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These are just a few of the lovely people I share space with at the Turner Dumbrell Workshops in Ditchling in the UK. We all have our own studios and workshops. I have been here for three years now and am so grateful to have my small space and this community of artists and makers,
At the moment we are preparing to open for Lewes Artwave - weekends in September 11 - 26.
It's quite a challenge as to how I can display my work and and still keep the Studio as a working area during the week.
I have been spending a lot of time painting these past months and neglecting the background work and actually its nice to be back here and be thinking of ways to bring something more to this space.
Creativity takes so many forms and it's really about what nourishes us and helps us to find our way and feel we are part of something more meaningful. I really enjoy my Instagram and please pop over and say hello (Link on the home page) But I would like the monthly Newsletter to be more personal and targeted around the work I do and why I am so committed to supporting others in having a creative practice.
I honestly feel that now, more than ever, finding connections and ways to support each other is so important. I can help with overcoming the initial blocks to carving out time for yourself and also to inspire ways of finding and keeping a creative practice that is deeply nourishing and personal to you.
I hope that over time as we get to know each other we can build connections and move towards a more mindful way of being in this world.
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Who knows why some images appeal
like these flowers
picked from the grass outside my Studio
last year ago
There is thick plastic resting on the window ledge
flakes of gesso and old paint, bits of plaster from the days
when I pressed flowers into clay and made prints. It feels
There is something in this softness
something that I have taken into new work
Mixing a tiny amount of this light yellow into turquoise paint
creates a colour
that always feels like a deep breath
like a wide, quiet beach
and bare feet
taken in a big shed
on a piece of land
that has watched a family
born and grow and return to dust
Artists have lived here, makers and dreamers. Rough hands who have worked the land.
This still life has been thrown together at the end of long days
it makes my heart hurt
these walls do talk
they absorb stories from ones so far back we barely remember them
and the stories become paintings
really how can words ever say
what these old corrugated walls hold
This old armchair sits in a shed. It rocks quietly, maybe, when the heavy door is shut.
I took photos when I went back. I was careful not to fall in the Well. There were timbers over the top and it might not be that safe.
The chair was heavy. With dust. With someone still there.
There is a wood stove in the corner, drums and white buckets. Gas bottles, they're everywhere.
Stories like lead. They sink.
They take you deep
There are footprints in the dust