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Just out of Reach by Carne Griffiths

I’m delighted to be launching a new 20×16″ print on Wednesday the 27th Jan, with Derbby.

Derbby have a unique price structure which works great, making the early prints in an edition extremely accessible.  The usual selling price of Derbby Prints is $149 but for the Flash Sale the price drops to $25.. and that’s where it gets interesting, each successive sale raises the price by $1 !

Derbby aren’t cutting corners however, the print is made on a bright white Epson archival paper at a heavy 330gsm! this is embossed with the Derbby logo and accompanied by an artists signature by way of a certificate applied to the reverse of the piece… this results in a clean ready to frame image.

The piece itself was created in January of 2016 and experiments with creating more layering and more detail than usual, I wanted to give Derbby an image that would translate well in the reduction to a print, making the detail finer and crisper.  Continuing on from the earlier piece this year entitled all I want is everything, the piece reflects on commercial desire, our relationship with nature, and the unattainable.   I’ve included some work in progress images below to show the process of making the work.

If you are interested, the original work will also be made available through Derbby via a unique bidding system.  Checkout www.derbby.com for more details.


Live streaming by Ustream

Just a quick post to say I would be delighted if you could join me for a glass of wine in the comfort of Leytonstone’s Stone Space Gallery from 7pm tonight (8th March)
The live stream for Eden will start again on this page from 1400 GMT today, that’s 0900 EST and 0800 EDT 8th March – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available

Today is the mid-point of the exhibition and I will be drawing .. and broadcasting live from the space today from 2pm through till the private view which should run until 10pm tonight.
I hope you can join me later and if you can bring some plants / foliage / greenery.. all the better.

If you cannot make today’s private view you can still visit the exhibition at the following times.

Thursday 8 March 2pm – 10pm
Friday 9 March 2-6pm
Saturday 10 March 12-late
Sunday 11 March 12-4pm when the drawing will be completed… and dismantled.

Here is the set of work that I have called ‘The Violence of Flowers’ – I hope you enjoy them

 

Today was spent with a little drawing and a little deciding which pieces to frame for the Violence of Flowers preview this Saturday at Norlington Road.  It’s going to be a quiet show of a handful of pieces with some close friends and people who have really helped support me with my work both recently and over the years.  It’s proving hard to decide which pieces to put together and rather than attempt to show a cross-section of all the finished pieces I have decided to choose purely floral pieces.  Although I have confidence in this work and I believe it represents development I am concerned about showing work that doesn’t contain portraiture… after all it seems to be what most people know my work for.  So I thought I would show one of the finished floral pieces on the blog page, it kind of makes things a little less daunting, I hope you like the drawing but if you don’t I’d love to hear your reaction to the work.  If you’d like to see more from this series the work will be showing at the Castle during the E17 Arts Trail starting 2nd September.

This  piece is called Drowned and is based upon a study for the series, The Violence of Flowers, it is drawn in graphite calligraphy ink and painted with various types of tea.

Yesterday I took 5 new pieces down to Inkd gallery and talked about some of the new work.  It was good to air the new pieces as there was a slight change in direction and the work was starting to focus solely on floral forms.  I have recently received good feedback from some purely floral works, poppy and undergrowth especially, and I think it is this that has given me the impotus to move into this project without any portrtraiture or human elements both with more confidence and a renewed sense of energy.

It was surprising to react in such a strong way to what are essentially to me study drawings of wild flowers that were picked from the grounds of the studio at Norlington Road, but the reaction has reintroduced a vigorous line and mark making to my drawing that I felt had been missing from the initial pieces I made recently exploring bees… I learnt that sometimes it is good to follow this impulse and not tobe stubborn about the route that the work takes.

below are a few images of detail from the works which include partial studies of thistles roses and other wild flowers … I will be posting completed images of the work fairly soon when I have an idea how the project will develop.  For now I can only say that these pieces are intense emotional responses to the plants and floral forms in front of me, hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them – Carne

After a short break in Thassos, Greece it has been nice to return to drawing in the studio and preparing for several group shows this summer. shown below are 2 pieces inspired by the recent break – firstly by a book I read whilst away and secondly by the variety of different forms of nature experienced.

Experimenting with masked out shapes and bird forms. I have included the sketch and mid point work on this piece to give an idea of development.

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