Sneak preview of 360 degree images of the Wye at Brockweir – stunning place, quirky perspectives! Includes Moravian Church

Severnside – An Artist’s View Of The River Severn (and approaching the Wye now too!)

Artist Carolyn Black has written, and drawn, a new book all about the River Severn, alongside various exhibitions of drawings and prints in the Gloucestershire area.

She moved to the South West, in the early eighties and lived near the East bank of the Severn, moving to the Forest of Dean in 2006. Throughout those years she has spent many hours contemplating the wonders of the tides and the places on the riverside. Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The Severn’, is a travelogue with a difference. It contains many of the drawings, which serve as markers along a circular road trip that begins, and ends, at The Old Severn Bridge. This is her first publication and is being published under the imprint of art.earth. The result is a book packed with stories, history, drawings and tall tales. It is both factual and playful and even a little bit opinionated. Having fallen in love with the Forest she now plans to go further up and work in response to the Wye.

An exhibition of recent work about the wye in Brockweir, alongside some Severn images too, will launch at Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop at 6.30pm on Friday 14th December. Books will be available in the shop there and popping up at Longhope Bakery and other places over Christmas.

Another exhibition will be put up in 2019 at Prema Art Centre – crossing the river is important, and cheaper without the tolls.

12 days of Severnside – a song for Christmas, an anti-plastic festive song

As I peeped out to make sure the Severn was flowing by as it should be today, as it does every day, I considered how much time I spend down on its banks. Counting days. Taking photos, writing, dreaming, watching the bore. And what I had seen come in on the tide as I watch it.

I was also considering how every public space is filling up with Christmas festivity and songs. The hard sell is arriving as sharply as the freezing frosts. And how I am selling my new book Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The River Severn as Christmas presents, taking me a bit out of my comfort zone.

The Severn has always provided a place for me to retreat to, to avoid the everyday hustle and bustle and looking at screens. I’m in a local choir (but having a break now while sorting out the book) and love singing songs about the River Severn. I am also acutely aware that in my book there is only ONE word that raised questions from proof readers. An angry word, a foul word, used to refer to the plastic that is constantly washed in on the tide. And, in my usual playful way, I began to write a song in my head. In all fairness, not writing a song, but changing the words of a familiar one we all know. So here it is:

The 12 Days of Severnside Song

On the 1st day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
A branch from a very small tree

On the 2nd day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 3rd day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 4th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 5th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 6th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 7th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Seven dogs a-swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 8th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Eight sailors sailing
Seven dogs a swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 9th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Nine bottles bobbing
Eight sailors sailing
Seven dogs a swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 10th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Ten herons standing
Nine bottles bobbing
Eight sailors sailing
Seven dogs a swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 11th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Eleven elvers swimming
Ten herons standing
Nine bottles bobbing
Eight sailors sailing
Seven dogs a swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

On the 12th day at Severnside
The tide brought in for me
Twelve months of wonder
Eleven elvers swimming
Ten herons standing
Nine bottles bobbing
Eight sailors sailing
Seven dogs a swimming
Six surfers surfing
Five plastic bags!
Four diving ducks
Three crab claws
Two bouncy balls
And a branch from a very small tree

 

update on Severnside – books flowing out the door!

Thank you to everyone for coming to my launch last week, it was a really lovely evening. I was nervous, as you can imagine, but felt supported in this lovely village of Newnham, snuggled up to the Severn.

50% have been despatched in one way or another and some people are coming back for more! Thank you!

I’ve just updated the book page on this website with other information, check it out to find out about places to view art, the book and buy it too. And about new exhibitions – more to share very soon!

Here’s a photo by Uschi Arens Price (thanks Uschi) – I think I may have been saying something a bit emotional at the time?

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me on radio Gloucestershire yesterday, talking about binks, banks and little twizzles!

Yesterday (19/11/18) I had a conversation with David Smith on BBC Radio Glos

Nicky Price Show
first section 0:20:50  to 0:26:10
second section 0:34:27 to 0:40:15
fave words that slipped out “bink bank” and “little twizzle”!
PS they have renamed BBC iRadio ‘sounds’ – that\s the tab you need – confusing or what?
to make it easier, I’ve put it up on Soundcloud too.
and this is the poem I struggle to describe!

A book, a body of large drawings & a new toy

It’s been an interesting couple of years. Since I first put charcoal to paper in January 2017 I have been on two journeys – one, the route of returning to practice, the other, driving and walking around in circles, in circles. Realising what has happened makes me feel a little bit dizzy!

From posting the first drawing on Facebook and asking friends what they thought, and getting an amazing response, I have gradually gone full circle myself, to that of being able to say ‘I am an artist’ again. I’ve gone from 180 degrees to 360 degrees, then back to the book which is 180 degrees. Like a breath – breath in, expand, and breath out again.

The 360 degree camera has given me a whole new way of seeing the world, and it’s challenging. I set off to learn about VR but disliked the need for headsets or panning on screen. I did, however, enjoy the making of images that have been distorted by the marble lens.

The book is the peak point of the Severn series of works, the texts flowed along next to them as they evolved. I only had 100 printed, they are all signed and numbered and make great present form those who love rivers, and/or the bore. There’s information about how to order books here.

Watch the circular walking films here   (they may be on the screens in Newnham Community Library during opening hours too).

You will also find some digital prints and an original charcoal drawing on display in the library. Check their Facebook page for opening hours.

Next up is the the Newnham Arts & crafts Fair over 3 days – 7th, 8th & 9th December, various hours, please check their Facebook page too.

And then it’s off to the Wye! I’m showing some works in Brockweir and Hewelsfield Shop/Cafe from the same weekend!! Different work, several new ones about Brockweir and the Wye, and a lovely shop which is a good model for our hopes for The George development (ReNewnham).

Another week begins – I love Monday mornings because I get to plan what comes next!

 

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Armoury Hall Newnham Community Library – new prints from 360 camera- views from top of St Peter’s Church Tower

Am so busy thinking about my book which launches on Friday I haven’t been talking about a new set of prints for sale. They are in the Newnham Community Library on display and can be bought off the wall or produced order.

It was such a privilege to view the Severn from high up, despite my vertigo. What is odd that I sued cutting edge technology to produce what appear to be medieval imagery. And the old tower hides from the public eye that the colours of the beams up there are so brightly coloured!!

See small images below, they are of course bigger in real life, but I somehow wanted to share them. There are other River Severn works from last year, but these are the latest. (Note: colours not great on here, they are slightly bolder)

 

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book launch – two years work, drawings and words, all about the River Severn

PANORAMIC LAUNCH FLYER SEVERNSIDE 11.2X4.11

Art and Writing – All About Rivers

I have a new book to launch, alongside two exhibitions of drawings and prints.

I moved to Thornbury, in the South West, in the early eighties, then to the Forest of Dean in 2006. Throughout those years I’ve spent many hours contemplating the wonders of the River Severn.

In January 2017 I began to work on a series of large-scale, panoramic, charcoal drawings of the Severn, several of which were exhibited and sold. I worked in my studio on the drawings, and wrote at home on my computer – fact-gathering and collating memoirs about my long relationship with the Severn. In other words, I wrote a book.

Like the drawings, the book is in panoramic format. The retail price for this beautiful, fifty-page hard back book is £28 – come along to my talk in the Armoury Hall, Newnham, at 6.30pm on Friday 16th November – the first edition is for one hundred copies only. At the Newnham launch, I will give a short talk about my passion for the Severn and you have an opportunity to buy a signed copy for only £25. There will be a number of original drawings and prints available to buy, which will be displayed in Newnham Community Library from 5th November.

Others will adorn the café walls of The Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop, which launches on 6.30pm Friday 14th December, again, come to the launch to buy a signed copy for only £25. The Brockweir show will also include some new work about the Wye.

Don’t forget, you only get the discounted price if you come to the launches – and there are only a hundred copies available of this first edition, published by art.earth

I’m delighted to be under art.earth imprint and look forward to seeing more of their publications as they expand their publishing house. They run some great conferences at Dartington, and further afield too. Newnham designer Paul Manning did the layout for the book and is highly recommended, having the patience of a saint.

Dates: Friday 16th November 6.30-8pm Armoury Hall, Dean Rd, Newnham GL14 1AD  Book launch, exhibition and talk

Friday 14th December 6.30-8 pm Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop, Brockweir, Chepstow, NP16 7NW Exhibition launch in Café, including new work about the Wye & copies of Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The Severn will be available (exhibition from 5th December – not too late to order Christmas prints)