Sneak Preview of my new Spring Park Bench oil painting on canvas, close-up detail

Here’s a detail of my current painting for the Anxiety and Release collaboration for Artipeeps artists’ group from Cambridge. I’m responding to a poem by a poet from Canada called Rod Kok who  I’ve been teamed up with. He’s written a poem responding to ‘anxiety’, and I’m interpreting the ‘release’ part. It comes out of my Spring Park Bench explorations that I’ve been sharing on this blog. I’ve done some more painting on it today. The light was wonderful and  I’m really getting into it. I don’t want to give away too much just yet. The whole thing will be published on April 15th by Artipeeps on their website, so you’ll see the poem and the painting together. I’m still in the middle of it. I’ve a feeling that I’ll be making another painting to go with this one, we’ll see. I’m revelling in the lush oil colour on the canvas. Listening to The Who Quadrophenia in case you’re interested whilst I work.

Spring Bench, today’s drawing in oil-pastel and pencil

Here’s my drawing from today in the park. It was a perfect day and I was full of the joys of spring, literally, as I walked towards the park. Again keeping myself open to possibility I had meditated at home before I set off. I hoped the tree stump would be there still, but fully expected to do something different, as my thinking and heartfelt response to the Anxiety/ Release brief I’m working on is moving on. The broken tree represents another mood or mind-set as it were.

Here’s the bench in close-up. I started drawing this and the area around it as I was literally pulled towards it by the light falling there, and by the fact that this is my usual meditation bench when I come to the park. I’d already done my practice so didn’t feel the need once there. It’s so familiar and special to me it seemed totally natural to draw it. I saw it from a new and very different perspective though,( from behind the broken tree stump). It’s carefully placed in nature, made by people for people, to rest and be quiet and reflective. It ticks all the boxes.

The Circle Is Unbroken, kickstarter reward card on my mantelpiece

Here’s the card that is going to be used as part of the Kickstarter Reward promotion for the ‘Transformations’ exhibition at Hanse House in Kings Lynn Norfolk in September of this year. It’s of my oil painting, ‘The Circle Is Unbroken’ which formed the final piece in my explorations of the Medea story from Book VII of Ovid’s ‘Metamorphosis’ You can see all the drawing that led up to it on the archive on this blog. Inside the card is a poem by Kate Garett entitled ‘Maybe Medea’ inspired by Book VII as well. The link to the Artipeeps page with all the info is also here.