This is the second year when we ought to be in Florence, making prints in a workshop with our international group of friends – but we must wait! So once again I’ll try to work to the Florence workshop timetable for two weeks. I’ll start from where I am and I’ll try to experiment and develop ideas, as we do there.
I do, thankfully, have some studio space, but the house it’s in is being renovated for us to live in and is a building site now! From my window I see the concrete mixer and several old, broken chimneys that have come down from the roof (destined to become plant pots). I look over these and have a lovely view of Mount’s Bay.
My starting point for this workshop is a painting that started one night when the full moon cast a path over Mount’s Bay that led to the rockpools below my window where the moon was caught neatly in a rockpool. I thought of the Mermaid of Zennor a few miles from here and imagined her catching the moon in her mirror to keep it in a rockpool.
This painting is almost finished. It’s quite big, 4 feet tall by 18 inches wide. There are monotyped rocks and mermaids from a woodcut, collaged onto board alongside acrylic painted elements. I’m not at all sure what I’ll do next, but I’ll report on progress in a few days time!