From the 19th to the 26th September, I took part in a dynamic and energising abstract painting retreat with a group of international painters in this beautiful venue situated in La Palmeria outside Marrakech. The week for me was challenging, but did me so much good. I returned home feeling excited and empowered, a good way to be after recent events. I am still in the process of finishing the works I brought home from Morocco. I will share them when I have worked on them some
Another exhibition I have been involved in since my return is this one which runs over two weekends: 9/10 and 16/17 September. It shows a body of work from a group of artists who come together for weekly life drawing. Some examples of my work:
Now back in the UK I have launched straight into the camaraderie of this Artworks exhibition. We are 30 artists, (painters, sculptors, ceramists, collage and work in wood). We come together each September for this large exhibition of our work in a beautiful Mediaeval barn in Suffolk.
I have now been in France for more than a month, sometimes with many people around me, sometimes alone. The weather has been lovely, the sun shines day after day. However every afternoon without fail a wind hits us, driving us indoors. This is the moment I go into my studio, turn on my music, and paint. It has not been easy this year, I am very emotionally raw and need to find the peace in myself to connect with the right hand side of my brain and move to a mediative place wh
After a deeply painful and life changing event in my life, I have struggled to return to the nourishment of my creative core. In the last few months I have managed to return to the studio and dip back into my past as an art therapist. My painting has become a path to emotional healing. In these works I visit the unknown, the unexpected, and my dreams in an intuitive and fluid outpouring of self-expression. I would like to share some of these new works. DREAM SEQUENCE Butterfi
We have been very impressed by the massive figurative sculptures towering above the ramparts above the sea and suspended between two streets in Antibes.. There are 19 of these figures in Antibes, both men and women. They are all perched on stilts which add an extra dimension and power. The works are made in bronze using the technique of "lost wax". This is a temporary exhibition which runs from June 19th to September 18th this year. On a drive to visit the beautiful Arboretum
This has nothing at all to do with art but it is such a wonderful annual celebration it is well worth mentioning. Every year on one Sunday in July, the village Medieval bread oven is opened up and lit. Firstly celebratory loaves of bread are lovingly baked to share amongst the whole village, then everybody is invited to bring a dish to be cooked in the oven. The wine flows and everybody sits on the steps and shares in a big feast of the baked goodies from the oven, plus salad
We arrived in Nice (by train) this Monday. It was searingly hot and we were overloaded with two very heavy cases, two overweight rucksacks, and two art portfolios containing my ongoing paintings. We stayed the night in Nice then travelled to our home in the village of Marie the following day. It has been lovely to arrive and be so warmly welcomed by our friends in the village. Above is a picture of the view of the village from my studio window. On the right: work in progress