Monthly Archives: April 2021

No Frost At Night – Babylon Arts

No Frost At Night

Fourteen-day diary project

Babylon Arts (curator Sid White-Jones)

Completed 11 – 24 April 2021 and returned to Babylon Arts, Babylon Gallery, Ely

I expressed an interest in taking part in this project and received a 14 day diary to complete through the post. I took over a week to feel comfortable starting the project. After completing it I had this to say in the notes at the end of the diary:

Diaries are embarrassing; private and personal, they are unedited.

Approaching this project, I first thought of themes on which I could write or draw that would show a developing picture over the 14 days. Instead I just started one day, after coming home from my morning walk, quickly scribbling an impression that had stayed with me.

I have resisted the urge to improve on drawings, edit words, or add subsequent commentary. The pages show a spontaneous snapshot of (imperfect) memory.

I’ve learned from this project, or remembered, the discipline of capturing impressions, of thoughts, of reflecting on what meant something.

I plan to continue with something like this format to keep notes and set myself up for the day by being receptive to playfulness, to what intrigues me, and warming up my hand to make meaningful marks.

Thank you Sid White-Jones and Babylon Arts.

I won’t be including all of the pages here – some of them are embarrassing! And I feel they belong to the project which is now out of my hands. (I have returned the diary to Babylon Arts to make of what they wish for the exhibition.) Below are the notes that I made each day. It’s interesting to me that strung together they have a certain poetry to them.

– DAY ONE –

Pearly grays

Swallows soar and swoop

Stop to watch

Art can make me feel this way

– DAY TWO –

Blue sky

Skylarks

Rainbow dew

Treasures

Rust coloured catkins falling into the ouse making ripples like huge fish

– DAY THREE –

Reflections

Hidden treasure

– DAY FOUR –

Bursting bright

Soundscapes

Shadow shapes

– DAY FIVE –

Cormorants

Dragon shaped

Fire scraps found

– DAY SIX –

Midge cloud

– DAY SEVEN –

Stunning sun

Red

Kite

Flight

– DAY EIGHT –

Bumbling over clouds of white stars

First butterfly sight

– DAY NINE –

Misty

– DAY TEN –

So long heron

– DAY ELEVEN –

Dishevelled blue tit

Sitting flitting

Blossom snow falling

Slow flow into the river

Floating faster and faster

Till bumbled down the fall

– DAY TWELVE –

Sense of place

– DAY THIRTEEN –

Negative space

– DAY FOURTEEN –

Blackbird warning

‘Cat cat cat cat’

@cambridgecraftfestival 5 June 2021

I’m excited to be taking part in the innovative online Cambridge Craft Festival alongside dozens of talented makers.

As part of this I’ll be aiming to promote my signature abstract paintings incorporating emulsion paint as well as smaller abstracts on paper, drawings, prints and my collection of playful jewellery handmade with paint trapped inside delicate necklaces.

I look forward to learning a lot from my fellow makers and the fantastic organisers Camilla and Jem, both independent craft business owners based in Cambridge.

The festival will be Live on Instagram @cambridgecraftfestival and via the website cambridgecraftfestival.co.uk

I would say I can’t wait – but I’m also looking forward to the preparation, planning and promotion throughout May before we get there!