Folk Art/Folk Music….
I create egg tempera folk paintings in the English Peak District National Park, on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire. My folk art is rather like folk music; it sometimes deals with controversial issues and our ways of life, both rural and urban.
I am an environmentalist and often paint about the state of our world. This is how I painted my latest work about the link between climate change and the terrible floods suffered by people all over England:
1. Prepare the paint.
Grind the natural pigments with water using a frosted glass muller on a frosted glass plate.
2. Prepare the egg yolk.
Prepare the pure egg yolk, adding one teaspoon of water per yolk.
3. Mixing the paint.
Load the pallet with tiny amounts of pigment, drizzle egg yolk over the pigment and mix to required consistency. The more egg used the more transparent the paint. Add water when necessary. Wash brushes often in water then dry on kitchen paper.
2. Preparing the canvas.
I work on canvas prepared with real gesso made of rabbit skin glue and chalk- a bit like a thin, smooth plaster, or herring bone weave linen prepared with acrylic gesso for smaller works. To mark out my images I either use a weak pigment and water solution or a chalk pastel.
5. Start painting!
I start with outlines in burnt sienna, then fill in the colours.
The next chance to see my folk art in the UK is my new collection “The World that Hands Built”, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Monday 10th March to Sunday 27th April 2014.
This year I will be taking part in the 47th Meeting of Naive Artists in Slovenia, in June. In light of 2014 as European year for Reconciling Work and Family Life they decided to dedicate the whole year to women artists. Then in August I will be teaching again in the lovely Heritage Park in little Unnaryd, Sweden.