset) on heavyweight paper. Box framed in white wood and non reflective glazing. 51 x 61 x 4.5 cm.
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24th February, 2017

From 4 - 12 April I will be taking part in the second phase of the Ancient Scent project - a 9 day arts residency in Ireland during which we will be exploring, researching and working with some very exciting places, including Newgrange, The Hill of Tara, Glendalough, The Hill of Ward, Loughcrew, Knowth, Slane and Carbury Hill. We'll be kicking off our residency with a visit to the ‘Spiritualized’: As Above, So Below ( from Modernity to Now )' exhibition at IMMA Dublin. Delighted to be working with the following artists again: Penny MacBeth, Lally Francesca Ronchetti MacBeth, Linda Styles, Steve Patterson, Binky Andrews, Beth Emily Maxwell Pooley, Tilly Alice, Lisa Stewart and Stephen Foster. My part of the project will also link in to a very exciting collaboration with Baz Nichols, a writer working with experimental geography and forgotten landscapes. More to follow........ ... See MoreSee Less

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20th February, 2017

Looking forward to seeing this again and getting it re-framed after nearly two years away at Morton Casa de Subastas in Mexico City. Many thanks Javier Calderon for all your support of my work. It's been tremendous to show in such good company and to have the other two works sell at international auction.

White Field and Hailstorm 2 (2015)
Black writing ink, hailstones (collected during hailstorm in Bishops Hull, Taunton, October 2014), and white acrylic ink on board. 50 x 40 cm.
Exhibition history:
Subasta de Arte Contemporaneo, Morton Casa de Subastas Auction House, Mexico City, Mexico (24 September – 8 October 2015)
Contemporary British Art 2015, Arte Mexico, Morton Casa de Subastas, Mexico City, Mexico (24 September – 8 October 2015)
Subasta de Verano, Morton Casa de Subastas, Mexico City (21 – 29 June 2015)
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8th February, 2017

After some fun and games with Royal Mail the postcard sent to the International Postcard Show at Surface Gallery has finally arrived and is now on display (and for sale) until 11 February. All postcards in the show are original pieces of art and cost £15 each.

Frost (2017) - Deborah Westmancoat
Black writing ink, white acrylic ink, pencil and frost collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset, on board. 10 x 15cm unframed.

Venue: Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Rd, Nottingham NG1 1DL.
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2nd February, 2017

One last work finally completed today before heading off to my framer in Bristol tomorrow......

Rhyolite Glacial Erratic (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and rainwater collected from a depression in a stone to the South West of Long Meg and her Daughters stone circle, Cumbria, and steeped with harebells and yarrow collected on site, on heavyweight paper.
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1st February, 2017

Final new work now completed and ready to take for framing on Friday.

Perigree-Syzygy Of The Earth-Moon-Sun System (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and dew collected during the night of the 14/11/16 supermoon, on heavyweight paper. (A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system).
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1st February, 2017

New work.......

Umidus (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, winter hailstones and storm water (collected by Rebecca Fisk in Taunton, Somerset) on heavyweight paper.
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31st January, 2017

Another new work off for framing.......

Lochan With No Name (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and water collected by Richard Littlejohns from a lochan with no name (grid reference NC3116053731) to the north of Foinaven Mountain, Sutherland, Scotland, on canvas board.
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31st January, 2017

New work off for framing.........

Glacial Melt (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink and water collected by Nicki Heenan from the base of Corvatsch Glacier, St Moritz, Switzerland, on canvas board.
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31st January, 2017

New frost and hailstone work completed today and ready for framing on Friday...............

White Field #1 (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, hailstones, frost and two frozen puddles collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset on board.
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31st January, 2017

Another good day in the studio. This new work completed today using two frozen puddles, frost and a jar of hailstones............off for framing on Friday.

White Field #2 (2017)
Black writing ink, handmade oak gall ink, hailstones, frost and two frozen puddles collected from Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset on board.
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3rd January, 2017

Frost (2017). Black writing ink, white acrylic ink, pencil and frost collected in Longrun Meadows, Taunton, Somerset. 10 x 15cm. Soon to be showing (and for sale) at the International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Southwell, Nottingham. Show launches 13 January and continues until 11 February 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

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31st December, 2016

Happy New Year to everyone, and thanks to those who have made time to visit exhibitions, liked paintings, bought paintings (always welcome!), written interesting comments in the visitor book and generally supported what I'm doing. During 2016 my work has shown in 35 exhibitions in the UK, New York, Mexico City and Reykajavik, and it's been a pleasure to meet so many fellow artists and art-lovers and make so many new friends. There is lots afoot for the coming year, including a funded residency in Ireland which I'll write more about soon. Meanwhile, much love to you all and here's to a fabulous 2017 xx ... See MoreSee Less

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31st December, 2016

A surprise New Year Eve sale....
It Was Dark When We Got Back (2016)
Black writing ink, oil pastel, charcoal and frost (collected from Cotlake Hill, Taunton) on paper. Framed in black wood, non reflective glazing. 34 x 33 x 3 cm
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17th December, 2016

QUARTZ VISUAL ARTS - OPEN TODAY AND EVERY DAY UNTIL THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER.

The Quartz Visual Arts exhibition preview took place on Thursday night with the public exhibition open from yesterday and running until next Thursday, December 22nd (11am-5pm daily, free admission). It's a fantastic show and I'm proud to have 6 paintings included along with some great work by Paul Newman, David Smith, Andrea Oke, Michael Fairfax, Linn O'Carroll, Sandra James Art and many others. Do go......
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