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Long summer twilight in our new garden...painted on the longest day of 2015. Now, at the time of writing, daylight is visibly shortening, the elderflower cordial is now bottled and disappearing fast. Along the Chesil, Sea-Kale and Thrift have bloomed and Yellow Horned Poppy flowers continue to appear alongside their elegant seed pods. And- there is still a lot of summer ahead.
My best wishes to you all for this summer season.

In this Newsletter I would like to share a poem written by Jeremy Hooker in response to a painting of mine in the recent exhibition at Sladers Yard. It is called: Dawn: The Restless Earth. It is so affirming to find others moved by what one makes visible. The poem has got right under the skin of what I do- in fact, in the reading of it, I understand myself better. I mentioned this to Jeremy and his reply was- not unsurprisingly: If indeed I do get inside your creative process it is because, as far as words are able, I share it.

I would like to share new and emerging work made along the Chesil with you all- a sequence of images selected in the spirit of the poem.
Studio news and course information is listed at the end.
 
Dawn: The Restless Earth, Sidmouth. 2014. gouache, Otter Sandstone and collage on card. 20x15cm 
Dawn: The Restless Earth 

After Frances Hatch

 
Waves of colour
break on the shore.
          It is dawn
after millions of years –
              a moment
when the make of you
meets what comes to hand –
 
blackberry juice
                     staining
the sketchbook page,
rainwater      mud
Otter sandstone
 
which remembers the desert,
torrents that drowned
an early reptile,
 
a bit broken
from Pangaea
               
                      apparently
coming to rest
on this beach
at this hour
when you put in your hand
 
mixing the raw stuffs
 
with liquid yellow,
colour the sun makes
covering up
rifts & sandstorms & falls
leaving for now
this stillness
seething
in a deep pool
from which what rises
is something new –
                                 a human word

 
Waves of colour
break on the shore.
          It is dawn
after millions of years –
              a moment
when the make of you
meets what comes to hand –
 
blackberry juice
                     staining
the sketchbook page,
rainwater      mud
Otter sandstone
 
which remembers the desert,
torrents that drowned
an early reptile,
 
a bit broken
from Pangaea
               
                      apparently
coming to rest
on this beach
at this hour
when you put in your hand
 
mixing the raw stuffs
 
with liquid yellow,
colour the sun makes
covering up
rifts & sandstorms & falls
leaving for now
this stillness
seething
in a deep pool
from which what rises
is something new –
                                 a human word



Jeremy Hooker 2015

The Restless Earth 
Sea-Kale (Crambe maritima) bloom in a gale. I allowed myself to pick a couple of leaves of what was once an abundant plant. It was popularised in the 18th century and was traded on markets and even exported. It is in decline due to instability and disturbance of coastal habitats.
in progress...
Cogden Beach. Sea Kale and Cabbage. gouache and local materials with animal protein size on MDF. 
Sea-Kale tastes very good indeed- and was prized in the past as a vegetable delicacy- especially where blanched by growing up through the shingle. Gardeners' Question Time (Radio 4) was discussing the complexities of growing blanched celery this afternoon. Apparently by piling up the shingle around the Kale shoots one can retain their pale delicacy.   
in progress...
detail: Cogden Beach. Sea Kale and Cabbage. gouache and local materials with gesso and animal protein size on found wood. 
Sketchbook page: moon rise over Sea Cabbage and Horned Poppies in bloom
  • STUDIO NEWS
  • Working trip to NORTH NORWAY in September. I like to immerse myself in clean, cool open space regularly. Meeting new landscapes has been a life long pleasure.

  • EARTH: This is a 24pp colour publication (A5) with a foreword by Professor Simon Olding and an essay, sketchbook notes and images by me. This is available to buy at £8
    Download here for free.
    EARTH by Frances Hatch pdf download
  • RESEARCH GRANT: THE GATEHOUSE GALLERY, GUERNSEY.  I have been awarded a research grant as their first visiting artist. I'll be making work on the Island and  exhibiting  there. Meanwhile I've been invited to contribute to SPECULATE. 
COURSES
  • Summer School at West Dean College just ended. A splendid week of chillis, lobster illusion and charcoal dust. 
  • FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN awarded by West Dean College. I'm currently working with the part -time Foundation students at West Dean College. I'm helping to support their 1 or 2 year creative development through an initial induction weekend, drawing days and tutorials. It is immensely rewarding work...and most importantly it offers participants skill acquisition (the college has a wide range of short courses) alongside individual mentoring. 
Copyright © 2015 Frances Hatch, All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2015 Jeremy Hooker, All rights reserved.

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