Sunday, June 24, 2007

I've been in Shropshire for the last week trying to catch up with a back log of project work for mags and books, while there i made a journal, here are a few notes from it!

Sun 17th June - Arrive 5.45pm, it's a warm soft evening, Polly's garden is growing wildly in all directions, weeds merging with cultivated plants, i love the chaos and it prompts me to take a few shots (barn studio pictured). I feel the stress of the past few days ebbing away in this beautiful place. The Oak Barn is situated between Titterstone Clee Hill and Brown Clee Hill, only the sound of birds ans trees swishing interrupt my thoughts.

It takes a while to unload the car but i don't think i brought as much as last year, set out my makeshift studio in the barn facing the garden and the valley. I'm preparing the last project of my book 'Sundial Diptych' and cut all the stuff out ready for the morning, the only drawback of this place is the lighting gets bad at night. I'm going to stop and practice some new songs for Wednesdays, the acoustics are great in the kitchen.
Monday 9.30am After a restless night i wake up to a misty moist morning in Shropshire. Ever since coming back from Winchester, i've been having trouble sleeping, i think I'm developing nocturnal tendencies! For the photographic process of producing a step by step book you have to have all the stages prepared to save studio time so i knuckle down to the hypnotic process of repetitive making. I quite like making multiple pieces you can allow your mind to drift aimlessly and let your muse take over. It's a romantic idea but frustrating when you can't act on your thoughts while you're making 15 diptych's.

The rain washes the garden intermittently all day but it stops me from procrastinating in the garden, so it's a good thing today. I relax into a productive way of working and wish i was here for two weeks.

I came with a small amount of money but i must brave the chaotic clamour of ludlow tesco's to get supplies, i'm getting sick of fishcakes!!

10.30pm the light is bad so i'm stopping to work on 'Reuben' by the Be Good Tanyas and 'Carey' by Joni.

Tues 9.30am i had every intention of rising early but i slept badly again, i'm going to ludlow for supplies and wine, i will have to knock myself out tonight. I keep getting twitchy legs when i go to bed, i remembers someone on Terry Wogan saying sleep with a potato but i'd rather have a man at least you'd be distracted a while from the legs, i have neither potato or man so have to manage.

1 comment:

Penny said...

Angie, thanks for adding your blog address. I have been to Ludlow!! Actually I have been to Shropshire twice, wish I could afford to again. the place you are staying looks fabulous. My English background bursts through every so often, even though my father was a 3rd Generation Aussie, only on his fathers side and my mother came out aged 8. Love those misty looks, such a different light here in Australia, although I like them too. Thanks for the follow up on my bag and i look foreward to the next.