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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Feelings of falling leaves!

Well Autumn is upon us and there are many thoughts of the New Year ahead already. There are many changes afoot and I have had my head down working to deadlines for all sorts! My current book for Little Tiger is nearly done. I'm trying to get work done in time for my solo show in October, so I can get the work framed, and then stain and paint the frames, clean glass etc. Along with other work that is pending! so busy busy, but I do work better this way. Never have been good with quiet periods of work!

So what have I been up to? I graduated a few weeks ago, which was fun! Rebecca made cakes and I saw some old faces. Having my folks there was really lovely as I couldn't have done it all without their support.

I did a taster workshop session with Aggie Arts, at the Driftwood Spars. It was on all day, had quite a few of us creatives giving a 45 minute taster of the workshops we offer with Aggie Arts. It was a fun day and I got to do a little sketching too!

I went out to sketch the ducks!

Holly Young Hats

Caroline the silversmith

Jocie Purcell doing a cyanotype workshop

The Pasty making man! yum yum pasties

Jo Polack the feltmaker

So I am now getting some work ready for my own solo show in St Ives at the Salthouse...here are some bits from it so far! One framed properly, the other two waiting for their frames to be made...I will have about 25 paintings on show and I'm really enjoying doing them. I feel like it's work that really reflects me, my love of colour, texture and shapes. I've been using tree markings as reference for the most recent ones.

My over arching theme for the work that I do always has some element of nature in it. Whether it is a sketch in direct response to an animal in a zoo, or an interpretation of animals in modern life or simply the markings of an animal or a tree, there always has to be something that, for me, holds integrity in it's making. ie not man made. The traces, marks that nature makes are the ones that I want to mirror with my own mark making.

Faye Dobinson - friend and amazin lady!


I went to Trewidden open studios to see a friend, Faye Dobinson, and her work. Here it is and she's amazin, so look her up. I'll let the work do the talking. Sorry for the picture quality. Iphone quality with an excited hand! She is also exhibiting with Jules Greaves and Pippa Young at the Vyner St gallery in London, from the 1st-7th Oct...go here

Friday, 7 September 2012

The zoo, Leth and the Christmas Swim

I haven't posted anything on here as I've been away in the lovely Paris, and then straight back into lots of work, but I am gradually getting my head around the work for my show in Oct. I just seem to be distracted by earning a living and just things that need to be done. So Anna and I went to the zoo. I always really love having moving objects to paint and draw. It's a real challenge and invites a different, less considered way of working which I love and work best within. So here are my faves. Also I sat in at Leth and did some work from moving videos of the Christmas Swim and just made some marks.