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Friday, 17 April 2015

My Images Of India

A page from my sketch book
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 It was a very lucky Friday 13th of February I arrived in India, to spend two sun filled weeks, with my sister Nicola and her family in Bangalore. They arrived here from Warwickshire in the UK on “their adventure" two years ago.

My sister’s life changing experience has impacted on my life of art.

I am an artist and I work not only with paint but with textiles, about five years ago, I went through a very stressful time and in order to cope I found comfort in stitching onto old woollen blankets. 

My subjects are landscapes and figures developed from intense periods of drawing and painting. I layer my experience into the landscape so that it becomes psychologically charged with my own memories, emotions, narratives, dreams, and poems.

The passion and freedom encountered in the immediacy of sketching is developed and channelled through paintings, and then consolidated into textile pieces. Labour and repetition are central to this process and depending on the scale the finished embroidered textile can take many months to complete.

 
My sister had organised a hectic itinerary, to share as much of Indian culture as possible during my short stay.
On my first morning I learnt about the fascinating art of Indian block printing under the shade of mango trees. This was with Poonam in Whitefield’s on the Nallur Halli main road in Bangalore.
We printed, intricate repeating designs with hand carved wooden blocks onto white cotton cloths.

The next day we walked through glades of patterned palm trees in Palm Meadows, then through the chaos of the city, to reach the small multi-coloured painted villages.
Animals such as cows, goats and dogs were in abundance, amongst buildings, temples and swarming traffic, so integrated that they weaved with man amongst the tirade of vehicles.
The intensity of colour is intoxicating and exhilarating, everywhere I turned colour and pattern overwhelmed me, even coloured washing, hanging against the bright walls became exciting!

I was amazed by the fruits, vegetables and flowers piled high on rickety wooden carts by the side of the red dusty roads.
I loved the petals and flowers arranged artfully floating in water bowls, the chalk patterns drawn on the pavements, the kaleidoscope of colourful clothing, saris and textiles.

In my sketch book I worked with pastels on different coloured papers to record not only what I could see but how this new environment made me feel.
My drawing started to change, I altered my colour combinations, and the rhythm of my mark making became more intense and complicated.
Working instinctively I found my landscapes were becoming more exotic, taking on an eastern appearance.
 
I will share more of my experiences  and drawings of India in my next blog post.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Interview About My Work

 Photo courtesy of Rob Tysall of Tysall’s Photography


Hello,

Here is a link to a recent article about me and my work in b-c-ing-u online magazine, many thanks to the writer Ann Evans .
http://b-c-ing-u.com/2015/02/02/seas-of-grass/
The photo was taken a couple of years ago at the opening of my exhibition!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Still Drawing & Stitching in 2015!




I have recently had problems logging into my blog, in fact I thought perhaps all was lost, but thankfully and miraculously I am now back to blogging!
So much has changed with social media since my tentative steps into sharing my work on my blog.
Facebook, Flickr, instagram to name a few and I have only recently acquired an iphone!
This year I have been using instagram as it's so easy and quick to upload my photos , if you use it you can find me here  http://instagram.com/michalagyetvai
I have been stitching more than drawing during our cold Winter months, at the moment I'm trying to finish my very large landscape based on the poem by Stephane Mallarme L'après-midi d'un faune and this inspired Claude Debussy's  music of the same name.
I find the music incredibly inspiring, the flute mysterious, it takes me on a journey through a deep colourful, enchanted  Summer forest.





 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Last Event at Ragley Gallery "Small Objects Of Desire"

I just wanted to let you know that sadly Ragley Gallery and Studios is closing at the end of this year.
Ragley Hall have other plans for the stables and Dawn Harris is hoping that she will be able to find new premises.
I am very upset for all the artists at Ragley Gallery as it was a wonderful place to work, exhibit and learn.
I'm in the process of organising a new studio space, which I hope to share with you soon.
Our last event details are below and we are having a great range of talented artists exhibiting together for a final show.


Small Objects Of Desire Trying to find that perfect present?



The little something that shows you care, the one that’s different, special, unique (but not going to break the bank)?

Looking for something lovely to put on the shelves of your home, or in the kids’ bedroom, or on the wall in the living room, or at the bottom of the stairs in that bare empty patch you’ve always meant to fill?

Having a secret wish that someone, (maybe even you), would get you that thing you’ve always wanted but haven’t been able to find?
www.ragleygallery.co.uk

Phone: 07889718242

E-mail: dlharrisvisualarts@hotmail.co.uk

Festive Refreshments and

Admission Free


Weekend Only

Opens Sat: 29th Nov 2014

11.00am –7.00pm

Closing Sun: 30th Nov 2014.

11.00am—4.00pm



You might see that certain something you’ve been looking for.

Or just enjoy the unique, beautiful surroundings, warm atmosphere and view what our diverse community of artists have to offer.



Ragley Gallery and Studios,

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire,

B49 5NJ


Monday, 22 September 2014

A Mural For Kenilworth












In the Summer I spent time painting a mural for Clinton Primary school in Kenilworth.
This large area is their new art zone with several music rooms leading from it. I wanted to paint the landscapes that inspire me, the ones from my own childhood memories, the landscapes in Warwickshire and the changing seasons.
I hope these murals will inspire the children in art, music, dance and poetry.




Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Still Stitching



I am still here!
My blog has been neglected due to many hours of stitching on small and very large works.
So much has happened in the last few weeks, my sisters wedding in the most beautiful location of Ravello in Italy!
If I can get myself organised I will share a few of the many photos I took around the mountains and my visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Before my trip I visited Solihull Embroiderers Guild to give a workshop, everyone was very welcoming and enthusiastic, which made it a very enjoyable day.
On Saturday I will be travelling to Northampton Embroiderers Guild to give a talk on my textiles and paintings, looking forward to meeting everyone there.

At the moment I'm busy preparing for the annual Warwickshire Open Studios which opens on the 28th June.
I  will be working from my studio which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall, it is here you will see my passion for threads! I will have my large textiles on display with my paintings, drawings and tree brooches.
We have at least ten other artists exhibiting together, you can find full details here http://ragleygallery.co.uk/exhibitions/warwickshire-open-studios-2014/
 It will make a lovely day out where you can chat with the artists, enjoy the large variety of artwork on show, and perhaps partake in a gentle stroll through the woodland walk after tea and cake.


Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring Poem




 




Hello,

This week Spring arrived through mists and fog, every where I looked bursts of colour became visible in the gardens at Ragley.

I thought I would share with you a poem I wrote inspired by the changing seasons.

The Woods

The woods are sleeping a restless sleep.
Huge hands reach up and claw a polished sky.
Golden gowns lay rotted, devoured by the earth.
Trembling in icy winds they whisper in their creaks and cracks.
Exposed, raw wounds.
Listening for the bird song, inviting them to dance.
When heavens chorus begins the virgin buds will bloom.
Spring takes Winter and leads him back to bed.
The trees uplift their heavy sleepy heads.

Next week ( on Saturday) I am running a sketch and stitch workshop at Ragley Hall.
I'm hoping the weather will stay fair so we can make the most of the stunning landscapes, fingers crossed!