On October 5, 2013, in Uncategorized, by vic

Just been to a fine art Masterclass by leading Welsh artist Jantien Powell, during our CPRW-sponsored ‘Country Views’ art exhibition in Newport. Two hours passed in what seemed like ten minutes, a little beauty of a painting was created in front of our eyes, with each brush stroke, each colour mix, explained. This was craftsmanship (…womanship?) at its best, it was pure magic to see the picture appear, every few minutes it got better and better, almost like when we were kids, painting those magic picture books with water!  I was distracted by a visitor to the the exhibition at one point, and when I looked again a second character had appeared in the painting.

Jantien stood all the time, moving back from the easel to look, then forward to add another part of the picture she could already see in her mind. She explained her technique, colour and application (many methods to apply the acryllic, mostly brushes, but including fingers and hyperdermic needle)

Somehow I don’t think the creation of Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ would have been quite so impressive. Concept art does not require any craftsmanship as far as I can see – perhaps I should try it – ‘My Desk’ comes to mind. I could do that, but Jantien’s skills are far beyond me.

Jantien’s masterpiece created this week is part of an exhibition she is preparing for next year to record the Abergavenny Livestock Market, which is about to close – just another abysmal local authority planning decision, deplored by many local people, but apparently desperately needed by a developer. She has produced a number of  views of the Market in operation, the animals that pass through and some of the country characters who bring them – at least the spirit of the market will be captured for posterity.

What a loss to Abergavenny is closing the Market, but it has generated Jantien’s exhibition, and those of us who were priviliged to see the creation of great little picture will not forget it.

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On-farm Creativity

On August 19, 2011, in Uncategorized, by vic

Our hill farm has terrific views, on a day of good visibility we can see for 30 miles over the Severn towards the Mendips Hills, and if we walk a few steps away from our farmhouse we can catch a glimpse of the Malvern tops. It is marvellous, and we know we are lucky to have landed up here. (Mind, when we are cut off from civilisation in winter blizzards, bucketing water to animals, it is difficult to remember that!)  But last week, on a 90% good day, a pig keeper friend who is also a remarkable artist, visited us with two objects – one pig-related, the other to capture a scene on the farm. In not much over a couple of hours she had a landscape painting and a piggy sketch, both to be worked on further, but both of marvellous quality already. I so admire such skill. And as Jantien is one of the artists contributing to the CPRW–sponsored exhibition in Newport at the end of September, I am looking forward tremendously to the collection of some 60 works of landscape art, all of high quality by professional Welsh artists. Do visit if you can – see details on previous post below, and visit Jantien’s website   We felt privileged to glimpse the creative process, thanks Jantien                                 

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