ANTONIA ROLLS ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE NEWS. An account of an Artist and Mother in Bognor Regis. Worthwhile, but exhausting, so pour the tea and make yourself comfortable...(this painting is a family portrait, about 2'x 3', oil on wood. It is the Ross Family, each family member with items that describe them best. And at the front, on the grass on the right hand side, is a photo of Grandma, sadly missed.)
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Angels And Earrings And Fairies And Cakes. Fund Raiser At Clarissa's -
I aim to have this sale of Angels and Fairies and fun things while also displaying the latest information about the A Graceful Death exhibition and film. The weekend is about having fun with all of you, with colour, fun, wit and humour, alongside the serious business of raising funds for the A Graceful Death exhibition and film.
As you all know, the A Graceful Death exhibition is about acknowledging the importance of the end of life. It is about what it means to die, and what it means to survive - this means both to survive the process of grief and bereavement and to survive the treatment of cancer or other life threatening illnesses. The A Graceful Death exhibition began with the death of my partner from cancer in November 2007. I painted the last few weeks and days of Steve's life, trying to capture how though his body was ravaged by the cancer, the life, the spirit that made him Steve, lived on in him to the end. The paintings are powerful and raw and full of love. The A Graceful Death exhibition has now evolved to include the stories and images of others at the ends of their lives too. It includes the images and words from those who are undergoing treatment for cancer, and those who have survived well past the five year mark. My colleague Neill Blume and I are now making a film of the exhibition and its effects. Neill will be there at the Angels, Fairies and Earrings Fund Raising Weekend, filming away - so come and be part of it.
A Graceful Death is a not for profit enterprise. All donations directly to the exhibition are gratefully received. I am very fortunate to continue with A Graceful Death through the kindness and love of those who support it both financially, and with time and practical help.
I make earrings with a passion too. Apart from having loads already made, I will have all the beads and baubles in piles for you to select and design your own. I will make them up for you then and there. Your own design and colour scheme. Go for it.
See you all there. A Bar is set up for all those who need more than a cuppa, and there will be cakes and sustenance to help you make your earrings, Angel and Fairy Painting and or print buying decisions.