Monthly Archives: August 2014

BEEP Painting Prize, Swansea, Autumn 2014;pictures from Edinburgh

I was thrilled to hear this morning that this painting, the Bird My Brother, has been selected for this show.

2 The Bird, My Brother Watercolour on gesso-prepared   paper 58 x 53 cm for email

 

 

Here are some pictures from my talk at Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh) last Sunday:

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I spoke about how I need to be awake and attentive in my working practice. How I need to pay attention to the surface I am working on, and be prepared to enter into a conversation, and to watch for tiny signs to help me, and listen attentively. I need to practice constancy. I spoke about my garden, how I grow plants from seed in the greenhouse. I spoke about the dark soil of the garden, and the dark soil of my pictures, from which I coax things to emerge, and nurture them into maturity and fruitfulness.

When in Edinburgh I found a book I’d been wanting to read, the Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula Le Guin. I like this passage very much:

“From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and  in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.”

I was thrilled to hear this morning that this painting, the Bird My Brother, has been selected for this show.     Here are some pictures from my talk at Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh) last Sunday:   I spoke about how I need to be awake and attentive in my working practice. How I need to… Read more »

Workshop at Newlyn School of Art, on Drawing methods and materials and meanings

I had a very enthusiastic and generous group at Newlyn School of Art (run by Henry Garfit). I did a demonstration on making gesso and preparing paper and wood panels with it, then we did exercises using the breath and bodily impulses to generate images for development. We worked with subtle and faint traces of fragments of images which appeared.

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I had a very enthusiastic and generous group at Newlyn School of Art (run by Henry Garfit). I did a demonstration on making gesso and preparing paper and wood panels with it, then we did exercises using the breath and bodily impulses to generate images for development. We worked with subtle and faint traces of… Read more »

Picking blackberries

So I am home to the brilliant light, the warm air, the soft water. Thinking about my talk on 24th august in Edinburgh, preparing myself, drawing out the threads which I will develop, and hoping for a receptive audience.

The sun is shining, the garden is still full, although here and there collapse is beginning, the drawing down to earth of the green curtain. The gladioli spikes are just coming into flower though, they will keep the autumn at bay; and the bulbs I will soon sow hold promises of spring.

This morning I went for a walk with Betsy and I gathered many blackberries. My fingertips became as horses lips, gently feeling their way around the soft fruit, and lifting them clear of their stems, and the nettles. Last night I had a dream of a man, who was letting me know that no embraces from him would be mine; I asked him therefore to withhold his gazes, for they had been as kisses,and I could not bear them.

Dahlias

Dahlias

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

Hollyhock with bee

Hollyhock with bee

Wonderful luscious Italian tomato, grown from seed, always a miracle!

Wonderful luscious Italian tomato, grown from seed, always a miracle!

 

 

 

So I am home to the brilliant light, the warm air, the soft water. Thinking about my talk on 24th august in Edinburgh, preparing myself, drawing out the threads which I will develop, and hoping for a receptive audience. The sun is shining, the garden is still full, although here and there collapse is beginning,… Read more »

The blazing gaze, the quiet look.

Offering into my blazing gaze a trickle, a trace, a leaking from a containment. So I contain, I hold within all the forces which will not be soothed. No one comes to soothe. I am as a child again, there is no soothing, I do not learn to soothe myself. I turn to animals for their quiet gaze, and the sense of safety the garden offers, the trees with their enfolding branches, the stilled wings, the air made stiff but not stern, those branches which hold my gaze as I stare up at the sky, lying on the empty grass.

In my work there is the soothing between species, and I understand now that I look for it there: this soothing, this sense of safety, this loving tenderness I can receive from the horse, or the deer, or the dog, or the bird. There is also the physical contact, the warmth of skin on skin, stillness.

My blazing human gaze meets another human blazing gaze and my containment is breached. I leak, I want to pour; I am beside myself but no soothing comes. We do not speak. Or if we do I seem unable to hear you, I do not understand what you are trying to say.

A black and white nose slides along my thigh. Her warm breath and her doggy smell comfort me a little. She holds my gaze calmly, her eyes follow mine, stay with me.

Nagual Bliss

Nagual Bliss

Offering into my blazing gaze a trickle, a trace, a leaking from a containment. So I contain, I hold within all the forces which will not be soothed. No one comes to soothe. I am as a child again, there is no soothing, I do not learn to soothe myself. I turn to animals for… Read more »

Recent work

 

I’ve never been to Edinburgh so I am very excited to see and explore. I’d like to see the Chinese cicadas as well as visiting the collections in the major spaces.

Here are some pictures of recent work which will be going to Edinburgh:

All the Light of Heaven contained in her Body

All the Light of Heaven contained in her Body

Sharing one Flesh

Sharing one Flesh

then grasped my sky tree

then grasped my sky tree

 

 

  I’ve never been to Edinburgh so I am very excited to see and explore. I’d like to see the Chinese cicadas as well as visiting the collections in the major spaces. Here are some pictures of recent work which will be going to Edinburgh: