In contrast to the Plein Air Painter (where speed is of the essence to capture that moment in time, the mood and the light) the Field Painter is about repetition and study, recording the movements, the attitude, the habitat. Sketchbooks become a diary, identifying not just the markings and shape, but the posture and pose.
Birds and Insects have inspired artists for centuries, from the 20,000 year old cricket inscribed on a bison bone through the Dutch Still Life symbolism of the 1600s. Nearby Smallhythe boasts the restored Beetle Dress worn on stage by Ellen Terry in 1888 and insects played a heavy role in the surrealism movement of the early 20th Century. Each artist gives their own interpretation to their patient study.
Darren Woodhead is a pure Field Painter based in East Lothian where he creates his delicate watercolours. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside can give, often in extreme weather conditions. Beekeeper Matt Underwood describes the quintessential English Summer with his traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Both are members of the Society of Wildlife Artists collecting awards at the Mall Galleries exhibitions.
Wooden birds, wire birds, ceramic birds and painted birds, stitched birds and woven birds.
Silver bees, graphite bees, etched bees and painted bees.
Woodlice, ants, ladybirds and beetles, butterflies and moths.
Beetles, Bugs and Birds in Artichoke Gallery from 1 July to 26 September 2015 includes:
Painting: Darren Woodhead, Matt Underwood, Kate Osborne, Boo and the Angel, Liz Moys, Rachel Everitt, Louisa Crispin, Jessica Albert, Martin Woodcock, Annie Soudain, Felicity Flutter, Roger Hill, Kate Penoyre, Helen Baines
Sculpture: Peter Clarke, Lucy Williams, Chris Moss, Simon Griffiths, Vicki Atkinson, Midori Takaki, Jeff Soan, Laurance Simon, Guy Bird
Ceramics: Sarah Rickard, Mary Johnson, Julie Ayton, Marion Brandis, Jonathan Chiswell Jones, Holly Bell, Matthew Bayman, Katie Almond, Sarah Grove, Adam Marsh, Justine Munson, Holly Bell, Kerry Boswell, Kerry Hastings
Jewellery: Lucy Jade Sylvester, Michele Wyckoff Smith, Cristina Zani, Susanna Hanl, Cathy Newell Price, Esa Evans, Stuart Jenkins, Caroline Reynolds, Emily Thatcher and Lorraine Gibby