Stages of Creativity
Inspiration at Portland Museum
I started last year with the source of my inspiration. A painting in the quirky, fascinating Portland Museum of Church Ope Cove as seen from the sea. The painter was J.W.Upham of Weymouth, painted in 1821. We don’t have a boat but whenever we do take a trip out on the water it always amazes me how different the coastline appears from a different angle.
Help from a fisherman
I found a fisherman working in the area to take a series of photos of the view of Church Ope Cove seen from out to sea and also made a few visits there to take pictures from the shoreline at low tide to supplement these.
En plein air day at Penn Castle.
A session here in the rain in October supplied me with a sketch of Penn Castle from the side that faces sea.
It was too cold in December to sit and sketch so, using all the photos and sketches, I worked up a final sketch in my studio to work from.
Slowly my work comes together. Starting with the sky and cliffs and working down. Hand sewing is slow meditative work and I love it.
Open for Art 18th May to 2nd June, South Dorset
I have a deadline as my picture needs be finished before I register my studio for Open for Art 19 as I want it to be my featured image in the brochure.
The article, in the section” Inspired by the Coast” was due to be in the February edition, but was rescheduled to the March edition, due out in a few days’ time.
Very excited to be featured by Coast as I have been a subscriber for many years and it fuelled my desire to live by the sea.
A Trip to St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury
It was one of those gloriously sunny and still January days last Thursday and Neil & I decided to take a day out of our labours and go for a long walk with Honey the dog. Driving along a road we have never been along before we fetched up at the Swannery in Abbotsbury.
We took lots of photos of St Catherine’s Chapel along the way from an angle I hadn’t seen before….I feel another textile coming on….. watch this space. And yes we did have a long walk along this part of the glorious coastline and up onto the joined Chesil bank.