rosi robinson. MA
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Posted on March 29, 2018 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday afternoon/evening made a selection of prints at Crescent gallery in Scarborough. It was final evening session of workshops led by printmaker Dawn Brookes, so a shame that this is coming to a close for me as I relocate and say goodbye. I was actually pleased and confident with my work, so a good way on which to close this chapter.

Last week enjoyed visiting exhibition and Print Fair at Hepworth. Good to chat to and see work by York Printmakers, friends Steph and Iain from Staithes Gallery and follow up coversations with arists whom I enjoyed meeting at last years fair.

Lovely also to have a coffee last week with Lorraine from Chalk Interiors as we discussed which of my work would fit their shop. just need to wrap and deliver.

Very pleased yesterday to receive email from Saatchi online saying a client was interested in 2 of my landscape artworks - so this morning have sent further details and photos...  hope they sell as timing is excellent as I decide where to place my work before packing up studio into storage.

It's exactly month today that we officially finish and move a few days later from Malton.... firstly to the Isle of Man ....... then several months later to Hornsea, N.Yorkhsire, which we're expecting to be a bit of an adventure.

Amongst all of this I'm continuing to study with Kain Ramsey, having signed up to several of his courses including life coaching and I am thoroughly enjoying the process.


new beginnings

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Working on printing plates for last 2 sessions at Crescent arts. On Friday planning to visit Wakefield Print Fair and next week will be my last York Printmakers meeting before moving I missed last weeks printmaking session as my energies had gone into creativity conference at Wyedale Hall. Lovely to spend several days with a small group (16) sharing the importance of living a creative life and to be able to share in music with my drum.

This wintry weather has curtailed my making as studio so cold and printmaking at Crescent arts, Wakefield Printfair, and York Printmakers monthly meeting all needed to be resheduled. However this has allowed time to invest in planning our move and booking furniture removal/6 months storage for May 1st and Isle of Man Ferry May 2nd. Also booked a hostel retreat on Calf of Man, a bird sanctuary island, mid May, for 3 nights and fisherman to get us there. We're also timing our arrival to catch up with artist friends at Isle of Man Arts Festival over Bank holiday weekend... so much to be looking forward to. Hopefully we will be running our own open study during the 6 months we're there.

This morning had a lovely chat with friends at Chalk Interiors in Malton when I dropped off some art work for them. Derek is calling to house tomorrow to look at some of my larger pieces of work... exciting times as my work and their inspirational furniture seems to work well together.  


snow....

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This weeks freezing cold and snow has been rather a shock to the system, particularly having enjoyed the recent peaks of 42 degrees in the shade in Australia. However, I have continued and enjoyed my daily swim.

Last weeks print course in Scarborough was cancelled (snow) and the previous week I came home early from Crescent arts having been to the dentist and getting a headache with the cold. I had planned to go to Wakefield Print Fair on Friday but that too has been postponed till next month.

Time has been invested this week in studying, and I'm really enjoying the Life Coaching lectures from Kain Ramsay. I've also been listening to an online 10 day summit on Shamanism and later today I'll listen to a talk on writing. For quite awhile now, I've tried to write (for 30 minutes first thing on waking, several times a week...which I initially learnt from Julia Cameron in her bookThe Artists' Way.) I find this an interesting, helpful, and creative process, so want to continue and deepen this listening practice.

Our building/renovation project has also been held up by the cold weather, so realistically the 5+ months work will not start until beginning of April... As from May we need to relocate somewhere, and during a quiet morning listening, I felt strongly that we should return to Isle of Man for 6 months. Within 2 days things had fallen into place and we're excited at the challenging prospect of returning there to an empty house!

On Monday I'm booked onto a 3 day retreat, 'Our Creative God and us' at nearby Wyedale Hall, so something else into the melting pot.

In the post today, just received complementary copy of ACE (Art and Christianity 93) magazine. It has an article on Graeme Mortimer Evelyn and The Eternal Engine reredos...'The largest contemporary altarpiece in Britain, commissioned by the Dioscese of London, was unveiled in November 2017 at St Francis at the engine Room, Tottenham Hale, the first purpose built church in the dioscese for 40 years'. I have just realised what a compliment it was to have been selected/ interviewed as part of final 6 selection!!

On a final note, I have just noticed Damian Hirst has made some new work, Shape of Colour, to be exhibited at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.It would be great if I could get too see exhibition as have always enjoyed Damian Hirst's work.

Which makes me realise I must also spend time developing my own practice.... colour and form are important/exciting to me!

snow...........................................

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This weeks freezing cold and snow has been rather a shock to the system, particularly having enjoyed the recent peaks of 42 degrees in the shade in Australia. However, I have continued and enjoyed my daily swim. 

Last weeks print course in Scarborough was cancelled (snow) and the previous week I came home early from Crescent arts having been to the dentist and getting a headache with the cold. I had planned to go to Wakefield Print Fair on Friday but that too has been postponed till next month.

Time has been invested this week in studying, and I'm really enjoying the Life Coaching lectures from Kain Ramsay. I've also been listening to  an online 10 day summit on Shamanism and later today I'll listen to a talk on writing. For quite awhile now, I've tried to write (for 30 minutes first thing on waking, several times a week...which I initially learnt from Julia Cameron in her bookThe Artists' Way.) I find this an interesting, helpful, and creative process, so want to continue and deepen this listening practice.

Our building/renovation project has also been held up by the cold weather, so realistically the 5+ months work will not start until beginning of April... As from May we need to relocate somewhere, and during a quiet morning listening, I felt strongly that we should return to Isle of Man for 6 months. Within 2 days things had fallen into place and we're excited at the challenging prospect of returning there to an empty house!

On Monday I'm booked onto a 3 day retreat, 'Our Creative God and us' at nearby Wyedale Hall, so something else into the melting pot.

In the post today, just received complementary copy of ACE (Art and Christianity 93) magazine. It has an article on Graeme Mortimer Evelyn and  The Eternal Engine reredos...'The largest contemporary altarpiece in Britain, commissioned by the Dioscese of London, was unveiled in November 2017 at St Francis at the engine Room, Tottenham Hale, the first purpose built church in the dioscese for 40 years'. I have just realised what a compliment it was to have been selected/ interviewed as part of final 6 selection!!

On a final note, I have just noticed Damian Hirst has made some new work, Shape of Colour, to be exhibited at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.It would be great if I could get too see exhibition as have always enjoyed Damian Hirst's work. 

Which makes me realise I must also spend time developing my own practice.... colour and form are important/exciting to me!

new developments... creative life coaching

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Another busy week. Have booked extra studio time at Crescent arts, Scarborough, this afternoon before evening print course.

Also continuing to research further into veganism and have become part of an online 'plastics free' Lent group, both of which have their challenges.

I have also increased my fitness committment to swim six times a week for an hour, which involves a 2 mile return walk between home and pool, early each  morning, with Saturday as time off. I know this won't be possible each week, but that's ok.... just feeling so much better for the excercise (and the routine)

I've been interested in creative life coaching for quite some time which until now has been on a very informal bases. Recently I applied for a free coaching place which unsurprisingly didn't get, which has pushed me into further research. At present, this area is unregulated and does not have a regulatory body with recognised validation/certification. After looking at a wide range of courses ( some of which are very expensive), I have decided to follow an online course, which will consolidate my experience and study as a special needs teacher, an artist and a deep interest in creativity and spirituality. I am very excited to see where this new focus might lead.



Another busy week...

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Another busy week, but not all art. 

Car passed its MOT but advised to update to a newer one asap. Researched Thurs, viewed Fiday and brought home Monday.... job done!

Chosen builder to progress house renovations ... can't wait till live in new home and work in integral studio.... probably in July18. Packing boxes ordered.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An interesting couple of days at Leeds meeting a variety of artists, students and tutors. However I do not live/work in a city, and rural/small town Yorkshire living is quite different to city life. Feel it's very much about forging my own pathway now my MA finished and really quite glad to not have to jump through particular academic hoops! The small book I made of my degree work was very much appreciated and I came home encouraged.         

On Sunday I went to Scarborough Open Studios.... perhaps Saturday would have been better. I had planned to visit 4 events but only found 2 open. Made it into a positive trip by having a brisk walk and fish and chips along sea front, but the weather was freezing.                                                        Almost time to get bus to Scarborough for start of 6 week print course. i always feel nervous before starting something new, but really looking forward to it.

geometric abstract, architecture and sense of place

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Have needed the last two weeks home to allow a sense of order after being on such a fantastic trip to Australia, so waiting on builder to price project, established early morning swimming pattern and refocussed on veganism. It was good to catch up with York Printmakers in new venue, and to have another inspired visit to Bils and Rye art gallery, Kirkbymoorside. Tomorrow/Thurs is trip to Leeds Art Gallery talk 'Becoming an artist in Leeds' and printmaking season starting next week at Crescent arts, in Scarborough. there also seem to be quite a few exhibitions/events coming up so need to get organised. Have just made new website page 'latest workings' to focus my energies. Decided to start with where I left off with my MA. I always feel incredibly nervous when starting a new project and it often feels it would be much easier to just walk away.....

However, between this blog page and latest work, i will map my journey.


home again.

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe that we're already back from our very exciting work placement/ home exchange in Melbourne ...over 8 weeks away and also visited New Zealand and Singapore, what an amazing adventure. Head not thinking straight with jet lag. However glad to be back and have some exciting thigs in pipeline. 

Plans for refurbishment of recently bought house/studio in Hornsea passed planning approval, so meeting with builders.

Another 6 week printing course starting soon at Crescent Arts, Scarborough,York Printmakers meeting and an overnight trip to Leeds to hear talk /discussion on 'becoming an artist in Leeds today..

I've also just submitted application for a Visual Arts Coaching course in Lancaster which looks very interesting and would love to gain a place.

thoughts

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Since finishing my online MA in Fine Art in 2016, with the Open College of the Arts (OCA/UCA) for 3 years, it's been a busy time.... reflecting on process, continuing to make work, and networking. I've really enjoyed networking with 'real' local artists ... all the while continuing to value my online cohort. It was fantastic to meet my fellow global students in Barnsley as we worked to put our degree show together at The Civic Gallery.

Initially, I missed the course, the contacts and time frame that it provided. It takes awhile to hear a new drumbeat. During my studies, I became focused on digital drawing/painting, meditation,abstract geometric form, memory and colour.These ideas are now broadening out through a continued interest in meditation and the politics of hope, contemporary architecture, and a new appreciation of Brutalist architectural form /patterning. Colour continues to be an important element in my work ....Interest in printmaking - initially through digital prints, but also now through those materially crafted, is causing me to question further the concept of a print.

Recent events

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In the last couple of months, I've had lots of food for thought.

Visiting the print fair at The Hepworth, Wakefield, followed next day with a visit to the bookmaking fair at the Tetley in Leeds were really interesting, particularly as both venues were new to me. Enjoyed seeing work and having conversations.

I've also been on two day courses... an artists print and book making day at 'Untangled Threads', Scarborough, and a Cyanotype course at Crescent Arts in Scarborough, which were both very good and again meeting more local artists. Have just signed up for several print making days/evenings at Crescent Arts and tonight I'm off to York Printmakers.... with tomorrow evening at preview evening, Ryedale Museum, with another print fair to visit in York on Saturday.


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