Not waving

A weird sea picture with references to Gauguin and Stevie Smith
Not waving

I love this gloomy piece which evolved under my eyes. My visual memory was jerked by the beginnings of the hunched up figure and I found the image I recalled in a book about Gauguin (hero!) with a photo of a Peruvian mummy. I have always loved the poem by Stevie Smith  – hence the title.

Maybe all the horrifying stories of drownings in the Mediterranean influenced me as well. We can never know all the subconscious themes.

Image 10×8 inches (25.5×20 cm).

Kids’ Art Week!

Thank you, Carla, for another free Kids’ Art Week! (Last year’s lessons are still available here.)

I’m posting my efforts here this time:

a Dubuffet figure a la Carla Sonheim
after Dubuffet


after Hundertwasser a la Carla Sonheim
after Hundertwasser


Klee a la Carla Sonheim
after Klee


Motherwell a la Carla Sonheim
after Motherwell 1
after Motherwell


Picasso dog a la Carla Sonheim
after Picasso

Go, Picasso dog!




‘Brave’ surprises for the tutor!

Pip Harrison (my co-author on the fairy tales) and I went to a workshop led by Jane Moran at Pallant House (Plait-Weave-Play). Here are our creations.

a woven structure representing a lion mask
Lion in wait


a woven structure of a head which has morphed into a spider
Demented spider


Pip also made a ‘Useful Pot to Keep [very light] Things In’ – maybe dreams…

tub with corners woven from strips of paper
a Useful Pot

Pick and mix

beginning a collage of items from lessons in Year of the Spark with Carla Sonheim
Year of the Spark

This is just the beginning of the piece. At lesson 23, the year’s work is nearly done. It’s been brilliant! Year of the Spark has followed Year of the Fairy Tale – both with Carla Sonheim. This year Lynn Whipple has provided half the lessons. Super mix of talents.

lesson-23-main-III kid myself it now looks a teeny weeny bit like an Egyptian tomb wall – I shall call the bathing belle Nefertiti.

Next year it will be Y is for Yellow. Watch this space…