There is a cruise ship squatting in the bay. I saw it this morning framed by an impossible radiant light over -arched by lowering grey clouds. It is the Cannes Film Festival so it will rain😀
It made me think of a painting I made recently – one of many with the theme of migrants. I always return to the plight of the migrants. Where are they now? The “swarm” of desperate, displaced people who filled our news time not so long ago?
This is a mixed media piece – approx 150 x150 cm. It is oil on canvas with a moving blanket and a porpoise bone. The rafts are oyster shells, balanced precariously on a sea marked with coffin shaped holes where hope fell through.
I won’t be showing this one to the sedated cruise masses as they flood past my studio later looking for a reason.
Walking home along the Ramparts on an unusually cold, blustery Monday morning, I discover that my insides have turned to gold!
Not solid gold like Midas – but a clear yellow, cadmium that I seem to be excreting from my eyes.
Yes – my eyes drip when it is windy. I always have a tissue in a pocket to dab at the corners – and when I pulled one out to staunch the flow this time, I noticed that yesterday’s tears had left a bright yellow residue on the tissue. Yes! Gold on the inside!
So much gold in fact that it was leaking out of any orifice.
OK – so I had eaten a quantity of fresh turmeric the day before, but the idea of creating colour with my own body really sits with my Recupe art practice right now.
After all, Indian Yellow comes from Cow urine – and then, there is that up-market coffee made from beans that have circumnavigated the digestive system of a rodent before being collected and roasted……
Art classes in the Vieille Antibes with Nicola Powys
January 2018 (Not for everybody!)
What, Where and When:
2 hour classes of art, inspiration, design and creativity.
13, rue des Revennes, Antibes. (nearest parking – La Poste. Nearest free parking – Les Salis)
10.00 – 12.00 Saturday mornings until Easter.
What can I expect?
2 hours of professional tuition by a local artist and qualified teacher.
Small groups, so lots of individual help and guidance.
Varied exercises and projects. You will learn how to see, improve your drawing and painting skills, experiment with different techniques and materials and create work you can be proud of.
If there is a specific technique or art project that you have been meaning to do for a while, you can use the classes to build up and develop the ideas for it.
Otherwise, be guided by Nicola to use art to create an unfurling of possibility in your life!
15 euros per class, basic materials included.
(If you book four consecutive classes, the cost is 50 euros – a small saving if you know you can come to all four!)