sea fever

Tidal flats

Tidal flats, acrylic on board. Mari French 2014.

 … the sea has been in my blood it seems this week. An exhilarating visit to Brancaster and Titchwell beaches on the North Norfolk coast last weekend, where I also explored a creek new to me, resulted in several busy painting sessions back in my studio.

Tidal flats 2

Tidal flats 2, acrylic on board. Mari French 2014

The recent tidal surges and storms were evident in the scattered remains of some of the dunes across the tidal flats, but on the whole the stunning beaches were back to normal. The looming cloud formations betrayed the approaching change in the weather but added to the dramatic scenery.

Brancaster beach, Mari French 2014.

Brancaster beach, Mari French 2014.


Brancaster beach, Mari French 2014.

Brancaster beach, Mari French 2014.


Creek, Titchwell. Mari French 2014.

Creek, Titchwell. Mari French 2014.

 

 

shadow & light …

 

shadow and light,

a fan of steps,

a stone vertebrae,

spiralling towards the sky

or plunging to earth.

spill of indigo, ochre, charcoal,

a symphony of grace.

steps worn smooth by the tread of centuries;

emerging into the sunshine of another day

or the dark chamber of another night.

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

 (Impressions of the 12th century keep of Castle Rising, Norfolk.

Photos and text, copyright Mari French)

 

Venice… finding the female

Venetian mask ( photo copyright Paul Campbell)

Venetian mask ( photo copyright Paul Campbell)

My photos, and artworks, are more often than not of places, buildings, sometimes nature…

But on going through photos from our recent second trip to Venice I became aware of different representations of the female form among them.

Inevitably, given that this is Italy, several religious images feature amongst them.

Unfortunately some photos are blurred as they were taken inside churches/in low light without flash. But I wanted to put them into this post anyway… here they are…

Further information on the wonderful collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, can be found here.

Exhibition posters, Venice

Exhibition posters, Venice

Glass figure, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Glass figure, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Sculpture garden, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Sculpture garden, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Stabat Mater, poster advertising choral event.

Stabat Mater, poster advertising choral event.

Sculpture garden, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Sculpture garden, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Evening shoppers, Venice.

Evening shoppers, Venice.

Franciscan nun, Castello, Venice.

Franciscan nun, Castello, Venice.

Lone figure walking, Venice

Lone figure walking, Venice

Madonna & child statue, Venice

Madonna & child statue, Venice

Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Plaque outside theatre, Venice

Plaque outside theatre, Venice

Madonna street shrine, Venice

Madonna street shrine, Venice

Wall shrine to saint, Venice

Wall shrine to saint, Venice