Welcome to the creative and messy musings of Bex Herring and Miriam McClay.

We’re two flirpy Artists/Art teachers based in glorious Gloucestershire, a bit too close to the Forest Of Dean!

This site represents the first tentative steps  into the world of ‘blogdom’, trying to even up the work-creativity balance in our busy lives. We are united in our messy, happy experimentations into textures, layers, colour and finding beauty wherever we can.

Some pieces we’ve proudly presented are finished, some are works in progress, others are simply visual musings. We’d love to know what you think of it all.

About Miriam

It’s sometimes elusive, but balance is fundamental to what I do. I am a mum of 2 and a full-time art teacher in a secondary school with Arts College status. The spaces I find to do my own art are precious but, as my children grow, the time available to me to make art is growing too. I have been teaching for 16 years and now more than ever I want to develop my own practice.

 I seem to be drawn to the landscape more and more, but my response is not a detailed record of what I see as time is not always readily available to go out sketching. And so my landscapes are remembered, suggested, recalled abstractions.

At the start of the process it is important for me to just play with materials, dissolve the connections of prior knowledge (if that is at all possible) and experiment, applying a more visceral approach. A starting point of the work might be a chaotic action painting or a random explosion of marks and textures created through monoprinting. As I work with the results the ‘instant’ gives way to a search to find a more considered and harmonious composition and it is at this point that my work seems to naturally guide itself towards landscape. Creating an outcome that can sustain the viewer’s interest is a priority and indeed a direct contrast to the earlier ‘letting go’ approach. I enjoy layering different techniques and materials together with the intention of both adding richness to the work and providing a foil for the vitality of the early marks.

It is important to me to explore my ideas across a range of techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, felting and textile work. This seems to create an environment where one technique informs the other in a kind of art symbiosis.

 Miriam McClay – July 2011

 About Bex
Born in rural Devon, into a busy home filled with an eclectic assortment of objects;boat lamps, an Indian bottom washing pot and bits of broken clay pipe and old bottles dug up from the garden.
 A childhood  spent making dens, playing on the beach and collecting precious junk. Although I’m not sure my Mum saw a car boot full of smelly seaweed, driftwood and limpet shells as treasure!
 This love of finding and collecting was galvanised while living on a catamaran in the Mediterranean. Home-schooled on the boat, many hours were spent wandering round ancient ruins in the beautifully bright light and exploring strange quiet museums bursting full of antiquities.
 Passing through places, catching glimpses, collecting personal tokens, all these memories and ideas have influenced and inspired the artwork I produce today.
 Bex   July 2011

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