Concertina Circle

Fortnightly on a Wednesday at Courtyard Studios

Concertina book in progress My concertina books are an invaluable store of ongoing research; they inform me about my own creativity and are beautiful artefacts in themselves.

So…….would you enjoy coming to a Concertina Circle to work alongside others in a spirit of freedom and focus? Find out how you will fill a concertina with your own responses to endless possibility.

Come and do the Concertina!

Times:  Either   3.30 – 5.30 pm   or   7.30 – 9.30 pm

Dates:  Jan 16th  Jan 30th  Feb13th  Feb 27th  Mar 13th

The concertina will be supplied (housed in a box with plenty of growing room) along with a file for resources and a cotton hold-all bag. Some materials also provided, but be prepared to ‘magpie’ treasures of your own, vessels to keep them safe in, and to bring your own favourite tools to work with.

Enquiries, and to book, please go to contact page

£80 for 5 sessions, payable upon booking.

                                                                                                                                                       

In the Beginning………….

Script of presentation at Art Natters on Sunday Nov 4th

 

Genesis: paintings in progress (6mx2m)

Genesis...in progress

Sing: Welcome to my World

Welcome to my world   Won’t you come on in

Miracles I guess   Still happen now and then

Step into my heart   Leave your cares behind

Welcome to my world   Built with you in mind

Welcome! I shall begin by saying Grace:

For what we are about to receive, may we all suspend disbelief and be truly delighted! Amen

Please all stand to sing: All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small

All things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all

Each little flower that opens Each little bird that sings

He makes their glowing colours He paints their tiny wings

Please sit

When she finds she is with child, Mary says:

Let it be to me according to Thy word

No light shall I deny

She does not say..NO, thank you very much! Ok, but can we do it tomorrow? But I wanted a GIRL! Do I HAVE to call him Jesus!

Instead, in her grace, she says in the words of the Magnificat, or Mary’s song:

For He hath regarded the humility of his handmaiden

And He who is mighty, hath magnified me.

She willingly places herself into the hands of what will be; what is conceived within her and what is to be begotten of her. And in the offering of herself, she receives of her own capacity and potential. Mary, in her humility, is CERTAIN that she will be delivered of something beautiful and extraordinary, something beyond her current self. That is her faith. And she is carried onwards, in devotion, to the manifestation of what is real inside her.

Please all stand to sing: Daisies are our Silver

Daisies are our silver   Buttercups our gold

This is all the treasure   We can have or hold

Raindrops are our diamonds And the morning dew

While for shining sapphires We’ve the speedwell blue

These shall be our emeraldsLeaves so new and green

Roses make the reddest   Rubies ever seen

Make us bright as silver   Make us good as gold

Warm as summer roses   Let our hearts unfold

Please sit

Like Mary, I am also a mother-to-be!

I am the mother-to-be of my paintings. I am heavy with painting. I am expecting, this very moment! I have absolute faith that this is so. So I continue, with commitment, until I arrive at the moment whence I am delivered of my faith.

The beauty and humility of Mary’s expression: Let it be to me according to Thy word. How can I make ready for my happy event? How can I nourish myself, and listen and attend to all that I feel will make the conditions best?

To this end, my painting practice is full of ceremony. Ceremony offers a space and time ready prepared. I am required to give of my devotion, commitment and discipline. I invite stillness and direct the light of my attention.

Revelation, the 12 paintings before Genesis arose out of a Ceremony of quite a traditional nature. The pristine stretched canvases were laid out, 6 at a time, and I administered to them by the placing of objects in resonance with their growing presence. This continued and continued until such time as tension in the deep silence of the canvases, pulled marks and colours out of my expectant self.

A more recent Ceremony has been my daily bike ride to and from Chichester with its rhythm and watchfulness of my human response to the earth, the sky, darkness and light, and my place within the universe.

And now my favourite ongoing Concertina Ceremony! These books bear witness to my devotional practice. They are of a format that allows me to sit and give attention to what I treasure. I ‘magpie’ items that hold potential and store them in little vessels. I equip myself with any tools I feel might assist in my attending. Everything is readily available, so I can work spontaneously and in innocence. The books fill with freely given manifestations of how I would conduct myself within the infinite multitude of circumstance.

full concertina books…….

Concertina book

Let it be to me according to thy Word. In a practice founded upon ceremony, I need have no fear as to how I shall create paintings; they will arrive unbidden. These Ceremonies are my preparation for possibility and the stirrings of immaculate conception.

A difference from Mary….my labour can take months! And throughout ALL this time, I am required to remain ever faithful to ALL that, through ceremony, has been infused with light. In a stance of willingness, I am called to do justice to that which is taking form and acquiring colour. I must make choice after choice, and stand by decision after decision with consistent clarity. And, slowly but surely Word is made Flesh, and I am begotten of new life.

Please all stand to sing: Morning has Broken

Morning has broken, like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird

Praise for the singing, praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven

Like the first dewfall, on the first grass

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden

Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning

Born of the one light, Eden saw play

Praise with elation, praise every morning

God’s recreation of the new day

Please sit

Now to the 4 new paintings: Genesis.

First a brief history: they follow Revelation, and looking back at those 12 paintings now, I see they have given me my potential energy. I have received something along the lines of my accomplishment when I have cycled to the top of a long steep hill. The energy I have stored in the climb is now mine to use; I have coiled my spring, the chrysalis is ripe.

Revelation (12 x 0.5m x 2m)

Revelation 6mx2m

Activity is packed into intense areas. The strong presence of space is the most powerful mark and holds the necessary room for expansion. Warriors preside over the tiny child, gods sit next to human, universal myth embraces my own personal story, embryonic unfolds through ancestral, local and global are one. In a world described by these polarities, the current of life is compelled to flow.

And in these new paintings, it does just that!

Genesis: now finished! (6mx2m)

Genesis 6mx2m

By willingly participating in the Everyday Ceremony of living my own life, I am at the beginning of a world that is mine. With its earth and heaven, its darkness and light, its sunshine, storms and rainbows; it is here that I find my girl, my boy, my Venus and Mars, my child, my adult, my majesty, my humility …………..and my joy.

Please all stand to sing: Glad that I live am I

Glad that I live am I   That the sky is blue

Glad for the country lanes   And the fall of dew

After the sun, the rain   After the rain the sun

This is the way of life   Till the work be done

All that we need to do   Be we low or high

Is to see that we grow  Nearer the sky

Please remain standing

 


May Grace, that passeth all understanding, fill our hearts and minds. Amen

 

 

 


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