Some places truly strike a cord.
These are places that preoccupy you for many days after your visit.
The place you really cannot wait to get back to. Whittenham Clumps is one of my places.
I walked past it in July 2103 with two friends as we walked the Thames Path. I immediately created a linocut from the drawing I made at that time. It has been at the back of my mind since as a magic place, there, but not quite.
Remarkable views are here, you look across Oxfordshire to the north, Chilterns to the East, South and West across the Berkshire Downs and Wiltshire.
The artist Paul Nash, who first saw them in 1911, described the view from The Clumps: "a beautiful legendary country haunted by old gods long forgotten” Paul Nash repeatedly painted Wittenham Clumps. I hope to follow in his wake, in a more industrious fashion than I have hitherto.
Painting the library
November 2017 and in February 2018 were the first times I had engaged publicly about my painting.
(Aside from muttered openings in my 2010 and 2011 shows).
I finished the actual 'talk' in forty minutes and then we got into an exercise: I'd bought some gear and paper and a jar of Rudbeckia stems and we all got to work.
It was a really exciting session! A big thanks to Beaconsfield Library for suggesting the idea and helping to make it fly!
Three big learnings
1. People are more interested in how one does something more than why or what
2. People love getting stuck into something
3. Taking along some equipment so people could have a go with untried materials was a bonus - for they love experimenting with something new