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Struggling to find a title for this. It is inspired by  and referencing William Blake, also by Duncan Grant and some of my own paintings from  the 1980’s when I was living in France. Still being part of my meditation on this ageing process upon myself as a ‘gay’ person making art.

In the last month I have bought two pieces of art.

The first being a ceramic mask from Graham Underhill.                                                         The Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery, Corbyb Glen LincolnshireIMG_2114

The Second work of  textile art from Kashif Nadim Chaudry.                                                     Primary: Nottingham Studios. 71936347_3104614602943561_4713049011844546560_o

Looks like it takes me three months to reach an end point to these large drawings, can’t say finished but to arrive at a stage of partial satisfaction. IMG_2117This is now Vitruvian Man at 3 months.                                                                                  Smaller drawing continue to develop the theme.

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Once again  I am working on a large scale charcoal drawing (1.30 metre sq.) This time being a meditation on the influence upon my artistic life by maleness, Leonardo da Vinci, movement and touch. The ghosts of ancestral giants.

With a side dish of smaller drawings to complement the process.

Even bringing my work as a mask-maker into play:

All to be continued:

In collaboration with Nottingham City Council (Libraries and Parks) and ‘Curious’ and a range of artists, yoga, musicians, storytellers and visual arts for children and families. Outdoor activities for the summer holidays in five sites across the city.  MI have facilitated masks-making sessions have been in my own local Park at Woodthorpe. It has been most gratifying to witness the diversity of families who have come along. This being the UK,  the weather always poses a risk but , so far, only on one day have we had to relocate into a poly-tunnel.

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Different stories have been used to lead each week , ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Wild Animals and ‘The Gruffalo ‘have been the themes of the 3 weeks I have been a part of the project. The library service have provided a selection of related books to suit a range of ages, so that there is something that families can access every day, even when there is no artist facilitating activities.

Well done Nottingham, showing imagination and co-ordination between different departments to give services where there is a need.