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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...

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.


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.

March 10, 2017

Follow this artist's journey as she creates a new body of work inspired by a residency on the isle of Iona.

January 31, 2017

Alison Critchlow is about to embark upon a journey to the Isle of Iona. Here she shares her thoughts about her painting in progress.

December 13, 2016

A last minute invitation to join an early evening cruise on Lake Windermere. Mid-October, light drizzle. I did a series of very quick watercolour and charcoal sketches on the boat. Fading light and low cloud made for a fabulously ambiguous atmosphere. The hills came an...

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