I suppose this is what you call a distraction from writing my essay!! .. updating my blog.. catching up really as I did this painting a while back but didn’t post it.
I have booked my ticket to return to New Mexico in June and will be there until the end of August, which will be lovely. Anyone who contacted me before asking about workshops in New Mexico, please email me and we can arrange something. I am really looking forward to getting lots of painting done and feeling the heat of the sun!! Now back to the essay…
Obviously I have not posted for a while.. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year to all. The end of last semester came and went so fast, which included my husband, Barry arriving from the US at the end of November. Then we both got sick! I am still dealing with the residue of painful pulled muscles from coughing too much! It was the worst bug I have had in years. I think a lot of people have had it, so sympathies for all those who did!
The dates for our workshop are now set. These are 27th May to 31st May. If I can get enough people to sign up and pay a deposit now, I can book Sparkford Hall for a very good price. My daughter has a connection with this beautiful house and because of that I am being given a good deal. Please let me know if you are interested. May is such a glorious time of the year in the UK. Photos to follow. I hope you will join Barry and I for our first major workshop in UK together. You can also stay over the weekend for a little extra. They will also organise meals so that you can concentrate completely on your work.
Since I last wrote I did a three day refresher course with Jason Hicklin, which was great! These workshops are so intense and since the ink, paper etc., is all prepared for you, all one has to do is create! The image below is a combination of soft ground and sugar lift, stopped out by using Litho crayon. Lots of possibilities here and rather excited about using this method when I get back to University at the end of January.
Fenland – 9.50 x 9.50 cm – Etching (soft ground, sugar lift)
Botanics – this is an etching which has gone through many lives.
Barry and I visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park yesterday on our way back down from Scotland. It’s such a beautiful place. A great setting for incredible sculpture.
Oval with Points – Henry Moore
Me between Three piece reclining figure no. 1 – Henry Moore
Barry with Reclining Figure, Arch leg – Henry Moore
Here is another Scottish painting. Last time I was there, (which was actually 2008 because I wasn’t able to go in 09 because my Dad (Mr. Miracle!) was so ill), I drove over to my favourite valley and I couldn’t see a thing because it was completely shrouded in mist! It was as if I was in an aeroplane high above the clouds looking down! Luckily it started to clear and this was the inspiration for the painting I am submitting to the Albuquerque Museum Miniature show.
Early Morning below Gordes ii 10 x 12 Oil/Panel
The third submission for the Museum show is the above painting.
Three years ago Barry and I went with a few friends to a place called Fontblanche in the valley below Gordes, France. We arrived in the middle of the night owing to a few logistical hiccups and as we walked into the beautiful old french farmhouse, we thought we had arrived in heaven. None of us wanted to go to sleep and we all sat there on the balcony watching the twinkling lights of the valley in the distance, drinking the wine the owners had kindly left us. Finally we succumbed to sleep because some of us had just flown over from the States. In the morning we awoke to such a glorious view, all sparkly and fresh and we couldn’t wait to get out there, coffee and croissants in hand to explore and get our paint boxes out. We all long to return and hopefully one day Barry and I will take a workshop there, because I can assure you it is one of the most glorious places on this earth!
On another note, (I should be packing!!) Loriann Signori has just posted a really lovely piece about me on her blog… I am somewhat embarrassed by the attention, but honoured too! Here is a link to her blog. Thank you Loriann for your kind words!
A little blurred, but I still like this photo of Jasmin and me. I had been laying out the painting of Tinto and was pretty happy when Jasmin and Janet came by on their way back from work! It’s so easy to paint in this area, the roads are so quiet and the views so beautiful.
The view from my easel a couple of September’s ago.
Here is Barry’s flyer for his latest workshop in October, please pass it along to anyone who you think might be interested. He really is a wonderful teacher and very patient!
I have been busy starting new paintings, so nothing of mine to post. Also I have been struggling with what I think is an impacted wisdom tooth! Oh the pain! Thank goodness for antibiotics! Finally I got an appointment with the dentist tomorrow. Sounds expensive doesn’t it?