Season 2 Episode 39: Joan Hudson on the Artist’s Journey

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. 

Thank you for listening in.

“I enjoy spending a great deal of time painting, and so local scenes, views of the coast, its wonderful sunsets and the pier feature in much of my work. Lately, I have been trying new ways of working.” Joan Hudson

The Italian Cheese Maker, by Joan Hudson

I am heading over to England today to what has been called Somerset’s most charming town –  Clevedon, situated on the Bristol Channel famous for its magnificent pier.  The pier was completed in 1869 as a landing point for paddle steamers, carrying passengers along the Severn Estuary from Wales and Devon.

I am meeting up with Clevedon’s famed artist, Joan Hudson, a dear friend who has invited me for afternoon tea in her summer garden.  You are invited to join us and share in an extraordinary conversation about art, imagination, and embracing our creativity. 

Thank you, Joan for your invitation to tea.  I have been looking forward to this discussion.

Gabriella Maddocks, by Joan Hudson

This is my portrait of my young friend Gabriella Maddocks who is a health care assistant in a secure forensic mental health hospital. I have painted her portrait as a tribute to Gabbie and all NHS staff and key workers. Well done all of you.” Joan Hudson

Knitting in the Tuileries Garden, Paris by Joan Hudson

“Knitting is trendy during lock-in so I hope this feels topical. I painted it some time ago from photographs I took in a square in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris. I was attracted by the young women teaching each other to knit but it wasn’t until I returned home that I noticed the mysterious couple in the background.” Joan Hudson

Thank you for sharing this moment with Joan and me.   Your visit and comments are very much appreciated.  You can meet up with Joan on Instagram at Joan.hudson3 or her blog On the Bright Side.

 Until next time dear friends, take care and be safe.  

In our discussion, Joan mentioned Alice Strang’s initiative in response to the global lockdown, which can be viewed at this link: Digital art in a time of virus.

Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Alice Strang, is a keen user of social media channels Twitter and Instagram, matching current affairs with works in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection. With the closure of our Galleries following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), not only is everyone joined in common concerns but the power of art to boost morale, in digital form, is becoming more apparent every day.” National Galleries Scotland

Mary Jo Malo on a Poet’s Calling Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

Season 2 Episode 48: Mary Jo Malo on a Poet’s Calling A word has power Whether mined by demagogues for control or carved into stone for memorial It can carry us into exile From ourselves From our homes A word can steel the heart or build an edifice of faith in the future It sifts or unites and defines Yet destroy the word You steal time. Mary Jo Malo, Stele Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you for listening in! I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.  There are times when it is impossible to connect across the miles via technology.  Today, Mary Jo Malo and I are establishing a new dynamic in podcasting in the form of letter writing, which many consider a lost art.  And yet, Mary Jo and I believe that letter writing has not been forgotten. Thank you dear listeners,  for joining Mary Jo and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Mary Jo.  I invite you to meet up with Mary Jo on her blog, This Shining Wound, Original Poetry by Mary Jo Malo.  It is a place where the music of words dwell.  Until next time, stay safe, be well.
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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Ms Frances says:

    This is a very encouraging conversation. I found Joan Hudson and her ability to encourage those who do not feel they have the talent to draw or paint very refreshing. I especially like her painting of the two who enjoy knitting. I see her ability to put an appropriate feelings in her paintings. Thank you for sharing; I almost came away thinking that, even I, could paint if I took the time to do it.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh Frances, I remember you painting a landscape scene when we lived in Northern Manitoba. It was a community event where everyone was invited to take part in painting a scene of northern life. All the painters had to paint their masterpiece on the Main Street sidewalk. It was a fabulous event with a great turnout. Thank you for joining the conversation. I knew you would especially appreciate the painting of the two knitters.

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  2. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I loved the ease of this conversation, and your discussion about honoring creativity in each another was excellent. Recognizing everyday creativity was a topic you discussed with your brother, Rebecca, and a podcast I’ll never forget. Joan’s work is so warm, and I just love the knitters in the Tuileries Gardens. “Calm Evening” is so beautiful. That she works from photographs to share her memories through her paintings is marvelous. The generosity you both offer among your friends is inspiring.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I met Joan through her daughter Liz Humphrey who I came to know through blogging over eight or nine years ago. When I visited Scotland, Liz and I had tea together at The National Museum of Scotland. Isn’t it interesting that one connection leads to another and another. Joan’s stories speak of friendships and finding the extraordinary in ordinary moments. By the way, Brian and I are getting together via FaceTime on Thursday to discuss the ideas of: FOMO (Fear of missing out) KIMO (Knowing I missed out) and the rise of Influencers. He always has an interesting take on things. We call him the family philosopher. Should be interesting.

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      1. Mary Jo Malo says:

        I thought so (about Liz) when Joan mentioned her knitting a brioche. And I look forward to your podcast with your brother!

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  3. I enjoyed your conversation with Joan. I particularly appreciated her comments on creativity and encouraging the creativity of others. I also like her defining creativity as a way of looking, observing things you might want to recreate later. And her paintings are wonderful, such a wide range of subjects!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so very glad that you joined this conversation, Liz. I’m learning that creativity has so many different aspects, uniquely situated to individuals. Best of all there is no expiry date on creative endeavor. Joan’s thought of giving encouragement resonated with me too.

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