I am continuing to develop oil canvases in the studio including a new commission for a young couple who got in touch at the end of 2020. (Detail from a colour study for this commission above).
Together with Becky Morse-Brown, an Art Therapist and Spiritual Companion, I have started to offer some Creative Quiet Mornings using Zoom this year. In January we held two Creative Quiet Mornings particularly reflecting on Matisse’s ‘Tree of Life window’ from his majestic Chapel of the Rosary in Vence. We have two more Creative Quiet Mornings planned for February and early March.
The mornings include input from the facilitators around the theme, opportunities to work creatively in silence and, for those who wish, time during the session to share reflections with one another.
Each group is limited to a maximum of six participants plus the facilitators. The February and March dates are now fully booked but please contact me if you would like your name to be added to our ‘Creative Quiet Day’ mailing list.
We were very encouraged by feedback to the mornings:
“Inspiring and relaxing."
“Allowed you to sink into the ideas and images."
“The chance to play and enjoy making in a shared space was really wonderful."
“It really re-stocked my ‘trout pond’ and was a joy to be part of."
"Thank you for a wonderfully absorbing and transporting morning."
Do the Little Things has really taken off over the past month with well over a hundred boats being sent across the world. Making them has been a deeply moving experience, knowing that many of these tiny boats have been sent as ‘barques of hope’ in these dark, unsettling times. Boats have been posted by people in the UK to friends and relatives far and wide including USA, Canada, Egypt, Thailand, France, Germany, and even as far as Australia. Here are some images sent to me by Khaled, a friend who lives in Cairo and Ben (holding the boat), a friend from Starkville, USA.