T’is the season to view butterflies

Clouded Yellow Butterfly Stanmore August 5th 2019

 

There are lots of lovely butterflies in flight right now although it’s hard to capture them in a half decent photo. Just about made it above.

Tomorrow I’m leaving for a 2 week holiday & am looking forward to rest, recreation and time to think.
As mentioned previously the business year has been unpredictable and tough going. I’m still working on breaking the mould with new ideas and designs.
It’s not an easy process as there are potential risks as well as rewards in moving away from my tried & tested artistic themes.
Fortunately, enquiries are still hitting my website and its that activity which keeps me fired up.

My work on ‘Zoe’ the gymnast (see below) has faltered.
I know how I want her to look, but as yet I’m not quite there. I’ve put her on ice for a couple of weeks and will restart work on her in September.

The peaceful scene from Sarratt Green whilst out cycling last weekend.

And finally two heart shaped works, at the moment these are my favourite themes.

Michael August 7th 2019


Necessity, the mother of invention

No one can accuse me of ignoring the opportunities I come across in order to expand the reach of my work and of course increase sales.

In the last blog, I recounted my 600 mile round trip made to update client stock as well as to open with a new gallery in Cheshire. 

This week more of the same. Pull back stock from Gallery 21 Salisbury, open with a new gallery in Camberley Surrey. In addition this week I entered Cambridge Art contest. 

If successful this could result in my work being showcased in Cambridge where I have found it impossible to secure representation. Fingers crossed.

Of course there are no guarantees but I’m giving it a go. 

I have made a good start on Zoe the gymnast. She got a mention in the May blog together with an image. I’m working towards completing the piece within a couple of weeks.

Due to reflections the Image is not great but you might get the idea, its taking shape.

 

On the try anything once front, I agreed to place 4 of my works in a very upmarket restaurant called 1 Ashbourne in North London . 

Through Zebra Gallery of Hampstead who introduced me to the owner I’m hoping that showcasing my works in this prestige location will reap benefits. 

My website is being updated as it hasn’t been changed for some time. It will include items for sale direct from myself as well as news on new ideas and work in progress.

Happy holidays

Michael July 19th 2019


 

Not so much about Butterflies.

If music be the food of love……….then Exercise is the food of the brain. That’s the world according to Michael Olsen.
I’m waxing philosophical this week with my perspective on life, its problems and how to very effectively come to terms with them.

Years ago I went through a particularly difficult patch in my life.  Through running, I discovered that the exercise helped me deal with the effect the problems had upon my brain and my mood.
After a longish run, my frustration simply melted away and my mood lifted, as if by magic. I was then able to see the issues facing me with a greater perspective and most importantly was much much happier. Not much if anything had changed, only my perception.

Fast forward 30 years and last week frustration had set in and anger started to bubble to the surface. After festering away for days I remembered my forgotten miracle cure for the condition and gave myself a very healthy dose of exercise, this time on my bike. 
6.30am Sunday morning I awoke feeling fed up, angry, frustrated and negative. But 50 miles and 4 hours later….problem what problem!  This is what works for me, and of course its been known for years that the endorphins released during activity work wonders. Today’s I’m feeling wonderful, uplifted and ready to take on the world.
Nothing has changed, only my perspective. IT IS WHAT IT IS, apparently.

Last week I drove 600 miles in 2 days visiting some of my gallery partners. This was tiring but essential in order for me to re-supply some galleries and say hello to the owners I’d never met despite them selling my works for some time.
I am happy to announce that Vermilion Gallery in Knutsford Cheshire are now gallery partners and I’m looking forward to a long and happy association with them. The owner James Blinkhorn, an artist himself additionally operates a large and eclectic gallery close by which will also display my work but within a much larger space.
This is what it looks like from the outside:

 

Michael June 24th 2019


 

At a crossroads………..

Recently I’ve been thinking about the direction of my art as I have been creating much the same style of work for the past 7 years. Whilst the installations have been highly sought after and appreciated by a growing audience, I feel that now is right time to change direction. 

In the back of my mind there has been an intention to make changes to designs and layouts, but little of consequence has altered apart from subtle developments & improvements.

Having recently spent time speaking with other artists, I realise that I need to build on my past successes and develop new work at a faster rate, in order to keep it fresh and desirable . This could be a complete re-invention which is scary prospect.

I won’t know whether my new art persona will be sufficiently desirable and accepted by the public until created. However, nothing ventured nothing gained and in these difficult times I believe that this re-invention will be a good thing.

If this is of interest, please keep an eye on my blog for updates, prototypes and ideas. In the meantime here are one of two recent room settings displaying more recent works.

 

Michael June 10th 2019


 

The Real Thing

I managed to capture an image of a beautiful Peacock butterfly at the weekend. Sadly it’s not resting on a natural surface but here it is all the same.

 

The commission mentioned previously for Montagues Gallery has been confirmed as a 1500 x 1000 x 100 cm piece of wall art which will look very dramatic when complete. I’ll be using the new seasons butterflies so more on this as the project develops.

Mentioned in previous blogs, my latest project is beginning to take shape. This will also be 1500 x 1000 cm and I’m very keen for it to start taking shape. At this stage I’ve sketched the outline and shortly will begin to prepare the panel to take the butterflies. 

 

I’m planning a road trip to visit some of my gallery partners within the next few weeks. I will be changing some of the installations in order to keep displays fresh looking and improve customer interest. I’ll also be searching to find additional galleries in areas such as Cheshire and Bath.

On a personal note, I discovered reformer Pilates a while back and I absolutely love it. For an old boy like me it a perfect combination of body strengthening, stretching and general mobility. Coupled with my other fitness activities I’m feeling healthy both physically and mentally. Highly recommended.

Michael May 29th 2019


 

New Gallery Partner and More

Earlier this week I spent a superb & relaxing 3 days in the sun cycling in the Isle of Wight. It’s a beautiful place.

 

Stunning scenery, great cycling country with the added bonus of one or two butterflies on the wing.

It was sunny but chilly & I wasn’t able to get a butterfly to stay still long enough for a photo. However, it was lovely to see the few of them that did cross my path. 

For me the Art trade is still unpredictable and is unlikely to change anytime soon. Having said that I’m still getting enquiries which keep my enthusiasm bolstered and creativity fuelled. I’ve responded to an enquiry from the WNDR museum in Chicago.

I know its been said before but watch this space.  A client of Montagues Gallery in Kings Langley has enquired about a cylindrical display box for my butterflies. It will be a first & if it becomes a reality I’ll be really excited to see how it looks at 1 metre in diameter. 

Below are a few workshop close ups of some of the 2019 butterfly selection. I can’t wait to make a start on using them. 

 

Finally (for this blog) I’m happy to announce that Thompsons Art Gallery are now representing my work in Suffolk. They are located at 175 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AN tel  01728 453743. 

Michael May 17th 2019


 

A Good First Week Back

I completed a private commission and the client is very happy with the outcome in which case, so am I. Image below.

 

I’m re-organising my work-space in order to make it more efficient and allow more display space for the new butterflies.

A new gallery has come on stream in Victoria central London. Welcome to Luminaire Arts who specialise in providing artworks to the Hotel, designer and yacht industries. 

Here’s an image of my new project. 

 

It will be a large piece measuring 1500 x 1000 cm on a black acrylic panel.  Watch this space for progress reports. 

Weather permitting, I hope to deepen my tan by cycling around the Isle of Wight from Monday to Wednesday next week. Oh yes and get a bit fitter.

Michael May 9th 2019


 

New Butterfly Designs

We’re now in to May and I’m freezing but then so are we all !  It probably doesn’t help that I spent 10 days in the Cyprus sun which was lovely and relaxing and warmISH. I saw only two butterflies out there which suggests that was too cold for them to begin hatching.

I’m back to work now with renewed energy and am very excited about my 2019 range of Butterflies. This is a smattering of the styles and not all colours. They are going to make some stunning looking butterfly art works.

 

What with my art going to Hong Kong and possibly New York with Tanya Baxter Contemporary, a new opening in Pimlico London and Aldeburgh Suffolk things are looking up. And just in case I don’t have enough to do after cycling, spinning, swimming & pilates I’ve joined a choir. I just love it. Unfortunately this has highlighted the fact the I need to hone my memory skills as learning the lyrics is a big issue for me. Still it’s like a mind gym, and I hope my memory will get better in all areas !

Michael May 3rd 2019


A week in the Sun

I’m off to Cyprus tomorrow morning at 7am. and am hoping for a few days of sun and rest. My last work related task today was to deliver 3 more works to Tanya Baxter in Chelsea in time for the Hong Kong art fair. When I return, the new seasons collection of Butterflies will have arrived from my supplier and I’m very excited. Just like the hatching of real butterflies, my feather variety also arrive once a year. This gives me a real creative boost and is a very busy time. The butterflies are treated to ensure that they remain colourfast and the wires are trimmed to ensure they fit into the acrylic boxes. Finally, the various species and colours are boxed to ensure ease of selection when making the works of art. My next blog will be posted upon my return during the 1st week on May.
Last Saturday in very chilly Herts.

Michael April 17th 2019


 

Another year passes

I recently celebrated my 74th birthday. I’m fortunate to be healthy and happy enough to enjoy life to the full and have just added a new bike to my modes of transport. Of course this has nothing to do with Butterflies but is about me and my hobbies, one of which is cycling. Hiding within the sleek lines is a battery and a motor….yes its an ebike but you wouldn’t know it. Help getting up hills and home after a long ride is just what I need and only I will know what advantage I now have. Happy days.

I’m very pleased to announce that Tanya Baxter Contemporary, located in Kings Road Chelsea,  will be taking 7 of my works to the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, in May. https://tanyabaxtercontemporary.com

Amongst the items is a new black etched acrylic panel which I am intent on developing using additional colour palettes as well as alternative background designs. The attached image is not great due to reflection but gives an idea of its appearance. 

Michael April 10th 2019