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The Way of Beauty: Iona Workshop 2019

Iona view to Dutchman's Cap    first glimpse Iona
The Iona workshop, the Way of Beauty, will be held at Iona hostel, an award winning hostel with bunk bed accommodation in rooms of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 beds.
 It is a very beautiful holy Island with a great deal of history and natural beauty. It is a ‘thin’ place where your dreams and vision are likely to be enhanced.
The price is £550 per participant, which will include teaching/workshop work from 10 am – 3/4pm daily, with a short break for resting/individual work in the late afternoon or after lunch, then evening work after dinner from around 7.30 – 9.30pm. We can arrive anytime after 2 pm on Monday October 7th (gathering for tea and introductions at 4pm), and stay there until the morning of Friday 11th October (leaving by 11am).
The workshop will focus on beauty and will include drawing, writing, painting, walking, dreaming, shamanic journeying (for those who would like it) with drumming and guidance, night/evening walks, elemental work, laughter,  and time for solitude. The Island is not large or hilly so the walking is not too demanding or ever very far (although it is around 1 km+ from the jetty to the hostel on a single track level road).
This time we will bring our own food or buy from the Island shop, and either cook for ourselves or share meals/food preparation – keeping it simple.
Staples such as rice and pasta are often left by previous travellers, but we can’t rely on that….
Travel to Iona is quite easy. Train or coach to Glasgow then train to Oban, ferry to Mull, bus to Fionnphort, then ferry to Iona, then walk….
By car you drive to Fionnphort (by ferry from Oban first) then park in the free car park which is 5 mins walk away from the ferry to Iona.
Combining this workshop with a little tour of Mull or Skye would make a very good trip…both islands have very varied landscapes and are very beautiful.
If you would like to book a place on this workshop please email me your confirmation, and I’ll give you payment details –  k.walters@outlook.com
Deposits will be refundable up to 6 months before the workshop, i.e.  the end of March 2019. After that it might be hard for me to fill places as most people like to plan well ahead.
Also please give me your permission to share your email addresses and mobile numbers with other people who have registered for the course.
There are 4 places left on this workshop…friends are welcome to come together!
   North Beach Iona  thistles near Abbey Iona  Sheep on the north Beach, Iona
Kate teaching Iona medal shining   to flicker to release mother Oak gall ink and watercolour 24 x 31 cm Kate Walters 2016  girl saint with her bird and protector Oak gall ink on paper 24 x 16 cm Kate Walters 2016
Abbey Museum detail book of Kells installation   light

 

     The Iona workshop, the Way of Beauty, will be held at Iona hostel, an award winning hostel with bunk bed accommodation in rooms of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 beds. http://www.ionahostel.co.uk/  It is a very beautiful holy Island with a great deal of history and natural beauty. It is a ‘thin’ place… Read more »

Black Swan Open 2018

I’m very pleased to have my work included in this year’s Black Swan Open.

This work has been selected, together with a few supporting studies….

Fleshy Nest Watercolour 2018 KW approx 50 x 65 cm small file Black Swan

I’m very pleased to have my work included in this year’s Black Swan Open. This work has been selected, together with a few supporting studies….

Agora Gallery Press Release

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For the British artist Kate Walters painting is a shamanic experience that emerges from deep from the collective feminine unconscious. Like a shaman, she plumbs the depths of the psyche to tap into the source of the most archaic human imagery so as to render it anew for the contemporary world. If Walters lists the artists Joseph Beuys and Bracha Ettinger, alongside the Jungian psychologist Marie-Louise von Franz as her influences, it is because her paintings continue in their steps and add to their legacy.

Walters is particularly interested in the recovery of the sacred feminine principle. She believes that the masculine warrior culture has coopted femininity, disrupting natural balance. Her delicate yet powerful watercolors work to restore this balance. To this end, paintings like 
Mother on Tree with Bird and Deep Space with Infant refer to organic shapes, the female body in its connection to nature, fertility, cyclical time, and life and death processes. In the words of Dr. Richard Davey, Walters’ paintings are “vehicles through which we are pulled into formlessness,” “encounters with the ephemeral,” and depicting the body as “free of physical constraints, floating in interconnected communion with the universe.”
Memory KW 50 x 70cm 2018 small file  In the beginning Kate Walters Watercolour 2018 approx 40 x 30 cm Artrooms
Deep Space, Infant KW 2018 50 x 70 cm small file
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THE GHOST TIDE

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Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Thames-Side Studios,
Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Woolwich,
SE18 5NR

www.thames-sidestudios.co.uk

EXHIBITION DATES 20 October – 3 November
GALLERY OPENING HOURS Thurs-Sun 12pm – 5pm
OPENING PARTY Friday 19 October 6pm – 8.30pm

Gen Doy performance 7.30pm

The Ghost Tide – coinciding with the festivals of Hallowe’en, All Souls and the Day of the Dead – takes as its starting point the perspective that ghosts exist as an idea, or as part of a belief system, across cultures, across national borders and throughout recorded history. Most languages contain words to describe the ghost, spirit or immaterial part of a deceased person. Often, these words – like the type of ghost they describe – have traversed borders and been assimilated across cultures.
The exhibition, situated next to the Thames Barrier in South-East London, evokes ghosts as a migratory tide, washed up along the shore of the Thames their historical baggage in tow. It also explores the presence of artists in this part of London, as a migratory tide of creative flotsam and jetsam which ebbs and flows as the city gentrifies and develops.

Featured works include sculpture, installation, film, sound, performance and wall based works. The exhibition will include installations and outdoor interventions, as well as public events.
The Ghost Tide features works by over 30 UK and international artists.

Artists featured: Andrea G Artz, Chris Boyd, Davies, Monaghan & Klein, Gen Doy, Sarah Doyle, Graham Dunning, Diane Eagles, Andrew Ekins, Charlie Fox, Katie Goodwin, Kio Griffith, Miyuki Kasahara, Calum F Kerr, Rob La Frenais, David Leapman, Liane Lang, Toby MacLennan, Laura Marker, Joanna McCormick, Josie McCoy, Jane Millar, Output Arts, Miroslav Pomichal, Brothers Quay, Anne Robinson, Edwin Rostron, Matt Rowe, Sarah Sparkes, Charlotte Squire, Sara Trillo, Yun Ting Tsai, Kate Walters, Patrick White, Heidi Wigmore, Neale Willis, Mary Yacoob, Neda Zarfsaz.

About the Curators: Monika Bobinska is the director of CANAL, which organizes exhibitions and art projects in a variety of settings. She is the founder of the North Devon Artist Residency.
Sarah Sparkes is an artist and curator. She leads the visual arts and creative research project GHost (initiated in 2008), curating an on-going programme of exhibitions, performances and inter-disciplinary seminars interrogating the idea of the ghost.

CURATORS’ TALK Saturday 20 October 3pm – 4pm
DAY OF THE DEAD CLOSING PARTY Saturday 3 November 2pm – 7.30pm


Papel Picado Workshop 2pm – 5pm   Make your own Day of the Dead ‘cut – outs’ with artist Sarah Doyle. Suitable for all ages, materials provided
Performances and Artist Led Walk 2pm – 5pm  Charlie Fox, Calum F Kerr, Joanna Mccormick, in and around the gallery
Day Of The Dead Feast  5pm – 6pm   Refreshments served
International Film Screening 6pm  Screening of short films in the gallery: Chris Boyd, Liane Lang, Brothers Quay, Yun Ting Tsai and Neda Zarfsaz

For more information, contact us on l 0786 606 3663 | 07900 208 711 |
theghosttide@gmail.com
www.ghosthostings.co.uk | www.canalprojects.info

Monika Bobinska | Sarah Sparkes

0786 606 3663       07900 208711 

The Ghost Tide #theghosttide
Thames-Side Gallery www.thames-sidestudios.co.uk
20 October – 3 November    Gallery open Thur-Sun 12-5pm
PV: Friday 19 October 6-9pm, with performance by Gen Doy at 7.30pm
Curators’ talk: Saturday 20 October 3-4pm
Papel Picado papercut workshop: Saturday 3 November 2-5pm (suitable for all ages)
Closing feast: Saturday 3 November 5-6pm
Film screenings & performances: Saturday 3 November 6-7.30pm
 

  Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Thames-Side Studios, Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Woolwich, SE18 5NR www.thames-sidestudios.co.uk EXHIBITION DATES 20 October – 3 November GALLERY OPENING HOURS Thurs-Sun 12pm – 5pm OPENING PARTY Friday 19 October 6pm – 8.30pm Gen Doy performance 7.30pm The Ghost Tide – coinciding with the festivals of Hallowe’en, All Souls and the Day… Read more »

New work, aiming for far shores….and London, and Edinburgh…and pictures of my exhibition at Herrick Gallery, from last Autumn…

I’ve had a productive Summer, with many lovely long days in my studio. I’ve been listening to music each day, especially by  young counter-tenors Filippo Mineccia and Jakob Jozef Orlinski. The timbre of the music helps me to find the clarity I need to work well. Shetland continues to inspire me and I hope to return there before long.

I also realised I haven’t posted pictures of the show at Herrick Gallery last October. So here they are!

Framed works sequence Herrick Gallery 2017 Spirit Sequence Herrick Gallery Oct 17 Kate at Herrick Gallery show October 2017  Horse Sequence Herrick Gallery Oct 17  Lone babe sequence Herrick Gallery Oct 17

My work will soon be represented in New York which is very exciting news….

and I’ve an exhibition opening at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh on February 28th, 2019. The exhibition will host the launch of my new book, Shetland Notebooks.

Here are a few examples of new work…which is mostly on a larger scale…

Ascending Figure with ghost bones KW 30 x 42 cm 2018 small file Child with Earth Fragment 50 x 70cm 2018 KW Deep Space, Infant KW 2018 50 x 70 cm small file All the cords KW 2018 50 x 70 cm small file Bird with boy Ghost in Lapis KW 50 x 70cm 2018 small file Foetus with throat and crown cords KW 2018 50 x 70cm small file Ghost with cocoon KW 2018 30 x 42 cm small file Horse with Breast Mountain on Lapis Lake  Matrix Cave Dream 50 x 70 cm KW 2018 small file Memory KW 50 x 70cm 2018 small file Sequence 1 KW 70 x 100cm 2018 Watercolour small file

 

 

I’ve had a productive Summer, with many lovely long days in my studio. I’ve been listening to music each day, especially by  young counter-tenors Filippo Mineccia and Jakob Jozef Orlinski. The timbre of the music helps me to find the clarity I need to work well. Shetland continues to inspire me and I hope to… Read more »

Jam on the Marsh, July 2018, Romney Marsh

Angelica at Dungeness

After a long and hot drive via a swim at Charmouth (very hot car without air-conditioning!) and staying overnight with friends in Dorset, I arrived on the beautiful Romney Marsh. Even as you leave Rye something changes. It’s like stepping back in time: the roads narrow, become twisty; there are railway tracks with barely any gates; animals graze in mixed herds on flat land and there’s a painter’s sky. You glimpse fine churches with sloping roofs dating back over a thousand years; vegetables for sale beside the road, and a sense of mystery in the air. I was welcomed by Angie, Richard and Fred – and their very beautiful flowers – tall sentinels, silent songs….

Beach at Littlestone  Hollyhock peach  cropped hollyhock small file

I’d barely arrived when it was time to go to St. Nicholas Church in New Romney for a programme of music performed by voces8 and the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir.

Driving down the motorway in the on the way I’d listened to Radio 3 and heard a marvellous piece sung by voces8 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b8bk8z )- I’d wept as I drove, thinking, ‘how on earth am I going to work tonight, to not cry?!’

I found myself a place to sit near the front,  to one side, where I hoped to be unobtrusive. I was working with the sound of the music, rather than the visual aspect, at this stage. I found a little table and placed my watercolour sticks, oil pastels and sketchbooks within easy reach. It was important that I did not make a sound to disturb the performers or the audience – I was very mindful of this and felt that I hardly breathed during any of the performances!

Inside St Nicholas church  listening to Vespers with Bird

Here are some notes I made during the concerts:

voces 8: 

Angels are here, in the air moving down with the sound. Golden sound.

The song is made of colour.. mother folds it all in.. 

Magnificat brings halo and a great crown of many horns and foliage boughs

Moondance – a drawing of a golden child/chrysalis – power of music to liberate, to enhance movement towards individuation

 

Ave Maria  – holding form, enclosing form, comfort; also bridge, all-seeing eye;

Dove: In beauty may I walk – orange band, vertical figures/strokes

 I hear song; I create ground

Music forms a Spirit cloud above, impregnates the ear, is born in cells; I can make myself a safe ground in sound.

The human voice was prominent on this first evening.  I felt a golden quality, a purity, a roundness, a bell-like resonance. The following day I sat in Angie and Richard’s lovely kitchen and began to work from my notes and my quick drawings. What emerged were watercolours in yellows and golds, exploring what happens to the cells of the body as the music is heard and absorbed. Listening to the music, feeling it tranforming the body, had the effect of instilling in me the feeling that I could create my own ground, a safe ground, through it’s transforming and purifying qualities. It’s like having every cell of one’s being stroked and restored.

Angie Rose smaller file   Golden Song Riding on the Wings of Song

I was also feeling that the music provided wings which could carry and support, like a marvellous etheric horse….or bird… or winged creature… like this moth, an elephant hawk moth, which I found one night in the house where I was staying…

Moth with watercolours small file     Moth elephant hawk

The beautiful pink and greeny gold of its wings and fur inspired me to soften my palette. I am always influenced by the beauty of Nature which I find around me when I work; most mornings in Littlestone I walked and took in the beauty of the air, the squealing swifts, the red tower, the open beach, the grey-green sea foliage, the white dog, and the black horse…

Tower with swifts    Boat at Dungeness KW 2018 Nessie    Foliage 20180707_171745   BBC Singers taking a bow

Rachmaninov Vespers

was performed by  the BBC Singers conducted by Michael Zaugg. It was remarkable. I was fortunate enough to hear some of the rehearsal, and I was struck by the intense ‘Russianness’ of the singing, and of the deep mood. I had a good position to one side, and I made a number of drawings and quite a few notes:

The force of the music pushing against my chest is explored through a series of quick drawings. The power and richness of the sound provides a body/earth-opening/splitting implement. 

The song finds the earth’s navel, hollows it out, makes a nest. Has a round end like the tip of a colossal thigh bone resting in the earth’s newly made socket….

and the earth is opened by song; when the air itself sings it wraps the human form, makes it new.

Song finds earth's navel    when the air itself sings

 Heart meets song; extends vision. Pierced by music. Makes me two;splits me in half (initiation).

Journeys into itself, bids us accompany.

Swift squeal in sky above. Purity. 

Roof breast for/to sky

Roof as woman’s body

Sky drinks milk

the bones below

Flesh floats up

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 I think of the steppe, of tightness in the chest; waiting.

Hum, chatter, waiting for the deep, the song sea, the high, the bathing of spirit

- song as air become liquid to bathe the spirit.

We are sung into being.

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giving birth to babe through song small file  Baby singing herself small file KW

Infant singing herself

Bach 48 

this was a wonderful day in two churches – one in the fields, in the quiet, surrounded by tall stems and grasses and wind (St. Mary the Virgin church, St. Mary in the Marsh); the other in the atmospheric St. Leonard’s Church of Hythe, with it’s fine organ and Ossuary.

Gothic arch Ossuary 2018  the ends of thigh bones  Skull with nest  The Ossuary Hythe KW 2018 JAM

Drawings of Linda Nicholson (the brilliant keyboard player)becoming a raptor, a fierce focussed bird crouched over the keyboard as she plays.

Organ:  reverberations cause the body fluids to move, to change, to flow: the body flows. 

Music perceived as pink; pink substance imprinting the cells – music as doorway, the opener of the channels..two sequences coming together, as my dream of two separated poles winding together and apart at the same time, making a sequence of new animals on the greeny-blue gel which is moving between them… 

Music as bridge over swimming souls.

The organ reaches out to me, wrapping air in gold  

I rest in the flood and

Air bunches in prayer. 

Notes as nodes in a net of sound

 

Rocking a baby

Deep comfort

A safe father

Fatherly in a kind way

Reaching across

Purity

Different emotional qualities of voice and organ

Organ resonates deeply with the cells of my body: I sob.

Kneeling Horse with Infant  Horse with Sea Crown watercolour

On the last Saturday I worked with my ‘hollow bone’ technique, using my drum and monotype equipment, with people in Sussex and Kent who had booked to have a session with me. The work is sacred, powerful and confidential, so I will not write about any details here. Grahame Davies, the Welsh poet worked alongside me and contributed his own experiences to the participants. It worked very well.

Oil on monotype glass KW JAM small file

On the last night in New Romney, I gave myself the treat of sitting in the front row, near the London Mozart Players. As I was so close I knew I couldn’t use anything wet. I also didn’t have a table, so I just worked with my notebooks and pencils, and this time, more in respnse to the movements of the conductor than to the way the music affected me. Daniel Cook contains a lot of energetic charge in his body when he conducts, and it was a great pleasure to draw him – but I had to be very quick! I also made a few drawings of a fine young soloist from the Mousai Singers.

Before the performance  Daniel Cook conducting 10 second sketch KW 2018

Faure: Daniel Cook – wing pressing on ear – this is where I spent the time concentrating on the movements of individual bodies in response to music.

Mantas’ Serenade for Strings: the notes are crying; like a carpet for sleeping; the music strokes my arms (I wrote these words before reading about the music and its’ inspiration/dedication)

 

quick drawing of Daniel KW 2018   Soloist quick drawing KW JAM 2018  soloist small file

On the final day there was an exhibition of works in progress, and in the afternoon Grahame and I gave a talk about creativity, inspiration, and dreams. Grahame read aloud some of his poems, and I spoke about a few of the works I’d made, and about the process of working alongside classical music.

TalkTin Tab  Grahame reciting a poem 2018 JAM

Iona works on display  Tin Tab display  Tin Tab framed works  unframed works on display

On my way home I stayed near Eastbourne and I caught the train to London – so I could go to the Queens’ Gallery to see the exhibition of Mughal Paintings – I’m a big fan! and it didn’t disappoint…

Goache painting Indian sub continent

and I was entranced by the golden lilies in my aunt’s garden…

golden lily gift smaller file

which continued the golden theme…and then there was West Bay in Dorset… 

West Bay gold

and finally another reminder of beloved Shetland… a fish box seen by the harbour at West Bay…

fish box

After a long and hot drive via a swim at Charmouth (very hot car without air-conditioning!) and staying overnight with friends in Dorset, I arrived on the beautiful Romney Marsh. Even as you leave Rye something changes. It’s like stepping back in time: the roads narrow, become twisty; there are railway tracks with barely any… Read more »

Circumcising the Heart

When we went to Assisi, a few years ago, we stayed with a Franciscan brother. Each morning he rose early to say prayers in the little chapel before breakfast.

One morning I joined him for prayers, and I found it an intense and moving experience. He read from Deuteronomy, and I was shocked at the power of the image revealed by the words:

“Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked…” Deuteronomy 10:16.

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When we went to Assisi, a few years ago, we stayed with a Franciscan brother. Each morning he rose early to say prayers in the little chapel before breakfast. One morning I joined him for prayers, and I found it an intense and moving experience. He read from Deuteronomy, and I was shocked at the… Read more »

Workshop on Iona October 2019

Kate teaching Iona medal shining   Sheep on the north Beach, Iona  first glimpse Iona
 Iona workshop details planned for October 7th – 11th 2019. 
The Iona workshop, the Way of Beauty, will be held at Iona hostel, an award winning hostel with bunk bed accommodation in rooms of 3, 4, 5, or 6 beds.

 

The course on Iona must have 9 participants to run, with a maximum of 12.  I already have three confirmed participants.

 It is a very beautiful holy Island with a great deal of history and natural beauty. It is a ‘thin’ place where your dreams and vision are likely to be enhanced.
The price is £550 per participant, which will include teaching/workshop work from 10 am – 3/4pm daily, with a short break for resting/individual work in the late afternoon or after lunch, then evening work after dinner from around 7.30 – 9.30pm. We’d arrive anytime after 2 pm on Monday October 7th (gathering for tea/introductions at 4pm), and stay there until the morning of Friday 11th October (leaving by 11am).
The workshop will focus on beauty and will include drawing, writing, painting, walking, dreaming, shamanic journeying (for those who would like it) with drumming and guidance, night/evening walks, elemental work, laughter,  and time for solitude. The Island is not large or hilly so the walking is not too demanding or ever very far (although it is around 1 km+ from the jetty to the hostel on a single track level road).
This time we will bring our own food or buy from the Island shop, and either cook for ourselves or share meals/food preparation – keeping it simple.
Iona view to Dutchman's Cap           thistles near Abbey Iona
Travel to Iona is quite easy. Train or coach to Glasgow then Oban, then ferry to Mull, bus to Fionnphort, then ferry to Iona, then walk….
By car you drive to Fionnphort (by ferry from Oban first) then park in the free car park which is 5 mins walk away from the ferry to Iona.
Combining this workshop with a little tour of Mull would make a very good trip…Mull has a very varied landscape and is very beautiful.
If you would like to book a place on this workshop please email me your confirmation ( k.walters@outlook.com), and I will send you details for payment of the deposit.
St. Oran's Chapel    sandy pool  Pennyghael Mull
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon. Do email me with any queries…feedback below on this blog – post October 2016.

       Iona workshop details planned for October 7th – 11th 2019.  The Iona workshop, the Way of Beauty, will be held at Iona hostel, an award winning hostel with bunk bed accommodation in rooms of 3, 4, 5, or 6 beds.   The course on Iona must have 9 participants to run, with a maximum… Read more »

May 2018 up-date – Tremenheere, Open Studios, Borlase Smart Room, Panel Discussion

 

WP_20170322_025   Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Be a gardener
Dig a ditch
toil and sweat
and turn the earth upside down
and seek the deepness
and water the plants in time.
Continue this labor
and make sweet floods to run
and noble and abundant fruits
to spring.                                                    Julian of Norwich

 

I’ve had a lovely weekend working in the garden with all the dozens of plantlets I’ve raised from seed. It’s been great to be out in the sunshine, with bare skin, the scent of soil and lily of the valley and honeysuckle, and the chorussing of sparrows and wrens. One of my special morning rituals this time of year is to take my breakfast outside into the greenhouse to watch my baby plants growing….I just stand there, being attentive, watching over them.

I’ve resumed my long-term residency at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, and each time I visit, I love the garden more. Last week I spent time sitting near a tree doorway for jackdaws, who were raising young.  I wrote notes and edited my writing from the past three years, hoping to make a book about my time in the garden to coincide with my exhibition in the gallery there in September 2019. I will be posting some images soon. For the moment they are gestating.

I’ve been enjoying working in series on pieces considering ancestors, how we carry traces of them in our bodies, and where energetic buds for the memory of them can be held in our bodies. These works will be shown at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh in March 2019 – when my new book the Shetland Notebooks will be launched.

Girl with own piece of ground Kate Walters 2018  Girl with own piece of ground

Infants with ancestor buds 1 image from sequence of 6  Infant with ancestor buds (part of a sequence, studio phone shot only)

I’m looking forwards hugely to the Panel Discussion on May 21st organised by Trewarveneth Studios, and featuring Professor Penny Florence and Dr. Ryya Bread. The discussion will explore Creativity and Openness. This event is kindly hosted by Newlyn Art Gallery, and will be part of Open Studios.

There are more details on our Facebook event feature. https://www.facebook.com/events/252956245271789/

I’m also listening to music in a more focused way, preparing for my residency with Jam on the Marsh in July, when I will tune into the music as it is played in the churches, and I will write and draw on site.

https://www.jamconcert.org/jam-on-the-marsh/

 

 

 

 

 

     Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Be a gardener Dig a ditch toil and sweat and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring.                   … Read more »

Exhibition at the Garden Gallery, Dartington, Devon…. & a Symposium…

 

Here is the link to art.earth….about the forthcoming exhbition….

http://artdotearth.org/exhibition-karen-lorenz-and-kate-walters/

 

 

Baby hears herself in song Kate Walters small file  Baby hears herself in song.

In the Garden Gallery, Dartington, I will be showing a series of works with my friend Karen Lorenz, opening April 12th (6 – 8 pm) and open until May 15th.

Some of my work will be new pieces influenced by time spent on Shetland, and some will be the works made pre-Shetland. I’ve recently been thinking more about my process …here are some thoughts and reflections…

I’m very interested in frequencies and energetic vibrations – and classical music which I listen to all the time. I am trained in classical shamanism and I have a lot of knowledge/experience related to that which I draw on.

I never draw from observation – apart from the line describing the crest of a hill or Head, or the curve of a geo….On Shetland I work & write from/in the landscape with my sketchbooks – but they are more to do with atmosphere and the spirit of place.
I ask the spirit of the place/work to show itself to me and then I work with it when it comes (I feel it in my body). I also look at these drawings/notes when at home in my Newlyn studio to help me key in to the purity and openness of Shetland; they become postcards to myself.
Regarding the horse, bird & human anatomy, I have always been keenly observant and I experience things/visual phenomena on a deep level of knowing which I draw on with my watercolours/paintings/writing. I rode, trained and worked with horses for many years and I learned to anticipate and see the tiniest traces of anything that might be afflicting them.
Baby Song Kate Walters   Baby song
My paintings and watercolours are about subtle phenomena finding a safe place to settle in order to manifest physically/psychically.
They are like birds or sky flakes coming to rest (this imagery comes from a recent dream).
This is why watercolour is so appropriate, as it is energetically light and pure. 
Shamanically, objects/pictures have to be alive to have power. The nature and quality of the power is very important.
  Mother As Source Kate W   Mother as Source
  Mother with pouch catches Baby   Mother with pouch catches baby
I avoid anything which feels spell-like or which emanates from a place which makes me feel uneasy. I rely on impluses/psychic antennae in my body to warn me. It is not an intellectual process.
People sometimes dream about my work. This is good as it means they – the pictures- are working. Dreams often inform my work by suggesting ways I can explain phenomena )as above). 
 
I love to be in wild places where human interference is faint – for example – the Outer Hebrides, Shetland, and Italian National Parks. I like to feel the bones of a place, where the spirit can shine and be bright. It is very important for the clarity of my vision and my dreams to visit these places as often as I can…..I’ll be returning to Shetland this Summer, and to the Dolomites soon after….
Baby with Spirit Parents of Song  Baby with spirit Parents of Song
I will be speaking about this embodied work at a Symposium on April 13th in Plymouth.
Details here:      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-embodied-experience-of-drawing-one-day-symposium-tickets-42563350126

  Here is the link to art.earth….about the forthcoming exhbition…. http://artdotearth.org/exhibition-karen-lorenz-and-kate-walters/       Baby hears herself in song. In the Garden Gallery, Dartington, I will be showing a series of works with my friend Karen Lorenz, opening April 12th (6 – 8 pm) and open until May 15th. Some of my work will be… Read more »