Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Betwixt And Between...

This year I will have been a teacher for twenty-five years.
(That's over half my life!)
I'm really lucky to teach part-time on the Art And Design Foundation Diploma, and it's such an exciting time to see students really flourish and discover their creative identities before they fly away to University or work.

For me, and most teachers I would imagine, this is a strange time of year.
I feel as though I have just closed the story book, and read with teary eyes, 
'And they all lived happily ever after.
The End'
Yet in the blink of an eye, I'm reading
'Once Upon A Time' again.

When I looked around this morning before the students arrived, I could see that the tidy classroom was beginning to look a lot like an art room once more.
And so it begins again...

Today, one of my students had a real 'light bulb' moment.
And it gets me every time,
and I swear that I learn so much more from my students than they ever could learn from me.
Because she gave herself permission to create the art that she wants to create,
because art is whatever you want it to be.

And they're the moments that make me feel so happy to be a teacher.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Hello Harrogate!

Holiday Snapshots...

I've just been looking through my holiday photos and here are my favourite random snaps from Cornwall.
Just look at this sunset at Sennen Cove!

I stopped off to take this photo on the way to Sennen,
I love this church with its surf board cross.

And just look at this stunning house at The Lizard!

I loved the decorated seagulls I spotted around St.Ives...

And Middie was given a pastie-shaped biscuit at the lovely Poppy Treffry shop in St.Ives!

I spotted this van at Newlyn, this must belong to a pirate!

And how beautiful is this squashed flower I found on the pavement!

These are my favourite dustbins in the whole wide world, 
(I must admit that I photograph them every year!)

Hope you enjoyed my holiday snapshots chucks, wishing you a very happy week indeed.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

A Stroll To Cadgwith...

Fancy a pootle down to Cadgwith?
It's such a beautiful little Cornish fishing village and the walk is lovely...

This is one of my favourite churches, St Mary's is a tiny tin church overlooking Cadgwith.

The thatched cottages don't look real, it's like it's from a Disney film!

And every year I gaze longingly at this yellow shack, 
it would make the perfect studio right by the sea.

That there Poldark seems to be everywhere!

Time for an ice cream methinks!

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Season's Shift...

It always surprises me,
just how much the seasons creep into my painting.
Perhaps I don't register the subtle changes in my day-to-day life.

That is why painting is so important to me.

Season's Shift.
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Plywood Panel.
50cm x 50cm.

Friday, 17 August 2018

A Visit To My Favourite Garden...

On our holiday to Cornwall, we visited one of my favourite places, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden in St.Ives.

It is such a beautiful space, perfect for sketching and relaxing.
Even when it's crowded, it's still a calm and tranquil oasis of calm.

Everything has been left exactly how it was, I love peeking in the studio window...

This is the actual room that Hepworth died in, due to a tragic fire.
It felt a little bit eerie sitting here while I was sketching.

You can still see the smoke damage on the vase above the mantlepiece.

(Here's a fine example of my daughter helping me with my photography!)

This is the luckiest cat in the whole of Cornwall!

Here's one of my sketches...