LOW WATERS SERIES
I've just photographed a series made on site all along the low tide line below Old Harry in Studland. The boards were partly gessoed and the pigments applied were found locally. The incomplete paintings were taken out on a few visits allowing for fresh encounters with materials and building up through layering.
I'm offering in this post a glimpse into an hitherto unmentioned strand running through my year: that of collaboration and improvisation. Safehouse meets at St Aldhelm's Chuch in Branksome once a month. I've been a part of Safehouse now for about 10 years. It's format and character changes ceaselessly. It remains a space for experimenting with music, sound & art. The only requirement for participation is a readiness to leave all habits at the door. I've participated in all kinds of ways over the years and I always contribute some sounds as well as marks on paper. These small studies from the last couple of sessions are not brave at all...they are simple line evocations of musicians- some of whom are long-standing members and friends. Other artists take part. Visit the Safehouse- Poole Facebook page to get an idea of the quality of our time together. Frozen Orchestras of Lost Sound is the result of creative partnerships forged initially through Safehouse.
A walk to 'The Dorsetshire Gap' from Plush: a meeting of deep trackways.
Their sides hung with primroses, violets and emerging downland foliage.
A wooded backdrop perfumed first by a hint of warm primrose - then the pungent garlic ramson.
A bag filled to bring home for soup.
There is a waterproofed box at the crossing place containing notebooks going back for a few years for the walker to contribute to. I wonder who has collected the older notebooks?
I quote below from one of those entries and include a couple of my sketchbook pages.
This digital platform offers a forum for me to reflect further on what informs my material practice.