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What's a typical day like?

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  Susie! Hello! It’s Tom from Red Propeller, how’re you doing? As well as providing us with frankly stunning artwork to sell, I was hoping you’d be able to answer a few questions for me? Little nuggets of information for people to chew on, get to know the pieces a bit better, and yourself a bit better! I think it’d go a long way in connecting people to the art, the artists, and the gallery. Please, feel free to be as verbose or succinct as you’d like, completely up to you. (And feel free to pick and choose the questions, answer all of them if you want, or just a few, it’s all good!) Looking forward to hearing from you! All the best Tom What/who inspires you? (Day to day, in your work, anything you like!) Sea, river, stream, spring, vortex, pool, puddle, rain, hail, spill, splash, tide, rip, current, backwash, ice, tap, leak, gutter, gush, flow, flood, tears,... The irreverence and the joy that is Water. What’s a typical working day like? I usually get up at 7 to practice yoga, then aft

Elemental tissue

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A sense of wonder and fresh awareness in being alive and in this very moment while being entwined with our world around us is central to my working process. When I enter the sea i am part of it. there is an interchange, a communication, a communion, that goes on. I have no proof of this and I can't explain it. I keep trying to word it though. Not that it needs wording, and maybe that is the point; that it is something that is beyond words. Heck, this seems as if I'm talking about the Tao! And we all know, that the Tao cannot be put into words. I think the point is it is meant to remain tangible yet out of reach of the rational.  I have just come across an exciting article in Aeon online magazine by Dan Nixon, writer for The Times among other papers, and he brings Merleau Ponty together with David Abrams and Paul Valery to point out the embodied experience of being. Thank you Dan. Here are some delicious quotes from it that resonate within my work:  Citing the French poet Paul V

Masks

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  "Inspiration will come, but it has to find you working" -  Picasso This is me, working in my studio with white spirit - hence the face mask! It gets quite hot and uncomfortable in my mask but protects me from the fumes so I put up with it. When this corona virus first appeared in the UK I used one of my studio masks to go out shopping in, but realised it looked a bit freaky to people, so covered it with fake flowers. It looked good and got voted 'Best Mask' by both Morrisons, Tescos, and Coop staff (unofficially of course) but I'll take that.  I am back to a more conventional mask now when I go out to the shops, which is great because I can see what I'm buying now! as I don't have to struggle to see over the flower border!  I don't go out much anyway(though you've probably guessed that already judging by the face attire!), I mean, I go to the sea more than 'out out'. I swim most days, though it is midday and I am still not warmed up from

Welcome to my notebook pages

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Hello,   This is my first note to you from my studio - at least in a long time.  You may have already visited  my website  and seen my artwork online or in a gallery, or heard my work live at readings, lectures, on radio broadcasts, in magazines and books... or maybe you haven't yet! Anyway, I used to write regular posts, but I realise now that these were really paintings or sculptures themselves - only with  words ! which is all very fine, but I realised - and a friend prompted me  - thank you Lola! -  that people want to know  more , more of the 'nuts and bolts', such as: what the work  is   about , the  materials involved, see the making of it, studio life,  influences,   etc …    So t hink of these posts as  very short   gallery talks  by the artist, but more intimate.  Let me know if you have any questions, or if you'd rather not receive these posts anytime and for whatever reason - you don't have to explain - I unsubscribe, resubscribe, and subscribe often!  I