Four Stars: Two Anniversaries, Two Christenings & Open Studios.

This is all about the women who span 4 generations of my family: 4 stars for four beautiful women. Starting with my mother-in-law, Jean. The christening gown that Rebecca is wearing was made by my mother-in-law, Jean.  3 generations later, the same christening gown is worn by baby Rose for her christening.   Here she is…

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Changing Faces

Here are some stats: It’s official! March, 2013 was the second coldest recorded with an average temperature of just 2.2 degrees C, matching temperatures for March 1947, with only March 1962 being colder. 2012 was the UK’s second wettest year since records began in 1910, and for some areas, the wettest. Apart from the effects…

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A Digital Scrap-Book

Sorting out all my pictures has got me thinking about my sketchbooks pages, and sketchbooks in general.  In the past, I have used  sketchbooks as a convenient way for experimenting with ideas in an unfettered, non-judgmental way, only selectively showing what I felt ready to make public. Now more than two years down the line…

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Banking my Assets

I’ve spent the past week sorting out my photographic archive.  Believe me this was a massive undertaking!   I’ve grouped some of my favourites together and made them into pdf pages that you can click on and view in my new image bank. I’ve also created a separate page for videos.  I’ve not quite finished as…

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‘Space for my Mind to Move Into’

Someone has switched on the rain in car-wash mode.  I’m stuck waiting for the lashing at my windows to abate so that I can take the dogs out, and where I can indulge in my daily ritual of walking as a ‘space for my mind to move into‘ (Virginia Wolf).  So whilst I’m house-bound, I’m…

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Winter Blues

Winter is a time when I willingly retreat into hibernation.  As the bare earth becomes cooled and still, I enter into a place of deep reflection.  It is a dark place but not a forbidding one.  On the contrary, the darkness is positively charged with potential fecundity.  It is a private and sacred space, and…

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Free Spirits

The following extract is part of an email sent to me this week by a dear friend.  It describes a dream she had.  I have added a painting I did last November that I thought was appropriate.  It is so wonderful when things like this happen out of the blue, and it arrived just after…

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Note to Self

As my working space has shrunk to a small kitchen table, I have cut my (table) cloth accordingly.  Thus, the humble post-it note has become my scaled-down sketchbook for the time-being.  These images all began with pencil drawings arranged on a grid of post-it notes.  Layers have been added to build up images with overlays…

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Brindle Beach Streaker

The streaker in question is Zola whippet.  Whilst out enjoying a bit of welcome sunshine on Porth Kidney beach at low tide yesterday afternoon, I was poised to take a picture of the sand pattern when she flashed through the frame just as I was pressing the shutter.  Now you see me now you don’t.…

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The Crustaceans

Crustaceans. Noun: any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton. syn: crustacean.  (Just hold that thought for a moment). Waiting for the BT Man to come and connect me to the grid one typically drizzly winter’s afternoon recently, I opened my sketch book and began drawing the whippets, my feet propped…

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