Archive for the ‘Drawing’ Category

A Week of Sculpture

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

April 28 2016

Last week I took part in a week long sculpture course, mornings were spent at the V&A drawing, afternoons in a beautiful victorian studio close to the museum, sculpting under the exceptional tutoring of sculptor Marcus Cornish. Here are 2 of my 3 heads.

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Ali sculpted in brown wax

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Vanessa sculpted in yellow wax

It was a joy to work with the wax, a very different experience to working with unforgiving wire, so good to be tutored and to work with others. I feel encouraged to explore the wax modelling further, but for now I must concentrate on completing a wire life size sculpture and printing etchings for our Open Studios in June.

Where To See My Work

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

April 27 2016

Where To See My Work

Blackheath Gallery. 7 May – 18 June. Corpus

http://www.blackheath-gallery.co.uk/new-index/

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Greenwich Dance. Drawing, painting & etching. Solo show

until 30 May

http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/

 

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery. Group show

Spring Exhibition until 8 May

Early Summer Exhibition 11 May – 3 July

Mid Summer Exhibition 6 July – 4 September

http://www.greenwich-printmakers.co.uk/

 

Harefield Hospital, Middx. Group show

30 April – 27 July

 
My Open Studio

3 – 5 May. My studio: studio 17 Unit 0

http://www.secondfloor.co.uk/open-studios/default.html

 

No Format Gallery

Residency with 2 other artists, more information to follow

18 – 24 July

 
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Showing on Greenwich Printmakers Stand

20 – 23 October

http://affordableartfair.com/battersea/

Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

20 April 2016

Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

In November 2015 I was asked by Pavilion Dance to visit Bournemouth to draw in a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease, the artwork was made into a printed limited edition of 10 prints with the title Dance for Parkinson’s and sold at auction to help raise money to develop more of these invaluable classes across the south-west.

17 April I was invited back to Pavilion Dance to take part in their Parkinson Awareness Day and display some of the drawings made during the class. It was a fascinating day of talks, participation in movement, singing and discussion.

Monoprints

Friday, March 25th, 2016

March 25 2016

Monoprints

This week I have been experimenting with Monoprints. A Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the print is made only once, unlike most printmaking where a limited edition of each image is made.  I have painted directly on to the plate using my drawings as inspiration,  The first is from a drawing made of Ballet Black‘s performance at the BarbicanStoryville 

Storyville_edited-3 Storyville. Ballet Black

Leaving Traces III_edited-1Leaving Traces III


you flicker_edited-1You Flicker. I Cannot Touch You. 

I am beginning a new series of etchings inspired by lines of poetry. The first in the series is inspired by Sylvia Plath‘s Poppies In July:

“You flicker. I cannot touch you.

I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns”

Ballet Black

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

March 20 2016

Ballet Black at The Barbican

A wonderful evening watching Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican. I did a few sketches which I’d like to use for etchings

Ballet Black Cristaux b

Choreographer Arthur Pita, dancers Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Cristaux

Ballet Black begin b

Choreographer Christopher Marney. To Begin, Begin

Ballet Black story b

Choreographer Christopher Hampson. Storyville.

Le Patin Libre

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

January 24 2016

Le Patin Libre

Last week watched and drew Le Patin Libre skate Vertical Influences at Somerset House. Last saw them at Alexandra Palace during Dance Umbrella 2014,  Wonderful combination of exhilaratingly fast and dangerous with calm, slow meditative. Beautiful swooping patterns carved into the ice. Loved that at the end they came off the ice to talk to us. Have begun an etching inspired by the drawings

Le Patin Llibre free skate_edited-1

le patin libre 2

le patin libre 3

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

12 January 2016

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Last night I went to a preview of Akram Khan‘s Until The Lions at the Roundhouse. Beautiful, mesmerising, powerful dance, by the 3 magnificent dancers. The music is fantastic and the lighting by Michael Hulls is evocative and wonderful. I just wish I had arrived in time to read the complex storyline in the programme before it started.

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Akram Khan Company performing Until the Lions

Drawn in the dark, I had no idea what was being transferred to paper

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

December 30 2015

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Last month I was asked if I would like to visit Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth to draw a truly inspirational dance class to help raise money to extend the class to other venues across the South West. The class is for people with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s, this condition affects 1 in every 500 people across the UK. Common symptoms are difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking. The class is led by a dance teacher and a physiotherapist.

I created an A2 image in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. It has been printed as a signed limited edition giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper. All proceeds of sales go to Parkinson’s Dance to raise money for this very worthwhile class. If you would like to buy a print please contact eloise@pdsw.org.uk

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

Parkinson’s Dance, 2015

Morley Gallery

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

December 13 2015

Morley Gallery

Tomorrow I’ll be at Morley Gallery, Waterloo between 12.30-5.30 to discuss the printmaking techniques I use. 8 of my framed etchings on show as well as my unframed prints, part of a strong printmakers show by the Greenwich Printmakers. All work for sale. Be great to see you

Morley Gallery

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A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

December 10 2015

A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

A show in the upstairs foyer of my paintings, drawings and etchings.

GDA cabaret 8_edited-1

Colour Field I. Yorke Dance Project rehearsing City Limitless. Acrylic and oil on canvas

Colour Field II. English National Ballet rehearsing Firebird. Acrylic and oil on canvas

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top: Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Who Killed Bambi? Renaud Wiser Dance Company. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

mid:Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Border Tales, Protein Dance. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Amstatten, Choreographer Robert Clark. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Beyond Front@. Drawn during workshops, Greenwich Dance

 

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Hip-Hop drawing. Russell Maliphant Dance Company drawn during rehearsals, The Rodin Project Medium: Oil and acrylic on Fabriano paper

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Etchings from drawings made during rehearsals and performance: New Adventures, Yorke Dance Project, Theo Clinkard, Laban, ENB, Ballet Black, Rambert

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Don’t Look Back. Candoco: The Perfect Human, choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas

The majority of the work is for sale, please visit Greenwich Dance, GDA, to view, contact me for prices sallymckay@btinternet.com

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