Art Residency at Yew Chung International School

Wow!  Time is racing away.  The weather is warm and muggy and gone are the days when chilly winds raced through our studios and Mike would tie down his paintings so they wouldn’t be blown around.  He would seek refuge in my space which is more closed off to the weather.  The studios are locatedContinue reading “Art Residency at Yew Chung International School”

‘Happy’ in Sai Kung, Hong Kong

It’s Sunday.  Michael and I have endeavored to do nothing all day, just lunch in Sai Kung.  The weather is warmer, 23 degrees, the birds are effusive, chattering and tweeting endlessly, flitting here and there, busy with nest making.  Its hard to do nothing in Hong Kong. There are so many options to do things,Continue reading “‘Happy’ in Sai Kung, Hong Kong”

Hong Kong

We’ve been in Hong Kong a month already.  Everyday walking with thousands of people, stepping into the continuous stream of people walking the subways, onto trains, up escalators, down escalators, onto minibuses, endless endless people, keeping rhythmic pace, shoulder to shoulder.  We have never done that before, been part of the workforce, everyday.  We resistedContinue reading “Hong Kong”

Passage from Bagni di Lucca to Hong Kong

2011 and we have been offered a three month artist residency with a school in HK and Beijing.  Bagni di Lucca is cold and damp and any winter anywhere can get long and dreary. So en-route to HK we have four weeks to indulge ourselves on a Thai island.  Last year we spent five daysContinue reading “Passage from Bagni di Lucca to Hong Kong”

Goodbye 2010

The house is full.  It has been New Year and Christmas and all the days before and in between.  Eating and eating and drinking.  Young people and friends everywhere, lounging on couches, watching movies, barbequeing, dancing and partying, everyone looking after each other, and a constant sense of a crowd…. It was wonderful to goContinue reading “Goodbye 2010”

Lunch in Montefegatesi, a Tuscan village in the mountains

The other Sunday, we left our friend’s house with such a happiness and delight, we felt we had fully experienced Tuscany. The day had dawned cold and wet and bleak and our coffee and brioche for breakfast down at the bar, had been a brisk affair, with the rain slanting in on the verandah whereContinue reading “Lunch in Montefegatesi, a Tuscan village in the mountains”

Lord Byron’s Villa Webb in Bagni di Lucca

Today after another wonderful lunch at the Borghesi restaurant, ravioli arrabiata, verdura sformata, insalata mista, mezzo litro di vino rosso, some tough grainy bread and a cafe simplice, Shona and I were whisked off in the rain to see the Villa Webb. It is a spectacular Villa built in the 16th century, where Lord ByronContinue reading “Lord Byron’s Villa Webb in Bagni di Lucca”

New sculptures from Sollai

Sollai’s adventures learning to carve in Pietrasanta have led to more studio time up in the mountains on a friend’s farm looking out over magnificent vistas and finally down on the river where he has a small studio. Here he was able to complete the sculptures he had started in Pietrasanta. It is no easyContinue reading “New sculptures from Sollai”

A Week in Provence

We have just returned from a wonderful break in Nice. Four hour’s drive from Bagni di Lucca to the boulevard in Nice. Its extraordinary to have so much at our fingertips. While Bagni di Lucca lay cloaked in cloud and rain, Nice was enjoying glorious days, blue blue skies, people sunbathing and swimming and hundredsContinue reading “A Week in Provence”

Our Beginnings

Twenty six years ago we came to Italy. We came young, enthusiastic, wildly idealistic and full of promise. We were going to spend the rest of our life dedicated to our art and we were going to spend it becoming great. We had met two years before in our final year at art college. WeContinue reading “Our Beginnings”