What Tracey Did Next

What Tracey Did Next

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WTDN is short for What Tracey Did Next...
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What Tracey Does Next...


What Tracey Did Next...Posted by WTDN Wed, March 29, 2017 14:57:51
Okay, I didn't get very far with this blog and I've just realised why - I really, really didn't like the graphics!
They were created for a specific situation (I had a craft unit on a local market) and it wasn't really me. I'm far, far happier with the new graphics, so here we go - AGAIN!

Expect to see plenty of reviews, features, all sorts of things that I have been up to and, probably dogs, yes, in all likelihood, dogs. I have two old ladies. Lucaya, a greyhoundX lurcher, who is now a massive 15 and a half and Mabel, a Springer/SussexX who is 12. There are times that I feel like I'm living in a care home for the-elderly-with-four-paws, especially when sorting out all their various meds and other requirements, as well as flying backwards and forwards to the vets!

Here is a painting that I did, when there were three. Maude, a whippetX lurcher who made it to 13 and a half. Maude is on the left, Mabel in the middle and Lucaya on the right. (I apologise for all the bottoms but they were busy looking out of the window. Maybe, if you waggle a smelly treat in front of the screen, they may turn around....)

Now I have the dog post out of my system more subjects will follow.
Thank you for reading.

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Visitors & Paintings, Postcards & Journeys, East & West.

What Tracey Did Next...Posted by WTDN Sat, July 30, 2016 15:48:41

While my "What Tracey Did Next" Exhibition is running (see previous post for details), I am going to feature the odd painting with an explanation.

Just at the time that I was deciding which one to feature first, a lovely lady came in and was enthusiastically talking about all the colours, in my work, and choosing a selection of postcards. She was matching them to the friends that she wanted to send them to - ones that she thought would appreciate a particular image.

As a whole we send less postcards, nowadays, and I tend to think of mine being pinned to a noticeboard or ending up in a pile on a desk or in a drawer, rather than being written upon, stamped and posted. It was nice to think of them going on a journey and passing through different hands and eyes.
It is always lovely to receive something personal, rather than bills n bumf, through one's letterbox.

In this exhibition, I have one painting that is dramatically different to the rest and I have never exhibited it before.
Painted, when I was at Art School, in 1999, it is acrylic on coarse linen canvas and approximately 1 metre x 1 metre.
This painting represents a tug of war between two cultures. opposing but of equal strength and determination.

My visitor was spot on with her assessment of this piece and liked it so much that she asked for some postcards of it. I couldn't refuse as I appreciated her interest (I'm just hoping that my printer is up to the job as my Laser one has gone to the same tech graveyard as everything else decently-techie that I seem to own!)

So, why did I choose to transition this piece from the private to the public?
Basically, I am fed up of the racial hatred that we seem to be surrounded by at the moment and the tensions caused by one movement or individuals and the way that this is tainting whole races. People are people, wherever they live and whatever they look like.

“THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN MIDDLE EAST AND WEST” shows two different cultures. One solid and closed and one transparent, open and all-encompassing. Neither will win this struggle as both are strong - in different ways. The best way is for them to work together, respecting the difference of each other. The good in both against the bad in both.

My visitor was a Muslim lady and , as we were standing in front of this painting, discussing it, I saw us both reflected in this image. Two outwardly different people but, inwardly, the same, with a commonality of interest and ideas.

Some connections and moments can be quite powerful and they don't need to be loud, brash and 'shouty' to be so.

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Here We Gooooo...

What Tracey Did Next...Posted by WTDN Thu, July 21, 2016 22:11:45
Welcome to the brand new blog: What Tracey Did Next - WTDN, for short.
I wear lots of different hats (woolly, cap, the odd tiara...) so a post may be a review of an album, a book, a gig or some hash I've made of learning how to make something (I speak from experience, in the making a hash stakes), an interview or any other thing that I have experienced.

At the moment, I have an ongoing WTDN Art Exhibition on display at Freeman Street Market, Grimsby, which runs until 31st August. I am there Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8-4.30pm either in the Gallery space, which is in The Courtyard area or at my WTDN unit which is opposite Kate's Burger Bar.
I hope that you will enjoy this new blog and if you live in the Grimsby area, please come and say "Hello", it would be really lovely to meet you.
Best wishes

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