Back in January, I spent a wonderful few days at Camusdarach Beach on the west coast of Scotland. The weather was wild and wonderful; 8 of the paintings inspired by this visit have just gone on sale at Resipole Studios.
Sorry for the long delay since the last post. I'm just coming out of my winter hibernation, which has culminated, as usual, with a cross-country skiing trip to Finland.
I'm now making a start on this year's paintings. Following the renewal of my relationship with the North Cumbrian Fells last year, I'm concentrating again on the Scottish West Coast where a lot of my earlier work was based. Now that I'm based in Cumbria, I'm having to make more of an effort to visit those locations which I know offer the greatest inspiration, but that's no great hardship.
I have an exhibition planned in August, at the Birch Tree Gallery in Edinburgh. Its a wonderful, bijou gallery gallery on Dundas Street, the exhibition is called Beachcomings and runs from the 2 - 31 Aug. If you're going to be visiting the Festival, do pop in!
My new solo exhibition, "Helen Fryer, Returning Home" will be opening on 10th November at Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth. It includes around 30 new works from the last year, covering the period since my return to the area in Cumbria in which I spent my formative years. This time, though, I've experienced it through the eyes of an Artist, and I hope I've captured its many moods.
The new works will be uploaded to this site over the coming weeks.
I've just completed Dusk draws on, a commission for a customer in London who wanted something similar to one of my previous pieces. For a bit of fun, I recorded a time-lapse video to document how I went about producing a painting. See if you can spot my little helper!
You'll see that I make a lot of use of my iPad, not only as a reference for the image I'm creating, but also to take pictures of the work in progress so that I can get a different perspective on it and experiment with the framing.
I was pleased to be selected to exhibit in the New York Affordable Art Fair in March 2018. However, things didn't go smoothly; all of the works shipped over by Panter & Hall were shipped in a container in which US Customs took an unhealthy interest.
The outcome is that all of the works spent the duration of the show impounded at New York Docks, and then got shipped back without seeing the light of day.
So, Panter & Hall now have a lot of works that have spent 3 months travelling around 7000 miles, but without being exhibited. They plan to put this right with their "Thanks to US Customs" exhibition, opening 24th May - do take a look.
Panter & Hall will be displaying four of my works, including Receding Storm (left) at Battersea Autumn Affordable Art Fair, on from the 19th to the 22nd October at Battersea Evolution, in Battersea Park.
Looks like it should be a great event, I'm disappointed not to be able to get down in person.
I'm excited to be supplying four pieces to decorate the Holiday House Project in West London this winter, through my association with Panter & Hall. This project raises money for breast cancer research, by allowing top interior designers to work their magic on a show house, which is then opened to the public to raise funds.
The project has been active for 10 years in New York, but this year marks the opening of the London property, from 8th November to mid December. My work has been requested by Russian designer Oleg Kloot, who are working on the entrance group, hall and staircases.
The pieces I'm sending are Ebbing Surf (below), Rain on the Wind, A High Sea and Storm Tossed Rock Pools (above).