Had a lovely opportunity the other day from Studio 61.
They've flagged up some of my recent work, and done a mini interview. I love doing these - answering questions on the what, whys and hows. Its good for me to evaluate! Here's the link to the interview - and here's the answer to one of the questions that I particularly enjoyed answering.
What inspires you? "So many things!
I get inspired by the light around the coast; the sea, the landscape across our island. I am constantly inspired by the positive, energy-filled, encouraging people I’m lucky enough to know. The stories attached to places, both personal and historical, always influence and weave through my work.
I’m passionate about music in most forms and don’t usually paint without it. Also laughter, and light-heartedness… often caused by my brilliant, inspirational ducks."
Ah I'm excited about this one. I'll be working on four (three now!) large landscape canvases for the Hidden Histories exhibition in September. Here are my words to go with the paintings: "I was fascinated by some of the historical artefacts
chosen from Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and the City General Hospital. Some were
exquisite, some alarming, all heavy with stories.
The eye-test card was the perfect object to work from. I have
had corrective eye operations in the past, and consequently a long history of
visits to the opticians, struggling to decide whether one lens was clearer than
Sight is my most precious sense. The window of
the soul, facing the world, through which the world returns the stare. The card
signifies communication to me; visually recalling a beacon, or a powerful light
source. In much of my work I include the aerials, memorial towers and lighthouses
dotted around our wilder landscapes, beacons of communication themselves. The
lighthouse is the guidance, the hope when our eyes falter."
Here's my first painting - of Godrevy
Lighthouse in Cornwall. The canvases are 120cm wide and will dominate the space
within the corridor off the main entrance at the hospital. I want to make sure
the paintings have impact, whilst their light is warm and inviting.
Its foggy and what many people see as miserable outside - I love it - and about thirteen of us sat outside the bar at Hope Barton on the covered patio painting all day.
It was such a mixed group - ranging from a 9 year old to a GCSE student to holidaying professionals to retired ladies & gents. A couple had never really painted before. Its just so satisfying to watch people paint and realise what they can actually achieve, and how it makes them feel. There is something amazing about creating a unique object that will probably stick around longer than you! Painting to non-painters can carry so much mystique, and appear so much harder than it is. And many people just don't want to be seen doing it - for fear of ridicule.
I watched thirteen people create, fairly easily, about 30 strong, completely different paintings today. Did my demonstrations, taught some techniques, but was so gratified to see people take what I said and use it, rather than copy. None of the pieces looked like attempts at reproduction of my own.
Even got some video of the session filmed by my good friend Peter Kent! Will post, with photos of results, soon! For now stuck in a mobile-reception-free beauty spot... :)