Orela Vokes

Month: August, 2013

Home again

“Parched Artists 3” seems like absolutely ages ago, but it was only last week that we took over the garden at The Wine Vaults. It was definitely our most challenging exhibition to date as the pub garden setting meant that we had few walls to display our work on and serious weather worries. Luckily the sun came out and the day was a success!

Colours 2 (half size)

Colours 1 (half size)


On my way

What a difference a few days make! I’ve finished all my work and am off to England this evening. I’m so excited about Thursday’s exhibition and can’t wait to see new work from my fellow Parched Artists.

 The Three Graces (are sleeping all night and all day)

XX (x5)


…is actually yesterday now as it’s way past midnight. Here are some more ‘in progress’ photos, taken just before I painted in dozens of black lines.

colours 1

colours 2


Yesterday I started work on my ninth exhibition piece and after a fourteen-hour painting session and four and a half attempts I’m finally happy with where it’s headed. I realise now that I had been trying to simulate the looseness of the earlier figure drawings I did  when actually these current pieces really benefit from some planning and preparation. Here they are in progress.

gracesx3 progress


The exhibition is a fortnight away and I’m about halfway through my final pieces. I feel the work is pretty strong conceptually so now I’m experimenting with composition and colour to really make the most of each individual image. Here’s a test piece from earlier in the week.

tumbling graces

Parched Artists 3

It’s that time again! “Parched Artists” will be holding a one-day extravaganza on the 22nd of August at The Wine Vaults, Banbury. Below are a couple of pieces I’m working on for the exhibition.