Artist in Residence Blog - First Months at Watts Gallery and Ruskin Inspiration

Posted by Admin on 5 Mar 2014, 10:46 a.m.

My first month as Artist in Residence at Watts has flown by. I've settled into the delightful studio and been made very welcome. Already there is so much material here to chose from and be inspired by. The wide variety of subjects covered by Watts in his work from time (my main interest) to social commentary provide tremendous food for thought. The current Ruskin exhibition has also challenged me to focus on particular aspects of detail in my drawing, as well as to take a renewed interest in the daguerrotype. I'm continuing to explore the theme of time, and its material and emotional effects, using weathered objects found here in the woods around Limnerslease (Watts former home).

I am also developing a collaborative project on the subject of hope and will involve visitors to the studio. Watts' Hope painting, as well as Mary Watts Chapel designs and collaborative approach, have inspired this. My next open studio is on 13th March 2-4pm, so do come along then. In the meantime, I'm pleased to share my first piece of work created here with you. 


Left, First piece of work at Watts Gallery, Standing on the Edge of Time - charcoal drawing, acrylic and collage