Drawn to the Valley Open Studios

If you are near Plymouth this autumn look out for the Open Studios event 22-30th September 2018 which involves nearly 100 artists from the beautiful Tamar Valley who open their doors to show their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about what inspires them, as well as […]

Tate Exchange projects with Plymouth College of Art

I was fortunate to be accepted to run my own workshops in Plymouth for the first two days of Tate Exchange 31st Jan + 1st Feb 2018 and then travel to Tate Modern, London on 2nd Feb to help run a printmaking workshop as part of the Print Club from Plymouth College of Art. It […]

Fish eye lens

I have been drawing at the very informative National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, and also helping children with art projects as a volunteer. I am intrigued by what the fish can see through the glass: who is watching who, and what are they thinking? This is Friday – a long-standing and very clever green-backed turtle: […]

‘Drowning in Plastic’

The world is becoming buried under plastic. When I travelled through SE Asia the roads were lined with it, children playing in it, and animals trying to eat it. It is polluting our land, our oceans and even our drinking supplies. It is killing wildlife and poisoning our world. We have been seduced by its […]

‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’

This inspirational one day symposium was organised by Marie Taylor and Beth Heaney at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard in Plymouth on 13 April 2018. Papers, posters, workshops and live performances explored relationships between the body and drawing, investigating issues around exhibiting performative works, audience and boundaries. Janette Kerr, action painter of powerful seascapes and […]

Drawing and Printmaking with Natural Pigments

Kate Marshall ran an inspirational and informative course on using natural pigments at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham,  Devon, 18-23 Feb 2018. We gathered the ingredients and experimented with using Devon soil, ground-up rocks and home-made oak gall ink  for drawing, painting and printmaking. I have continued to use these beautiful pigments in my practice.  

Life Drawing

Drawing from life models is so inspirational. It becomes a meditative process, as the line follows the body’s contours, recesses, folds and gestures. You become absorbed in the process, working urgently to reproduce the mood, the attitude, or movement of the model. Charcoal is the usual medium, but recently I have been experimenting with inks. […]