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Is it just me, or are the grasses particularly beautiful this year? Especially when seen up against Pennie Elfick’s Shed painting, which continues to enchant and reflect the landscape. You can perhaps see here that the willows have been pollarded and cast a more leafy shadow. Michael Fairfax came over yesterday to collect his Fiddlesticks for Priddy Folk Festival, and remarked on the completely changed feel of the place from last year. Here are the willows (it’s getting dark now, nights are drawing in….)

Willows 8.7.16

 

Another day, another sculpture leaves Amazing Space. Paul Stubbs’ zigzag ceramic had lost a couple of pieces during one of the recent fierce north winds, and he decided it was time to call it a day. Next on the list: Michael Fairfax’s fiddlesticks? Up until a week or so ago there were still half the fiddlesticks attached, but the same north wind saw to them too, and down they came (4 left). Pennie Elfick’s Shed continues to receive the shadows of the willows, but they too will change in a week or two: time for a thorough pollarding I think, a fresh beginning. Watch this space.

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.