Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On the easel | Irish landscapes







The first land-(and sea-)scape is a recent commission, which prompted me to paint another one in the same format. I look at the first one, and certain elements and colours make me think of the writer Ali Smith, whose Desert Island Discs I was listening to while working on the painting and whose book How to be Both I read a few weeks ago.

These formed associations can be strong and lasting - the painting or drawing will bring back memories of whatever I was listening to at the time, down to flashes of sentences. That's why I am selective in what I listen to in the studio (no radio apart from Lyric FM) or work in silence.

Which makes me think, my students have no choice - I can only hope that my playlists of 'mellow music for the art classes' (the general consensus seems to be that background music is desired) do not offend anybody's audio/visual synthesising.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

'Such incredible loveliness'








A favourite passage from Frances Spalding's biography of Vanessa Bell (Tauris Parke, London, reprinted 2016, p. 268) and a scene from our holiday at my mother's house - my nephews' hats (1 & 2, no. 1 made by my sister) and my sister's hat (also her own creation) lined up on the piano awaiting the next outing in the sun.