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Deborah Westmancoat RWA

2 weeks 4 days ago

A good memory from last year arrived in the post today. I made two ‘Storm Cubes’ for a show in Korea which made it to the other side of the world despite the logistical complications of Covid and are now held in their permanent collection. Great to receive a big old 200 page catalogue covering all of the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale including ‘12x12x12+Nature: the Site Where We Can Enjoy Harmonious Senses’, within which the Cubes were exhibited. I know websites have their uses, but paper catalogues are a wonderful thing. #rwa @rwabristol #cubeart #stormpainting #geumgangnatureartbiennale #weatherart #inkpainting #collectingtheweather

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

4 months 1 week ago

Buyer behaviour to be encouraged.....a marvellous woman in Surrey found my address in the back of an RA summer show catalogue and out of the blue posted me a big bag of chocolate eggs and a card asking to buy a painting! This is the one they eventually chose - Flood Plain (2015) ink and floodwater from the River Tone on paper. What a very civilised way to sell a work. @rwabristol #floodart #floodartist #inkpainting #inkandwaterpainting #weatherpainting #paintingoftheday #contemporarypainting #contemporarylandscapepainting

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

4 months 3 weeks ago

A brand new journal is launching on Friday, including a chapter I was invited to contribute on my work during the Ancient Scent Ireland residency in 2017. Conceived and edited by Baz Nicholls of AnMór Studio, ECHTRAI: landscapes lost-abandoned-forgotten-mythic is A5, 120 pages and due to launch at Baltic39 in May but you can get a copy early for £11.50 + £3 UK p+p, payment to Paypal at: whitelineBN@aol.com. Read more at placefieldnotes.wordpress.com/

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

4 months 3 weeks ago

Great to hear today that a recent painting, Hoy (2020), has sold at the RWA Open. The exhibition was on hold for so long due to Covid regs - do get along and see it if you can, but be quick as it closes on 9th May. Tickets are available on the website and you can also see (and buy) all the works online too.

Image: Hoy (2020), Deborah Westmancoat RWA
Ink, acrylic, shellac, enamel, seawater collected from Rackwick Bay and rainwater collected from peatland surrounding the Dwarfie Stane, Hoy, Orkney, on board. Framed in white wood and museum glazing. 59.5 x 46.5 x 4.5 cm.

If you have ever had the good fortune to make your way to Hoy then I hope you recognise something of that otherworldly island in this image. The Dwarfie Stane is a hollowed out glacial erratic that dates roughly to 5000 BCE - you can climb inside and hear the sounds of the earth and wind booming within. As we stood next to it we could see a young White Tailed Sea Eagle on the nest through binoculars. Rackwick Bay defies description. It is haunting and empty and beautiful and full of sorrow all at the same time.

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

7 months 2 weeks ago

Installation shot of two recent paintings (centre wall, nearest to floor) being exhibited in the monochrome room as part of the 168 RWA Open at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Both use waters made from a pre-Covid visit to Orkney. Sadly the gallery is still unable to accept visitors in person due to lockdown but the whole exhibition is available to view online and when things improve will be open again ASAP. (Image credit: 168 Annual Open Exhibition, installation view, RWA, 2021. Alice Hendy Photography). @rwabristol #alicehendyphotography #rwa #bristollife #bristolgallery #groupexhibition #royalwestofenglandacademy #somersetartist #contemporarypaintings

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

7 months 2 weeks ago

Studio tools lined up ready for work. Slate, bone, ink stained wooden spoon, found spindle, scissor blade. #studiolife #newpaintingproject #makingpaintings #inkandwaterpainting #wipart #inkpainting #workonpaper

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

8 months 2 weeks ago

Flooded and frozen water meadows. Our daily walk. No sign of snow yet but surely any day now? #longrunmeadow #longrunmeadows #somersetlandscape #artistresearch #waterpainter #waterartist

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

9 months 1 week ago

Due to current restrictions the 168th RWA Open will now run from 2 January - 7 March 2021. The good news is that all the works are available to view and purchase online in time for Christmas. The RWA will provide a certificate with image and an admission ticket to anyone purchasing an artwork as a gift.
Links to two of my selected paintings using weather collected from Skara Brae, Mainland Orkney and Rackwick Bay on the island of Hoy are here:
Hoy www.rwa.org.uk/.../products/buy-art-annual-open-225
Hoard www.rwa.org.uk/.../products/buy-art-annual-open-224

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

10 months 2 weeks ago

Life affirming visit with @stewart.geddes today before imminent lockdown talking art, jazz, friendship, politics and more. Exciting to get together again to see developments in work and talk through process. #studiovisit #abstractpainting #colourist #gesturalpainting #bristolartists #makingpaintings #artandlife

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

10 months 3 weeks ago

Collecting together recently found/received objects in the studio today, including a core of Ashburton marble (thanks @michaellfairfax ), fossil finds from the Clevedon coast, natural objects from Orkney (thanks Kate Fletcher) and sketchbook research. What has become a ritual beginning to a new series of ink and water/weather paintings. @rwabristol #ashburtonmarble #weatherpainting #inkandwaterpainting #inktober #inkdrawing #clevedon #painting #paintingwithweather #recording #artistsoninstagram #artcontemporary #artmakingprocess #studiolife #studiorituals

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

11 months 1 week ago

Minehead beach. Biting cold but blissful and not a soul around. #collectingweather #mudlarking #fossilfinding #researchforpainting #mineheadbeach #southwestartist

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

11 months 1 week ago

Four recent paintings due to be delivered to Bristol next week for the RWA 168th Open. Show runs from 21 November 2020 - 7 March 2021 and tickets will be available from the RWA website soon. List of works: Valency Star Path (2020) Hoard (2020) Bell House Pines (2017) Hoy (2020). @rwabristol #rwaacademicians #kunstwerke #contemporarypainting #contemporaryart #contemporarylandscapepainting #paintingwithwater #paintingwithweather #weatherart #hoy #orkneyislands #orkneylandscape #valencyriver #boscastle #boscastleharbour #clonmacnoise #clonmacnoisemonastery

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

11 months 1 week ago

Four recent paintings due to be delivered to Bristol next week for the RWA 168th Open. Show runs from 21 November 2020 - 7 March 2021 and tickets will be available from their website soon.
List of works:
Valency Star Path (2020) shown here
Hoard (2020)
Bell House Pines (2017)
Hoy (2020)

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

11 months 3 weeks ago

Fossil finds from the coastline south of Clevedon, Somerset. Research for new paintings. #somersetcoast #researchforpainting #studiofinds #fossilfinds #makingnotes #journalresearch #studiocollection #walkingthecoast

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

11 months 3 weeks ago

Taking no chances. Heavy duty wrapping.....off up to the John Moore’s Painting Prize courier in Bristol first thing tomorrow. Travel well... @jmpaintingprize @rwabristol #johnmoorespaintingprize #inkpainting #weatherpainting #inkandwaves #wavepainting #alchemicalart #contemporaryartcollectors #contemporaryartist #bathschoolofartanddesign

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

1 year 1 day ago

New work currently on the way to the Kanu Nayak Foundation, Mumbai, India for their permanent collection.

Watching For Signs (2020)
Ink, charcoal, pastel, chalk and rainwater collected from a summer storm during Covid lockdown, on paper. 297 x 420mm. #drawingbox @rwabristol #raindrawing #lockdownpainting #lockdowndrawing #weatherdrawing #weatherpainting #weatherartist #inkandrain #watchingforsigns

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

1 year 3 weeks ago

New work. Hoy (2020)
Ink, acrylic, shellac, enamel, seawater collected from Rackwick Bay and rainwater collected from peatland surrounding the Dwarfie Stane, Hoy, Orkney, on board.

If you have ever had the good fortune to make your way to Hoy then I hope you recognise something of that otherworldly island in this image. The Dwarfie Stane is a hollowed out glacial erratic that dates roughly to 5000 BCE - you can climb inside and hear the sounds of the earth and wind booming within. As we stood next to it we could see a young White Tailed Sea Eagle on the nest through binoculars. Rackwick Bay defies description. It is haunting and empty and beautiful and full of sorrow all at the same time.

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

1 year 3 weeks ago

New work. Hoard (2020). Ink, acrylic, shellac, enamel and rainwater collected from Skara Brae, Bay of Skaill, Orkney, on board.

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

1 year 1 month ago

New work. Valency Star Path (2020). Ink and a jar of water reflecting the night sky collected from the Valency River as it flowed past the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall, on board. 41 x 41 cm. Drawn elements reflect the complexity of star formations, clusters and trails being incrementally revealed as the world slowly turned. @rwabristol @museum_of_witchcraft_and_magic #rwa #boscastleharbour #boscastlewitchcraftmuseum #boscastlecornwall #boscastle #startrails #starpath #valencyvalley #inkpainting #inkandwaterpainting #riverpainting #cornishnightsky

Deborah Westmancoat RWA

1 year 2 months ago

On show as part of the Hinterland online exhibition, Broadway Arts Festival. Sea Caves 2 (2019). Ink and incoming waves collected from Porthleven beach. Joint winner of the New Entrant Prize. The Festival will arrange delivery upon sale of work. Have a look at their website. @broadwayartsfestival #broadwayartsfestival #waveart #weatherart #porthlevenbeach #porthlevenbeachcornwall #porthleven #seacaves #cornishcoastline #cornishcoast #artistsofinstagram #porthlevenprize