Archive for May, 2012

May 11, 2012

Flower Train

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My maternal grandparents were a part of the Cornish flower trade and worked a small-holding  near Falmouth in Cornwall growing flowers and sending them up the line, on the train to London. My grandfather would take my mother with him to Perranarworthal train station and drop the flowers on the London train and her onto the Falmouth train, to go to school. Sweet williams, amenomes, daffodils and violets are all flowers which I associate with my grandparents and with Cornwall.

Their names Joan and Roger Stonehouse, and in their memory, have sparked, or rather I’d like to say sparkled, a theme in my current flower painting titles. Each flower provoking a memory or thought of a person and thus, the painting being named after or for them. Sometimes it may be their favourite flower, it may be a pot of flowers which I borrowed, as in ‘Billy’s Geraniums’. Or in my grandparents’ case, because they grew them; ‘Joan’s Amenomes’, ‘Flowers for Roger’.

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Cornwall’s flowers in my Newlyn studio.

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In an exhibition titled ‘Naming Spaces’ at Newlyn Art Gallery, the artist Jyll Bradley included the work ‘Flower Train’. Her photography is so intensely rich in colour that, to me, they are almost like paintings.

She created a photographic series of inside flower grower’s workshops and also created a series of posters shown on rail platforms between Penzance and London – named after the now-defunct overnight trains carrying fresh flowers to market.

This is a youtube video with her talking and interviewing flower growers about the flower trade.

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link to Jyll Bradley’s show at Newlyn Art Gallery

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link to Jyll Bradley’s Flower Train images

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May 4, 2012

Up coming exhibition:

link to up coming exhibition

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I will be showing 5 recent lithographs made in the Aberystwyth School of Art print workshop under the tutorship of master printer Paul Croft.

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May 4, 2012

Heart stones

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Saturday on the beach, within half an hour (of not really looking), I found five heart shaped stones.

Walking again in the evening, north to south, west side the sea, I came across a collection of line quartz which someone had gathered from the beach the previous day and left in the littoral zone, it was still there even after the tides had been and gone. I moved them about to form a heart shape; an offering to the sea, to nature, to life, to the universal love.

Walking on, seconds later, I throw a stick, look down and see a palm sized white quartz heart.

I debate with my self whether to throw the stone back into the sea; to return the gift, have I already taken enough?

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For now, I put it in my pocket.

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Sunday
The sea has now taken the gift of quartz pebbles arranged in a heart shape, perhaps to make into new hearts and send them on.

I find a quartz heart.

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Now I see hearts everywhere. Even in chewing gum on the pavement.

This evening I’m thinking I must have found enough heart stones now and am feeling the love of the present moment as I walk the beach again with my dog.

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I’m not looking! Honest I am not looking for heart stones.

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I look down and there is a very large belly sized heart stone.
I pick it up and carry it close to my body to take the weight.

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I will put it with the other large heart stones which I found this year; around the vegetable and flower garden. Let them know they are loved, let them grow.

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May 3, 2012

Master printing:

                                                      …video of a master printer at work…

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May 1, 2012

Night Bathing

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Geese fly over at dusk. taking photos as the light fades. stars start to twinkle.

It’s dark now but for a nearly full moon, which is rising behind me.

Drawing with charcoal in the darkness I can barely see the marks, I can’t make out any softness on the paper.

All dark on the ground and the bath is dark but for the fire to the side and under.

The bath down by the stream in the damp valley in west Wales.

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The wood-smoke both illuminates and obscures, adds a lighter tone to the dark areas above the fire and below the sky.

More stars are out now. looking cool white.

A satellite slides across the sky.

Silent wind and full tumbling stream.

If there was a little wind, what few leaves there are would make the stars go out sometimes. on and off.

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May 1, 2012

Moon drawing

                                              …drawing a dancer using a camera with an un-timed long exposure and no tripod

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May 1, 2012

Moon drawing

                                              …drawing the bath using a camera with an un-timed long exposure and no tripod

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May 1, 2012

Moon drawing

                                …wandering through the woods drawing using a camera with an un-timed long exposure and no tripod

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