Am just back from taking my exhibition “Birds in my Life” to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. It consists of 26 paintings on cradled wooden panels, in sizes from 8″x10″ to 11″x14″, which all fit nicely into a suitcase, making the move a simple one. It was with great pleasure that I handed my pieces to Iliana Hester, the vivacious artistic director at TOSH (The Old Schoolhouse gallery). I felt very pampered not doing a thing until arriving back two days later for a busy opening with an enthusiastic audience, live piano music, and sunlight pouring in the windows. I am now back home – until March 15th when I go return to collect the pieces.
A wonderful four day holiday in sunshine every day, with delightful new people. No new drawings but a promise to post fortnightly from now up, whilst at home.
Early birds designs are humorous, inspiring and irresistible. They prompt me to paint my own versions, setting them in green or other scenery. I began these studies as an art student in Peru, my work influenced then by pre-Inca designs found in pottery, intricate gold figurines and Paracas textiles (seen below).
My recent work grew from days in Britain, drawing medieval bench ends in East Anglian churches, for a book: Carved in Oak* launched with an exhibition of my drawings at Wingfield Barns, Suffolk UK. in 2011- Now I search for birds in ancient textiles, ceramics, paintings in museums, churches, medieval building, illuminated manuscripts in UK and Europe.
Many years ago, we stayed with good friends in Rio de Janeiro. Visiting friends puts a different emphasis on what one chooses to draw as time becomes influenced by diverse activities and people. Making memories.
At the end of my travels, I sit drawing, in a peaceful garden in Pinamar unwinding with a pencil, thinking about Salta and all I have seen. Next day, with paints I sit under this pine, listening to parrots chattering and squawking. These small green birds are wild. In summer, they party in a cherry tree once lower branches are picked and fruit has begun to ferment. The result: rowdy drunken parrots falling onto the lawn; their large messy nests must be filled with hung-over birds.