In this way I can produce sets of patterns with lovely textures that just have to sit around and wait until I am inspired by them. Then the trick is to pick out just enough detail to define what I have seen without losing the mystery of the marks. It’s as if the pictures are paintings themselves, and that they were just waiting for me to be in the right frame of mind to see them. I'm sure that someone else would see completely different things in them......
I have been working on a collection of paintings of trees for some time now. It’s a subject I return to quite often. I have made so many sketches and studies on the subject that I am seeing tree shapes everywhere. My feelings around their wanton destruction and our disregard for their importance are also coming to the surface.
I will be exhibiting these paintings - and many more - at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina from September 7th until October 30th. The collection will be titled "The Rhythm of Life" and will explore the connections I make between trees, music and movement. For more information please contact me HERE
Figure Drawing classes at Palazzo de Piro will start on Tuesday July 5th - we will be working with live models every week.
Outdoor classes at Villa Bologna will continue on Friday July 8th.
Both classes are from 9.30 am to 12pm and are 20 euro, 6 classes for 100 euro.
All levels are welcome - we are all eternal students !
More information HERE
The trip was organised by PaintMalta’s Miriam Fiorini and Ann Caruana Montaldo, and GoSicily’s Mario Spiteri. Between them they tailored a unique idea. Painters and non-painters paid the same amount. The painters were taken to the chosen locations and then left in our capable hands to sketch, paint and have a generally arty day.
The non-painters had a separate itinerary and, guided by the amazingly well-informed and enthusiastic Mario, visited all kinds of interesting local venues and sites. From the archaeological fascination of old Noto to the nature park outside Marzamemi, from wine-tasting to churches and historical sites, he entertained and delighted them all.
Both groups met for lunch and then went their ways again afterwards. Everyone had the option of changing groups if they felt like it; painting half the day and then sightseeing, for example.
On the first day we caught the early morning ferry from Malta and arrived in Pozallo around 8.30 am. We then stopped for coffee and pastry in a charming cafe next to a completely deserted beach in Marina di Modica. Apparently it gets very busy in August but it was a very peaceful scene that morning!
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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