The Todmorden Pop Up Open Studios weekend (14th/15th September 2019) went down well with lots of visitors calling in to the House des Lowes. Thank you for your comments.
The exhibition this year is inspired by my relationship to the landscape with each painting telling a story about a particular place.
For example ‘Source of Redwater’ is about the stream that runs past the bottom of my garden. It once powered a water wheel and its flow was carefully managed by a system of weirs. It runs into the Calder River which flows parallel to the Burnley road into Todmorden. The source of Redwater is a little pool on the moor top, now surrounded by eight wind turbines.
Finding this spot (still tranquil despite the creaking turbines in the sky), is only possible if you follow the stream up, up, onto the moor, winding through the scratchy himmocks* and soggy dips, sometimes disappearing, you or it? And lost but found again, it will lead you all the way there.
*small moorland hill
The House des Lowes is on the Rochdale Road in Todmorden opposite the Golden Lion. Opening times: 5 to late Tuesday to Friday and 12 to late weekends. It’s a great venue with a welcoming atmosphere and they make fantastic coffee! If you would like to order a print of any of the works please speak to someone at the bar.