Barry and I are finally back at my Dad’s in Lincolnshire after a couple of weeks travelling around. I have managed to get back into painting and I have just finished the above oil, which I started earlier this year!
We spent some time in London, visiting friends, going to exhibitions and visiting one of my daughters, then onto Somerset to visit the other one and popping in to see a good friend in Gloucestershire. I thought I would share some photos (difficult to choose, so many good ones) and information from our trip. At Tate Britain I finally got to see a Vija Celmins exhibit, which was worth the wait! I have been studying her for my essay and was desperate to see some of her work in reality. As John Berger wrote in The Shape of the Pocket,
“You have to see them. Words can’t get round them. And reproduction sends them back to where they came from”
How right he is, they are truly exquisite. She also curated a little exhibit of Turner’s watercolours and prints.
We also went to see The Mechanical Hand Exhibit which was fascinating. 25 years of printing at The Paupers Press. Not as much pure etching as I had hoped for, but some really wonderful work, a lot of lithographs, but I think my favourite was Christopher Le Brun’s etchings and Grayson Perry’s Map of Nowhere, which is fantastic and very humourous, if you are fortunate enough to be able to see it close up.
Grayson Perry Map of Nowhere – Heliogravure
Below are a few images from our travels…
Holly (my eldest) and I walking around the Cadbury Castle iron age hill fort.
Me painting just down the road from my Father’s house.
I love buttercups and they are everywhere at the moment!
I knew that this last couple of weeks were going to be a bit of a whirlwind what with my workshop in Scotland, my show in London and starting my MA in Cambridge!! I am still trying to catch up!
I must congratulate my three intrepid and dedicated students from North America who flew all the way to Scotland just to take a workshop with me! We had a lot of fun! It is very easy having so few students, although more would have been nice from a financial point of view! I am not complaining though, it was like painting with three good friends and accomplished painters to boot! The week before, I was avidly watching the weather and it didn’t look good. However, for the most part the weather stayed fine, except for an extremely rainy Wednesday, which wasn’t nice for Rose’s husband who had booked a fishing day on the River Tweed. Poor thing. We stayed nice and cosy in the studio! Rose and Katherine loved Skirling House. They were treated royally. If anyone ever wants to stay in the Scottish Borders, this is the place to stay. Bob and Isobel are wonderful hosts.
When we were painting alongside the river Tweed, see photos below, we were watched intently by quite a number of cows… they seemed to find us very fascinating!
This little wood is almost opposite Jasmin’s house and is just delightful. There was talk of it being developed, but the owner eventually donated it for community use. It was just lovely last week with all the beautiful blossom. The daffodils are fading fast, but bluebells are now starting to bloom. All the fields are full of lambs and we have a weeks worth of sunny days coming!
Evening Meadow 9 x 16 Oil/Linen
Above is another of my paintings recently finished. I do wish you could see them in reality. They are, if I may say so, so much better in reality!
Above Rutland Water 10 x 11 Oil/Baltic Birch Panel
This is a little painting I have done for the Russian Night fund raiser for the Taos Art Museum. Hopefully it will sell, raising money for the museum and for me!!! I rarely donate all of a painting anymore because in the past I have done this many times and don’t even receive a thank you!! In addition artists’ can’t write it off. Not a good policy to have I think. Maybe this sounds uncharitable, but I have been inundated with requests for free paintings and it just gets old after a while!
Every now and again I revisited in painting a place that I love. I find that the years in between create a growth in one’s painting and although the scene is the same, there are differences in the final painting.
This is a favourite area of mine. Not so far from Grove Ferry, but different in that it is a wetland area, much of it reclaimed. It has a full and varied history, too much for me to write here, but here is a link for more information if anyone is interested. It is not far from Canterbury, in Kent.
This painting is inspired by a photo that I took on a gorgeous winter morning walk near my good friends’, (Tom, lovely ex-husband and Charlie Dore, lovely partner and great singer/songwriter), house near Henley Upon Thames.