I can’t quite believe how quickly the time is flying by. It has been so good to catch up with old friends, but mainly I have been working really hard. It would be rather nice to have a holiday at some point!
Last Saturday, Barry and I did get to meet up with our old friends and neighbours, Rick and Lori Faye Bock, from our Abiquiu days. We had breakfast and then went to the Santa Fe Farmers Market. It’s been a long time since I had been and it has moved into the new(ish) Railyard area. Then we visited LewAllen Contemporary, which has opened a new space in this same area. Of course, this may have happened a while ago, but it’s new to me. What a great new space it is and there was a wonderful exhibition of Nathan Oliveira, (1928-2010), Woody Gywn, Forrest Moses and John Fincher. What a treat! I fell in love with Nathan Oliviera’s mask sculptures.
Nathan Oliviera – Bronze Masks
I have been experimenting, abstracting images of the waters at Wicken Fen. In the past I have produced a fair amount of smaller abstract oil pastel paintings of water, but it’s time to play with the paint and go big… I am getting there!
Here are a few. Let me know what you think!
Water Music ii 8 x 16 Oil/Linen
Water Music i 8 x 16 Oil/Linen
Water Music iii 14 x 14 x 2 Oil/Wood Panel
Below are some of my more traditional landscapes which I have also been busy with .. in between working in the garden, which seems to entail endless massacres of squash bugs. Sorry, but they killed one of our beautiful plants, so they have to go. Soapy water does the trick.
Fens ii 12 x 12 Oil/Linen Panel
Summer Fields 12 x 12 Oil/Panel
Fen Dusk 10 x 12 Oil/Linen
And to top it off, here are some photos from our garden. I just love these Mexican hats and the beautiful blue of the
Meandering River and Meadow – Diptych 8 x 16 Oil/Panel
Well, that’s the second year over and done with. We all handed our portfolios yesterday and then went to pub! After an hour or so of being there, I couldn’t stop thinking about my portfolio and whether I had actually handed in the correct one!! (I have two similar portfolios). I found myself wandering back to the Print Room to take one more peek! Very silly of me, I know, but once 5 pm had passed it would have been too late! Of course, I had submitted the correct one.
Now I am getting back to some serious painting, packing up from Cambridge, going home to spend some time with my Dad and Aunt and then off to New Mexico until the end of August. I am looking forward to New Mexico, but shall miss being in the UK for the summer… the luscious overgrown green.
Well, I have been back at University now for three weeks and as usual trying to figure out in which direction my printmaking will go. I have been looking at insects and seedheads again, but finding it hard to let go of the landscapes, especially after spending last weekend at the beach! I spent most of the time painting and sketching on the beach, except of course for a little paddle with my friend Melanie. I also went into a school last week, The Thomas Clarkson Academy, to give a little talk about my work and to assist the students. Here is a link to their website and a little piece about my visit. It was a good day and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the class.
All the above, sketches executed at the Botanics Cambridge.
A dry point created on the beach this weekend, of course I forgot about the fact that when printed it is in reverse!
This last month has been so thrilling for us Brits. For someone who likes just a small amount of sport I was surprisingly enthralled by the Olympics. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have been able to attend, but I listened to it avidly on the radio whilst I painted with the odd mad dash to switch the TV on when it all became too exciting to hold a paintbrush steady!
Above is a photo of a gathering at Kettles Yard and the church next door to ring in the Olympics. It seems such a long time ago, and now it’s all over I feel strangely bereft. Still, we have the Paralympics to look forward to.
I have been posting a lot on my Facebook Painter and Printmaker site, (please ‘like’ if you haven’t already!) which seems easier somehow and I will try not to be too repetitive.
Since my first year is now over I have been catching up on my painting and am back at Dad’s for a while. His house is beginning to look like a studio! (Hello Dad!). I have been down to the marsh and back to Wicken Fen again trying to decide on what to do next year. There is so much to inspire that I find it hard to settle upon one thing.
Wicken Fen continues to capture my imagination and I spent a very misty, then hot day there (11 hours in total) sketching and painting.
Early mist, Wicken Fen
I have been working on a number of oil paintings to send back to the US and here are a couple.
Autumn Cottonwoods 12 x 12 Oil/Panel
Distant Spire 10 x 12 Oil/Linen
I have been thinking about my blog and have been wondering if there is anything else that I can post that might be of interest to you all. I would welcome suggestions so please don’t hesitate to send me a message! That’s it for now. I have to go for my morning run!
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!
Barry and I were very happy to learn that we had been included in an article on ‘Family Ties: Related Artists Across the West’ in the November’s issue of Southwest Art magazine. I was even happier to be told that my painting of Wicken Fen Autumn was going to be on the front cover.
I continue to walk my mile and a half to university two or three days a week. It has been just gorgeous weather and walking across Jesus Green and Midsummer Common or along the River Cam is such a treat. The photos below epitomise Cambridge!
So far we have had demonstrations of Intaglio, Relief Printing, Screen Printing, Photo Etching and Viscosity Printing! To ensure that my head doesn’t spin off my shoulders I have focused in on a little of what I know and am experimenting with dry point, drawing, scraping and burnishing to see what happens. There is such a temptation to try everything and get nowhere, so I am sticking with Intaglio at the moment on the advice of my tutor.
Last week we had a Relief Printing demonstration given to us by our teacher/technician, John Williams, who is an accomplished printmaker. It is so exciting to witness all the possibilities. I learn something new each week. Below are a few photos, one of John’s woodcut and some books he had laid out for us to peruse. I have also included some sketches of Wicken Fen.
Barry’s show was on Friday and on Saturday he sold 5 paintings, so that’s a good start!