Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.
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“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
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.
“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 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
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