We can’t go back to ‘normal’

Coronavirus and Climate Change I’m writing this at a time of global crisis as the Coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world – every country is forced to lockdown and cope with this crisis. Here in the UK those of us who are not key workers are staying at home to avoid spreading the virus. All public gatherings are cancelled, shops selling non-essentials are closed, schools are open only for the children of key workers, care workers are at risk without personal protective equipment (PPE). The NHS in our cities is struggling to manage the daily increase in Covid-19 cases; there is not enough PPE for every health worker or… Read More

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Coronavirus & Hope

This global crisis could lead to positive change…. for the climate and for equality across the world. ‘Hope is everywhere… but without demands hope is simply standing in the way of the major change that is required. We have to abandon the maps and make our way into the unknown.We have to start listening to all that we’ve stopped listening to.We have to take the lead while keeping a welcome door open behind us.Everyone is needed. The climate crisis is one symptom among many of an unsustainable world.An acute symptom.At the same time the sustainability crisis is a choice.A chance to put everything right.And in that lies our hope.’ Malena… Read More

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Our House Is On Fire

Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Malena and Beata Ernman; Svante and Greta Thunberg, 2018 (translated into English 2020) I’ve read many articles by scientists, researchers and environmentalists – see quotes and resources on on my other website www.lynhervalley.co.uk/quotes – but this book, ‘Our House Is On Fire’, is absolutely inspirational. It is an account of an extraordinary family facing their own difficulties and the responsibility of being alive at this moment when our immediate collective decisions will determine the fate of life on Earth. I could have quoted from every other page, so I’ve had to be very selective: ‘Feminism… Read More

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reds and oranges

My present paintings are using very strong reds and oranges. I’m not too sure why. Perhaps a need for colour after many weeks of wet, greyish days. So this afternoon, whilst canvases are drying, I walked from the garden to the woodland and found those colours – some tiny spots of colour in leaf and stem, but most are the brilliant colours of the early spring flowers. Related Images:

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International Women’s Day

March 8th www.internationalwomensday.com #EachforEqual2020 An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. www.internationalwomensday.com/ So here very briefly, are a few women artists that are on my favourites list and from previous posts: Gwen John British painter. 1876 – 1939. She was the sister of Augustus John, but his complete opposite artistically, as she was in personality, living a reclusive life and favouring introspective subjects. After studying at the Slade… Read More

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Parish Climate Emergency Action

Information Fayre Our first Climate Emergency Action within the parish 15-16 Feb 2020 in the village hall at North Hill, Cornwall. We had a really busy weekend, lots of wonderful people visited – residents of the parish and further afield, also councillors and our MP. The website for this Climate Emergency Action is www.northhillclimate.org Also see my new website www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk Related Images:

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Cornwall Artists Declare

Declaring a climate and ecological emergency With a refreshed Lynher Valley website, now a new purpose: climate and ecological emergency, and including Cornwall Artists Declare. So here are the links: www.lynhervalley.co.uk and www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk Artists in the Lynher Valley and right across Cornwall join to declare a climate and ecological emergency. We are adding our voices and actions to the millions of others around the globe declaring a climate and ecological emergency, and call for immediate governmental action to protect all life on Earth.  We call on governments to act now to find the means to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions and reverse biodiversity loss by no later than 2030.… Read More

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landscape to abstract

From the winter landscape paintings before Christmas – see 2019 – I’m now using these colours to interpret the valley and moorland landscapes in abstract shapes, lines and mark-making, overlaying and scraping through using cold wax medium alternating with oil-rich layers. So here is the result, the new abstract with the landscape I used as my starting point alongside. Related Images:

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