Shifts of Emphasis

Shifts of Emphasis

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Blog, Inspiration | No Comments

My paintings changed this year and the repercussions of that forced me to look at this strange phenomenon – change. My own experience of it was sudden, as if I’d been picked up and dropped into it. That’s not really true, though, as there had been signs last year but at the time I didn’t […]

A Blue Fairy Tale

A Blue Fairy Tale

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Blog, Inspiration | No Comments

Years ago there was an Yves Klein (1928-62) exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. He was an extrovert artist who created ‘International Klein Blue’ which is, to be frank, very like ultramarine blue. As I walked into the show, plain Klein Blue canvases stood out, beautiful and bright against bare white walls. As I […]

Our Ultimate Spur

Our Ultimate Spur

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Inspiration | No Comments

Creative people are always worth listening to, do you agree? In an interview, sculptor Anthony Gormley said ‘This is what I was born to do’ and, re his sculptures of people installed on the beach and in the sea at Crosby on Merseyside: ‘That’s the test, I think. If you can’t think of a place […]

The Tennis of Painting

The Tennis of Painting

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Blog, Inspiration | One Comment

Last summer I heard John McEnroe, the great tennis hero, being interviewed on TV; he was asked about being an art collector and he said that he loves paintings with movement – which was endearingly unsurprising! I love movement, it contributes to the dynamic of a painting, its brio, if that’s the term, and the […]

Stunned by a bath

Stunned by a bath

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog, Inspiration | 2 Comments

There’s a good article in the autumn issue of the RA magazine (which is mainly about the Abstract Expressionism exhibition.now showing there) which is all about how to be when you go to look at art. The writer suggests that knowing Mindfulness. could help!  Her description of the first time she saw a Robert Motherwell […]

Having a Project

Having a Project

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Inspiration

When I even say the word ‘project’ to myself I immediately have a sensation of gathering in.   It’s as strong as that, collecting all of myself together from where I’ve become scattered. Why? Well I see it as a signal to all my resources that are going to be called upon to contribute. Even though […]