Thinking about the flag and England Women’s Football team in the World Cup semi-final tonight…
The 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line, Liverpool, May 25th – the three ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary II meet in the River Mersey and perform aquatic manoeuvres neither seen nor attempted before.
It was a sight to behold – a strange and unexpectedly emotional experience. Many scousers, including me, wept with pride.
This month I’m exhibiting my recent paintings at TOGS Gallery in the market town of Otley, West Yorkshire. The show runs until 29th May 2015 and the official opening is tomorrow night, Friday 15th May, 5-9pm. I’m looking forward to it… All welcome and refreshments will be provided.
The Old Grammar School Gallery, Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AY – map here
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm.
There are about 10,500 red telephone boxes like this one left in the UK. It’s the K6 model – over 60,000 were installed since it’s design in 1935 by Giles Gilbert Scott (also the same year my mum was born and Alcoholics Anonymous started).
The red phone box was recently voted the best British design of all time – beating Spitfire, London taxis and the miniskirt. Of course, that’s debatable. This phone box is by St Edmund’s Church in Roundhay, Leeds 8.
Stations of the Cross is an multi-media art exhibition which you can see for the next few weeks at St Edmund’s Church, Lidgett Park Road, Leeds LS8 1JN.
Curated by illustrator and artist Si Smith, fourteen Leeds-based artists were each given one of the 14 Stations of the Cross to interpret. I was commissioned to paint the Ninth Station – Jesus falls a third time.
Opening times, interviews with the artists and more can be found on the St Edmund’s Stations website.
Cars go by.
They cannot see
the yellow spots.
Only the walkers –
the dog walkers,
the lonely walkers,
the walkers in love –
Only the nature lovers,
the artists looking for inspiration –
Only the commuters taking short cuts and
the school children
on their way home
the yellow spots.
Animating myself painting – with a 10 year-old dv camcorder and stop motion pro software at Leeds Animation Workshop this weekend.
A hot and sunny day last century, in a friend and neighbour’s garden.
I’m lucky – quite a few people over the years have said to me, “Come and paint in my garden!”. For a long time I lived in places where there were no gardens, only yards – some parts of Leeds 8 are just bricks, cracked concrete and tarmac.
And so it was a kind offer when Rosie said I could paint in her garden and I took it up. She also lent me her car about 500 times before I could afford my own.
This painting is from the summer of 1991 – I remember the oriental poppies that Sumi had planted a few years before, they kept re-seeding themselves. And it looks like broad beans in front of the trellis.
Thanks for the encouragement and all your generosity, Rosie Foster (1953-2015).