Thursday 14 December 2017

and a happy new year!!!!
Hope you all enjoyed the snow and quickly got your paints out....
(its like being on holiday... you get out all the kit and the moment has passed...)

Just a quick note.
Last days in the studio this year: Next Tuesday 19th and next Wednesday (both morning and evening) 20th.

we reconvene on the Wednesday 3rd of January 2018.. Both evening Life Drawing and morning Art Class..(anyone who is raring to get stuck in who usually comes on a Tuesday is welcome to come along on Wednesday morning instead.!)... I guess we better have a few less biscuits to sustain us. HO HO HO!!! (there's a theme emerging must be the Christmas spirit!)

ALSO....Stuck for the perfect present....(for yourself or someone else!)
I am planing a
Six week Portrait Painting Course. 
February 15th - March 22nd. 2018
Thursday mornings. 9.30 - 12.30
Lots of Demonstration and tuition, (Coffee or tea and biscuits naturally)
I want us to explore the form, accuracy, pallet and hopefully work towards developing your own style.
£160 the whole course. (Payment up front please so I can secure the model)
Places limited to 8 people- but we can go ahead with six.
email me to secure a place.

Look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Friday 10 November 2017

The Glimpses from the Souk develops.

Embedding the collage; As this develops I find I am thinking of memory's, how they merge. The images I thought I was looking for; the tiles, even the carpets, are becoming less important and its the journey through the space that interests me. The dark and light, (as ever) the object are secondary.
The Market in Essoera was different from the one in Rabat. In Essoera there were defined halls fro food, spices, jewellery, whereas Rabat the food vendors were on the street mixed in among the dry goods. the beads and shoes hung in racemes from the doorways. I am returning to Rabat in December, I'll take new photos with this project in mind.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Glimpses from the souk

Returning from Morocco last May I wanted to make some work but was overwhelmed with material.
From time to time I can't work. Myriad of reasons. Too much stuff in the head, too much work in the studio... don't want to make more to add to this, plus all the other paintings and art around, why create even more!!!!
Then I couldn't get my show about Leo off the ground. So I felt ... whats the point, etc etc....

Anyway this passes, it always does, and images of my trips to Essaouira and Rabat in Morocco kept arriving in my mind. They processed, composted slowly in the brain, tap tap tapping until I sat at the computer and sorted and cropped and sorted some more.

I printed some out.
I want to make a whole that feels like snippets and glimpses as I explore the alleys and markets of the souk...

Markets have been part of my life, my family always worked on the markets selling clothes, some of my earliest memory s are of rails of garments and vans and calls. I lived in a flat on Walthamstow market for ten years, the rattle of the stalls being set out at 5 in the morning, mixed with my dreams.
So the souk is not so 'other', for me it's a return.

I plan to try to be loose, slightly random, to add old fabric and tissue paper in with my paint.

Here are the starting points. Must try not to get too tight or accurate... keep it as glimpses.

Saturday 7 October 2017

Hooray, hooray,

Hooray, hooray, been to see the Waterfront gallery at the university in Ipswich and we can have an exhibition of 'Under the Skin ' ..we have the gallery from February 1 -24th ish. 2018. It is Ipswich LGBT month, So lots of community engagement can happen. It's champagne tonight and then get down to work, planning, getting funding partners and getting it out there! hooray!!!!

Tuesday 13 June 2017


Its so hard to get exposure for an idea that hasn't come from the organization... everyone has their own agenda of course, I understand that... But if we painters can only show through commercial galleries.... where is the place to show our exploration of complex, issue based concepts.....! (sorry for little rant!) (and a huge thank you Robin Peters for the offer of his gallery in 2019 ...which we will certainly do. ) I'm hoping for a mini tour... still working on it.

Wednesday 10 May 2017

All day Life Drawing and Painting Workshop Weekend Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September

Hi everyone,
Here's a date for your diary.
I know its ages away but at the beginning of September, Blue and I are going to run an
 All day Life Drawing and Painting Workshop Weekend
to get you back into the swing of it.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 10  am - 4 pm.
 Over this two day workshop, we will be looking in depth at the rhythms and flows of the human form, exploring a variety of techniques, mark making and poses in the mornings, and a long pose in the afternoon. The long pose will be repeated on the second day so you can really work on it.

I will provide paper, charcoal and basic paint, so you can explore and experiment, but you may want to bring your own pastels, acrylics or oil paint, (Sansodor or equivalent, as a medium) and brushes, pallets, canvas etc. to really take advantage of the two-day long pose.

There will also be tea, coffee and biscuits, (of the nicest kind of course) but please bring a packed lunch.

You can book directly with eventbrite   Click here to go to the page!

 Places will be limited to 10 max....
Please spread the word

Sunday 19 March 2017

Demo at East Ipswich Camera Club

a lovely email from East Ipswich Camera Club

 'On behalf of East Ipswich Camera Club I would like to thank you for your wonderful demonstration last night.  We had some very good feedback from some of our members saying how much they had enjoyed the evening.'

thanks to Lana for being a fab model here is her website so you can checkout her photographs.

Sunday 12 March 2017

Latest Paintings in the Leo project


                       A large mixed media piece on perspex inspired by the chrysalis photo shoot.

Friday 10 February 2017

I think I have finished the perspex piece

(Please forgive the easels in these photos... (it was hard to photograph.)

So, They will be suspended with a little gap between them so the viewer can walk through.

Monday 6 February 2017

I am still fighting with the perspex but I'm getting closer....

 The piece has two sides. Here is the Gender side. I am still working on it. 

 So, I think I am happier with this. I have painted with oil paint on the perspex to make it more subtle and have a Renaissance feel. It still needs hair and perhaps more work on the face but I don't want to loose the abstract, transparent quality and a sense of movement. Now have to add Leos poems.
Earlier stages are below. (working backwards.)
I have flipped the piece and it is more subtle. I have removed the lower limbs. I added a smaller box for the figure to break out of.

Various stages of the face, I found the plastic stained glass paint was a bit unwieldy, I couldn't get enough subtlety. 
Here the 'Skin' is changed to a breast and more detailed painting.
This side of the piece is representing gender and has the figure holding his skin like St Bartholomew  in the painting by Michelangelo of The Last Judgement on wall of the Sistine Chapel

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Getting to grips with the perspex.

Its been a struggle, but I think I'm getting there.
This piece focusing on gender

This on disability.
They have been greatly enhanced by Leos poetry.
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