So, where do I start for the catch up? Maybe I should start with a little creativity for a change.
Did I mention that I had been experimenting with weaving? So far I've mostly woven scarf size pieces. I've just realised that I can't actually share them here until after Christmas Day but believe me when I say I am seriously taken with this new-to-me skill.
On the subject of the seashore, after we got back from Ireland we travelled down to Cornwall for our usual pilgrimage. We only had one week there as we had to rush back because of mum but we seemed to have packed a lot into that one week. As it was September Arts and Music Festival while we were there, there were lots of events going on, not least a site specific installation by the ceramicist Jack Doherty.
The pots shown here were displayed in St Nicholas Chapel on the Island in St Ives. Their surfaces were beautiful and I liked the matt finish that the single firing gives them. The colours spoke of St Ives.
As it was Festival I decided to do a couple of art workshops at St Ives School of Painting. I did two classes with Liz Hough and while it was a bit daunting I really enjoyed it and brought away some skills to use in future work. In the first class we explored some drawing techniques and in the second workshop looked at interpreting the landscape similarly to Peter Lanyon. The drawing course involved a brief sketching trip on Porthmeor beach where we employed charcoal and rapid drawing techniques.
The sketch and collage above came out of the drawings. I'm not quite sure what I was channelling but a ship and a figure seem to have crept in!
The second workshop called for us to look at Porthmeor beach through the eyes of Peter Lanyon. This involved more quick sketching from different viewpoints.
Porthmeor Studios added to the experience. The view from the window was a trifle distracting though.
Just by coincidence Peter Lanyon's son, Matthew Lanyon, was staging an exhibition at Porthminster Gallery and we called in in time to catch the end of a talk he was giving about his work.
Finally for this post, we were exploring St Ives burial ground and revisited the grave of Alfred Wallace.