This is just a small post to tell you about my husband's exhibition at Letchworth Art Centre called "On being There". It is an exhibition of exquisite wood engravings and watercolour paintings. The en plain air work is the product of several months, from the late Spring this year and all through the summer. Whenever Witold had some spare time (he works as a Head of Art at a school in Baldock) he would go out to local churches and farm buildings in North Hertfordshire and simply draw them. There are many in the county, in fact we found out all about the Hertfordshire Hundred's through this process. And found too that many of the churches were open during the day. They are utterly peaceful places to visit and sit in. Places to contemplate and think. I joined him too sometimes and to share those moments together painting was simply magical. We met at art college and so it seems a very natural thing to do, for us to be making art at the same time. It feels like home and it feels like breathing.
I know for him the work is a quest for a full and real experience of making art in contrast to making art using digital means. For many years he has concentrated on photography and has made some stunning photos... but lately he felt he needed to get back to the elemental roots of making paintings and the watercolours and wood engravings are the product of that searching. Just him, paints, a sketchbook and the landscape.
If you are near to Letchworth - and we are only 35 minutes by train from King's Cross - do come and visit the show. Its simply beautiful.
The exhibition runs from Monday 3 October - Friday 28 October 2011
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Saturday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Admission is free to all Galleries.