Preparing for new work.

As the weather was so pleasant this summer, I decided to spend some time painting the work for Breage Church in the garden, it was lovely and the paint dried quickly, a bit of a luxury.

Recently working in the shed  , with the door ajar I could hear our flock of resident sparrows arguing in the bushes as I prepared and primed boards ready for my next body of work.

Painting in the garden Aug 2014.
Painting in the garden Aug 2014.

 

Preparing boards in the shed Sept 2014.
Preparing boards in the shed Sept 2014.
A collection of Paintings by Zoe Cameron will decorate Godolphin Chapel, St Breaca Church, Breage, near Helston, for one day only, on Saturday 30th August between 11 – 3pm. 
The eleven oil paintings were especially made or selected for the healing Chapel, and include two drawings on vases. A painting depicting the war in Syria, representing conflict in the world,  is accompanied by flower paintings on either side, symbolic memorials to the suffering and loss of war. This painting was inspired by a news report I heard in June, a woman living in Syria told the reporter that in the morning she was making breakfast for her family when she heard a helicopter flying over her house, they dropped a bomb, it destroyed her home and her husband lost a leg. This troubled me, and I decided to make a painting about it. When this opportunity to put work together in the chapel came along, it seemed appropriate to show the painting here for the first time. 
Syria.
Syria.

 

A range of work will be on display. Angels are present in many of the pieces, and in the two small paintings about St Ives on the window ledge. Canvas’s of Adam with a serpent, and Eve are fitted into the chapels oak entrance doors , the subject intended to remind us of where it all began in the Bible. A large Madonna and Child hangs to the left of the Alter ,in which Jesus is depicted standing as a small child, almost absent-mindedly wrapping himself in his mothers red cloak. Under their feet, the decoration echo’s the worn pattern found on the Godolphin Chapel wall .

Waiting for news.
Waiting for news.

 

Detail from Madonna & Child.
Detail from Madonna & Child.

 

Detail from Sleep.
Detail from Sleep.

 

Much of the work on display will be for sale as part of the fundraising event. In the Church there will be stalls, a raffle , refreshments and a warm welcome.
Breage Church.
Breage Church.

 

Recently while watching the news , a woman in Syria was interviewed, she said that in the morning she was making breakfast for her husband and children when she heard the sound of a bomb falling , the next thing she knew her house had been destroyed and her husband had lost a leg  . Troubled by her story, I made a painting.

Syria, April 2014.
Syria, April 2014.

Truro Cathedral, Cornwall.

The Stations of the Cross have been put in place in The All Saints Chapel, and are on view this year for three weeks until 21st April 2014.

The altar is dressed and paintings lit with candles.
The altar is dressed and paintings lit with candles.

 

Rev Canon Philip and Zoe .
Rev Canon Philip and Zoe .

 

Saints Chapel.

 

New work now at the Square Gallery.

I took a trip on the ferry, and delivered the new work to Cathy at the Gallery, St Mawes. The village really is a pretty place to spend time .

View from King Harry Ferry.
View from King Harry Ferry.

 

Cathy in the Gallery.
Cathy unwrapping the new work in the Gallery.

 

 

Paintings on display at the gallery.
Paintings on display at the gallery.

 

The little Shepherdess.
The little Shepherdess.

 

 

Portrait of a Punk – YouTube links.

The film documenting the process of having a portrait made can be viewed with these links.  The subject/sitter & film maker is Buttz Yoddles of Jardis films/BUTTZTV.

Part 1. Drawing & getting to know the sitter – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIGFW6uUVgI

Part 2 . Composing the figure on the board & underpainting – http://www.youtube.com/watchv=JcP75UNsfQ4&feature=youtu.be

Part 3 . Painting  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNPQa5N9vbY

Part 4 . Bringing the painting to a conclusion & framing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VfPSnjecjA

Part 5. Lander Gallery Truro, the unveiling – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-H1XfFU194&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Friday September 6th 2013, Lander Gallery, Lemon St Market, Truro at 2.30.pm.

Zoe Cameron’s latest work will be publicly unveiled for the conclusion of a documentary film.

Punk Singer & Filmmaker, has been making a video  documentary on the subject of sitting for a professional portrait.   The pair will be joined by SKY TV for a short piece regarding this film,.. and discussing the documentary “Livin’ Out Rock ‘N Roll” (produced by Paolo Sedazzari) about Buttz’s career in the London punk scene through the 80’s. The film has just had it’s premiere in London’s Soho, and been selected to show at the CBGB’s film & music festival New York, this October. It also has a screening on the 30th August at the Portobello Film Festival London.

The portrait will be unveiled  by Olympic and World record holding swimming coach Jon Rudd of the Leander Swimming Academy Plymouth who happens to be a fan of Buttz’s bands “The Babysitters” And “Last of the Teenage Idols”.

Buttz Links – YouTube ‘Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll’ film trailer : www.youtube.com/watch?v=psZsZ-sM1WA
Review written about the ‘Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll’ rockumentary : www.chellesrockblog.com/1/post/2013/08/livin-out-rock-n-roll-the-movie-review-by-kate-thompson.html
Jon Rudd’s website (he is the coach for Ruta Meilutyte who won Gold at the Olympics and is the  World Record Holder)  :www.jonrudd.org
Detail. Portrait of a Punk.
Detail. Portrait of a Punk.

 

 

Work in progress .

Currently working on a portrait of a Punk Rocker. This will be made into a little film for YouTube , showing the artists working process.

The Punk Rocker
The Punk Rocker

 

These photographs record the chapel as it was on Saturday 30th August 2014, decorated with paintings and flowers. The painting Madonna and Child will remain on site .

Thanks to everyone who helped, came along and took part on Saturday,  it was a busy and very enjoyable day, and importantly, raised funds for the church.

The  ‘St Breaca Madonna & Child’ is currently only on view during services because of concerns about security , however if you would like to view the painting , you are welcome to contact the churchwarden Trefor Bowen to arrange a time . Telephone – 01326 562 521

Godolphin Chapel. Altar.
Godolphin Chapel.
Altar with drawings on ceramic.
The painters daughter.
The painters daughter.
Syria, to the centre.  Cornish flowers either side.
Syria, to the centre.
Cornish flowers either side.
Window ledge - paintings, roses & remaining mural pattern .
Window ledge – paintings, roses & remaining mural pattern .
Sleeping children. Adam & Eve.
Sleeping children.
Adam & Eve.
Mary & child Jesus.
St Breaca Madonna & Child .
Godolphin Chapel, St Brecea Church,Breage, Cornwall.
Godolphin Chapel, St Breaca Church, Breage, Cornwall.

Photographs above. Ian Kingsnorth Photography.

Below photographs by Trefor Bowen

Father Peter & Zoe Godolphin chapel.
Father Peter & Zoe Godolphin chapel.
Godolphin chapel.
Godolphin chapel.

Diptych.

This small, simple piece of work in the form of a travel diptych, interprets the stories of  St Christopher crossing the water with  Jesus (as a baby) on his shoulders, and to the right, Christ on The Cross.

The oil paintings leave the studio next week,  destined for their new owner.

St Christopher taking Jesus across the water as a child and Jesus on The Cross.
St Christopher taking Jesus across the water as a child and Jesus on The Cross.

 

New work arriving at The Square Gallery.

A small collection of new oil paintings will be arriving at The Square Gallery, St Mawes the second week of October. Four of the works are directly inspired by old photographs of St Mawes and its characters. The annual Carnival, Castle and a Ship Wreck can all be found in the narrative of these new paintings .

Cathy , Mark and their team will give you a friendly welcome if you are passing and pop in.

email – squaregallery@mac.com    Phone Gallery  01326 270720 or 01326 318616

1012.The Captain (St Mawes) copy

 

Punk Portrait unveiled at Lander Gallery.

The life size portrait of Buttz Yoddles was unveiled at Lander Gallery Truro, on Friday 6th September, to a good humoured audience full of tea and scones. This concludes the filming of ‘Portrait of a Punk’, which is made up of 5 parts, and can be viewed on Youtube , links to follow. Here are a few photos of the day.

Jon Rudd and others awaiting the unveiling.
Awaiting the unveiling.
Zoe & Buttz.
Zoe & Buttz.
Buttz Yoddles and Jon Rudd.
Buttz Yoddles and Jon Rudd.
The cover is removed.
The cover is removed.
Jon Rudd & Buttz with the oil portrait, holding a gift for Jon , a drawing of them both on the plate.
Jon Rudd & Buttz , holding a gift for Jon , a drawing of them both on the plate.
Zoe & Buttz with the painting.
Zoe & Buttz with the painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summer, the ten ‘Stations of The Cross’ paintings will be returning to Truro Cathedral, in the All Saints Chapel.  They can be seen from Sunday 4th of August until Sunday 1st of September 2013. The booklet that accompanies the work, combining prayer and ancient poems, will also available during this time.

Detail.Gethsemane.
Detail.Gethsemane.

 

 

Venice.

Returning to Venice in April gave me a chance to revisit Ca Rezzonica, which houses a wonderful art collection , the work of Longhi is special to me, he is the equivalent of a venetian Charles Dickens, his paintings are full of gentle humour, social comment and observation. G B Tiepolo’s ceiling fresco’s found there are another pleasure. Hotel Ca Sagredo has examples of both on their walls and ceiling , amazing.

Ca ' Rezzonico , Grand Canal Venice.
Ca ‘ Rezzonico , Grand Canal Venice.

Detail of oil painting by LonghiDetail of oil painting by Longhi

 

Ca'Sagredo. Fall of the Giants by Longhi.
Ca’ Sagredo. Fall of the Giants by Longhi.

Tiepolo Ca'Sagredo HotelTiepolo ceiling Ca’Sagredo

An Angel , St Marks Square .
An Angel , St Marks Square .

 

 

 

Truro Cathedral . March 2013.

These are the remaining dates of meditation and prayer before The Stations of The Cross paintings , in the All Saints Retro Choir, Truro Cathedral. They begin at 12 Noon.

March – Wed 13th, Wed 20th, Mon 25th, Tues 26th, Wed 27th.

Article in the Western Morning News .

What’s On: Religious paintings reflect traditional and modern images

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

One of Zoe Cameron’s paintings which will be on display in St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday

One of Zoe Cameron’s paintings which will be on display in St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday

The 11 oil paintings were especially made by Zoe Cameron for the Godolphin Chapel at St Breaca Church.An artist whose Stations of the Cross series is enjoyed by worshippers at Truro Cathedral every Easter will be holding a one-day exhibition of new religious work in the village of Breage, near Helston, this week.

One of the most striking pieces depicts the war in Syria and represents conflict in the world. It is accompanied by flower paintings on either side, which act as symbolic memorials to the suffering and loss of war.

Zoe, who lives near Helston, said: “This painting was inspired by a news report I heard in June about a woman living in Syria. She told a reporter that in the morning she was making breakfast for her family when she heard a helicopter flying over her house. They dropped a bomb which destroyed her home and shattered he husband’s leg. This troubled me, and I decided to make a painting about it.

“So when this opportunity to put work together in the chapel at St Breaca Church came along, it seemed appropriate to show the painting there for the first time.”

Several of the pieces going on display in Breage this Saturday feature angels, including two small paintings about St Ives.

“Canvases of Adam and Eve will be fitted into the chapel’s oak entrance doors, the subject intended to remind visitors of the biblical creation story,” said Zoe. “A large Madonna and Child will hang to the left of the altar, in which Jesus is depicted standing as a small child, almost absent-mindedly wrapping himself in his mother’s red cloak. And under their feet, the decoration echoes the worn pattern found on the Godolphin Chapel wall.”

Zoe has worked as a lecturer at Falmouth College of Art and Design, Cornwall College, Plymouth University and Exeter University, and led workshops at Tate St Ives. She has held solo shows in Bristol, St Ives, Saltram, Truro, Topsham and Penzance, as well as contributing to numerous mixed exhibitions.

Describing herself as “a believer”, she added: “Although this may be something of a generalisation, I do believe that most Christians are trying to make the world a better place.”

Paintings by Zoe Cameron can be seen at St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday, August 30, from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free and much of the work on display will be for sale as part of the village’s fundraising event.

 

Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/s-Religious-paintings-reflect-traditional-modern/story-22820677-detail/story.html#ixzz3Bs2uelAC
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Missing painting

This painting went missing some years ago. If anyone has seen it , or has any information regarding its whereabouts, it would be much appreciated.

'Prayers'. Oil on board.1991. 14 x 27 inch.
‘Prayers’. Oil on board.1991. 14 x 27 inch.

Interview with Donna Birrell

An interview with Donna Birrell, BBC Radio Cornwall on Sunday morning, 20th April 2014. Recorded at Truro Cathedral , talking about the paintings, The Stations of The Cross.

The interview, including her conversation with Canon Philip can be found at  02:37:12 during the program. http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p01x3dgg/

Sorry no longer available on BBC.

Telegraph article. Jesus’s face.

A kind friend at Truro Cathedral sent me this article to read because it reminded her of my painting of Veronica .

It is a dilema as a figurative painter , what to put in and what to leave out, especially because it seems, as the article suggests,  almost human nature to want to see as much as we can of God, through Jesus face as a man, even as means of contemplation.  It is I suppose, something we learn as babies , the face is the point of focus where we read each others feelings and thoughts . Bach’s chorals in avoiding visual imagery in favour of music , words and imagination perhaps offer a more uncluttered route to meditation, it seems close in many ways to abstract painting , a bit like using colour, shape and our imagination.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10730738/Bach-and-the-icon-of-Jesuss-face.html#disqus_thread

 

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

The ten site specific oil paintings of ‘Stations of The Cross’ , will be on view this year in All Saints Chapel,  Truro Cathedral , Cornwall from 3rd April until 21st of April 2014.

The booklet that accompanies the work, combining prayer and ancient poems, will also be available during this time.

Carpenter Anthony Pascoe , making the painting supports.
Carpenter Anthony Pascoe 2011, making the painting supports.

 

Resurrection. Detail
Resurrection. Detail

 

Christ in the tomb . Detail.
Christ in the tomb . Detail.

 

Publication / booklet.
Publication / booklet.

 

 

Portrait of a Punk on Sky TV.

A ten minute film about Buttz, painting his portrait and its unveiling at Lander Gallery, will go out this Monday evening  9 – 10 pm , (in the 2nd half of the show). On SKY 212 or Freesat 401.

Study, graphite on paper.  2013.
Study, graphite on paper. 2013.

 

Friday September 6th 2013, Lander Gallery, Lemon St Market, Truro at 2.30.pm.

Zoe Cameron’s latest work will be publicly unveiled for the conclusion of a documentary film.

Punk Singer & Filmmaker, has been making a video  documentary on the subject of sitting for a professional portrait.   The pair will be joined by SKY TV for a short piece regarding this film,.. and discussing the documentary “Livin’ Out Rock ‘N Roll” (produced by Paolo Sedazzari) about Buttz’s career in the London punk scene through the 80’s. The film has just had it’s premiere in London’s Soho, and been selected to show at the CBGB’s film & music festival New York, this October. It also has a screening on the 30th August at the Portobello Film Festival London.

The portrait will be unveiled  by Olympic and World record holding swimming coach Jon Rudd of the Leander Swimming Academy Plymouth who happens to be a fan of Buttz’s bands “The Babysitters” And “Last of the Teenage Idols”.

Buttz Links – YouTube ‘Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll’ film trailer : www.youtube.com/watch?v=psZsZ-sM1WA
Review written about the ‘Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll’ rockumentary : www.chellesrockblog.com/1/post/2013/08/livin-out-rock-n-roll-the-movie-review-by-kate-thompson.html
Jon Rudd’s website (he is the coach for Ruta Meilutyte who won Gold at the Olympics and is the  World Record Holder)  :www.jonrudd.org
Detail. Portrait of a Punk.
Detail. Portrait of a Punk.

 

 

Punk Portrait , update.

The Punk portrait is finished after five weeks and now being framed. There will be a public ‘unveiling’ at a Gallery in Truro. We will be there along with a Sky TV film crew to complete the story, of what happens when you have a portrait painted. We will post the time and date soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Diego Rivera

On a recent visit to see family in USA , I visited the Detroit Institute of Arts or DIA . It is well worth a look if you are in the area.

It has a lovely collection, including Paula Modershon-Becker, Max Beckman, Oska Kokoshka and of course the Diego Rivera walls.

http://www.dia.org/object-info/c5404b86-5119-436d-a882-e76b67e4dc1b.aspx

Diego Revera murals. Detroit inst.

A view inside the studio.

Preparing board for  a Cathedral painting.
Preparing board for
a Cathedral painting.
Paintings before they were packed for Truro.
Paintings before they were packed for Truro.
The cat sleeps on a painting.
The cat sleeps on a painting.
Paint brushes and art books.
Paint brushes and art books.
Working with gold leaf on a large painting.
Working with gold leaf on a large painting.
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