Pamela Howard – Portrait of a Scenographer

Pamela Howard – Portrait of a Scenographer

Professor Pamela Howard OBE is a Scenographer, Director, Educator, Curator and  Producer. A Scenographer is a visual artist who makes theatre performances. Pamela specialises in 20th century little known works and her work takes her around the world. She is the author of ‘What is Scenography’. I first met Pamela when we opened our studios […]

Nicole MacKenzie,the swimmer, the portriat.

Nicole MacKenzie,the swimmer, the portriat.

I don’t normally read the Sports pages of the Portsmouth Evening News, however, a photo of a young girl holding up a number of gold medals for swimming attracted my attention.. The article told of the achievements of 13 year old Nicole Mackenzie, after she had a kidney transplant. If Nicole and her parents would […]

Mark Covell, The Boat Project and a Portrait

Mark Covell, The Boat Project and a Portrait

My Tactile Portrait collection was beginning to build up and I found my next sitter right on my doorstep in Emsworth. I read in the Portsmouth Evening News  about Mark Covell. The Technical Advisor involved in the building of a yacht called THE BOAT PROJECT.  Commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The 30ft day sailor […]

MARK ORMROD AND HIS PORTRAIT

MARK ORMROD AND HIS PORTRAIT

I read an article in the Portsmouth Evening News about a young man called Mark Ormrod. He had written a book called Man Down, received an award for it at the Royal Marine Barracks in Portsmouth. What was so amazing that all this took place after he became the first triple amputee out of Afghanistan. Mark was exactly […]

SPITFIRE SISTERS Portrait Mary Ellis

SPITFIRE SISTERS  Portrait Mary Ellis

My search to find  new people to include in my tactile portrait collection took nearly  two years. One evening I watched a programme called The Spitfire sisters. It told the story of the women who flew all sorts of aircraft during the war from factory to the Air Force pilots. Six of them were still alive […]

PORTRAIT COLLECTION. Changing Faces.

PORTRAIT COLLECTION. Changing Faces.

I had completed two  paintings for my new Portrait Collection. I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM and MARTIN DOREY. Twelve more to go. One evening I  watched the programme Beauty and the Beast. It featured  two women. One  obsessed with her own beauty, who proudly told the interviewer that she  had undertaken endless surgery, so she could […]

How to create a Portrait Collection.

How to create  a Portrait Collection.

Putting together a portrait collection was  proving to be quite difficult.  How many paintings? Who do I choose to paint? Why would I want to do this? What title could l  use? What would be different about it? How long would it take me? Where would I show the work?  Endless questions. First of all the portraits had to […]

How to become a Cruise Ship Speaker

Can you  speak with  knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm?  Can you put together at least  six different talks about your chosen subject?  Are you friendly and like people.  Why not consider working as a Speaker on a Cruise ship. I applied to the P & R Agency Ltd who supply Speakers to most of the Cruise Lines. (  www.cruiseshipspeakers.net).    My  Power Point […]

WORDSWORTH – ‘THE IDIOT BOY’.

WORDSWORTH – ‘THE IDIOT BOY’.

Apart from the line ” I wandered lonely as a l cloud” written by Wordsworth, there was little else I knew about him. The Wordsworth Museum  holds 90% of WW’s  literary manuscripts. I was invited to the Museum and  given a commission to create a piece of tactile work using them as inspiration. This was to be […]

TOUCHING ISOLATION

TOUCHING ISOLATION

I made a second copy of ISOLATION  because I wanted it to be tactile.  I adapted the images lightly, built it up with  sand  and plaster so the viewer could feel the rough with the smooth, just as life is. When  people see works of art, they either like or dislike it, there never seems to be […]