Green, red and brown

I am about to start packing up my studio.  My fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation has come to an end and I am taking stock.  I have spent a great deal of time looking at seaweed and rocks.  Having never lived by the coast,  I really enjoyed exploring these resilient  plants at low tide.  In the studio I experimented rather than producing finished work.  I am leaving with lots of ideas, creative energy and excited to begin my next project.  I am sure seaweed will make an appearance in my work soon.  Another artist mentioned that fellowships give you the …

Seaweed inspired thoughts

I am completing an artist fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland.  I have spent the last few days exploring the coastline collecting seaweed, meeting a local seaweed harvester, eating seaweed and even bathing in it!  Some words I jotted down in my sketchbook around seaweed – conceal, reveal, beautiful, resilient, cold, tenacious, delicate, salty, peppery, hidden, mysterious, green, red, brown, black, secretive, glisten, metamorphose, cold…  I plan to begin drawing inspired by these incredible plants.      

Private View of Layered Drawing Exhibition at NLCS

It was great to share artwork completed during my Artist Residency at NLCS with a new audience. I enjoyed meeting old NLCS girls who recognised the locations of where I took rubbings that were incorporated in my work from around the school.  I had many lively conversations about the titles of the artwork, the history of Canons Estate and the role art plays in education.  Huge thanks to all at NLCS. Layered Drawings  Photography by Graham Ryder  

Drawing in the rain

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is like stepping into a Constable painting.   There is a house of elegant proportions, rolling emerald green grasses that leads the eye to a lake where six swans live.  The light is pure and whiter than I am used to in London.  When the sun is not hidden behind candy-floss clouds dramatic shadows appear on the landscape.  Standing in front of the steps leading to the house there is a sense that in some strange way time has paused. After the solitude of my day in the studio and exploring the grounds I look …

Artist Residency, NLCS

Having spent 10 days at North London Collegiate School I had forgotten the buzz and noise that takes place every 35 minutes.  There is a rhythm to the school day.  NLCS has an incredible art department with talented practicing artists teaching.  I had a space allocated to me just by the entrance.  This enabled me to share my work and interact with the students. I usually prefer to create work alone in my studio.  This was a completely different environment and I enjoyed a new perspective of sharing work in progress.  There is an energy and vibrancy in the art …

Ballinglen Arts Foundation

I have returned from windswept County Mayo in Ireland where I was awarded a Fellowship from Ballinglen Arts Foundation.  I was given a wonderful studio with north facing windows and a characterful cottage.  I have always dreamt of time and space away from all distractions to focus entirely on my work.  At first I found this confronting.  However once I began drawing, exploring the area, meeting other artists and locals, I loved it! The harsh Atlantic winds sculpt the landscape.  Trees arch at unusual angles hanging on for dear life and the cliffs are monumental.  I began collecting plants and …