Posts made in 2015

OLSA: The Goya exhibition

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Discussion, Exhibitions | 0 comments

Stunning exhibition at the National Gallery of portraits by Goya. Since seeing this exhibition I have decided definitely to renew my membership to the gallery as I went almost because I wanted to use it – the ‘moneys worth principle.’ That extra motivation made me go on a day when it was not really convenient. I came away quite stunned – the portraits were so lively and fresh.  I imagined that each individual could easily step out of their canvas and start a conversation.  As I walked round the early galleries it reminded me how we like to be remembered at our best...

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OLSA: West Dean College Drawing in a Landscape

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

OLSA: West Dean College Drawing in a Landscape

Very excited to be back at West Dean though the light is very different now. Just started a drawing course and on the very first evening we went out in the dark to walk round and experience the landscape – without speaking, without taking any extra light with us. Then we went back to the studio and (tried) to draw what we had experienced. It was wonderfully peaceful and although we did not speak as we walked – I experienced profound sense of the group.  There was a surprising amount of artificial light around the site and I felt very curious about what was happening in the...

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OLSA: at Annabel Ridley’s Suffolk studio

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

OLSA: at Annabel Ridley’s Suffolk studio

I had the great pleasure of working at Annabel Ridley’s Suffolk studio. Annabel is a most generous tutor as well as a distinguished artist. At the beginning of her career she had printed bridal silks and I wanted to improve my fabric printing skills. A friend has commissioned a silk scarf in autumnal colours and I am using Vanners silks. This silk mill has been in Sudbury since 1740 and has a wonderful shop where you can buy beautiful, perfect silks that are no longer being sold or supplied. The one that is pictured is a rich deep orange. We started by preparing our colours –...

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OLSA: Road to Santiago exhibition

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Discussion, Exhibitions | 0 comments

OLSA: Road to Santiago exhibition

Delighted to hear that my work has been accepted for an exhibition at Saffron Walden library in 2016. It happens that the dates offered coincide with the time I was actually walking the Camino in 2011 – so that feels poetic. I am looking forward very much to working on more images for this exhibition and also providing some information about the Camino pilgrimage about which I knew very little before I planned to go. It is easier to start with the destination – the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela – which houses the shrine of the apostle of St James. I have...

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Santiago de Compostela: photostencils

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

Santiago de Compostela: photostencils

This is another photo stencil from the Camino walk, showing one of the beautiful cottages in the villages that are all along the road. The pilgrimage to the ‘field of stars’ (said to be where the body of the Apostle St James is buried), was promoted  in the middle ages as a way of bringing money and trade to a remote area.  The Middle Ages were a time when pilgrimage was very common and there are many routes to Santiago from all parts of Europe.

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