peek inside the studio

I am lucky to have a fantastic studio space in Kendal, Cumbria that I share with Janette Phillips.

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It is light and a great place to be creative in! I surround myself with images/quotes that inspire me – here is a quote from Philip Guston .. it sort of hits the nail on the head about how it feels to be painting.

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Here are some mono- prints of my great grandma – she was called Annie too. She was quite a formidable lady and ran a pub near Newcastle.

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13/07/15

This painting was a result of another happy accident in the studio – but looks like an exploding head!

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24/07/15

Looking forward to the workshop in October with Emily Ball – we have been to the National Trust property, Allan Bank in Grasmere to check it out for a venue for the first day of the course – it was amazing – a really ‘raw’ place not like any other National Trust property I have been to, full of lovely tatty furniture, bare walls, a piano you can play, a painting room and lovely cafe where you help yourself to tea and coffee – loved it!

View from the window at Allan Bank

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30/08/15

First day in the studio for weeks and weeks. Managed to have a dabble, but very hard to get back to where I was, managed to have a go at a painting that I wasn’t happy with – but still not happy! Needs much more work before I turn this one around, as usual need to loose some stuff – always get carried away.

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Green One also still in progress.

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10/08/15

Made it to the studio for a few hours! hard going – its going to take a while to get back into it. Struggling with both paintings!

22/08/15

Paintings have moved on a bit, happier about them now.

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Still not sure about the left hand painting, but pleased with the right one and think it’s finished.

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Working in the studio!

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2 thoughts on “peek inside the studio

  1. Nice web site, some of the flood work is nice, still a story to be told though about the shattering of lives and the displacement of memories all washed away in minutes, but it takes a year to get back to where you were, but the constant fear looms over head like the grim reaper every time it rains.

    On the flip side the community forget differences and work together.

    Months on however you walk around your home and everyday you see something that reminds you, I heard a comment yesterday “every time it starts to rain I look around quickly and see if there is anything I should move, maybe that will pass, but around Christmas time I will never leave the house if there is a storm coming@

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    1. Hi Dan, yes, I am very aware of the personal cost involved and I would imagine from talking to other people that you will have that feeling for a long time. There are a few projects developing in Cumbria based around this but my project is more about the effects on the landscape which is still evident 6 months on. I am interested in the dramatic signs in the environment which give clues to the devastation that happened. Almost like landscape flood memories. I have spent a lot of time feeling uneasy about not including the actual effect on people’s lives but my big abstract paintings do not lend themselves to the deeper personal feelings and also I don’t want the subject to be so wide that I can’t do it justice. Space to Create are working on something that I think will tackle the more emotional side. There is also another project developing in Carlisle which will record the personal trauma caused by the floods. Thanks for looking – x

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