Allowing Silence to Speak

Inspired by this: It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice…

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Magnolia Leaves, Copeland China & Lily Pads

By tradition, this time of year is always very busy and this past month has been no exception.  Hence no posting.  Just thinking about what I have done in that time makes my head spin.  With delight.  And to spare you the dizziness of adding to your own busy times, I’ve just outlined a few…

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In Genial Company

A 16mm Collaboration What could be more compatible than a group of artists working together on a project?   In this instance it was the making of a film on the no.w.here workshop (see A Weekend with Bolex).  This film was put together by Stuart (one of the participants) from his ‘phone footage and is…

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Quarry Dot Drawing

On Friday, found myself in Bosahan, a disused granite quarry not far from Falmouth.  I was with a mixed group of environmentalists, artists, researchers and academics on a seminar jointly delivered by Andy Whall (CAZ) and Misha Myers (UCF, Rock Jam: Landscape Sandpit).  The trip to the quarry was partly in response to a request…

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The Plight of the Bumble Bee

Bee is the new buzz word.  (as in Great British Sewing).  Our poor honey bees have had a dreadful winter with many producers opening up hives to discover dead bees.  With questions about certain intensive agricultural practices, indiscriminate use of pesticides, parasites, diseases and long, harsh winters, it seems our bee population is in crisis…

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The Saga of the Newlyn School Legacy.

Had a call from Alex Wade.  Alex is a writer and freelance journalist who lives near Sennen Cove – you might know him from his writings on art in Cornwall Today.   He is preparing an article for Saga Magazine (aimed for the over 50’s) about The Newlyn School of Art.  The proprietor, Henry Garfit,…

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Carpe Diem

Necessity is the Mother of Invention Since I can remember, my clothes have never been so threadbare as they are now.  I wrestle with what I am prepared to give up from my budget to squeeze a couple of bottles of wine into my weekly food basket as an essential to fuel the creative juices…

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‘Art and Money’ Event (2/3)

On Monday, and thanks to Jane’s invitation, I attended the Art & Money event at Plymouth College of Art.  It was a fantastic professional development day and a great networking opportunity aimed at critically engaged artists.  The event was presented by Visual Arts South West in partnership with Plymouth College of Art and Creative Skills…

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