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Colchester Arts Society : OLSA exhibits

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Colchester Arts Society : OLSA exhibits

I was delighted that three of my pieces were selected to hang in the Colchester Arts Society (CAS) 70th anniversary exhibition at The Minories, this August. I had heard that the CAS were opening out their exhibition this year and entered on spec. I was thrilled that three of my pieces were selected – and delighted to see the whole exhibition which was hugely varied with artwork in many different media. As you can see the gallery is light and spacious; it is the gallery for the distinguished Colchester School of Art which has many famous alumni including Linda Richardson.   The...

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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...

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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...

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Caravaggio: inspired by writing

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Discussion, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I heard a short story (not yet finished at a writing group) which centred on a Caravaggio (1571-1610) painting of The Beheading of St John. I was very pleased to be introduced to this painting though, of course, the subject matter is very shocking and the killing depicted in graphic detail. Sadly there are modern resonances and this gives it an particular edge. The depiction of the shocked bystander, said by some to be Herodias, is very lifelike and to me, represents us, horrified at the callous way the executioner goes about his task and the ghastly way the life of a good man is ended. It...

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OLSA at Denbies

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

OLSA at Denbies

Jane will be at Denbies with a friend Emma who has patchwork cushions on sale. OLSA will have a selection of original prints and textile goods. The print of The Hare is taken from an 18th century children’s book ‘The Cabinet of Beasts.’ The original book is in the Houghton Museum at Harvard University, who were very charming when I wrote to them about copyrights and permissions. The screen print uses the image from a photo stencil and I have printed it in two stages – an ivory background and a light brown ink for the hare itself.  A lovely image but reminding us they...

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West Dean : Drawing on the Foundation Course

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

West Dean : Drawing on the Foundation Course

I meant to write more on Saturday but was so busy that I did not have time during the day – I was living out of the main house in the houses that the full-time students use in term-time. It was lovely to have a short walk into college, past the Parish Church and through the scent-filled garden but once I was back in my room in the evening (and the wifi is really only active in the main house) I tended not to venture out. I am home today and took it easy as I was surprisingly tired (as I was resident and had no travelling)..  I was determined to experiment with what we had learned. I...

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