Muse manifesta

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I made rather a mess of my muse but that’s just what I’d be like if I wore lipstick! #womanunleashedretreat

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#women unleashed retreat

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Visualisation & intention. #womenunleashedretreat

Some photos I’ve taken of water lilies over the past few years, in gardens We’ve visited on holiday.

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#women unleashed retreat

The covers and first page of my #womenunleashedretreat journal.

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The Happy Traveller

Finishing this piece I started in January!

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Find out about Life Book 2016

A room of one’s own…

In her book, ‘A room of one’s own’, Virginia Woolf states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”   I heartily agree with this, but substitute “create art” for “write fiction” in my case.

I have had my own room since my daughter left home a few years ago and it has gone through various stages of disarray and untidiness throughout. I have been able to create art though, despite the mess, as those of you who follow my blog will know.

Recently, we bought new carpet for all the bedrooms and my room was the first to be fitted. Two lovely ladies came to do the re-painting and I had new blinds fitted. Then came the carpet! We bought it in a sale so the colour is rather unusual but lovely and soft underfoot! I have deployed spare pieces of carpet, rugs and plastic table covers to protect it from the worst of my paint splotches!

I really like to look at other studios and took a few photos during the process so that I could show my readers what I’ve done. It’s still a ‘work in progress’ but things are being replaced and sorted gradually. Do you think I’ll be able to keep it tidy? Let me know in the comments what you think.

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Creative space from Irene Fitzpatrick on Vimeo.

Beacon of Light

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This is my ‘beacon of light’ for 2015. She is based on the moon and stars and not on the sun as the lesson was demonstrated in the Life Book 2015 class. My words for this year are serenity and peace, so I thought night time and the feeling of stillness and rest there is at night, seemed more appropriate to them.

I had to change the colour palette to suit the subject so, instead of the warm yellows and golds used by Tamara Laporte our teacher, I thought blues, purples and silver would be more calming. I rather ‘went to town’ with the glamour dust but she’s still looking so serene! Her dress has a scientific theme and is made by collaging line drawings of astronomical instruments.

The motto was taken from a quotation by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, ” Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us”. I love the idea that we are stardust and to stardust we will eventually return.

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Arc Artist Profile

Artist Profile: Irene FitzpatrickWhat medium do you work with?
Paint – acrylic and watercolour: mixed media – scrapbooking materials, fabric, coloured pencil, ephemera (the list would be enormous!): photography.Who or what inspires you?
Looking at life and interpreting it in a quirky, fun, whimsical way. Photos, holidays, videos, everyday life have all inspired me…Oh! Also those rather rude seaside postcards…and angels and mermaids sometimes, but definitely NOT UNICORNS!!!!!!!!! I love craft work as well.

Which other artists or creative people do you admire?
Suzi Blu, Christy Tomlinson, Hockney, Klimt, Matisse…

How did you get involved with Arc?
Arc was recommended by my psychology counsellor as an outlet for my longing to be an artist. I decided to ‘give it a go’!

What does Arc mean to you?
Arc has opened a whole new world for me, being accepted as an artist despite lack of experience and having work appreciated. Having exhibits in a gallery and actually selling my work was something I had never considered. There are so many talented artists both in my group and connected with Arc, that at one time I would have looked at their work and deemed myself unworthy…now it just gives me more inspiration and confidence to keep on with my art for the sake of my soul and sanity!!!!!

If someone likes your work, is it available to buy or see more of? If so, what do they need to do?
I haven’t built up a real portfolio of work yet because of my great ability to procrastinate!!!! Any work I do sell will be available through the Arc Gallery for the foreseeable future. I have recently been selling my work through Arc led stalls at crafts fairs and at the recent Arc Summer Art Fair, so pieces can also also sometimes be bought at these. I do have a Twitter of all my work and inspirations at www.twitter.com/Calendulafitz See More

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