Sunday, 22 January 2017

Inclusive arts project for people with and without disability in Thanet

I am always finding stuff on Twitter or Facebook. Stuff  that I would love to do or support and one of those is INSPIRATION CREATIVE a project I must admit that I don't know a lot about other than it is called FUSION and is starting shortly. The poster will tell you all about it and I aim to do more posts about this project

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Free Dance Classes in Thanet and Canterbury

I often see stuff on Twitter or Facebook about Thanet and today I saw the COASTAL DANCE SCHOOL  are doing dance classes at the Walpole Hotel in Cliftonville. That was the last place I actually danced or tried to dance with crutches so when I saw the advert it bought back happy memories.  COASTAL DANCE SCHOOL are hold  lessons at various venues here in Thanet and in Canterbury  check the website for times and details  and get dancing 
Ramsgate Lessons

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Last week of Turner at the Turner contemporary

Well I have got there at last. This is the last few days of the fantastic exhibition of J.M.W. Turner paintings at the Turner contemporary in Margate I haven't been able to get there before due to health issues and I am delighted to have made it. The place was mobbed I mean mobbed! One of the guides that I woke to told me visitor figures have been over the two thousand per day and it seemed all two thousand were in the gallery with me. Being in my wheelchair it was a bit overwhelming but I enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Painting drawing and now linocut block printing. My artistic efforts in Margate

Art is fun! Before Christmas well in October actually my sister in law purchased me a set of water colour paints and then I was hooked. I am rubbish at painting, awful at drawing and just plain bad at portraits, but what I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm. I doodle I draw I colour and I have a go. Being stuck in my wheelchair the days are long very looong so introducing new ways to keep myself occupied makes time disappear. Which brings us to my latest way to make time disappear Linocut printing. I know we have some world famous lino cut artist's here in Margate but it is probably because Thanet has become such a hot bed of artistic talent that I have shown interest.  I have always wanted to paint but knew that I had no artistic talents so I never got round to painting! But now at the grand old age of 61 I don't care. I am not doing it for praise I am doing it for me!
For Christmas one of our daughter's bought me some stuff from Lovelys in Northdown Road to get started on my next project, link cut block printing. Lovelys do some much art stuff it's a right little treasure trove and they have been supplying artists with stuff for over 125 years. Can you believe that doing the same thing for that long. I had jobs for less minutes! Paper paints and all manner of stuff both in the shop and online, I mention to someone I lived in Margate and they had bought online from Lovelys and the were in Newcastle. The power of the world wide web. Today Heather called into the shop to get me a bench hook to keep the link still and protect our dinning room table which has now become craft central but packed away for mealtimes.
I can only manage about an hour a day without exhausting myself so maybe soon I will have something to post but don't hold your breath I am slow  very slow.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Age means nothing to art Etel Adnan at 91 speaks truths about our need for Art in todays world

 I am writing this immediately after have read an interview with Ethel Adnan who at the age of 91 has rissen to fame in the world of art read the full article here
At the age of 91, Adnan has lived through many political earthquakes, but these have only made her more resolute in her conviction that “in times of trouble we need even more art and not less. It is not an extra, it is not superfluous, something marginal: it is something fundamental.” She may have reservations about the art world, but there is no doubt the art world needs Etel Adnan.

The words I have hi-lited  in blue rang true with me. Here we are in the midst of world turmoil and faced on all sides with problems yet a simple picture drawn by a six year old can make anyone smile. It  can light the face of the depressed the homeless and the hurting but what do we do? we cut back on the frivolous the unnecessarily. There is no place for enjoyment when you have nowhere to call home no food an security. But surely there is a space for the beauty seen by that six year old flower painter.  This reminds me of an anecdote about a teacher asking a  young child what he was painting I am painting a picture of God,” he responds. The teacher laughs. “No one knows what God looks like,” she says. “Well they will know when I finish my painting wont they!


"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso 

Yep  there you have it from the mouth of babes to a near centenarian art maters and its purpose is to make our daily life just that little bit brighter.

I love this one but:-

this one is my favourite