120505 laughing out loud

For those of you who are interested – like Vasari – in lives of the artists you can do two things; the first is to come along to our open studio weekend 1-4th June 2012 here in Worcester (see http://www.worcsartstrail.org) and see what we are up to (I’ll give you a hint: there’ll be mind boggling new abstract work at venue 32) and secondly to come along to Worcester Arts Workshop on the evening of Friday June 22nd to hear me talk about alcohol and its affects on the life of an artist as part of the evening of humour as part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival (see http://www.worcslitfest.com). I dare you not to laugh!


120414 The Hive

Today was a chance to step inside Worcester’s new Golden Hive for the very first time. It is a state of the art new library bang in the middle of the city where University students and the public will be welcomed equally and which will have an amazing new childrens’ library. Apparently. It opens in July and I can’t wait. It was a great opportunity to don my silly hat and read my childrens’ picture book, “My Magic Stick,” to a bijoux audience along with others from Worcester Writers’ Circle. My daughter was sitting in the audience on the front row and I truly appreciate the fact that she and her friend didn’t walk out. Thank you Sweetie, I’ll pay you later. 

An hour later I was on level one preparing to run a picture book making workshop in an orange pod with a yellow pod full of children on one side and a terracotta pod full of children tunnelling through story cubes on the other. Wow! Stereophonic children I thought. Imagine the surprise of my life when the workshop participants turned up and weren’t the seriouslyinterestedinwritingmyownpicturebookthankyouverymuch adults I’d envisaged and planned for but……….. more little people! So now I had quadrophonic children. Delightful! Suffice to say their ideas were far better than mine, their drawings far fresher and better, their natural marriage of pictures and text so brilliant and effortlessly created that I could easily have packed up and left them to it asking Walker Books to come on in and publish the lot. They really were that good. Each wonderful child left with their very own unique and original zig zag picture book. Well done kids! You should be running the country with creative ideas like that! And as for me I left feeling well and truly knackered but well and truly inspired which has to be THE best feeling.

110608 small is beautiful

The inaugural Worcestershire Arts Trail went really well; Paul and I met some lovely people and the four days went very quickly. I am sure that by next year there will be even more participants and even more people coming round. By next year we intend to have more drawings, prints and cards available. It felt good to be able to recommend other artist studios in the vicinity for interested parties to discover.

We then spent a magical few days on the coast in mid Wales catching up with the Museum of Modern Art in Macchynleth and sunbathing amongst the dunes in Aberdovey. The weather was kind and the wild natural beauty of the area delightful after being studio bound for the previous few days. Although we were camping we managed to find the nearest 4* hotel at lunch time and treat ourselves to the most delicious three course lunches you can imagine. This turned it into more of a glamping experience but goodness me, having left the kids behind who can blame us! Sadly however this week I now have to diet trying to lose all the extra pounds I put on. Ah well. It seemed a good idea at the time but boy! does sea air make you ravenous.

Now the inaugural Worcestershire Literary Festival is nearly upon us and we are busy framing paintings for the literary portrait exhibition we are holding here in our studios at 74 Battenhall Avenue. I am also going to be involved reading at Worcester Writers’ Circle events during the festival and being on the door selling tickets for some of the events, as well as running a picture book workshop with Karen King. But well done, Lisa Ventura, for organising it and getting it off the ground. Its good to have a cultural event going on in the city and I hope everyone tries to support it. There are so many interviews, workshops, book signings, readings taking place there is surely something for everybody. Small is beautiful this year but I am sure that by next year, just like the Arts Trail, it will have grown. Check out: http://www.worcslitfest.com for all the up to date details.

110410 Worcestershire Arts Trail

The Worcestershire Arts Trail was launched today with website and brochure now available. What is it exactly? Well, 25 Worcestershire artists and craftsmen are opening their studios to demonstrate what they do for 4 days at the end of May 2011. It has backing from the Lottery and Arts Council England and will be a showcase of makers’ talent. We too will be participating so look forward to welcoming visitors to our studios in Battenhall, Worcester. My goodness, what with the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral, an inaugural Worcestershire Literary Festival AND the Arts Trail Worcester is really putting itself on the cultural map this summer. And not before time.

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London

110407 Rear view

In this casual pose the model faces away from the viewer and could be walking away from us.

Tonight I went to Parole Parlate at Little Venice as part of Worcestershire Literary Festival and heard David Calcutt, Spoz and Roy Macfarlane amongst other; very interesting set of readings. Will go again.

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London