Howling back the Ice

I have been working on a collection of images all based around the premise of ‘Howling back the Ice’.  It has been hard not to be thinking, and feeling pretty heartbroken about climate change and the plight of our animals across the globe who are facing extinction or, who have already sadly, met that fate.

I was listening to a folk tale about shape shifting called ‘The man who became a wolf’ this particular version was read by storyteller & poet Jay Leeming (well worth finding him on podcast- The Crane Bag) The story incubates ideas and thoughts of mans relationship to nature. Our disconnect of these wilder realms can be seen in our profit seeking landscapes which strip the balance from nature and our own inner terrains.

I painted this painting ‘Howling Back the Ice’ which has led me on to create a set of mixed greetings cards based around the idea of the creatures themselves that inhabit the artic calling back those pearly ice glaciers. My sense is the more we can bring images of these creatures and landscapes into our everyday lives, we feel a sense of connection to them which may in turn help us consider our own choices of how to help the current challenges facing us and them globally.

These paintings will soon be available to buy on my online shop, Etsy and at various outlets and pop up stalls over Winter- more information on this to follow shortly.

I will be donating a percentage from each sale of these cards to a conservation charity.

Saplings & Crown

It has been such a fantastic time doing the Open Studios in Devon at Hearn field Pavilion in Combeinteignhead during the past few weeks. I have had some great conversations, met some wonderful people and had a really fun time.

Thank you to everyone who came along, the other fab artists who I exhibited alongside~ Charlotte Biba Bouchard, Niamph Geralty, James Deane, Pippa Radley and Angela Bennett and a big thank you to those of you who bought cards, prints and paintings and general support towards doing what I love.

As promised to various people throughout the exhibition I am going to endeavour to blog a bit about some of my paintings.

I thought I would begin with my painting ‘Saplings & Crown’.

During the creation of this painting over the summer I would drift to sleep with my window open listening to the call of the owls in the inky night. I love the idea of our dream worlds merging and enchanting our everyday lives. A doorway between our inner and outer realities.

The air was thick and warm as the night spilled it through the cracks of the darkened room. Around the small brick house the trees rose high towards the sky, robed in rustling leaves.

Heavy with sleep, her mind filled with vivid landscapes, ancient ruins and crumbling memories. Through her open window, far in the distance an owl screeched, gently rousing her as it flew into her dreams and dropped feathers onto her mud stained footsteps. As she knelt to pick up a soft plume she discovered it had already taken root and small white flowers had began to unfurl.”

Devon Open Studios

I am currently exhibiting my work as part of Devon Open Studios on the bank of the River Teign in Combeinteignhead at Hearn field Pavilion alongside 5 other artists.

I have Original Paintings, Prints and cards for sale.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 6th to 22nd September every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The other artists include a blacksmith (bringing a forge for live demos, a jewellery maker, fused glass maker, a ceramicist and a potter.

There will be tea and home made cakes available at the Wood Shed Cafe and have a go arty activities including metal work, printmaking and postcard painting.

From the Newton Abbot Penn Inn Roundabout follow signs to Combeinteignhead and continue straight all the way to the village until you see signs for ‘venue 100’ decorated with yellow bunting on the left. Postcode TQ12 4RR.
As a final incentive for visiting….the venue is a swift scenic 2 mins walk to Combe Cellars which is a pub with views across the Teign river.. … if you’ve never been it’s defintely worth a trip…. and perhaps even a pint!

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Reboot Arts Project with DAISI

 

I was very excited to see the culmination of a 6 month project with DAISI  watching the window displays I have digitally curated as part of #Daisi’s Reboot Project put up. I have designed these panels from the pieces of work from over 400 children across Exeter from workshops with 5 different artists. @monica_shanta_@tanyamorelart, James Lake, Chris Jelley and myself @inkyforests. I will be embedding AR codes tomorrow so by the beginning of next week you can go and discover more about the project and the Clarence Hotel Fire. Paris Street Exeter . @daisiarts @exeter @princesshayexeter#windowdisplays #collectiveart#childrensart #artseducation #exeterhistory#windowart #artprojects #exetershopfronts#halfterm #thingstodoinexeter#thingstodoindevon #thingstodowithkids#cararoxanneart

Crow Puppets busy bee summer of festivals

Folk band Crow Puppets have been busy playing at festi’s and gigs across the West Country including; Lakefest, Bristol Harbour fest, Lostfest, Credfest, Soupstock, Exeter Respect Festival and Glas-denbury. As well as getting to play to lots of lovely folks we got to hear some great musicians too. One of my favourites was blues, folk and roots singer songwriter Matt Woosey.

Check the links below to hear/see some of his live footage. To follow…

More photos to follow soon.

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Illustrations for Caboodle books

I am currently illustrating a set of images and the cover for publishing company Caboodle books, and the very wonderful author Sally Crabtree for her latest book called The Word Bird. I throughly recommend having a look at Sally’s website and check out her amazing creativities. Sally Crabtree

I can’t reveal the illustrations properly yet but here’s a little section from one of them…

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Giant Storytelling bed

This summer I was involved with a team of artists to create a giant storytelling bed installation for Dame Hannah’s at Seale Hayne. It was exhibited for 6weeks and will soon be able to see at Salcombe National Trust House. I worked with students to help design and make some of the patches with screen printing, fabric paints, dye and stitch. I also painted my biggest ever headboard….

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One less Wonder in the world

Its been a busy couple of weeks. On saturday my folk band Crow Puppets www.crowpuppets.com played at South Devon Arts Centre supporting The Little Unsaid then on Sunday we went into the Eat Music studio in Plymouth and played some of our songs live across the airwaves.

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Here’s the link if you fancy a listen. It includes some personal favourite tracks from our favourite musicians chosen by Em (fellow Crow Puppet) and myself including the very wonderful John Renbourn. I am devastated to hear he has passed having been a huge influence on my own love of playing the guitar. I remember the first time I heard ‘Sweet Potato’ knowing then that I would always aspire to finger pick the guitar, although since have ended up developing my own rather strange idiosyncratic style rather than recreate the talents of Renbourn. I grew up listening to Pentangle and whenever I hear their songs I am immediately returned to the crackling fire of the old Norfolk cottage I grew up in. Renbourn leaves a big hole in this world, we have much to thank him for as a large part of the cultural heritage of English folk which emerged during the 60’s. Here he is playing Buckets of Rain by Dylan with Robin Williamson, Sweet Potato and a Pentangle classic, enjoy. http://youtu.be/jXmJu8s-SYI.
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