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Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine
22nd February 2021
Closed eyes trying to imagine that my face is peaceful
4th April 2021
"These are both digital drawings, and not photographs, using a digital technique similar to airbrush painting. These images are virtual, and have no existence outside the computer."
Oil on canvas, 41x30cm, 2020.
In His Arms
Graphite on paper, 21x14cm, 2021.
24x32cm, Pastel on paper, 2021.
23x31cm, Pastel on paper, 2021.
"These pastels were produced in lockdown. I had not been able to go to the coast for over a year and swim in the sea, so these pastels are in fact my fantasy of being there".
Double header and two flights
Mixed media, 150x90cm.
'Flight 2' series
'Flight 3' series
Both mixed media.
"Using the natural world of my garden, I painted and drew the flowers of Spring from primrose to late summer - evolving through time to abstract and the essence.
As flowers faded, I started making installations from garden finds. This work was new to me, completely absorbing and exciting, helping to get through the long year of the pandemic.
I now combine 3D & 2D using new materials with new works."
Ceramic, 5x7 inches.
Ceramic, 11x11 inches.
Socially Distanced: Cliff top
Pencil on lining paper, 112x150cm.
Socially Distanced: Cliff edge
Pencil on lining paper, 76x56cm.
Time...of the day
Charcoal on arches paper, 43 x 62 cm, 2021.
Three levels ,Six Bells Red
Oil on canvas, 75 x60 cm, 2021.
Self Portait with Gremlins with Referenceto work by Hans Eworth dated 1550.
Oil on board, 45.5 x 63cm, unframed.
Bouquet of Vegetables with Reference to the Still Life Tradition.
Oil on board, 48 x 69cm, unframed
Sue Hiley Harris
Spaced Apart I
Graphite, charcoal and indigo-dyed paper yarn, 20 x 20 x 2 cm.
Much of my work is concerned with line, space and form. Spaced Apart is particularly concerned with personal space and social distancing which have become so central to our lives. It uses paper yarn that I had tie-dyed with indigo many years ago and rediscovered during a studio spring clean in lockdown.
Self Portrait Mocked by Birds
Oil on Board, 69 x 60cm unframed
This painting was completed just as lockdown regulations came into practice. It is loosely based on a small postcard reproduction from an engraving by Martin Schongaeur titled ‘Owl Mocked by Birds’ (Circa 1435-91). Ornithologists will know that this is a well known occurrence; small birds defend their nests and territory from the threat of preditors. Replacing the owl with a portrait of myself and then getting mocked for doing so within the pictorial narrative had a certain comic appeal.
However, original intentions sometimes get subverted by the making of the work as it progresses over time. The responses of outside viewers can also be revealing. Some have subsequently observed that the birds seem very ‘chirpy’ and frolic rather than threaten. I don't see this as problematic as it is usually a good sign when an image has room to accommodate individual interpretations.
With the benefit of hindsight I wonder whether this image has a foreboding prescience with regard to the current situation we find ourselves in. Our normal social interactions with other humans are regulated and seriously curtailed and we are left to commune with whatever we can see or do in our gardens!
‘Open book Lockdown 2020’
Ink, 21 x 14 cm
‘Foxglove spotted caves’
Watercolour, 12 x 12 cm
Self isolation started 17 March.
Having worked for many months on ‘Across the Valleys’ I came to a sudden halt due to the anxiety and fear of this very frightening virus.
17 March I started with this ‘Open Book’ doing small drawings almost every day - adding daily to each page.
This led to using my garden flowers as small single paintings.
We weren’t going out and I found I liked the safe and secure feeling of my garden and studio which began a whole new series of works. The work is becoming more abstract. I plan to continue in this way until the autumn leading to larger paintings in other media.
Cast Coloured Cement and Wax Candles,
100 X 55 X 25cm
There is a splendid Cresset stone in Brecon Cathedral.
They were used not only for casting light but as a vessel for Votive Offerings.
Reflecting on the Paradox
Oil on Canvas, 113 x 70 cm
Although I began this painting before the official lockdown, the greater part was completed after it had begun - the isolation led to fewer interruptions and distractions which I have appreciated.
The ‘Paradox’ referred to in the title came about as a result of the way the work was made which was using four mirrors. The central body of the work is the reflection of a reflection, the edges of the canvas are straight reflection and the small head is reflection of a reflection of a reflection. In the process of starting to paint the edge of the canvas in the part that was representing the painting of the painting, I discovered there was nothing to paint except the support bar of the easel and I realised the image didn’t exist until I painted it and I couldn’t paint it until it existed - hence my Paradox.
Mixed media, 30x35 cm
Mixed media, 30x 35 cm
Painting in lockdown has been difficult to say the least for me, I just didn't want to PAINT! I was worried and thought well that's it then, I've enjoyed seeing lots of my talented friends turning out beautiful work....but nothing new from me. I will have to stop then, give up? THEN with lockdown easing, it came back! Strange how differently we all have been affected by this ....so this was my efforts and I can honestly say it felt like they painted themselves.
Oil on wood, 22 x 28cm, £340 framed
Fortunately I have an allotment, which is my garden, and during 'lockdown' I spent many hours there along with other 'allotmenteers'. With a result that my plot is thriving. I am particularly keen to paint the paraphernalia, including the creative home-made sheds. I have painted allotments now for twenty years and in some ways recorded their gentrification.
Ink and water soluble wax pastel, 15x10cm
All at sea
Mixed media, 15x10cm
It seems that I have been in a kind of limbo since lock down. At first it was the panic of sorting out food deliveries coupled with the worry that we might catch this awful virus. Now the days merge into one another. I alternate between panic and lethargy unable to concentrate, to commit to anything major. I feel a mounting panic coloured with anger at the chaotic response, the deaths and the incipient climate of hatred. We are all isolated and at sea with little hope of rescue. I am grateful that we have a garden. It has been a haven and a solace. Growing things, especially food is affirmative, an act of optimism and a small way to take action.