Tuesday, 27 May 2008


I am doing a project called 'Snapshots' at the moment in my art class and it has taken me down 'Memory Lane'. I had this image in my head from years ago, and knew I had a photo somewhere (which turned out to be pretty grotty-ideal apparently!). Several hours of searching old albums and I eventually located it. Of course the reality and the memory were different, but I thought it a good starting point for trying to combine the two, and perhaps capture the elusive emotion and joy of an autumn day. I have done 4 versions of this so far and could go on ad-infintitum at the moment, but this is the best so far. I now have several other ideas waiting-going on holiday has rather interrupted the flow. A recent photo of my grandchildren on swings is another starting point and seems related to the original image-children playing is pretty universal despite time passing and I like that idea of a thread connecting generations.

Monday, 5 May 2008

A room of my own

At last! I have A 'studio', a space of my own where I can leave things out, have all my materials together and hide away. My summerhouse arrived last Thursday and with the help of the 2 men in my life, it is up and functioning with electricity and floor down. No curtains yet (joking) and shelves and bench to come but I've actually used it and it's great.
Latest work is on a 'snapshot' project and I'm working from a photos snapped many years ago of my children running in th
e woods and throwing leaves. Memory and time are involved and there are other images in the pipeline based around movement and children.
Also enjoyed life painting last week for the first time in 40 years! Need a lot more practice with that one, but very stimulating.