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Here is the painting I was working on today. It took me a while to get into the painting . First of all I had to get some paints even though I had more than enough. So off I went to the Art supply shop and came back with one tube of yellow paint and some masking tape. Then I started and really enjoyed the process.
Today I was very busy creating new work and with people who were invited to make a teabowl.
I spent some time yesterday talking with Mary Butler, the Arts officer in no.72 John Street. Together we wrote and sent out an invitation to all the staff in the Council to come into the gallery and make a tea bowl. I spoke to Mary about creating an installation piece on the floor of the gallery. Next week we will be taking a trip out of the Arts Office to pick daffodils which will form part of a sereis of pieces based on the theme of sacred spaces.
Mary sent out the invitation yesterday and today five ladies came to make a tea bowl. Most had never used clay before. Overall the reaction was positive and there was lots of discussion about tea.
I started to use the floor space today. The gallery felt empty. I went across to the garden centre and sand, stones and peat were trolley delivered right to the door of the Arts Office.
I started straight away and worked on the installation of peat, sand and stone. I really enjoyed the process especially emptying peat all over the floor, breaking it up with my fingers and shaping it. This type of instalation work would never have been realised in my own studio at home as there is just no room. The great thing about the space is that you can step back and really see the work. I also worked on a painting based on the same theme.