The History of Action Stations, Boathouse 6.

I thought it would be interesting to do some research into the history of the Grade II Listed building, currently called “Action Stations” at the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth where we are hosting our exhibition. The building was originally built between 1845 and 1848 and called Boathouse 6.   It was used for the building, repair andContinue reading “The History of Action Stations, Boathouse 6.”

Can mindfulness be communicated through art?

As I come close to the end of my MA Fine Art course, I am preparing to exhibit the pieces I have made in response to the proposal I wrote at the end of 2015.Over the course of 2016 I have read widely about mindfulness and mental illness and it began to influence the workContinue reading “Can mindfulness be communicated through art?”

Release the voice that refuses to acknowledge the real me…

Self-Observation Without Judgement   Release the harsh and pointed innervoice. It’s just a throwback to the past,and holds no truth about this moment.Let go of self-judgment, the old,learned ways of beating yourself upfor each imagined inadequacy.Allow the dialogue within the mindto grow friendlier, and quiet. Shiftout of inner criticism and lifesuddenly looks very different.I canContinue reading “Release the voice that refuses to acknowledge the real me…”

You will love again the stranger that was yourself….

Love after Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was yourself. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,Continue reading “You will love again the stranger that was yourself….”

Art and therapy – can they work together?

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the start of the Art Therapy Conference at Goldsmiths Uni in London.     I stumbled on this last week and bought a ticket to listen to the key note speakers without really realising what it was.   In the event I found myself surrounded by highly qualifiedContinue reading “Art and therapy – can they work together?”

The pictures they didn’t want you to see!

Yesterday I had 30 mins to wait between trains at Brighton Station, and since I had my camera with me and since it is a beautiful place, I started taking some pictures.  I tend to shoot from the hip and people rarely realise I am photographing.   After about 25mins, a security guard approached meContinue reading “The pictures they didn’t want you to see!”

Mindfulness – making space in your day

Over the last couple of years I have dabbled with mindfulness and seen the benefits that it can bring.  There is a LOT in the press about mindfulness at the moment but I still see a great deal of confusion about what it actually is.At one end of the scale, mindfulness can be full onContinue reading “Mindfulness – making space in your day”

Blue – how to choose one?

A painting I am planning is going to be mainly blue, and not any old blue either, I have a very specific blue in my head and that got me thinking about why we chose certain blues?Blue is arguably the most important colour to us – it has surrounded us since the beginning of timeContinue reading “Blue – how to choose one?”

Calder’s Sculptures and a Sunny Afternoon

I went to see the exhibition at Tate Modern yesterday showing Alexander Calder’s performing sculptures.  I had no expectations of what it would be like but I left Tate Modern very excited about what I had seen.I loved his work – the delicate way he managed to abstract the human body with his wire sculptures wasContinue reading “Calder’s Sculptures and a Sunny Afternoon”

Mark Anstee – living in the moment

Yesterday we had a visit from Mark Anstee who makes huge temporary artworks – often (always?) with a historical and emotional aspect, using wonderful creative ideas and incredible drawing skills.It was a huge pleasure to discuss our forthcoming MA work with Mark before his talk, he had something pertinent to say about all our plans andContinue reading “Mark Anstee – living in the moment”