South Uist

South Uist

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

100 Pebbles Art Event Latest News.

As we draw closer I'm getting more excited about the project, mind is focused, still ironing out of some of the creative ideas as the pressure will be on.
Yesterday sat down with Frances at the Art Exposure Gallery to discuss the wording for the Merchant City Festival literature.
The Event will start at 10.30am on Sunday 24th July and will finish at 6pm, this gives me a total of 7.5 hrs to complete the 100 piece artwork. My own test pieces are taking between three and three and half mins so within my schedule for the day. I expect it will be easy to motor off at the beginning of the day, but I have to remember this a marathon, not a sprint.
Still working on raising the funds for the stretched canvas, £150 to find, having pushed my supplier to the limit. RRP could be as much as £600 so major progress. Just needs to be funded.
The paint materials for the event will be supplied by Millers Art shop on Stockwell Street, Glasgow.. So a BIG BIG thankyou to them.
All 100 paintings will be seascapes inspired by the beauty and wonder of the Scottish coast. In a simplified style painted in acrylic unlike most of my current work in Oil due to the relatively quick drying time. Below are a couple of examples of the type of work that will be featured. Design and colour may vary.
Each work will be original, I am working on colour ideas, but all work will have a common theme and consistency to produce a consistent final artwork. The final piece will be approx 14ft wide and 4-5 ft high.
Each piece will sell at £20 a piece to raise a total of £2000 for the Beatson Pebble Appeal. I have pitched the price to maximise the money for the charity, whilst making the work accessible to those who might not normally buy an original art work.
I have already had some advance interest in pieces, it will be possible to reserve a piece in advance, the logistics of how we do this still need ironing out with the charity.
There will be a representative for the charity will be on hand during the day to deal with the financial side of things and guarantee that 100% of the funds for the Event will go to the Pebble appeal.

Silly fact for the event :) Part of my preparation for the event will be the need to strengthen up my arm,hand and wrist for the day as over 7 hours of painting is inevitably going to take its toll. Daily Bodhran ( Irish traditional drum for those not familiar with the name ) playing. Can't promise to be playing on the day.
Hope to see as many of you on the day as possible, cancer has entered most of lives either directly or by someone we know. This is is my small part in helping the Beatson reach its target. Lets keep out fingers crossed for the weather and if it is raining come on in and buy a painting.

More details and information as I have them.

Take Care.

Glasgow - Scotland

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

100 Pebbles project continues to move forward

I am pleased announce that the day is set and challenge is firmly set.
The Beatson are fully behind the challenge to paint a single piece of artwork that will be made up of 100 single seascape paintings. Each individual work will be 8 x 8 inches in size , making the total size of the work approx 14 foot wide and over 4 foot high.

The date is set Sunday 24th July and the location will be the Art Exposure Gallery due to the kindness and support of its proprietor Frances Lowrie. The work will be created in one day and will be part of Glasgow's Merchant City Festival.
Millers Art shop Glasgow have agreed to supply the paint for the day and I am still on the look out for financial help to source the stretched canvas to make up the the 100 pieces.

The Beatson Pebble Appeal is a £10M fundraising campaign to build the Beatson Translational Research Centre (TRC); the final element in the creation of the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research.

For more information on the appeal please check out this link

I know its going to be a big challenge , but well worth it . Each piece of work will retail for £20, making the target of £2000 for all 100 pieces !

More info and news to come.