New Inspiration 2014
I love the search for old treasures in charity shops, and will often create a still life from what I find.
Using fabrics given by friends or pottery bought in artweeks adds to the enjoyment of painting as I reflect on
the values of friendship and memory.
This year I was given a wooden box used by a friend’s mother when she painted in Brazil.
It seemed important to cherish her memory so I decided to put it into use. For the first time I took acrylic
paints and palette knife on my walks and discovered the possibility of completing small landscapes in the open air.
I now have a collection of coastal scenes of the Scottish Isle of Arran and mountain views from the peaks
above Davos and Klosters in Switzerland.
Recent Exhibitions and Shows have included:
Annual Oxfordshire Art Weeks www.artweeks.org
Embers of Hope - exhibited in Christ Church cathedral, Oxford. A series of 9 large acrylic canvases showing how the artist moves from the observation of trees and birds to discover meaning in the midst of adversity. September 2013.
Whispers of Eden - A series of mainly Black and White landscapes inspired by the work of the Welsh poet R. S. Thomas. May 2014.
During the summer of 2014 the focus of my painting was water, trying to capture its reflections, movement and colours. Capturing the sea in its various moods was the greatest challenge. I focused on small sections of the surface of the sea at first looking at photos I had taken and then using my imagination. Listening to sea inspired music such as Fingal's Cave and Debussy's impressionist pieces led me into more abstract work. You can view many of the finished pieces in the gallery.
While I painted I reflected on why the sea is such a powerful image and metaphor for life. There will be written reflections to accompany the paintings during open studios in Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Only two weeks to go to Oxfordshire Artweeks 2015.
The summerhouse is ready for the mini exhibition on Sydney Carter who was born one hundred years ago on May 6th 1915.
I have returned to his songs: Lord of the Dance, and One More Step Along the World, read his poems and his theological reflections in Rock of Doubt. His work challenges and inspires me and I hope that the 15 paintings will inspire visitors too.
The final group of paintings are based on his poem The Bird of Heaven. As I worked on these my thoughts were constantly with Josiah, a teenage boy living with cancer, and his family who were making his shortened life as rich as possible. I finished these paintings two weeks before he died and would like to dedicate them to his memory.
This month has been spent in Oxfordshire. The studio is too hot for painting so I have taken to exploring local footpaths and trying to capture the feeling of harvest. Sun baked paths through waist high grasses, wheat and barley, the distant patterns of fields on the hillsides, wooded areas with dead trees - all this to enjoy undisturbed for an afternoon perched on a stool with paints.
You will see in the landscape gallery the result of my efforts outdoors, and now there is a need to move towards abstraction as I try to express the essence of harvest time and all the feelings and thoughts that it brings.
Small Acrylic Paintings on Location
A Symphony of Sea Paintings.
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It is getting close to the open studios event which is on the 14th and 15th of this month.
September and October have been full of making items for this new venture. There will be many inexpensive gifts, both handpainted miniatures and mounted prints,cards and some end of series paintings at reduced prices. Larger paintings will also be exhibited and there will be an opportunity for those who wish to see what is under way in the studio.
Refreshments as usual are an important feature of the visit. Relax over tea or coffee, mince pies and cakes in a corner of the house you have not visited before, or in the garden if the weather is mild.
The shed will be available for carers and children be creative with a variety of craft materials.
Oxford Artweeks 2017
My studio will be open with exhibitions in the house and garden
May 6th - 14th 2017
11am - 6pm daily
3 Barns Close, Holton, OX33 1QB
There will be art and craft materials for families to be creative, and as always delicious refreshments
Groups are welcome just phone to arrange a good time. 01865 872868