Paul Johnstone – Artist

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Lately…..

the last month has been too cold to get up in the attic.

So I have been trying out some brush painting with acrylics. I must admit acrylics and brush work is so different from the knife and oil I normally use that I am keen to get back upstairs,but it’s good to try a different medium.

I have been keeping my hand in with  some ink drawing and trying different exercises and techniques. But roll on some better weather and I can just ” get on with it” as an old friend used to say ALL the time………Trees and fields.Acrylic barren woods.iPad forest.image

October

Well, September was great, I had two exhibitions,Wirksworth and Melbourne, both were good opportunities to show some new work.I shared both exhibitions with other artists who were good company and had great art that was completely different from mine, check out Olivier Leger and Heidi Jayne Best.

I Was lucky enough to go back to the field of dahlias at kings Newton,which has been such a source of inspiration for a lot of my work and spoke to the owners who let me into the field to take as many pictures as I liked.

I was pleased to get another large painting underway and finished, I was looking for an autumnal theme and I think I achieved this.

OCTOBER will see me off to Vadodara in Gujerat India as part of”Reimagine India”a collaborative art event with the wonderful “Artcore” community based art group from Derby.the project involves visiting SW university of Vadodara during the Navratri festival and trying to find ways of working with the students and artists on a clloborative piece of work we can share and bring back to the uk.

The longer term goal is for artists and students to visit us here and continue the project until 2017 which is the anniversary of  seventy years of independence and will culminate in a joint piece of work shared here and back in India.The project team has six members including artists,dancers directors and organisers.

Hopefully the experience will allow us an insight into the importance of art,music and dance in the lives and culture of the people of Vadodara and give us a diverse source of inspiration for future work.image

i had a good weekend in the neighbourhood with the six streets festival and have a few more pictures to show.the Lino cuts were well received and so were the black ink drawings as well as the big oils.we had an average footfall of 600!!!

I have been accepted for the Wirksworth festival and the Melbourne festival both of which are unique and exciting in their own ways. I may be travelling soon with the idea to work abroad but will let you know more when it’s certain.

in the meantime I hope you like the two new pictures.

They are very much in the vein of what I do and are similar  to the themes in all my work.The dark edge.Dusty poppies.

A sprinkling for the May queen.

A sprinkling for the May queen.

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june already, I’m just back from Darley park with lydia and some dustyelder flowers for cordial.

last month was the (GAA) Tokyo exhibition,lots of nice galleries wanting to talk, so we,ll see.what comes of it.

I am getting ready for the neighbourhood arts trail,Six streets Derby, next weekend. I have been trying a few Lino cuts for this as well as some black and white prints.

I am exhibiting at Wirksworth and Melbourne in September and am starting to get the work for that going, so in general keeping my head down and getting on with it while trying to enjoy the English summer.

thanks for having a look.

April

70x150cm

The big sky.

March has gone in the blink of an eye,but the light is good and I’ve been busy.I exhibited at the parallax art fair in Chelsea and have made a few gallery contacts as well as interested parties.I have been accepted for the global art agency exhibition at the Harajuku stadium in Tokyo in may, so I’m excited about the prospect of being seen overseas,particularly Japan where nature and the seasons are so well observed and celebrated. I hope some of my work will resonate with their sensibilities. I will also be taking part in my local neighbourhood festival the” six streets” art festival at the end of June. Have a good April.