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Faye’s apple blossom sketches

Easter Sunday, and artist Faye Suzannah and dog Mango came to stay for a week’s residency in the Door House. The perfect week to choose, with blossom bursting out all over, as here in the Whitefield

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Happy dog

and here on the ash trees (sorry, not blossom: embryos already! A fecund tree)

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Ash trees getting on with the business of procreation

Other artists were attracted to the Nature bounty that is going on:

Easter week 3

Corinne sketching in the Dove Meadow

Meanwhile Faye was making excursions into a poly tunnel

Easter week 4

A tropical world, and it’s just next door.

where she sketched the flag irises (not often you find a pond in a poly tunnel) and became intrigued by the entwined fig branches

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Figs and Flags by Faye

while I was mesmerised by a falling peach blossom that never made it to the ground:

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Frozen in time

On the following Saturday it was Artists’ Book Club Dove day in my studio, and after discussing our current book theme ‘Repetition’, we drew a new topic for the month ahead out of the pot: ‘Tracks’. Which made me think of the animal tracks running through the flowers on the Whitefield, so we made our way round there after lunch; across Wild Lea (which I wanted to call Broad Lea because it is always broad whichever way you look at it and therefore in need of a panoramic photo. The Dove used to be known as Broad Moor farm not so long ago and you can see why from this photo)

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Broad Lea? Getting wilder, anyway

The sheep have been ‘borrowed’ from a nearby farmer: they are large, and so I’m told, prize-winning Charolais sheep that are grazing the tough rye grasses that were planted on this field over the past few years. But new grasses are appearing fast, and we are hoping for a gradual change to meadow grasses and flowers. Then into the Whitefield with its glorious carpet of cowslips (a cowslippy year, said a friend).

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Making tracks through the Whitefield

Back to base via the Dove Meadow, where Clare hopped like a bird onto Olivia’s ‘perch”. This little platform that we put up last year is to be the start of the Tree house project starting this coming Saturday, 6th May, places still available in the enthusiastic group that is forming around this venture…come and join us in the trees!

Easter week 8

First venture back into the trees

A friend, Peta Orbach, just sent me the link to this beautiful new art shop ‘Colossal’ that has just opened in Tokyo, which set me thinking about some of the photos I’ve been taking/processing during Amazing Space.

Maybe ‘Colossal’ isn’t quite the word for us: more ‘Small is beautiful too’.

 

A visit from Bournemouth Arts Club

A visit from Bournemouth Arts Club

The last four days have been all about light and I’ve been running round Amazing Space with my camera, completely captivated. Here’s a selection since Monday. We finish on Sunday: last chance to come and see the show if you haven’t already!

Pauline's ceramic long tailed tits reflected

Pauline’s ceramic long tailed tits reflected

Dawn in the studio

Dawn in the studio

Mini prints - some of them

Mini prints – some of them

Mirroring

Tony and Bron’s pieces talk to each other

Pennie's shed in the evening light

Pennie’s shed in the evening light

Autumn is really here now

Autumn is really here now

Dove Tales and Pennants

Dove Tales and pennants

Dove Tales again, this time in the morning

Dove Tales again, this time in the morning

Jennifer Newbury's story of the Dove

Jennifer Newbury’s story of the Dove

Visitors' Book with long shadow

Visitors’ Book with long shadow

and again...

more long shadows

Anne Hawkins, the first person to sign onto a Dove course in the 1970's, with May Payne

Anne Hawkins, the first person to sign onto a Dove course in the 1970’s, with May Payne

The last of Bron'swillow pattern plates finds a new home

The last of Bron’s willow pattern plates finds a new home

Bron's etchings and ceramics

Bron’s etchings and ceramics

Late flowers

Late flowers

Fiona's pressings with Michael's fiddlesticks

Fiona’s pressings with Michael’s fiddlesticks reflected

Autumn was at its loveliest for the Dove Weekend of Workshops. 40 people came over the 2 days, and there was barely a break in proceedings,the atmosphere was so concentrated.

Abstract drawing 1In case you were wondering, this is not a pile of rubbish at the back of the workshops: it is the still life arrangement for the Abstract Drawing course, run by Pennie Elfick. Somehow, the above translated into this (or maybe this was a different exercise: I wasn’t paying attention…)

Abstract drawing 2

Pennie’s second course was colour mixing in oils. She took two different pigments of each of the primary colours, and 3 hours later,  Colour mixing 1these were the results. Colour mixing 2 In the garden, Michael Fairfax was teaching making musical instruments from willow pollard. Shavings flew for an hour or twoInstruments from willow pollardAnd then instruments started to emerge. This was actually made from apple, a far harder wood to work as it was very dry, but Teresa managed it and came up with this made to measure instrument.Instruments 2Here is Clare’s willow harp Instruments 3 In the studio, Variations on the Fold book were being carefully constructed, tutored by Jane Paterson. Jane is being urged to run a handmade books class – at the moment there isn’t one here since my handmade books class became the independent group ABCD (Artists’ Book Club Dove). Variations on the Fold Book 1 Outside, Fiona Hingston’s Walking and Making groups were coming up with the followingWalking and Making 1 Walking and Making 2 Walking and making 3The day was impossibly beautiful, and the rich autumnal colours of the gathered materials only added to this. Walking and making 4 Walking and making 6No pictures of the Ever Useful Coptic binding course, as the photographer was also the tutor (Bron Bradshaw); the students were so concentrated, that there was no time to even think of photos. But books were produced, and I hope they will prove to be ever useful.

Good comments in the feedback forms, and great enthusiasm for this kind of workshop format. So keep an eye on the Dove Arts page: we may be advertising another weekend, although not until the Spring. Thanks to everyone who came and who taught: it was a great weekend with a wonderful atmosphere.

Indigo dyeing with Jane Paterson on a beautiful blue midsummer day. What better. This is the ABCD group generating material for their book sculpture. See the ABCD page for what happened next.