Failed at sorcery

So much for my attempt to conjure up Spring.  The landscape is back to the depths of Winter with huge snowdrifts and fields scoured back by the fierce wind all the way from Siberia.  This charcoal drawing was made quite a few years ago now and the original long owned by someone else.  I still miss it.

A series of drawings of snow in upper Calderdale led to the making of my accordion fold book 'Winter Calligraphy'. Dimensions 12 cm x 12 cm, 10 pages, Epson UltraChrome ink on Hosho paper with Bockingord 300gsm covers. The edition was 35 and I still have some copies left so if anyone is interested contact me for more details at angie(dot)rogers(at)talk21(dot)com.

Conjuring up Spring

It may be officially Spring in the UK but no signs of it here in the South Pennines.  I can't wait any longer and have created this Spring themed display in the studio to cheer myself up.

Same old weather, different window


Shadows - intangible, ephemeral and frequently overlooked yet so powerfully present and intriguing.
These ones are cast on beach sand, canal ice and puddle water.

Watershed Revisited

A final exhibition of selected work by all the resident artists and writers who participated in the Watershed - Inspired By Landscape Project over the past 3 years will be on show at The Studio, Bradford 1 gallery in Centenary Square, Bradford Saturday 22 June to 24 August 2013.

I am hoping to give my huge charcoal drawings of reservoir valve towers another 'airing' but in a slightly different form. The space is a lot smaller than the giant room I had with writer Char March at Cliffe Castle, Keighley, and there will be work from the two other artists - Sally Barker and Simon Warner and two more writers, Andrew Mcmillan and Anna Turner. The exhibition is being curated by Lara Goodband and should be an exciting culmination of this award winning project.

This photo is one of my personal favourites, taken in the basement of Machpelah Mill in Hebden Bridge (my temporary studio courtesy of Trevor Smith). The sunlight reflected off the canal water and through the window somehow, echoing the window in the valve tower and contrasting with the blue light of the projected video of Upper Gorple Reservoir water.

Rowena Beaty's beautiful sculptures

This week I was lucky enough to visit the studio of Rowena Beaty a sculptor who makes serenely beautiful figures from limestone and marble.

It was a privilege to see Rowena's work in progress in her sun filled studio at Slack Top above Hardcastle Crags, where we discussed aspects of the creative process surrounded by trees and the song of numerous birds.

How I would love to own one of Rowena's figures to look at every day and feel inspired.

Rowena's sculptures will be exhibited at Halifax Minster over the summer, opening in July and I will post the actual opening date and details when these have been confirmed.