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….)
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
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
Dawn in the studio
Mini prints – some of them
Tony and Bron’s pieces talk to each other
Pennie’s shed in the evening light
Autumn is really here now
Dove Tales and pennants
Dove Tales again, this time in the morning
Jennifer Newbury’s story of the Dove
Visitors’ Book with long shadow
more long shadows
Anne Hawkins, the first person to sign onto a Dove course in the 1970’s, with May Payne
The last of Bron’s willow pattern plates finds a new home
Bron’s etchings and ceramics
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.
In 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…)
Pennie’s second course was colour mixing in oils. She took two different pigments of each of the primary colours, and 3 hours later, these were the results. In the garden, Michael Fairfax was teaching making musical instruments from willow pollard. Shavings flew for an hour or twoAnd 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.Here is Clare’s willow harp 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). Outside, Fiona Hingston’s Walking and Making groups were coming up with the following The day was impossibly beautiful, and the rich autumnal colours of the gathered materials only added to this. No 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.