I am very honoured to find out that I have been selected for the Mark Rothko residency I applied for in June! It is a marvellous opportunity to have intensive studio time, meet artists from around the world, and live art 24 hours a day for 12 days. I simply can't wait! Fifteen international artists have been chosen for the residency which takes place at the birthplace of Mark Rothko in Daugavpils, Latvia. We will have hotel accommodation and meals provided, and tours, conferences, art debates, studio visits and a full, artistic programme. It all culminates in an exhibition and catalogue. My obligation is to contribute a painting, and I hope I can leave behind a painting that is worthy of the wonderful experience. All artists have to make 2 paintings and I have already chosen my canvas sizes (large ones), and our materials are provided. I may end up making more than two, as I like to work in series. I am very excited as I realise that this will be a whole new arena, and the experiences of working with other professional artists, with different approaches and ideas, and spending time in an art oriented environment, are going to have a profound affect on my work.
I will be flying to Latvia on September 13th and returning on September 26th. The link is below: http://rothkoresidences.lv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=20&lang=en
I have already booked my flight!
('Paphos walk,' watercolour on paper, 8ins x 11ins)
I arrived back from Cyprus on Wednesday, after a very refreshing and inspiring trip. While I was there, I made a large series of watercolours, black and white paintings, and drawings, from some evolving ideas. Somehow being out of my usual environment allowed me to feel quite liberated. This is one of them. ('Vista,' watercolour on paper, 8ins x 11ins) I can't stop drawing at the moment, so am going to just follow where it takes me - which seems to be into watercolour. Next week, once I've done all the tiresome, post-holiday jobs (washing, tidying, etc), I'll take some of these ideas onto canvas. I do feel incredibly inspired right now, and that something new is emerging.