Tuesday 29 July 2014

I've been to Zoes place amid the fabulous mountains again!

 I haven't written about the lovely time I had last week at my pal Zoe's place down in the south of France last week...I've been so engrossed with the painting of the studio to get it ready for the classes and exhibition in September.
Zoe lives up in the mountains in an old water mill. Woofers come and help her with the huge vegetable garden and the ongoing building projects. (Both of which have come on a pace, as her grown up children, having finished their studies, have returned home to live for a time,- life in the art world being as it is at the moment...)
It was a holiday of contrasts.
Isolation, I swam in the mountain pools, walked in the countryside, the we drove for hours to a busy tourist spot by the sea. One day I was privileged to attend a birthday feast; tables pushed together, in a tumbled down courtyard under the shade of the fig trees. Complete with stripy tops and guitar music. Then the next we listened to three friends of Zoe's recording jazz in the living room at at ex pats smart converted barn. We bought goats cheese and merguez at a tiny farmers market, attended a festival in the market square of La Grass until the early hours, enjoying the music of  'Bobs not dead' (a punk lad with a guitar) and 'Lo Jo'..a band I have seen here at home in Ipswich. We heard an aged pianist and huge German trombonist playing Shubert in the tiny church at Mont Joi...
I took photos for paintings inspired as ever by the beautiful light and simplicity and charm of Zoe's home.

Perhaps for me the highlight was, as ever, the solitary times down at the river. A scramble down a hidden path to the waters edge. I sat watching the play of dark and light, the song of the birds, the music of the water. I entered the pools, swam naked amongst the trout and minnows...drying on the  the warm boulders. A dragonfly alighted on my finger, one ate his lunch on my knee...
Thank you Zoe, my friend for all these years...(since primary school...)
Fab time!

Saturday 26 July 2014

One coat of paint applied

and already The Studio looks fab!
Orlando helped me to paint it. Phew, a mammoth job in this heat.
The September Wednesday Night Life Drawing is already full up, so that's fantastic! Anyone wanting to come in October give me a call.
And... I am preparing a GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION ... for the Saturday13th September. I've aranged the artists, the music is planned... watch this space for details!

Tuesday 1 July 2014

New look for the studio....

I have had lots of enquiries about tutored life classes and I am happy to say I will be running them again from September in my soon to be refurbished and hopefully beautiful Studio.  My Tuesday morning 'Drop In' will continue and I hope to be offering all day workshops and demonstrations as well as the odd pop up exhibition. (Check out the new blog for more info about it all at http://thestudioipswich.blogspot.co.uk/ )

Here are the details of the Life Classes. Please tell anyone who you may think is interested and if you want to print off a couple and pop them in your favourite arty places that would be wonderful... I need to get the word out to make it a truly buzzing and vibrant space.

An opportunity to be adventurous and take a fresh look at life drawing with an experienced tutor and model; where is the weight, the dynamic, the flow?    Delve deeper into the human form.
        Classes are in four week blocks, starting on 3rd September and are incredibly good value at £48.00.
        Booking is essential as places are limited to 8, book by the end of  August to secure yours.
                   For more info check out the blog; http://thestudioipswich.blogspot.co.uk/
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