Saturday, 21 December 2013

Now I Become Myself

Now I Become Myself

Now I become myself. It's taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people's faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,

Terribly old, crying a warning,
"Hurry, you will be dead before--"
(What? Before you reach the morning?
Or the end of the poem is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)
Now to stand still, to be here,
Feel my own weight and density!
The black shadow on the paper

Is my hand; the shadow of a word
As thought shapes the shaper
Falls heavy on the page, is heard.
All fuses now, falls into place
From wish to action, word to silence,
My work, my love, my time, my face
Gathered into one intense
Gesture of growing like a plant.
As slowly as the ripening fruit

Fertile, detached, and always spent,
Falls but does not exhaust the root,
So all the poem is, can give,
Grows in me to become the song,
Made so and rooted by love.
Now there is time and Time is young.
O, in this single hour I live
All of myself and do not move.
I, the pursued, who madly ran,
Stand still, stand still, and stop the sun!
May Sarton

Wishing you a gentle and peaceful Winter Solstice. x

Friday, 13 December 2013

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

40 at 40!

40 at 40! In the run up to my fortieth birthday I have created a run of 40 vases featuring images from my original artworks. Each vase is a one off and numbered. I have 22 vases left available after my Winter Open Studio. I will upload the vases to an album on my facebook page at 8pm (GMT) on Sunday 1st December. Just write SOLD in the comment box of the vase you would like to buy, then send me a message with the number of the vase you have chosen. Payment will need to be made by Paypal. Vases cost £25 small (h18cm), £35 medium (h24cm), £45 large (h30cm). Shipping to UK £5 per vase. Overseas shipping by arrangement. See you Sunday!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

This is me.

credit : India Hobson

This is a sneaky peek of me....all ready for printing as part of Folksy's publication 'Revealing Craft'. Their Kickstarter fundraising is going to plan but there aren't quite enough pledgers. I know there's a lot of asking at the moment....and a lot of it is for money that is going to mean the difference between life and death for some. But in the face of all the worlds ills, holding on to beauty sometimes gives us the inspiration to believe in life, believe in love. 'Revealing Craft' is all about beauty and creativity and the slow wonder of engaging our hands and hearts. If you know someone who needs some inspiration to live true to themselves, maybe this could be a wonderful gift.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Revealing Craft

When India Hobson came to take pictures of my studio for a Folksy publication called 'Revealing Craft', the culmination of the project seemed a long way off!  Now it's nearly here I am so excited to be one of the 13 makers chosen to be a part of this beautiful publication designed by dust. There is only one hiccup...before the 'print' button can be pressed, there need to be some backers (minimum pledge is £17 and you get a copy).  Through raising funds via Kickstarter, hopefully the publication will become a reality. It really will be something to treasure and will include this picture of my greenhouse!

credit: India Hobson

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

New Work

Brow of the Hill

Evening Light - print available

Journey -  print available

Autumn Day


North wind doth blow

We shall have snow

Here is a selection of my newest originals. These are on show during October at Opus Gallery, Ashbourne, along with work completed earlier in the year. I have been trying to include more gestural and expressive mark in the pieces. The emotions I feel when faced with an inspiring landscape travel through me and are harnessed in the marks I make. With this initial raw painting in acrylic or ink, I know how the journey of creating the piece is going to go. I am learning to let this energy flow and I am pleased with the results, especially in the winter inspired piece, 'North wind doth blow'. 

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