Friday, July 13, 2012

Flat out in the studio... with places left in workshops!

Workshops kicked off last Sunday....

I got so utterly engrossed in working with everyone, and hearing the stories that spanned different continents due to the origin of participants, the I forgot to take photos of all the wonderful material people were producing.
SO... two images.... early on above... and Wendy below making marks for a book she later put together that she took home to keep working on. 

Satsuki sent me a message later that was so heart-warming:
         "Thank you for your art class. It was the most productive art class I have ever attended."

Svetlana touched my heart with:

Dear Sophie,
Thanks a lot for the lovely day yesterday. It was a productive day for me. I enjoyed using my left hand.
Drawing with the music was very relaxing and helpful to start the day. I can count myself as an advanced student and even for me there were some new ideas, new approaches to start a painting. Thanks for the inspiration, for your honesty and kindness. Providing lunch was very generous of you and especially such a beautiful homemade soup. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll make it today for my family. I don’t mind if you use my feedback. I’ll be spreading information about your workshops.
Many thanks,

 If that hadn't already cheered me considerably this certainly added much. My friend Marilena popped in to the studio this week for a visit and cup of tea... bringing this Birthday gesture (belated gestures offer that feeling one's birthday didn't pass too quickly) that was just fabulous. Her own spice mixes, Lemon Myrtle soap, exotic jams from her larder, homemade seedy Lavosh and a spicy dip she'd made as well... and a cupcake as birthday cake!
How indulged did I feel...and all seed related gift I night add... totally in theme. Note the pods in the bottom right and the stone candle holders that will be lit for a night-time event in the studio before long!

The studio is feeling very warm and lived in ow...I have been painting like a trojan... long hours and darting between works and materials.

I have not kept up with documenting painting in the last few months... especially all the work of late... so here are a few pics...but many more to come!

'Cotyledon patterning' 90 cm sq, acrylic on collaged linen on canvas

This painting was shown at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in May when on residency there. I was a little timid about showing it as it was by far the most informal and bold work I did on that residency. Yet it sold to the second person who viewed it and was commented on all day.... a reminder that there is room for colour and going a bit out there.
Sharon who decided it was destined for the walls of her home curiously is now a Landscape Architect but started her career in Microbiology and was involved in earlier days of Molecular completely related to the Cotyledon and liked the irreverent approach.

After the May IMB residency and the workshop with Dorothy Caldwell I was delighted to spent some slow nights watching films and tv  (rare with days and nights on computer or in studio or rushing about)  I like to have something to do as I relax in front of a screen... so started this stitching on linen... think they may well end up collaged to paintings. Ive been collagen fabric to convas to paint on for about 6 years.... this idea tales it a step further!

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