Exhibiting at Bankside Gallery x Royal Watercolour Society

I'm so happy to announce that my painting 'Summer Walk' has been selected by the Royal Watercolour Society to be exhibited at Bankside Gallery.Out of the 2000 entries only 150 pieces of art were selected for the Contemporary Watercolour Competition including my abstract watercolour painting.

 
 'Summer Walk' 2018 - watercolour & acrylic on paper 

'Summer Walk' 2018 - watercolour & acrylic on paper 

 

The exhibition aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a prestigious platform for both established and emerging artists.

If you would like to come visit the exhibition it is open to the public Friday 2nd March until Weds 14th March, situated at Bankside Gallery, right next to the Tate modern! If you would like more info go to their website here.

 My work on the RWS website 

My work on the RWS website 

Joyful Art

I've been painting a lot of happy works on paper after being inspired by going to 2 of my brothers weddings in 1 week! Flowers are pure joy and both ceremonies were full of love, so when I returned to the studio I transferred that happy and loving energy into some new watercolour paintings and  oh it feels good to make happy joyful art.

Whilst creating these paintings, I remebered two paintings in particular,  Matisse 'Joy of Life' and Helen Frankenfahler 'Celebration Bouquet'. It is the sentiment and emotion behind these paintings, a joyful energy which stayed with me in the back of my mind whilst painting.

 Helen Frankenthaler 'Celebration Bouquet'1962–1962

Helen Frankenthaler 'Celebration Bouquet'1962–1962

 Henri Matisse Study for the 'Joy of Life' 1905

Henri Matisse Study for the 'Joy of Life' 1905

 Henri Matisse 'Joy of Life' 1905

Henri Matisse 'Joy of Life' 1905

And so out poured happy watercolour paintings, I'm loving the energy and colour of these new pieces. When I painting the abstract paintings (below) there is a hunger to get all the colours down, to not 'forget' the colour combinations going through my mind visually. As I go back in time and extend the moment of looking at the flowers; fragments from all the flowers given in love come to the surface. Flowers at births, weddings, deaths, these tones sit in these free, spontaneous bursts of colours. Each painting tells a story, a familiar knowing, a glimpse of a memory ; of love and joy.

 'Joy is Love' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

'Joy is Love' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

 'Bursts of Joy'  watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

'Bursts of Joy'  watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

The colour studies are a way for me to get into the story of the new series, the colours used here feel nostalgic, slightly clashing, large contrast, homely. I'm excited to show the rest of this series and hope they bring joy and happiness to you. If you are interested in seeing the series & being notified what is available please join here...

Watercolour on paper

I've been creating works on paper using watercolour, I used to love it so much, the delicate washes, pull and push of using water and the bright colours and have decided to start using them again on paper. 

Here are some inspiration and development, including some finished works, a new series of my works on paper will be available in March, if you would like to be notified when please sign up here

 Form and colour reference in the studio

Form and colour reference in the studio

 Colour Studies inspired by nature

Colour Studies inspired by nature

 Adding more form and lighter watercolour washes to create a peaceful and soft study.

Adding more form and lighter watercolour washes to create a peaceful and soft study.

 Pressed flowers - colour and texture feeding into my paintings

Pressed flowers - colour and texture feeding into my paintings

 'Summer Walk' and 'Let's sit here' watercolour and acrylic on paper

'Summer Walk' and 'Let's sit here' watercolour and acrylic on paper

 Colour story painting - Translating events, memories into a combination of colours and marks.

Colour story painting - Translating events, memories into a combination of colours and marks.

 Beautiful marks and washes left from pressing petals of some flowers.

Beautiful marks and washes left from pressing petals of some flowers.

 Monotype - developing my paintings to create a different texture and immediacy

Monotype - developing my paintings to create a different texture and immediacy

Mood

Some current inspiration...

 Henri Matisse (1869-1954) La fenêtre ouverte (1911) oil over pencil on canvas 72.7 x 60.3 cm

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) La fenêtre ouverte (1911) oil over pencil on canvas 72.7 x 60.3 cm

 Colour inspiration

Colour inspiration

 Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, (detail) glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, 85 x 82 x 13 inches (215.9 x 208.3 x 33 cm).

Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, (detail) glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, 85 x 82 x 13 inches (215.9 x 208.3 x 33 cm).

 Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

 Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton

 Lori B Goodman 'A dwelling of pink' 

Lori B Goodman 'A dwelling of pink' 

 Monet in his garden

Monet in his garden

 Paul Cezanne, Study of Trees, 1904

Paul Cezanne, Study of Trees, 1904

 Spring in Fukushima.

Spring in Fukushima.

Joan Mitchell on how nature inspired her art

Joan Mitchell's paintings are easily recognisable, they are known for being  large gestural paintings with compositional rhythms. Inspired by landscape, nature, and poetry, her intent was not to create a recognisable image, but to convey emotions.

'My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields...it's more like a poem...and that's what I want to paint.'

Joan Mitchell in artist studio On how Nature Inspired her

Mitchell's early success in the 1950s was striking at a time when few women artists were recognised. She referred to herself as the "last Abstract Expressionist," and she continued to create abstract paintings until her death in 1992. Joan Mitchell's work was greatly inspired by landscapes, nature and its effect on her.

'My paintings are titled after they are finished. I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me - and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.'

 Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1992), Begonia, 1982, Oil on canvas, 111 1/2 x 80 inches, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1991

Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1992), Begonia, 1982, Oil on canvas, 111 1/2 x 80 inches, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1991

“Sunflowers are something I feel very intensely. They look so wonderful when young and they are so very moving when they are dying. I don’t like fields of sunflowers. I like them alone or, of course, painted by Van Gogh.”

'Fleur'

Fleur is a collection of paintings on paper inspired by the last week of summer spent in the south of France and returning to an autumn in London. The colours are inspired by the transformation that happens in nature as a new season approaches. This collection is about embracing and being present to the beautiful richness that a change in life can bring. While creating this work I was inspired by this extract from a poem by Rainer Marie Rilke...

'Time and again we go out together, under the old trees, lie down again and again between the flowers, face to face with the sky'  Rainer Marie Rilke

 

In creating this collection, I was embracing the notion of chance meetings, about  letting things fall into place and happy accidents. So you will find interesting mark makings, printed surfaces, different textures of brush strokes, which hint at the form of washy soft petals and a change of season.

See the rest of the series here

 

 

 

A walk in the forest

How do we look at a scene what' do you take in what is left with you after you have left that place?

After walking in a forest the greens and textures and sounds become distilled into moments played out in these drawings.  I'm interested in how you can view art so you see the work on a macro and micro level just like looking out in a forest. Tony leaves and huge trees with the distances all on the same plane. It's a challenge and joy to try and translate moments and perspectives from nature into canvas.

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Laura Gee Art Workshop - Refinery 29 x Adidas

I was thrilled to be asked by Refinery 29 UK to host an art workshop as a post run event in collaboration with Adidas at their London studio for women in London.  Refinery29 is an inspiring and empowering online platform for women who want to have thought provoking conversations and inspiration to live a more creative life. I decided to create a workshop using the techniques I use to create my abstract flower garden paintings.

It was an honour to be able to talk about how nature inspires my art, why I love abstract painting and the different techniques I use, which then about 40 women got to try out for themselves!  It was a great evening and some beautiful results using the different painting techniques Here are some photographs of the Abstract Flower Art workshop.

So Excited to announce my work is now at....

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Liberty
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Laura Gee at Liberty London

I'm so thrilled that my paintings are now available in store at Liberty London as part of the Interior Emporium, a new curated floor in Liberty showcasing original art and design.

You can go visit and see some of my work in person on the third floor. I'll be updating you soon on the paintings available through Liberty. They will be showing the whole of my series in the upcoming weeks.

If you can't visit in person I'll be updating you with which paintings are on show and info to purchase through Liberty

There will be a few special in store events if you want to be invited to these events please sign up here....

Nature and the mind

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Whilst creating my latest series I started to wonder why I am drawn to creating these paintings. My art is primarily a way to express my emotions, the vehicle I use for this is colour, and the other constant thread is that I keep reinterpreting nature. I realised recently that whenever I'm feeling really anxious, I go to the park and stare at the leaves on the trees, I find trees really calming, and the flowers in full bloom bring a joy to my heart. What I was doing was being present to that moment, looking at the leaves dance in the sunshine, or the flowers in full bloom, really looking it made me present to just that moment in time.

Nature can have such a positive affect on the mind, and living in London I realise I seek out this calmness in between the hectic busyness of the streets and traffic. There is always a new world you can be fully immersed in even if thats for 60seconds as you watch the private dance of the leaves overhead. There is great mystery to nature, and that is what also intrigues me and inspires me to paint. I hope that these emotions and energy come through in the art for you to see.

 

 

 

Studio Series - Flower Garden Video

I've been busy creating a new body of work for a new series called 'Flower Gardens'. Whilst painting I take photos to document the process for myself and also to share online, I find it useful to try and see it with fresh eyes, and seeing it through a lens can achieve this new perspective.  

Each painting becomes a journey, as I work intuitively I never know where its going to end up, once finished I look back and see all the different layers, marks and colours interact and sometimes I think,'I did'nt do that',  it sometimes feels unconscious.  I get into a flow state where hours pass by where I  am mixing and painting colours, responding to the previous marks on canvas. Once I step back I see the new layer unfold, the painting grows before my eyes. I've been wanting to try and document this journey and filming is a way to achieve this. I am working out how to do this without it being intrusive to the creating.

So for now I have been documenting parts of the creative process, here is my first video showing more of the process of how the colour studies, flower studies and painting on canvas all build up to the final piece. Its a start and theres a lot to improve on, but I'm excited to video more of my inspirations and process in the studio in a way for me to learn more, and to share more with you about my practise.

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Matisse's 'Goldfish' is a reminder to be present.

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This painting 'Goldfish' 1912 by Matisse has been inspiring my new series. The colours, brush strokes and the focus of looking at a small moment; the fish swimming.  Matisse is inviting us to stop and be present to this moment, to enjoy the colours, the movement of the fish, to just be for a second. This has inspired and helped me to understand my new work which has been based on flower gardens.

The pleasure of being present to small moments of nature everyday, such as the full bloom of flowers,leaves moving in the wind, the colours of a garden, these moments have inspired my new work. It is with that intention that I created this new series, to sooth, calm, inspire and energise, art just like nature can have a soothing and calming affect on the mind

summer series - inspiration

Inspiration and mood for my new summer series, I've been inspired by the full bloom of flower garden's, I've enjoyed cretaing warmer paintings inspired by Monet's waterlilies. This summer series has given me a new approach towards my paintings, using impressionist style of brushstrokes, mixed with my favourite artists Howard Hodgkin and Joan mitchell use of expression in colour and emotion, I'm excited to show the new paintings in the next few weeks. To be updated on when the pieces will be available online you can sign up to my newsletter below this post.

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