Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Bridesmaid

Discovered this beauty in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. A true Pre-Raphaelite 'stunner', in every sense of the word. The painting is The Bridesmaid, by J.E. Millais (1829-1896), of the muse Miss McDowell. It was painted in 1851 and depicts the old superstition that if a bridesmaid passes a piece of wedding cake nine times through a wedding ring, she will see a vision of her future husband. Love the colour of her flaming golden red hair against that midnight blue background, and also the way the colour of her eyes reflect the pale greens of her corsage, (orange blossom, a symbol of chastity), and dress. Millais was a talented, precocious painter and his skill with the brush is very much in evidence with his rendering of her eyes, the silk/satin sheen of her dress and amazing rendering of the silverware sugar caster on the bottom left of the painting. It is only a small painting but it leaves a huge impression.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

160 Pieces of Silver

Recieved my first private commission of the New Year recently, so have been busy gilding and cutting no less than 160 silver Sweet Potato Acraea butterflies. Since last year this has been one of my favourite shapes to work with and I have created several pieces around this little butterfly which is quite common in Africa, and varies in colour from pale yellow to orange and brown.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

London Art Fair II

Managed to catch the London Art Fair before it closed. Again like last year Nancy Fouts produced one my favourite pieces on display Owl Butterfly, which I think is just beautiful. Looks like he's off to a masked ball.

I have also been admiring the collaborative work of Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings. Love the repetitive patterns and colour ways, very 1950s.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

London Art Fair 2013

I will be exhibiting prints at London Art Fair 13, with Jealous Gallery, at the Business Design Centre, Islington. They will be on two stands (G7 & G45). The Fair runs from Weds 16th - Sun 20th January. I believe there are still some complimentary tickets available so email:- ellie@jealous gallery.com if you would like some.