Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hampshire Open Studios

http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk/artists/basingstoke/item/amanda-bates
http://amanda6614.wixsite.com/amandabates/open-studios

Today was the first day of Hampshire Open Studios! I have lots of new work, especially on paper, so if you are thinking of visiting, don't forget to have a look through the browser and the rack of "4x4"s.

Sunday 19 August: open 10am - 5pm
Monday 20 August: open 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 21 August: closed, but the Artikinesis Exhibition, Traces of Prehistory is still open in Andover (10am to 5pm)
Wednesday 22 August: closed, but the Artikinesis Exhibition, Traces of Prehistory is still open in Andover in the morning (10 am to 12 noon)
Thursday 23 August: open 10am - 5pm
Friday 24 August: closed
Saturday 25 August: open 10am - 5pm
Sunday 26 August: open 10am - 5pm
Bank Holiday Monday 27 August: open 10am - 5pm


Full details on my Open Studios page here.

Monday, 13 August 2018

4 inch squares

Three "Crashing Wave" squares
It all started earlier this year when I got my hands on a supply of square mounts, eight inches square with a four inch square aperture. They were a nice size, but I didn't have very many pieces on paper to suit them. Then I realised that some bigger pieces, which didn't quite work as a whole, would look great if they were cut up and the choicest parts presented in these mounts. It seemed to work especially well with pictures done in acrylic ink, with trees and waves being good subjects.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

The boar tree - SOLD

The boar tree, ink on A3 paper
The roots of this roadside beech tree reminded me of a wild boar - I could see its head and one giant piggy trotter. I haven't deliberately enphasised either feature, not least because the tree is a beautiful sight in itself, with the large, sinuous branch to the left curving up like the muscular neck of a herbivorous dinosaur (I'm thinking diplodocus or brontosaurus), set against the sundappled screen of leaves.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Hanger: two drawings

Hanger, ink on A3 paper
Square Hanger, ink on paper, 29 x 29 cm

These two pictures were drawn to investigate the way that the beech roots cling to the steep slope of the hanger (a hillside wood). I had no intention of introducing fantastic beasts, but they crept in, nonetheless...

Monday, 30 July 2018

Downed

Downed, ink on A4 paper
I found this dragon lying between two roadside beech trees on Nuthanger Down, its tattered wings spread on the ground, looking intently up. Was there a squirrel up there? Or was it remembering its days of flight?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Let Sleeping Dragons Lie

Let Sleeping Dragons Lie, ink on paper, 29 x 29 cm
More serpentine beech tree roots, this time on Nuthanger Down, and this time in Noodler's Walnut Brown ink (which I think is based on the colour of walnut ink, but probably isn't made from walnuts).

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Re-Henge: Dragon Roots - SOLD

Dragon Roots, ink on paper, 29 x 29 cm
The serpentine roots of the Avebury beeches, last seen in Henge, led me to imagine a mythical creature dozing on the bank. Has it become one with the trees and the earth, or is it just very well camoflaged?