It was my husband Graham’s idea to collect all the sketches and drawings I’ve done over several years and publish them alongside my poetry. If nothing else, it has made my drawings and numerous poems accessible where as before they were literally everywhere! Old notebooks and sketchbooks, scraps of paper, scribbles on envelopes. It took quite a while to sort them out, and match up, at least where possible, each poem to a drawing. I think it works and I’m quite pleased my bits and pieces are all now bound up in one book. Named after the title poem, it’s called ‘Meet Me at Low Tide’ – for details see ‘Books’.
I’ve been doing some mixed media pictures for a change. This one is my own interpretation of a Russian icon. I like the phrase the composer, the late John Taverner used to describe his love of icons. He said they were like: “A window into heaven”. In this picture of the Madonna and Child, I have used a mixture of oil paint and collage to give a mosaic effect – the gold, sequins and shiny fabric catch the light and seem to draw the eye.
I’m delighted to be able to tell you Rev. Imogen Nay accepted my gift of this painting for the church and it now hangs permanently in the Lady Chapel of St.Andrew’s Church, Rugby. I love the way it catches the light when the candles flicker in the evening, in the half-darkness. I’m working on another icon now, in the same mixed media of oils and collage. the subject is: St. Francis.
I don’t spend a lot of time painting these days but when I’ve finished a first draft and want to do something else to relax, preferably without using any more words, I like to paint. Here are a couple of my oil-paintings:
This was painted from my imagination. There’s something about old derelict boats that captures my imagination.