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November 13, 2018

My drawings in Dove Cottage garden usually start by finding a good twig. I dip it carefully into the ink bottle and I'm away. It seems appropriate to use sticks from the garden to make drawings and they tend to make interesting marks. I also use a trusty old box of wat...

November 13, 2018

Transitions, twilight, gloaming, thresholds - moments between states - is this where slippage might occur? A timeless space…

Wordsworth’s garden. Time leaps through the centuries and the fading light is half now, half then. One foot in reality, the other in another zone...

November 13, 2018

  

A quiet Sunday afternoon , I'm drinking coffee and looking at work in progress in my studio. It is early July and the summer heat has been building for several weeks. The studio is so warm now that even oil paint is quick drying. All the night paintings are coll...

March 2, 2018

It's 2am and I am mixing snow into a small mound of oil paint… it's refusing to melt and so I chop the little beads of ice until I have the consistency of slush. It feels gritty on the brush and is too crunchy for fluid marks; but I am undeterred.

Ni...

January 1, 2018

Alongside looking at manuscripts I have been drawing in Dove Cottage garden (William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s home at Grasmere) which is an interesting experience. This is fuelling so many new paintings. In my head they are queuing up to be painted! Noticing details an...

November 30, 2017

I'm falling in love with the Lake District all over again. The last few months have seen me working at Grasmere, Rydal, Thirlmere and Derwentwater. I love this time of year, there is nothing better than a few crisp hours spent drawing outside. 

I am looki...

July 4, 2017

I have been invited to interpret an extract from Dorothy Wordsworth's journal as part of an exhibition called "Weather Words" at the Wordsworth Museum. A fascinating and inspiring project, a bit like peering into the creative process across the centuries. I began by ch...

July 4, 2017

Time is running away with me! Since my return from Iona, whole hours have been soaked up by dashes and drips of paint. I have been finding ways to chart time and tide. Hours in the studio seem to have gone by at double speed. Brushes loaded with colour have leapt along...

April 21, 2017

Spring is in the air and there's a real sense that the island of Iona is 'waking up.' The Argyll Hotel re-opened yesterday after the winter, the Columba Hotel is getting a coat of paint and the Garden Café is serving lunch from Wednesday to Saturday… all of which signa...

March 17, 2017

Alison's experience as Artist In Residence in Iona - how a fog brought clarity and how a cancelled ferry brought a sense of urgency to her painting.

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