I’ve been very frustrated with life recently. I shouldn’t be because nothing is ever really that bad and I certainly can’t complain.  In fact I feel even worse about myself when I do complain because compared with most people I have nothing to complain about,  I think I just feel the pressure easily and find it very hard to deal with.  I was getting worried and stressed because I’ve been trying to make work for a joint exhibition I am having at the Corke Art Galley in Liverpool and the painting really wasn’t going well. I’ve been so busy with paid non artistic work and other stuff, I’ve only been getting one day a week painting in and then the pressure to perform on that day was all too much and I was just rushing things and trying to produce something instantly which is just not how it works with my paintings.

Anyway now I have gained control a bit by realising I don’t need to do any painting actually.  I can instead use the time I have got set aside before the exhibition to do some stuff which might be time consuming but I know I can deliver on.  The problem with making art is that it is never definitely achievable (not good art anyway), because it is too unpredictable.

What is predictable though, is my ability to carefully select frames and mount some work I have already made on paper, (although I have to buy the frames from Ikea because getting a lot of work professionally framed is just too expensive, but I have to say, Ikea do very nice well made frames and I can reflect the price of the frames in the price I charge for the work).  The other predictable thing is my ability to rope Andy into help me (I had temporarily forgotten that I can actually ask him for help), so we’ll make a big stretcher for my big painting that I made in China and then I will re-stretch it, which I am pretty sure is achievable.  I realised that I’d been a bit stupid thinking I had to re-stretch it in my studio and then struggle to get it to the Corke Gallery (out of the window as it won’t fit down the stairs, in a huge van which I’d have to hire), when instead we can just build a stretcher and stretch it in the Corke Gallery.  I was going to do both my big paintings from China but it turns out one of them is 7cm wider at the bottom than it is at the top (!!???!!) I don’t know how that happened.

The other thing  I can (hope I can) do is put this stop motion time lapse video which I’ve made of my last painting (which is hopefully going to Iceland) and also some short bits of film I took from the train in China onto a DVD and show it in the exhibition, not as art as such but more for reference.


So this is the big plan for the next few weeks.  The exhibition I’m having at the Corke Art Gallery is with an artist and writer called John Elcock who has made work about an island in Scotland called St Kilda.  I met with John last week to talk about the exhibition and how his St Kilda work and my China work relates.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I am going to do a talk right at the end ofthe exhibition in July, about my residency in China.

I’ve also got more definite news about the exhibition I’m going to be in in Iceland. I’m hiring a car in Reykjavik and driving accross the whole country to get to Djúpivogur ( I need to learn how to pronounce that before I go).  I’m a bit nervous about driving on my own on the right hand side in a right hand drive car for 8 hours in a strange country but I think it will be like all the other things I have got very nervous about in the past, like going to China, which have ended up fine and then I wonder what all the fuss was about.  So here’s my latest painting, now pretty much finished, might just need a bit of tweeking.


And here is the Rolling Snowball/6 exhibition details:

Rolling Snowball/6, Djúpivogur, Iceland.

In the summer of 2015 the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC) together with the municipality of Djúpivogur, Iceland will organise the second edition of the Rolling Snowball exhibition and Josie is pleased to announce that she has been invited to take part.

in 2014 Rullandi Snjobolltinn/5 exhibition was held in Djúpivogur. It was opened by the President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and proved to be a great success, being visited by more than 3000 people. Artists from Europe, China and Iceland have been invited to participate in Rolling Snowball/6 which opens in July 2015. The exhibition will be held in a former fish factory (120 m2).

Josie will be travelling to Iceland to attend the opening of the exhibition and is also keen to take inspiration from the unique Icelandic landscape for future work. During her visit Josie will write about the experience on her blog https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/skygroundbeing