Fancy A Summer's Jaunt Into Suffolk?

I have put together my submission for the Inspired by Harry Becker exhibition at the end of July, in Wenhaston church, in Suffolk.
I visited the church years ago and took photos of the amazing wall paintings there. They are very Hieronymus Bosch, if memory serves me well. As you have probably guessed, I can't find the photographs - it must have been over twenty years ago! 
I just had a quick look online HERE and it is not actually a wall painting - but on wood. Worth a little look anyway.
Here's the flyer for the exhibition:

I was approached by artist Ruth McCabe to show at this year's exhibition. 
It is good to get my more representational work out there and I feel privileged to be giving it an airing at the IBBAS show.
Here are just a few examples of what I'll be framing up and showing there:

Thought You Might Like The Look Of One Of These

I have put all of this info on the workshops page of this blog and it's on my website too:

New Workshops for autumn/winter 2015-2016
In our spacious barn studio, 5 miles south of Norwich
With artist and tutor Annie Brundrit

Introduction to Drawing:
I’ll help you to make a start with various types of drawing using pen, pencil and ink.
You’ll know why drawing is absorbing and fulfilling. See January’s workshop too.
Suitable for complete beginners or if you feel ‘rusty’!
10:30-15:00     £35     Thursday 24 September

Confidence with Colour:
Exploring acrylic and watercolour, I’ll help you to mix and use colour more effectively.
Make beautiful colour experiments to take home.
Workshop content is for beginners or more experienced painters
10:30-15:00     £35     Tuesday 20 October

Introduction to Mixed Media Techniques:
Explore how to combine and overlay wet and dry techniques on paper.
I’ll help you work with simple imagery to get you started.
Suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced alike
10:30-15:00     £35     Friday 23 October

Handmade Christmas:
Try your hand at simple Scandi inspired craft projects.
I’ll help you use folk art motifs to make small decorative items with a festive theme.
Suitable for beginners but some experience of hand sewing useful
10:30-15:00     £35     Saturday 20 November

Developing Drawing Skills from Observation:
Love to draw but feel a bit ‘stuck’? I’ll help you explore some new techniques.
Try different media and tune back in to really looking and seeing.
For those with some experience of drawing, this extends the September workshop
10:30-15:00     £35     Friday 29 January 2016                                                   

Developing Mixed Media Artwork:
Combine wet and dry media and materials with paper, fabric, hand stitching and embellishments.  
There will be lots of inspiration and the opportunity to ‘play’.
This workshop is designed for those with some experience
10:30-15:00     £35     Monday 15 February 2016

For more information and to book your place:
Contact me through my website:
Or ring 07717 366 057
Maximum six people at each workshop ~ all materials provided

Price Includes refreshments and a wholesome home-made lunch.

What Goes On Behind That Gate...?

Don't forget we're opening up the barn and shed this weekend: tomorrow and Sunday  - 11am to 4pm 
You are most welcome to drop by to see what we do behind the shabby pink fa├žade...
I can promise you one thing - it's no less shabby behind the gate - but I think you might be in for a surprise...! 

I'll have some new work on show - as will my parents-in-law (that's not the surprise though)
One or two recent smallish pieces here:

This (above) comes from the pen drawings I showed you in my last post.

Below are pieces with painted found papers and found papers, some graphite drawing and some of the geometric pen drawings too:

This one is tiny: A6 size:

As are these pen drawings - ready to be added to another collage maybe 
Starting to get a bit anal here - loosen up lady!

Oh Look What Happened Whilst I Wasn't Thinking

I've been busy getting work ready for exhibitions and for our studio workshop open days.

These are the times when I abandon art work and I hate that as I become dis-jointed, which makes it really hard to re-connect.

Making art is like having a lover - on my mind constantly - but only fleetingly visited; intense and all consuming when I'm there. My art waits in the wings, whilst life's mundane tasks are metered out, for our next indulgent time together.

People think you need a break - because people need breaks from the work they do generally. 
Art is different though. 

When you take a break from your creativity, you severe a vital connection, which amounts to losing the thread of your thoughts.

Thoughts have to be nurtured and lived with and listened to.
Certainly my artwork is the physical manifestation of the ongoing consolidation of my thinking and response.

In the moment - that's where I have to be in order to make art.
With such a busy life, the problem becomes finding long enough moments to be in.

But, you know what?
All of the above means that I research - I drool at Pinterest - I find some images I like and print them out to stick on my shed wall as inspiration.

Except I didn't have time to be in my shed and paste them up.

Instead I found myself with pen in hand, doodling all over them.

So these mini responses just appeared - seeds of new thinking?

Snatching A Little Pin Time

Sometimes I think I might be a bit addicted to Pinterest and this is why..

Thicket Assemblages

Mimesis XV

Mimesis III, IV, Nocturne Grandes XXII, XXI

Almost every time I have a little look at my Pinterest pages, I find a new (to me) artist, designer, piece of work, idea, possibility!
Last night it was Robert Kelly - an American artist based in New York.
His studio - never mind his art - is amazing:

Look at the scale and relationships of the space, furniture, window frames with the artwork and its placement in that space. I love that there is a small piece of Kelly's in the corner, almost the same size as the grey electrical box near the window. I love that the verticals of the radiators under the window are echoed in the large piece on the left.

A Little Light Bedtime Reading

Saw this interesting article from NESTA today. 
As it says on their website:
"Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life"

The UK has really low - and continuing to lower - productivity. Productivity is clarified by Nesta as "output per hours worked".

In the UK, we manage to produce 17% less output than the average for the G7 nations, for the hours we work - our widest gap for 20 years.

found on

Really grim thought - that we spend long long hours at work, but our productivity is lacking behind.
Nesta goes on to explain that there's a sagging middle (I've got one of those!).

Computers and other machines continue to replace people in 'routine' jobs in the middle income areas, one of the contributors to a massive and growing inequality of income.
This is the exciting bit: The creative sectors have 2.6 million jobs within them - bigger than financial services and construction. 
Nesta's report - 'Creativity Vs Robots' finds that where many many jobs can be replaced by computers; the Arts - creative jobs - are particularly resistant to this so called 'evolution'.

The Offcuts by Studiomama

Get this: Nesta says "87% of highly creative workers are at low or no risk of automation, compared with 40% of jobs in the UK workforce as a whole."
Anyway - I'm going to take a download of 'Creativity Vs Robots' on the bus to work - or to read in bed, before sleep. Have a look for yourself HERE 

Found Any Stray Consonants Recently....?

Last night I went to a fantastic lecture by the lovely Graham Rawle.
Those of us of a certain age will remember with fondness and a chuckle his cheeky 'Lost Consonants' series in The Guardian in the 1990s:

Yes - the series DID run for fifteen years..!

Not only was the work he has been doing since then inspiring, but the way he structured his lecture was as beautiful, entertaining and thought provoking as one of his genius collages.

Rawle has written several novels - well, not just 'written' - he has created them, to be more precise.

His first book Woman's World sounds amazing - really want to read it after last night's lecture!


Graham Rawle has been made 'Visiting Professor of Illustration' at NUA - so last night was his inaugural lecture in Norwich. 
He explained eruditely yet simply and with interesting visual allegory how a narrative is built up; how he structures a story. Fascinating.

I gleaned ideas both to pass on to my students AND for my own artwork. 
Thank you dear Mr Rawle, for your gentle witty inspiration.

Makes A Refreshing Change....

Not only will it be very exciting when all the Bacons come to the Sainsbury Centre later this month - 18 April to 26 July.
A coincidental bonus - in removing the Bacons, which generally sit in the permanent display, gaps were inevitably left. 
By filling those gaps, the curators have given us a real treat: some different work, up from the vaults, is getting an airing... Spanish artists: Chillida and Millares:

The actual purpose of the visit was to see the Abstraction and the Art of John Golding exhibition. 
Just SO good to see a strong and varied show - on our doorstep - celebrating abstraction
May just filter through so that one or two more people may appreciate my work!!