It was good to be back amongst the gardens and wood around the site.
They have been refurbishing the flats and have a new café and office space. There were bluebells and forget- me -nots in the woods and mock orange by my door.
I was lucky to have good weather after the first day with showers and I took my canvases into the wood to do some drawings and back to the flat to paint them.
I am still working on some paintings of the woods and church on the hill and on the photographs I took there. I'll upload them when I've finished them.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Since Dreamlands closure in 2003 there has been public campaigning for it's restoration, which lead to the Dreamland Trust and major fundraising. Dreamland website here.
The Scenic Railway, a wooden roller coaster is listed and is being restored along with rides from a number of decades, some saved from the site and others donated. The original circus cages are also listed and being restored.
Wayne Hemingway has been involved with the design along side his wife and team and the heritage theme will be the unique aspect of the new Dreamland amusement park.
I went into the derelict site when the council finally took it over in 2013 and was back earlier this year when the first tickets went on sale.
Friday, April 24, 2015
On the Harbour Arm you can also watch the waves breaking on the walls, and if you are not quick enough, get sprayed by the incoming waves too.
This week I sat on the steps and with a fine liner pen traced the movements of the waves on the sea.
It's something that I want to do more of, maybe with a few different colours.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
They have put on a really good exhibition with a variety of work, the main medium being glass.
Jennifer Anne Brown was in the Pie Factory when I went along and we chatted a bit about the show and her work, which includes a lot of recycled glass. I liked the idea of using old screens and other waste glass products.
Her piece Till Death, intrigued me it explores death, ascension and re-incarnation and includes strung pieces of glass and glass feathers. I liked the effect of the shadows from the work on the wall, adding to the sense of movement and change.
In Making Waves Mermaid Tails, Jennifer shows brightly coloured and textured glass that is very attractive.
Lucy Prescott's work Margate Harbour had me looking at the landmarks and enjoying the retro feel of the seaside experience. And Trisha Dixon's Kobe Tea Bowls had a mysterious and striking quality that attracted me.
Hildegard Pax is showing some beautiful and delicate works, where slivers of glass seem to float and reflect the light around them.
Other artists showing work includes Shelley Rose's silkscreens and canvas constructions, Julie Taylor's mixed media pieces, and Alison Davis wooden forms inset with glass.
The exhibition is on till the 29th of April and is well worth visiting.