Irish, lived in the Caribbean for over 40 years, moved back to the UK in January 2016. I rented a shared studio for a while until realizing that I need to live where I work. http://maryadam.com London
“He said that […] rain suited me and that I must always live in rainy country” — Edna O’Brien
Saw a video on Instagram of Damien Hirst in his studio with huge paintings around all the walls. Of flowering cherries. They are sensational … remind me of a painting by Van Gogh I saw a long time ago in […]
Some time ago, during November, I tried making some prints at home, first making monoprints on a gelatin plate, then small screenprints. I had all the necessary tools and materials in a cupboard. The amazing thing was that it was […]
Sometimes when I’m working a title suggests itself part way through. They are usually the better ones. When it’s hard to find the right title, that’s not so good. Today I got some names and email addresses into the computer […]
Amazon Handmade is not going well, only an odd sale here and there. Their system isn’t conducive to originals because they give more weight in searches to things with lots of stock on hand. They do allow prints and I […]
Why am I posting? Nothing to post about. Since the Hyacinth — very little. I am trying Amazon Handmade. Sold a couple of pieces after about six weeks, nothing since. It could be ok for prints. I am trying it […]
Two little exercises at home using up leftover paint. The oil painting classes at ESOP are just what I was hoping for, with emphasis on the basics but not atelier-style, it’s a more contemporary approach. New ideas come flooding in […]
Today was cleaning day. I spent the afternoon tidying and rearranging my studio space. It involved some tedious sorting through bits and pieces, throwing out empty paint tubes, acrylics that had gone hard, dead pens and so forth. I’d like […]
So I have the Hyacinth painting in the living room, propped up so I can see it easily from my chair. I’m wondering what to do with the blue background. The overall plan is to add the running dog pattern […]
Drawings in pen, charcoal, crayon, then the second-to-last one is acrylic on canvas and the last one is middle stage oil over the acrylic. After restarting oil I find I need to brush up on the technical skills of painting […]
Charcoal drawings of a hyacinth from Sainsbury’s in a paper pot . I feel so happy doing this, it feels more right than anything else in years. Plus a photo of my ‘studio’ space.
Tracey Emin’s show at White Cube was inspiring especially the large gestural brush drawings in acrylic paint on canvas, sometimes unprimed.