Thursday, 20 June 2013


So, tomorrow I am going to be doing a webinar with the painter Ryan Mosley at 11am.
Here is one of his pics I like -

Ryan Mosley's Taking Care of the Crops (2009–2010) View larger picture    

Then at 1pm I am meeting Georgina and her aunty who want to do some things other than photography! Great.

And at 3pm I am meeting Hannah from Sanctuary Housing in Shiregreen who wants to put in a funding bid to do some intergenerational cultural activity locally.

I am looking forward to it.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Monday, 17 June 2013

I guess I am thinking...

I need to be more directed, possibly more directive and push the/my positives...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

I guess I a wondering....

...what next?

Lots of activity with lots of people but not that much grabbing me yet...time will tell.

and more...

Parson X - engaged work

To continue -

I spoke to a group called Engage run by Michele Ward from SOAR and out of that I now have five women working with me: two sisters, two16 year olds and another woman all doing photography. Two people have responded to my poster that I put around the estate - one an experienced oil painter who wanted to find out about what's happening locally and a young woman and her aunty who I have yet to meet. Also Kit - who is a (male) illustrator. So, if numbers is what it is about, and I'm sure its not, I am now working with 9 people.

I have also been going to the social café but no one has joined me from there yet.

I hired a photographic studio in SOAR for the two sisters. Here are some of the best pics.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

YAS work - contd..

The work on my first day was through connecting with Michele's Engage project at Longley 4G and with Guy and Miriam's social café group...
The one, so far, that has connected me with most people is the Engage group....
More of which later.......

THEN I started on the Yorkshire Artspace Scheme

After training days in January, February and March, we (me and Frances and Elisa and Daniel) began our engaged art work/action research on Parson Cross in April this year. The first day was brilliant.

I can't remember the details except that two big opportunities were presented as a result of talking to Michele and Guy in SOAR. To follow...

In the meantime here is a picture of the cow in Weston Park museum, taken by Jessica Matthews, one of the two sisters I am currently working with.

more pictures of paintings

as promised....

I love this last one! It started life as five black angry stripes and became a rivelin valley-inspired landscape.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Film and paintings

Before I formally started on the YAS scheme, I did two main things. I made a film (with Steve Pool, Martin Currie and Peter Applerock) about my experience of discovering art on Parson Cross. Here it is:

And then I started painting (and drawing) in the Ruskin Studio. Started in about October 2012. I also did Dick's drawing class for a few weeks before I had to pack it in cos I was working that day. It was good.

I have been painting on canvas (for the first ever time) and on paper. The larger ones are on paper.
Here are the best ones:

More pics of paintings to follow...very soon.