In London last weekend I saw this man playing a jazz standard with flames bursting from his instrument in time to the beat. It was snowing, he was drawing crowds and coins. In Dorset last week I walked past a farm yard and saw men and women in hunting dress surrounded by Beagles and eating sausage rolls and cake. They were off to chase and presumably try and catch hares. In Sidmouth we stayed in this room. It was like being on a boat and in the theatre all at once.
2016 has arrived and with it a back log of images and ideas from the end of last year. I went on an extraordinary trip in December to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. A two hour tour through history and a visual feast. I had a go at recreating the raised lines i saw around a 17th century bell and on a metal mould on to a 21st century earthenware coffee cup. I adapted one of my wooden tools to help in the task. More work to do on that but there is something in it. It is after all lines and i like lines! The ones i made all sold at the Christmas sale in Primrose Hill and the feed back was good. Some refining needed of course.
Then one cold windy walk on the beach at Sidmouth after Christmas. So many stones and so little time! Lovely combinations of iron rich damp red sand and black, yellow red stones. More lines and shapes to think about. I limited myself to only bringing home four favourites.
Now i need to get to work which is so much harder than thinking about it! The Sales pretty much sold out so i need to replenish stock for the shops and galleries and get on with new ideas, images and shapes.
I spent a weekend in Cornwall with old friends taking pictures of slate walls and dense bushes that look like scribblings. Not sure what everyone else was doing! Back to London and a morning walking from home to Camden and back found me looming up at more walls with my camera. So many colours and lines and similarities. Thinking i might try some ceramic pieces in a dark clay , painted in white slip and then I’ll scratch the surface to experiment with my own lines and shapes.
Starting off a Blog in Andratx, Majorca where i am staying with Maxine and Alex designing a new web site. We found some time yesterday to wander about a bit in the sun and ease our crazy computer brains. There’s a small garden next to the town hall filled with unusual plants, cacti and sculptures. Plenty of worn out painted doorways and sun baked buildings to inspire! Zeus staring out across the town down to the port and out to sea.