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It may be that I have finished the Willow Pattern Drawing, at least for now.  I have started some more circle drawings.       ‘Plates’ is the working title for this series.        Other words have fallen into my mind as I do this: Tondo, Hole, Eclipse, Oracle, Orbit, Cyclone, Pointe, Full stop, Eye, Sphere. Growth, Wheel, pin-prick. Navel, Breast, Samples………  Working in a variety of scales, still all in charcoal and pushing my current technique of using resists and stencils. Some freehand work to be done.

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I do love painting. The Finishing of masks is just about my favourite part of the mask making process. Therefore, now I am setting myself this challenge, to paint for the sake of painting.  I shall use this 3D triptych as the blank ground for painting. I just don’t know what it will be, certainly not decorative and not my familiar mask technique of exaggerating the underlying  form.  So lets see.  I have always been particularly impressed by the way in which ceramic artists are able to paint/draw directly onto a 3D surface. And of course, cave painters did the same, on bare rock AND in the dark.

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Today has seen the Official Launch of the Nottingham Puppet Festival. At last we can go public with this after two years of planning.  This is a collaboration between Theatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham) City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University (Theatre Design Department). I have been acting as an advocate for independent artists within these organisations and will be facilitating a group to make and activate a pack of  puppet dogs.          Here are some images of the launch today at the Concert Hall.

Just a few of the puppets that were seen today, including our new ‘Maid Marion’ on her horse,  who has been made especially for the festival as our mascot by Alison Duddle.

The Main Festival will take place fromThursday  22nd March till  Sunday 25th March

Check out  nottinghampuppetfestival.co.uk  for information on events and opportunities.

After two weeks of short  and frustratingly unsatisfying bursts of just a hour or so here and there, today I spent 6 hours on the job, in honour of International Commedia Dell ‘Arte Day. I think I have cracked it. Not finished but feel like my hands and eyes understand what they are doing now. Loads more practice needed but happily on the way. Have a real sense of 3D in the wood.

I should get to leather next week.