Vision Exhibition

Vision was a collectively curated exhibition by local artists exploring themes of aesthetics, sight, self-image, re-authoring and mythology, showcasing a variety of work including traditional painting, collage, resin and soft sculpture. Working outside the typical white cube gallery space at The Rigger Venue allowed for a unique and exciting exhibition experience. You could book a time slot to enjoy this Covid-safe art space with a table to sit, discuss and enjoy the art works after seeing the show.

Curation and artworks by Liz Ankers, Megan Kettle, Lorna Lakin, Christine Mallaband-Brown, Deborah Travis and Eve Travis.

Vision exhibition

I’m excited to be part of the Vision exhibition coming up this weekend… 19th and 20th June 2021. Its being held at the Rigger Venue in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, UK.

The link is: https://fb.me/e/29rJakDCB if you are in the area and are interested in coming along? There is also a Facebook page with more details.

Cloud bird?

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It was high up in the sky, a cloud shaped like a bird? No shaped like a white dove. A dove of peace.

All around the world people looked up and saw it. The symbol of peace.

We saw it one evening, then again the next day. It was happening everywhere. People were posting images on the Web. On visage journal and quick telegraph!

The government’s didn’t like it. They asked their troops and scientists to investigate. Look at the occurrences. Telescopes were trained on each cloud. Radar and radio telescopes. No sign of a reason. It was a mystery.

A week after it started it ended. People saw Elephants and crocodiles in the clouds, turtles and Teddy bears. But no mote of dust or speck of mist became a dove of peace. People started to miss them. Fights broke out between neighbours, children cried. The world had lost magic. Sadness flew round the world. Maybe one day there woukd be an answer.

Colour v black and white

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When I think about my vision I am so happy that I can see with the full spectrum of visible light (colour) . I know different animals can only see certain colours, sometimes just black and white and but others like snakes and insects can even see into the infra red and ultra violet.

Then there is colour blindness, where some cells in a person’s eye are not properly developed or can be missing. Then they have colours missing from their vision. For instance red green colour blindness. Apparently males suffer from this more than females. As I say I feel lucky to have good colour vision. X

I saw a face

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I saw a face,

I blocked out some of the photo, and added some lines to the result in a sympathetic green colour. The blue mecanopsis flowers form stunning eyes, the concave petals give it depth. The dark purple makes the mouth and upper lips. It’s a almost insect like, perhaps like the head of a dragonfly? I can see antennae on it. It’s something I enjoy doing, playing with images.

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Vision

Today’s challenge on 64 million artists January challenge was to choose the sense that is most important to you.

To me my sight is the most important sense, the ability to discern colours and use them in interesting ways…..

These are a couple of digital art drawings I did on ArtRage oils and Layout a year ago. I played with colours and textures.

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Blurred vision.

I just had my annul eye test and had to have eyedrops to expand my pupils. My vision was so blurred I was not allowed to drive and when I got home I used my phone camera to zoom in so I could see things!

But then I thought how lucky I am to have a health service where I can get my eyes tested and checked with relative ease. How do people manage in other countries where poverty is endemic? I have given old glasses to charities in the past so that they can be shipped abroad and reused by other people with vision problems.

Life is not easy, and things could be much better organised. Imagine having proper collection points where you can discard your old glasses when your prescription changes. Imagine that these glasses get redistributed to people who need them. It might be that they are only shared with those that cannot afford to buy. Isn’t that a good thing? Think how much resource that could save? There must be a charity somewhere that does this…..

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Glasses

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I’ve been wearing glasses for most of my life. I can’t see very far without them. It struck me how few peoples portraits include glasses. Yes I know they were not invented till a few hundred years ago, but people must have needed to wear them. I guess people take them off when they are painted or drawn. Mind you if I took mine off to draw the result would be really blurred! And yet sometimes I have to look at the subject through my glasses and look over them to draw. That is because over the years the lenses in your eyes get harder and the muscles that bring images into focus on the back of your eyes struggle to do that so people end up using reading glasses

It’s interesting to know most people’s eyeballs shrink as you get older so if you are short sighted your eyesight can actually improve!

And don’t get me on the subject of astigmatism… Misshapen eyeballs that mean verticals and horizontals can be off…..

Oh the joy of eye tests….want to know if someone is long or short sighted? Eyes look bigger behind glasses for long sighted and eyes look smaller behind glasses for shortsighted. I noticed that when I was young. You can always tell if an actor is wearing glasses just for the character because the glass is flat. You don’t see a change in the eye size and reflections on the glass are flat not curved.

I like painting glasses, they add character, I like noticing the shape of the shadows cast on the face and if the glass is tinted then you have to work out how visible the eyes will be……