Posts made in September, 2015

The Arts and Wellbeing

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

The Arts and Wellbeing

I was talking with a group today about ‘The Wellbeing Journal” as a way of helping us to remember to use ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing” (connect, be active, give, keep learning, take notice) to increase our chances of having the best mental and physical health we can. I was describing it in company  with a very creative GP tutor, who is a wonderful group facilitator and lead the session. She has introduced me to a wonderful website on health and illness developed by The Science Museum. It discusses how many of our ideas about wellness, and health are affected by our...

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Drawing the tree

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

Drawing the tree

I had to start a new post to put in a new image but this is the tree I was drawing. It was very helpful to be advised to do small thumbnails first and to set the image within a sketch that showed its relationships. I will write what we did next a little later but just learning to look more closely not only at something you want to draw but also what is around it and being helped to draw – to know that there are choices – composition, has inspired me to draw every day. I now have my sketch book (size to suit portability where necessary) with me everywhere and take the opportunity...

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What happened at West Dean?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

What happened at West Dean?

It is rather a shame that my linocut is next to the reference to William Scott and not further down where I discuss it. I will edit that when I do my next phase of website management. I thought it might be interesting to show some pictures of what we did. I have been careful not to show or discuss others’ work or their comments as they may wish them to be private. I will ask a few people on the next course I do if I can show their work. There was something about that weekend that has inspired me to draw all the time at the moment – and I have not drawn for at least forty years...

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William Scott: abstract and still life painter

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

William Scott: abstract and still life painter

Another artist that Dale Devereaux Barker mentioned in his final talk was William Scott – someone else of whom I previously knew nothing (I’m now embarrassed to say). He lived from 1913 to 1989. He is considered an Ulsterman though of mixed Scottish/Irish parentage and during his life lived not only in Scotland, Ulster, but also in France (where he founded an Art School before the war) and Bath (where he taught for many years). He had rather a difficult life in many ways,  his father being killed in an accident (trying to help others) when he was only about 14 years old, and...

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Giorgio Morandi: still life

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

One part of our final essay is to describe the work of other artists, particularly those who have influenced us. Dale Devereaux Barker mentioned a painter who concentrated on painting ‘still lifes’ (not quite sure if that should be ‘still lives’ ) – Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) who rarely left the city of his birth, Bologna,  where he lived  with his three sisters.  His paintings were very simple in composition,  his subjects domestic objects like bowls and vases, bottles and pots. Their apparent simplicity (which of course shows his immense skill and insight)...

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