Friday, 15 June 2018

Reading Guild of Artists pop-up Saturday 16th June 2018

New work ready for the RGA pop-up at Reading Museum to co-incide with the re-opening celebrations of the Reading Abbey Quarter. This is "Friar Street Westward 2"

"Friar Street Westward 2" Watercolour & Acrylic 8 x 12cm © Michael Garaway 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

New work about to be released

New works based on a view of Friar Street in reading have been completed today. Just in time for two of them to appear at this Saturday's Reading Guild of Artists's pop-up show at Reading Museum.

These pictures show the work in progress shortly before completion.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Coming up - Reading Guild of Artists Summer Show

"Upperwood Light" is one of five pieces of my work about to be shown in the RGA Summer Show that will open later this week. More details about the show here.

"Upperwood Light" Watercolour & Acrylic 8 x 12 cm  Copyright ©Michael Garaway 2018

I'll also have a piece in the parallel Whiteknights Studio Trail presence at the same venue on the Reading University site.

an excellent Whiteknights Studio Trail

Just completed a great weekend participating in the latest Whiteknights Studio Trail at the Progress Theatre in Reading. Good to work alongside Progress Theatre staff  - a big thank you goes to Chris who went up and down the ladder to hang the show.

Around 400 or so visitors called in and many were very appreciative and interested to learn about how the artwork is made, and how unique it seemed. I had some new work in progress at hand - based on a view of Friar Street in Reading, and visitors were fascinated to see hand drawn grids and and a ruling pen!

Also good to see work going to new homes.

Next up is the RGA Summer Show - some new works will appear there as part of my display.

Michael Garaway's work at Progress Theatre - WST2018.

Michael Garaway's demo work at WST2018

Friday, 11 May 2018

A new painting - "Steperegrin" - is finished

Eighty eight hours over six weeks, a step pattern combined with a diagrammatic motif, suggestive of mazes, wandering pathways, maps, circuits, and with hints of landscape, this is "Steperegrin".

It combines three grids at varying angles to form the motif.

The title refers to the use of a celtic step pattern, and also to an older term "peregrinate" or "peregrination", which came to mean journeying abroad, hence the link to ideas of pilgrimage.

I've been continuing to experiment with acrylic skinning techniques for some of the "components".

Taking care to use a support over the canvas to avoid indentations. The underlying grid is left revealed at the edges for ease of continuing adjustments.

And here is the completed product. This will be part of the PILGRIMAGE exhibition by Commission4Mission artists at St Albans.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Work continues

Lining in is followed with acrylic applications by hand, with some acrylic skinning techniques also to come into play.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Official opening of the new Holy Brook Gallery in Reading

Reading Guild Artists and guests filled the compact and attractive Holy Brook Gallery this evening for the opening by Cllr. Sarah Hacker. 

Pilgrimage Exhibition work in progress

Initial work proceeds after laying out the design on canvas. The surface is populated with step pattern and a circuitous motif.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

New work for Pilgrimage exhibition

A new canvas is being laid out for work towards a Pilgrimage themed exhibition at St Albans in June. Details of the exhibition can be found here.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Looking good...

The latest RGA Annual show in Henley-on-Thames, that is.  I have two new pieces on display alongside some other great looking work from the other artists who had work selected.