Sunday, 6 March 2016

Fresh Horizons

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I haven’t posted my work for a while and now is a good time to do it as I’m starting to look at fresh ground for inspiration namely the haunting landscape of the coastal strip near my home. Some of these images come from past drawings and textiles but I’ve resurrected them to help me make connections with recurring interests – a bit like rearranging a pin board in my studio which you might have seen before.

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Steart Point protrudes into the confluence of the River Parett as it flows into the Severn Estaury, just beyond Bridgwater.


This recently re-landscaped area is being returned to an earlier state of wetland and is gradually being allowed to be reclaimed by the sea. It is now called Steart Marshes and is mangaed by the Wildlife and Wildfowl Trust. My village of Cannington is just over the hill, seen below.


It is a beautiful and peaceful area to walk around at any time of day to note the changes in the tidal water levels and seasons to see differences in the habitat and the wildlife that visits. Close up details of water edges are repeated in distant horizons.




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Wooden hides, constructed around ‘containers,’ give good viewing points and places to draw  and enjoy watching the birds, the clouds, the water, the wet mud of this beautiful wild place.

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Marks in the mud can become stitch marks.


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Movement and sound.  Distorted silhouettes. Layers and after-images suggest birds in flight.

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I aim to post more after each visit to Steart Marshes to record my observations, so keep an eye on this blog.

Thursday, 21 January 2016


Welcome to 2016 and my new-found blog set-up programme  – Open Live Writer


Wishing you a very happy and creative New Year .

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

‘On the Edge’

An exhibition by Stitch Textile Artists, the exhibiting group formed from members of my masterclass. We meet twice a year for weekends at the Ammerdown Centre, near Radstock, Bath. Members have usually completed studies in embroidery but wish to continue their individual work with the support of this group.

Group exhibitions are organised to encourage work to be resolved and completed. Our current exhibition, ‘On the Edge’ is at Ilminster Arts Centre, Somerset until Saturday (14.30) 8th August 2015.

Gallery information – TA19 0AN 01460 54973

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This collection of photos was taken before the gallery opened to the public.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Summer Drawing Project – Lesson 12

You are asked to draw lines that suggest rhythm and movement across your sketchbook page; a new series of lessons to help you to add a sense of rhythm to your drawing and design work.
You might like to do a lot of these exercise with your eyes closed as you count a rhythm or listen to a piece of music.
The first lesson of this section asks you to work with a rhythm that you are familiar with, perhaps a dance like a waltz or fox trot, or a familiar song that you can identify a strong rhythm  – something you can hum to yourself or count to the rhythm of it’s beat, perhaps as you listen to it.
The waltz for instance will be a 1,2,3 with a pronounced and elongated first beat followed by the quicker ‘two’ and ‘three’ –
ooonnnne…..two, three,   ooonnnne…..two, three,   ooonnnne…..two, three, ooonnne....two, three...
See how difficult it is to describe it with words, but perhaps the marks on these pages below will illustrate the beat more clearly?
Use any markers you like – perhaps ones that reflect the character of your dance? Colours could be chosen for the same reason. Remember that this is the sort of line my brain thinks of when I think of a waltz; your line might well take a different shape. I also enjoyed thinking of the colours that I see when thinking of wide frothy skirts with layers of net. Again, you might like to make these marks standing up and let your body sway in time to the beat!
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Where do you place your lines of rhythmical marks on your sketchbook page? Does your rhythm suggest a continuous line, so maybe you make parallel lines across your sketchbook page?
The rhythm of this dance below is one that I’m learning in my belly dancing class and it’s done to a strong drum beat which ‘looks’ like this ------ perhaps the curved shapes represent the shape of rotating hips and the straight lines the steps. 
Two pages of lines that represent a familiar dance rhythm which you might recognise? The lines of rhythm on the left page are drawn downwards; the lines of rhythm on the right are done across the page, both based on the same rhythm.
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The same rhythm again but this time in a different colours and different crayons and water-soluble pencils.
Maybe your dance is one that is done around the edge of a room so you could choose to draw your rhythmical lines around the page? The rhythmical lines on the pages below are based on the drum beat of the belly dance; the left one that is done around the dance floor and the right one back and fore.
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Perhaps your rhythm increases or decrease at different stages in the dance? How could you suggest this – by leaving spaces between the lines? By making larger marks in your lines? The neat, fine lines in the page above here suggests a similar rhythm but the larger marks made with a wide paint brush suggest a similar rhythm but looks much more vigorous and energetic.Try to respond to the rhythm you have chosen and make your own decisions.
Try making your rhythm look stronger by cutting your page into bands and shifting and shuffling as below.
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So, put your dancing shoes on and make a start!
Lesson 13 will be published on Tuesday 5th August.