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Friday 08/07/16

Debby Faulkner-Stevens

Painting, for me at least, is a rather solitary business which is why it has been so wonderful working on the exciting collaboration with an old school friend – it’s taken a huge leap forward just lately which is even more exciting!

It’s great to be able to bounce ideas back and forth with someone I have known since the age of four and as we have so many shared references and experiences often conversation is almost redundant – we instinctively know what the other is thinking. Also, the project is so far removed from my usual work that I can really let rip with my imagination and style.
However, needs must, and I have been steadily working away on a series of new paintings for the online exhibition I am planning on this site shortly. I was feeling a little stale and in need of some fresh images and locations to fire up the imagination so a couple of weeks ago Alan and I had a trip to Mary Arden’s farm, just outside Stratford upon Avon, where I could indulge myself in all things Tudor, and fuss a couple of donkeys too.
The farm house is absolutely marvellous, wobbly beyond belief and, on the very quiet day we visited, still very atmospheric. I can’t say that any subsequent work I have produced bears any obvious reference to our trip, but the lovely surroundings and the very productive talk and plans we made over coffee and a cake did the trick, and I returned to the studio refreshed and inspired.
There may be more obvious influences surfacing in my work from our experience at an wonderful Greek Orthodox wedding, but more of that later ....

Mary Ardens farm just outside Stratford upon AvonMary Ardens farm just outside Stratford upon Avon

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