Tuesday 24 May 2011

Black Irises

My black irises have been magnificent enough for me to get my paints out. I will be teaching students these drawing and painting skills as part of the Flora and Fauna mixed media summer school run in conjunction with Horsley Printmakers ( www.horsleyprintmakers.co.uk). The course runs from Thurs 11th - Sunday 14th August.

Tuesday 17 May 2011


Us Overlap artists are having a preview/ open evening on Monday 23rd May for an exhibition we have at Shepherds Dene near Riding Mill. It is not only a chance for you to meet the artists but also a rare chance to peek inside this beautiful Arts and Crafts house which is now a retreat centre. Details below.

Sunday 15 May 2011

Ben Nicholson

I have been researching Ben Nicholson's work in preparation for a still life course I am teaching in July ( its also fully booked I'm afraid). Here are my mixed media/ print making responses to his work.

Thursday 12 May 2011

Textile Collage

The Textile Collage workshop that I will be running at Horsley on June 25th is now fully booked and with a waiting list for places. If you were desperate to take part or if this date didn't suit you then don't worry I will be running other courses in the Autumn. Leave your email/ contact details in the comments box and I will get in touch with you when the dates are finalised.

Friday 6 May 2011

Summer Breeze

Its good to be able to have the studio window open..........


Monday 2 May 2011

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Yesterday I went to THE GARDEN OF COSMIC SPECULATION at Portrack House in Scotland. This interesting garden was designed by Maggie Keswick and her husband Charles Jencks and is open once a year to raise money for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. The garden is sculpted and controlled with earth mounds, lakes, bridges and architecture but I am not sure I really liked it much. I am more of a cottage garden sort of girl......

The natural landscape seems to be much more interesting and it was a joy to revisit a favourite coastal walk from Rockcliffe along to Portling and back.