Saturday, May 30, 2015

Retreat at the Seekers Trust

I had a few days solitary retreat at the Seekers Trust as a meditation and art  space. The Seekers Trust website here
It was good to be back amongst the gardens and wood around the site.
They have been refurbishing the flats and have a new cafĂ© 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.

Some of my favourite trees remain in the wood, though some have fallen down or been cut down, such is the ecology of the woodland.  Many birds still around, lovely to hear them singing most of the day.

I was up at dawn on one day to hear and record the dawn chorus, I love that sense of being surrounded by bird song. It's always amazing how much sound can come out of such tiny birds.

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dreamland Margate

Dreamland in Margate is due to reopen on June 19th this year. The original Dreamland considered the oldest amusement park in Great Britain, dates back to the 1860's. Then it was "The Hall by the Sea"run by the famous circus impresario, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.

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

Sea Gazing and Drawing

One of the things I like about being near the sea, is being able to just look at the sea. Here in Margate the new steps by the harbour are a good place to just sit and watch the waves. 

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.

There is something quite meditative and absorbing gazing on the sea, with the continuous movement of waves forming and dissolving. I find my mind moves with this rhythm and opens to the experience.

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

Light Colour Texture exhibition at the Pie Factory Margate.

I went to the Pie Factory to see their latest exhibition, Light Colour Texture, a show by members of See Glass and friends.  Their website here

They have put on a really good exhibition with a variety of work, the main medium being glass.

See Glass was formed in 2012 by a group of Kent-based glass artists  including Christine Maccormick, Fred Hollick, Jennifer Anne Brown,  Lucy Prescott, R Alison Davis and Trish Dixon, 

 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.