Another Dorset Art Weeks is here again!!!
I am frantically finishing work, preparing frames and making the studio and house ready for hanging. The weather is beautiful which lifts the mood and the garden … resplendent.
Though it is a trying and exhausting time to prepare and complete the transformation of my studio I am always amazed by how the garden and my work create a wonderful environment in which to relax and be creative.
Really … you should taste a little of it for yourselves.
Poplars near Lydlinch, 80 x 80cm
Though I have been busy painting, I am always more energetic when there is a deadline to prepare for. I am still unsure as to which of my recent works will be on show … all of them if there is room. But I have also been busy preparing work for another project which I shall tell you about a little later.
Sat 28 – Mon 30 May
Fri 3 – Sat 4 Jun
Fri 10 – Sat11 Jun
11am – 6pm • Fridays 2pm – 8pm
I have had one or two commissions recently and have enjoyed reacquainting myself with the local landscape after an exhausting battle with a local landowner, barring access to my usual walks. It has been a process of relearning, looking and listening as the landscape overwhelms me and I allow it wield the baton in my compositions.
The countryside all around is looking so lovely – so verdant and lush… every day the trees and hedges look greener. The oak in our garden is out before the ash in the field opposite – so – that means we are merely in for a splash I think!
One pair of Swallows are nesting, which is the same as last year. When we first came here there were a dozen pairs….
but – as Andre Dubus says….
‘We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude: and with that gratitude to embrace
with whole hearts whatever of life that remains after the losses”
I have gathered together a few photographs of how the garden has looked in summers past with one or two paintings which I hope you will enjoy.
Do come and visit while we are open… of course the work is fabulous and if the weather is fine then it will sow seeds of joy in your heart … I am lucky to live in such a wonderful place
Take A350 south of Shaftesbury. At Compton Abbas, soon after church, turn right small lane fingerpost Twyford, Hawkcombe half mile on Left.
One step, off road parking, gravel.
Rosegarden of Light
I have also been invited to collaborate with international composer Sadie Harrison to provide a series of works that complement the Rosegarden of Light musical project. I have many works on display at the exhibition venue The Silk Mill in Frome.
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