Posts made in May, 2016

NADFAS lecture Frida Kahlo

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Wonderful lecture today at NADFAS meeting in Saffron Walden. Concerned Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – he seemed the more important in their lifetime. He concentrated on big, bold, political images, impersonal and designed to make a historical point. His work is found mostly in public buildings and was commissioned by some of the important people of his time. Frida painting her private sorrows, like her miscarriage, her sense of isolation whilst in the USA or while her husband had one of his numerous affairs. Now it is Frida Kahlo who is better regarded – the intensity and honesty of her work evoking emotions we can share with her, sorrow being an important one. She endured so much and died so young – leaving a significant body of work in spite of her years of pain and ill-health....

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OLSA : Along the Road to Santiago

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA : Along the Road to Santiago

Last night had a very enjoyable  preview of exhibition of my prints and drawings inspired by walking the last 100 km of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. This distance is the minimum you need to do to be awarded a pilgrim’s certificate and was a most wonderful experience – although entirely free of Damascene sudden conversions. Very pleased that the mayor (who everyone agrees has been a stunning success) Heather Asker attended as well as Paul Rutter  of Rutter Uk. I admire the work his firm does in creating printed images on many different media. There were a number of friends there and I am very grateful for their support and interest. I will post some photographs over the next few days. Sarah Turpin (librarian) did  a fine job of organising the occasion. Looking forward to reading the comments book over the next few weeks  – it  is always interesting to hear other your images are interpreted by other people. This image seemed particularly to catch people’s attention – the beauty of the small cottages along the Camino was breath-taking. Learned so much about preparing for exhibitions. Intend to get my own hanging equipment as technically very hard to get the picture hooks and pictures loaded up....

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OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Every year over 100 000 people make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This phrase may be literally translated as St James of the Field of Stars – and relates to the story of how the tomb of St James was found. It is said that St James preached in Spain before returning to the Holy Land where he met his death as a martyr on the orders of King Herod Agrippa. He was beheaded and his body was thrown outside the city walls – his supporters retrieved it and managed to take it to Jaffa, whence it was miraculously transported across the sea to Galicia in a stone boat. It was undiscovered for over 800 years until a hermit, Pelagius, saw a lights in the forest and informed the local bishop, Theodemar who was led to the tomb of St James (the Greater) by a star – from where the expression field of stars is...

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OLSA exhibition; Exchange Gallery: Saffron Walden

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

OLSA exhibition; Exchange Gallery: Saffron Walden

Exhibition at Exchange Gallery Saffron Walden, Preview on 9th May, 2016 Exhibition runs 10th May to 11th June 2016 Monday to Saturday 9-5pm, except Wednesday 9-13 hours Many of the people describe making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela as one of the most memorable and transforming  experiences of their life and I share that feeling. There is no sense of Damascene change but rather a  gradual perturbation of consciousness – you integrate your experiences of the journey into your interior life. An experience of beauty that truly enriches. I took the journey after a serious relapse of SLE when I had recovered well – walking with my daughter who had just finished her GCSEs. In the eyes of many we took the easier option – having our bags carried and staying in small hotels or pensione rather than refugios. I think those who are censorious about these options do not realise that these easements make the pilgrimage possible for those with chronic illness. I did not want to add the uncertainties of finding a bed for the night or getting up very early or risking infection (I am immunosuppressed). As it was I found the last part of the journey relatively easy. This drawing (in pastels, chalks and drawing ink) shows a way through the woods and was done when I was studying with Caroline Wendling at West Dean College.    I have been working on these prints on my courses at Gainsborough’s House and West Dean...

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