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.