Posts made in July, 2016

Inspiring exhibition : Frances Hatch

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I went to a wonderful exhibition of landscapes  by Frances Hatch at the Old Fire Station, Ely on Friday 8th July.  It runs until the end of August 2016 – time enough for the several visits it is worth. I met Frances Hatch at West Dean College where I am doing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design on a part-time, flexible course. She is not only a wonderful artist but also an outstanding teacher. I knew that Frances loved to work ‘en plein air’ using materials that she gleans from the landscape that she paints – however I had little idea of how much complex and detailed the techniques that she has developed are. Frances uses juice from fruit and vegetation, sediment from rocks, wood, charcoal and almost anything else you can imagine from the landscapes she paints. The results are quite stunning – and recently Frances Hatch won the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize at this year’s Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) exhibition at the Mall Galleries – designed for those who have encouraged innovation and development of watercolour techniques. She also has two pictures in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year – appropriately housed in the ‘radical landscape’ room. It is worth making a long journey to see this marvellous exhibition and spend time reading the...

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OLSA : On the Road to Santiago

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

OLSA : On the Road to Santiago

OLSA Exhibition ends with success. The exhibition at the Exchange Gallery at Saffron Walden library ended in mid-June. It was a very encouraging experience with the opportunity to have direct feedback on the prints, drawings and embroideries that stemmed from my journey to Santiago de Compostela. The picture featured here was bought by a friend.  We had a moment of great connection when I was showing her round and she said ‘that reminds me of the woods in Galicia‘ which was the exact subject of the ink and pastel drawing. This may sound trivial but it meant so much to me that something I had created alone had triggered a whole series of happy memories for Karen. I walked the route with my daughter and although there was no Damascene conversion or life change immediately walking the last 70 miles of The Camino has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Each day had a simple structure – walking to the next destination, and in company with other pilgrims and with history. It was a beautifully complex experience. Earthly life is often described as a pilgrimage in Christian theology. Our history, physical and internal, has many layers and as Rudolph says in ‘Pilgrimage to the End of the World.’ “These sites, including Santiago, are not the goal. From the medieval point of view, the pilgrimage was not just the physical arrival at a holy place, but the experience of progressing towards that destination.”   I guess that is why so many of the images that spontaneously arose from the journey are of paths – taking us forward to new landscapes....

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