Thoughts Going Forward
Going forward, my intention is to continue teaching which I so love. My aim is to get basic skills as second nature and then show how to use those skills for ‘themselves’. My groups and students are a vital part of my life and bring so much to me – a thank you to them all.
At the same time I am looking to develop my work, to truly reflect what I want it to. In this age of excess, Nature and our natural areas are hugely important, as is how we see ourselves in this crazy tumultuous world.
There also are plans to become involved in community projects for schools.
I continue to visit Exhibitions as time permits, aided by our membership of The Tate, which allows me to visit shows several times, and the wonderful members’ room at Tate Modern!
I get an immense amount of pleasure in seeing the developments of those I tutor, which I hope continues. All have established very good basic skills and are now letting themselves fly: letting art happen with wonderful, individual work. I aim to continue working with the primary school children. Art generates so many varied threads into all parts of the curriculum and I hope to light fires in their minds for their futures.
My workshops and lessons show you how to tune into the ideas which I know will help you. Come to a workshop or lesson! I will show you how basic ideas are easy to understand and can unlock your own freedom! Click here for more information on my workshops.
I don’t exhibit much these days, painting far more for my own pleasure. Also, my tuition is giving me an enormous amount of fulfilment and I like to concentrate on that. But do contact me if you are interested in buying or commissioning paintings!
People’s Portraits, Girton College, Cambridge – January 2016 (an ongoing exhibition)
‘Arresting and original’ the leaflet says – and so it is. From a show by the National Portrait Gallery, artists capture a cross section of people’s lives around the UK. Touching and intimate observations of ordinary people are well worth seeing. The bonus is to see them hanging in the corridors and grand stairwells of Girton College. (Contact the college for hours etc as you have to report to the Porter’s Lodge, but it is well worth it)
Courtald Gallery, Somerset House, London.
A long overdue visit here! An intimate kind of visit to wonderful rooms. Seeing fewer paintings in such a grand setting gives a closer experience of the works. I had to retrace my steps when I realised I hadn’t looked at the rooms and ceilings properly! I’ve been reading ‘The Judgement of Paris’ by Ross King. This is a wonderful book giving insight into a decade in which Impressionism developed, and the hardships and history. The Courtald has two Manets, ‘Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe’ , and ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergere’. I had a new view of them knowing more about the times and conditions under which these wonderful works were created and the problems Manet encountered with getting his work accepted.
Scottish National Gallery – Edinburgh
I went specially to see the 3 large Raphael paintings – truly beautiful. It was interesting to see the different approaches to composition by his contemporary painters as he was a Master. Another favourite of mine is Titian and his ‘Three Ages of Man’ shows mastery of colour and composition. The Gallery gives a comfortable journey through time in art, reinforcing the changes, technical and historic, which always fascinate me.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
I paid a brief visit here after the National, but 2 Galleries in one day is always dodgy ground! However, the building is worth a visit, with the stunning William Hole entrance hall frieze.
The exhibits are Scottish. From May Queen of Scots to Colin Montgomerie. An interesting reflection on Scottish-ness.
Barbara Hepworth. Tate Britain. Sculpture for a Modern World. – Summer 2015
Although some criticised the show for so many exhibits being behind glass in boxes, I really enjoyed being able to get close to smaller pieces. The tenderness of slight inclinations of heads and faces was noticeable, and a contrast to Henry Moore’s often ‘facing away’ poses. It showed how the sculpture was part of nature, that of the stone. There were less large exhibits, but I felt it was an opportunity to look at other work more intimately. I particularly liked a large tapestry – a show of design and colour.
Suffolk Open Studios – 2013
I am taking part this year, part of a ‘Hub’ at Clay Barn, Thrandeston Road, Mellis, for the first 3 weekends in June. A wonderful venue where different and original art work can be enjoyed along with relaxing with refreshments in the grounds and courtyard.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust – Redgrave and Lopham Fen – April 2013
A successful workshop on ‘Trees, close up and in landscape’ was held at this wonderful centre in April. I hope to do more along these lines. This fen is a magic place and so worth a visit for it’s landscape and walks.
Waveney Spring Art Collective – September 2011
Two Open Studio weekends were very enjoyable and a chance to make new friends. The Art in Shop Windows trail was successful and a very useful way to display work.
The Collective’s next show is in Redgrave Church 26-29 July 2012
Little Ouse Headwaters Project (www.lohp.org.uk)
23 Oct 2011 – A wonderful day! Rowena Langston from the Project guided two very informative walks on Broomscot Common and Scarfe’s Meadow. The rest of the day produced a large amount of successful art work based on the areas and the Project work, being displayed at the Project AGM.
I am working on pieces associated with the Little Ouse work, including studies of trees and also the workparties, at work and play!
This is a very worthwhile organisation to get involved with – wonderful walks, working parties, – have a look at the website.
The Bell at Rickinghall (www.thebellrickinghall.co.uk)
A successful show was organised and held with 5 local artists.
Teaching (for more details on click here)
…is proving very successful! I concentrate on monthly (or less often) sessions, to enable artists to work art in with the myriad of ‘stuff’ life throws at us, and also to fit alongside other classes attended. Sessions are now run at my home as well as a variety of venues.
I have workshops booked well into 2013 already!
2010/2011 at Orwell Park School
I was Artist in Residence again in 2010, enjoying my 3rd opportunity to work with groups. We concentrated on drawing and observation skills, being adventurous with inks/washes/colour.
I am pleased to report that the Exhibition and sale of my associated work was very successful. A selection of limited edition prints are on sale.