Last week I gave a course at Newlyn School of Art where we looked at, researched, and worked with the sacred feminine principle. We considered what the phrase ‘working from the feminine’ might mean… we worked with the breath, with moving the awareness around the body especially the heart, navel, base centre and womb; we responded with drawings to music (Schubert Violin works), to poetry from for example Rilke (his poem about the womb muscles of flowers opening to receive the sun) and also from indigenous peoples and Ursula LeGuin.
I highlighted the need for inner quietness in order to ‘hear’ the quiet inner voices of self and created/coming into being…
We moved from intense inner work to practical work such as preparing size, whiting and making grounds upon which to work with paper and panel.
We also looked at the animals which are associated with the Goddess/sacred feminine from earlier times and from a range of cultures; and we looked into their possible significance.
I gave demonstrations of working with watercolour in such a way that the life of the work itself is given priority, where we step aside with our concerns and our ego and allow something else, previously unknown to us, to emerge.
Here are two testimonials/written responses to the Course:
Revelation sums up this unique course. Kate is an inspiration, sharing so generously and intelligently her subtle and sensitive approach to painting. She’s revealed a mysterious depth that has changed my art-making. Professor Tanya Krzywinska
I want to thank you offering such rich and inspirational guidance on your course this week. I so enjoyed every part of it, steeping in the music, poetry,references and the passion for life you bring to your teaching. I love the techniques of revealing the dreaming in the paint. I feel a subtle sleeping part of me re-emerging , a coming home feeling.
Immediate plans are afoot to make a studio in my home! M.W.
I will be teaching this course again at Newlyn School of Art on August 24th – 26th. All welcome.
Tanya working on the feminine course
Otter with her work
Megan with her work
Lovely work by Bennie
On July 11th I travel to Kent and on July 12th and 13th (both days 11 – 4 pm) I’ll be working in the lovely mediaeval Thomas a Beckett Church at Fairfield, inviting people to co-create with me: I will ‘tune into’ them with my drum, and then make marks/images/words in response to what I pick up from the experience. They will be able to take the drawings/monotypes away…this is the process I worked with when I made the original drawings for Marc Almond’s album The Velvet Trail…
Last week I gave a course at Newlyn School of Art where we looked at, researched, and worked with the sacred feminine principle. We considered what the phrase ‘working from the feminine’ might mean… we worked with the breath, with moving the awareness around the body especially the heart, navel, base centre and womb; we… Read more »