Last month saw the launch of Sliabh Beagh Arts Little Mountain exhibition in the Higher Bridges Gallery Enniskillen. I’ve been involved with this group of artists for about five years and I’m pleased to say we’ve carried through on all of the most over the top ideas we’ve come up with.
Some of these include working for six months to stage a shadow puppet show in the middle of a woods for one night only, animating and performing in the same woods two years later (another six months) with our newly written follow up story…for one night only, wood carving, weird and wonderful photography, music workshops, pottery, gate weaving (yes, you read that right) and my own power-hose murals.
I’m sure it’s of no interest to you but I blagged myself some free chicken today just by being nice. Had it in a sandwich. Thought it was worth mentioning…
So anyway, just wanted to say the Easter Art Exhibition in the Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen kicks off next week. My portrait of the great Patrick Moore will be on display this year. I’m really proud of it and glad I did it. I’m sure like countless others, i was left completely deflated when he died and painting him actually helped and made me feel good about the effect he has had on me for all of these years, a feeling that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you Patrick for showing me the stars.
How’s it going? Did you miss me?
Aw, me too, well let me tell you what I’ve been at…
Been a busy few weeks for me. The main thing I’ve been working on has been preparation for an art project based around a fairy tale set in the Appalation mountains which involves storytelling through shadow puppetry, music, narration and visual arts. There are four artists, including myself at the core of the project but we’ll also be involving school children, musicians and anyone else we can rope in.
I’ve the outline of the story written but it needs a nip and a tuck here and there. Once it’s finalised I’ll set about designing and creating the shadow puppets and backgrounds with school groups. I’ll also be “painting” scenes from the story with my trusty powerhose as my next series of barn murals which is where I find dirty walls and wash away everything that isn’t the picture I have in my head, leaving, well you’ve guessed it – the picture I have in my head.