Category Archives: Life

Words and images

Words are powerful.  In an age of social media, blogging and the internet in general,  words are used constantly.   They are used as weapons, and as healing salve.  Words are encoded in us, it is my feeling.  Meaning, I cannot … Continue reading

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The wifi kids

Every summer I host and teach English to non-native English speaking kids, who come to stay with my family for a ‘total immersion’ experience in an English family.  I teach them in the mornings, and in the afternoons we have … Continue reading

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Walking and EMDR

    While I have always known the benefits of walking in terms of health and well-being, I am always open to making new discoveries about the healing that goes with walking.  I know that I am especially obsessed with … Continue reading

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Random Recollections of Phoenix

I was sitting and painting just now, and randomly remembered the first time I went to Phoenix, Arizona.  I hadn’t been in America long and was working for a start-up magazine, as a P.A.  I was staying at a friend … Continue reading

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Solstice Trees and Seas

This winter solstice feels calm, gentle and quite soothing.  I walked out along the cliff path and decided that, in spite of a few party invitations, I would listen to my body/mind and seasonal rhythms and stay at home tonight.  … Continue reading

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Tarkovsky

I was first introduced to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky at art school, in the film club.  I didn’t get it.  I was young and full of energetic distraction.  Now, a few decades on, I cannot get enough of his … Continue reading

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Charleston Farm House

Occasionally I feel the pull, and take myself for a few hours to Charleston.  It’s one of my happy places.  Nestled in the gentle undulations of the south Downs it feels a world away from ordinary life.  A haven, once … Continue reading

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Sketches of Today

        Sketches from my sketch book, nasturtiums in the Crown, my new glasses and my daughter’s gig’s sound check at the De la Warr Pavillion with the Printworks, Hastings where it was blowing a gale, wind whipping … Continue reading

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There and Here

There exists within me some kind of urgency in both the need to make art, to travel to certain places and to walk.  To commune with the earth, by walking on it, making pathways, making tracks and connections.  I think … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Like most young art students, I read John Berger’s books ‘Ways of Seeing’ and ‘About Looking’ and they have stayed with me all my life.  Something about the clarity and purity of the way he wrote, accessible yet deeply revelatory. … Continue reading

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