Lambs, Bluebells, rapeseed and some sun at last…


Many thanks to everyone who came to the gallery last Saturday for the opening day of our latest exhibition. Our current exhibition, featuring painting by Rebecca Collins, Daniel Crawshaw and Jenny Pockley, with cermics by Sara Moorhiouse, continues until 11 May.

Despite the nip in the air, the bluebells are flowering, lambs are leaping in the fields and I spotted a mallard with a flotilla of 14 ducklings on the way to the train this morning.  Stewart Edmondson is fond of painting the bluebells in an ancient woodland near his Dartmoor home….

There is a Track, Acrylic on Paper 85 x 86 cm. £3,000


All is Calm, Oil on Deep Edged Panel 70 x 60 cm. £3,500


‘Young Spring Lambs’ by by John Clare

The spring is coming by a many signs;
The trays are up, the hedges broken down,
That fenced the haystack, and the remnant shines
Like some old antique fragment weathered brown.
And where suns peep, in every sheltered place,
The little early buttercups unfold
A glittering star or two—till many trace
The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.
And then a little lamb bolts up behind
The hill and wags his tail to meet the yoe,
And then another, sheltered from the wind,
Lies all his length as dead—and lets me go
Close bye and never stirs but baking lies,
With legs stretched out as though he could not rise.


Now that the sun is out, its lovely to walk into a roomful of misty mountain-scapes- you can almost feel the dew on your face…. Daniel Crawshaw tries in his work to articulate lost moments common to all of us of feeling overwhelmed in nature. ‘ Sometimes I see my works as pinnacles of experience retrieved from a chaos of memory’.

Here he is next to his painting of ‘Tryfan’…

Daniel Crawshaw  Tryfan, Oil on canvas, 120 x 150cm.  £7,000


‘A Shropshire lad LX’ by AE Houseman

‘Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.’

The current exhibition also features the work of Jenny Pockley….


Jenny Pockley  next to Sunlit Ridge  Oil on Linen, 120 x 140 cm.  £9,000


The other artist making up the accomplished triumverite of currently  exhibiting painters is Rebecca Collins. I am sure the mist has rolled off Ben Alask’s shrouded foothills and poured into the gallery….

Hillside Ben Alask, Oil on Board 60 x 40 cm. £4,250


Around the city the rapeseed is now in flower, decking the fields a vibrant yellow (best in the sun after a shower). Colours in the landscape have been highly influential on our current ceramicist, Sara Moorhouse, who names one of her series of pots ‘Arable Landscape’…


33. (view 4) Tall Angular Arable Landscape: Red Form Stoneware 15 x 20 cm. £850


‘Lightning Bug’ by Colin Pope

I carried it to the edge of the cement walk.
It deserved me, I thought,
for how tirelessly I’d chased,
for the way I cared about its inner light.
A last look through the keyhole
of my cupped palms
and I set it down, then
stomped flat, smearing long with my toe
so the neon green spatter and jagged streak
glowed, brighter than before, as though
a spirit glad to have finally escaped its body.
With a stick, I drew a crooked star.
A diamond. And like a sickly dusk,
its ink faded, slow at first, then all at once.
I went giddy, innocent as a god.
Night’s oncoming chill
collected along my collar. I had no idea yet,
bounding back out
across the sighing, blue lawn for another,
no idea the suffering it would really take
in a dark world to shine.


Sara Moorhouse

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