This is a quick video of us building our succah last week….A succah is a temporary hut which replicates the ancient Israelites’ dwellings during their forty-year sojourn in the Sinai. It also reminds us of the temporary nature of all of our lives on earth.
Showing stages in the creation of a new ceramic wall sculpture, 28cm x 25cm. It’ll be finished with coloured glazes. Looking forward to showing you the finished product soon….
Our herb collection this hot and humid morning……..and my covered outdoor ceramics corner! I love working out here in the summer, sometimes late at night, and also later in the year when it rains, and I’m protected from the rain….but am still outside…..fantastic!
This small ceramic relief sculpture (13.5 x 18cm) shows a Biblical patriarch and a palm tree. It has been fired once, and is coloured with watercolour, giving a matt, non-shiny finish. (Suitable for an indoor location).
I’m currently working on these two small relief sculptures in clay. Shown here before firing and before colouring, they will eventually be terracotta red clay, with colour and gold leaf applied. Approximately 15cm wide, they are intended to be wall-hung.
This recently completed horse sculpture depicts an ancient Egyptian royal horse adorned with blue and hold ceremonial crest and tail. Ceramic, with blue underglaze and gold leaf. An art prize I won at school was a modest and beautiful bronze of a horse by Elizabeth Frink, which I was entitled to keep for a year. I have loved drawing horses ever since. This, however, is the first time I’ve made a horse sculpture, and I found it tremendously satisfying. The pose of this horse is similar to the Frink horse, but this is a royal warrior horse, and is much more bulky, and obviously the style is more naive….
I’ve just completed a new sculpture. My New Black Moses stands 31.5cm high and is made of black fired clay with touches of a dark metallic underglaze.
I’ve just opened a new art class. The aim is to give you the tools by which you are able, quite quickly, to make spontaneous and free art which is wide open, expressive, and unique to you. It is a process of learning about yourself, and about the nature of creativity which arises spontaneously from within. My vision is that the making of spontaneous art can be an excellent mindfulness practice, wherein we are completely and vitally present – in the act of creation.
The beginning of the course will be about getting to know, through structured exercises, the basic elements: materials, technique, colour and form. Gradually, as you grow in confidence, we will develop ways of working which are broader and more free, leading to a truly spontaneous outflow of art.
For further details, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Joel, owner of the delightful Little Picture Gallery in Mousehole, Cornwall, sent me these pictures of my Shepherdess painting in her gallery’s Christmas window display. I never thought of this painting as relating to Christmas in any way – but it does fit rather well!
Prayer Clouds (I) – Acrylic on canvas with gold leaf – 43 x 50cm
As an exercise in freedom from form, I approached a blank canvas with no preconceptions, and let the painting emerge in its own way. I love the peace and depth of losing myself in what is emerging on the canvas. This kind of intuitive painting truly belongs to the present moment.