Although I am no longer strictly in lockdown, I am still surviving this time of sadness and solitude through the power and comfort of my painting. Each day I am “hungry” to get into my messy studio and begin yet another tussle with the paintings I happen to be working on. I always work in a series which allows me to move from one piece of work to the next. I find this keeps a freshness in my work and stops me from obsessing and overworking, (sometimes!). In June I was looking
It is May 1st 2020, we have now been in "lockdown" since March 23rd because of the terrifyingly deadly Covid 19 pandemic which has raged around the world. We are now confined to our homes for an indefinite amount of time. It is terrifying, attacking anyone and everyone, though people of my age and older are more at risk. So many of us are now living in this strange time of silence and solitude. I however seem to be one of the lucky ones, I think that the pain and suffering f
I have not done much cold wax and oil painting before this and I found Pam's workshop wonderful. The group was organised by Kathy Venazzi and turned out to be both a creative and a foodie adventure in the colourful, very Mexican and indigenous town of Oaxaca. The time we were there was in the lead up to the day of the dead celebrations which made it extra colourful and special. Pam is a gentle generous and creative teacher and I found the technique intriguing. I look forward
This blog post is a long time coming. I went to Oaxaca back in October last year. However it was so inspiring I wanted to write about it even though it is now rather old news. Colourful markets, peeling old walls. Indigenous people, Oaxaca is a feast for the eyes and the soul, and a gift to the artist.
Gerry and David Spiller and myself held this short but joyful exhibition in this beautiful Woodbridge gallery for the second time. We all had our personal reasons that the title "Memories" resonated with us. This was my Statement for this exhibition: “Art is a sort of painkiller, a truce, a pleasant uncertainty which gives peace and tranquillity” Henri Matisse I have these words by Matisse on the notice board in my studio and they remind me daily that I am privileged to have
Tangier has been a true feast for the eye. I travelled there for the first week of April with five artist friends. We have been overjoyed and overwhelmed with the wonderful colours and the vibrant life and atmosphere of the city. Around every corner was another treasure, another sound, perfume, and simple pleasure. We feasted on the most delicious food and drinks, lovingly prepared with simple fresh ingredients, and bursting with more colour. We discovered produce markets whe
This is the poster created by Sally of our class of January 2019: A lively and creative group of people from the USA, Canada, UK and Argentina. Led by the irrepressible Bob Burridge. We laughed, we cried, we played, and we created. It was a wonderful week with a group of interesting and talented people. Another very special tribe of new friends from around the world. There were trips out - to the amazing botanical garden down the road, on a boat, and to Vallarta. I stayed bac