Much of the work in this year's exhibition has been inspired by lockdown - whether from my many walks through the local countryside, happy memories of having escaped to Scotland for a week last autumn or wishful thinking of summer days by the sea. I think life must have been very bland in winter this year as I found myself painting a series of really bright collage and acrylic pictures - of vegetable and flower gardens and of Oxford colleges. I love doing these as the challenge is to include as many books, theorems, prints, academic articles as possible in creating the collage, to reflect "Academic Oxford". Despite the fun and challenge of collage work, I always seem at the end of it to go back to my first love of watercolour; it's such a lovely media for country scenes, in all weathers and at all times of year - though I have to admit to rarely painting en plein air!
When I want a break from painting, I turn to making jewellery from old beads - whatever I can find or people give me. It is so satisfying to give new life to something broken or thrown away. The part I really enjoy is blending the colours and textures together to create something totally unique and original.
Other events coming up this year:
16th July Mynt Image craft fair, Abingdon Guild Hall, 10.00 - 4.00pm. Jewellery.
31st July Abingdon local excellence market (outdoors), 9am - 3pm. Pictures and jewellery
21st August Mynt Image craft fair, Hungerford town Hall, 10.00- 4.00pm. Artwork - originals, prints and cards.
5th November Hughenden Gardens Village Craft fair, High Wycombe, 11.00 - 2.00pm, Artwork and jewellery.
13th-14th November Oxon Artweeks weekend, St. Ethelwold's House, 30 E. St. Helen St., Abingdon, 10.00 - 5.00pm. Artwork and jewellery.
20th Nov. St. Michael's Church Christmas fair, Park Rd, Abingdon. Artwork and jewellery.
27th Nov. St. Helen's Church Christmas Fair, W. St. Helen Str., Abingdon. Artwork and jewellery.
I am a historian by training, having attended grammar school in the days when you were expected to study something 'academic' rather than art. However, part time work and then retirement have enabled me to return to my love of being creative. When I'm not painting, I love to travel, expecially to more unusual and distant parts of our world. (On one occasion a friend did ask me what war zone I intended to visit next!) Whether travelling back into History or travelling across continents, I think the aim is the same - to deepen my understanding of human lives and our interaction with the natural world. I will often choose to paint landscapes containing some manmade element rather than pure nature. But then again, what can beat the beauty of a field of poppies, or primroses nestling on a mossy bank?
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