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Maya and herbs

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I like this photograph even though it shows very a dirty window and neglected herbs! It looks a bit like a painting. Currently I am gathering material for a new body of art work. I am not sure what will come out !

One of my main areas of interest is finding some sort of balance between a more frugal and hard core natural existence and a comfortable, convenient way of living, and if it is possible to live in harmony with the planet, particularly in our society. We have created a totally unsustainable way of existing on this planet. Sometimes I think that we are so far off the mark that even trying seems futile. When I move on from this negative thought pattern I  get excited by the thoughts of growing our own fruit and vegetables and collecting free food from the earth and sea. Looking out our kitchen window and seeing a beautiful horse makes me feel happy. It strikes a cord somewhere deep within me about something we are loosing; a more natural and harmonious way of life.

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Written by Marianne Slevin

26 September, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Arting Around!

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Words cut out of recycled gold paper from coffee packaging, hand turned wooden platter made by my Dad, home make banana bread, butter and cling film on wooden table.

Why should art be separated from our “normal” everyday life?

Thank you for looking.

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28 August, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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Growing an edible garden, gifts from the sea!

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Our Garden: Potatoes, shallots, scallions, giant mustard, land cress, rocket and spinach and a lot of nettles!

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All these from one potato! I am just a beginner so I am very excited!

Can you spot the old lobster claw dug up with the potatoes?

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Our lovely neighbours gave us these and a couple more as well, yum!

I have not written for a while but I hope to write more very soon!

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1 July, 2009 at 8:38 am

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Beach collections

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The other day, I headed to a beach near Lahinch, well it is a stony beach with driftwood and a lot of rubbish. After almost filling the boot of the car with drift wood, I decided to fill a large bag with plastic bottles and bring them to the bottle bank. It was like saying a little thank you to the beach for the driftwood. When we got home our children played with the driftwood and we have been burning it in the fire and I have kept some of the more suitable pieces for hanging some of the hand made books from and maybe to make some other things with them.

The Secret Gallery will be opening again soon, so we are getting ready, lots of tidying and painting and making small art objects for it. At the moment the theme is to create a fun and memorable ritual with an every day recycled object; creating something special out of the ordinary! Just think how much of our life we don’t remember; one day is often much like another. I would like to do little things to change that.

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4 March, 2009 at 10:21 am

Sanitized Life and tending the fire!

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Small pieces of earth on the kitchen floor!

Old Christmas tree, coal, wood, turf, stone, leaves and dried grass

 

 

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A little bit of outside inside!

For the last few days I have been tending a glowing fire. When the Children started to play with the contents of my tinder box, I thought what a lovely idea! It is miniature pieces of the earth, and full of energy. I left the little pieces of plastic in as a sad reminder of what we are doing to the planet that supports us. Life in this part of the world has become so sanitized; living at one with nature seems very remote. I do confess to being very speedy in sweeping up this lovely mess from the kitchen floor!

A fire really is the next best thing to the hot sun, now where is that heating oil lorry!!

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27 January, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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Making practical things more playful !

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Our fridge-freezer had got very iced up, so this morning while taking out the melting ice I noticed that some of it had this pattern which looked very un-organic, the contrast struck me. When the children asked me why was I throwing ice out the door, I said because it was fun! So after I had flung the rest of the ice out the door, I took these photographs, smiling to myself because it was such a beautiful warm and sunny morning, and wondering would anybody notice the strange occurrence of ice outside our door on a warm day! Like when you see a car covered in a thick layer of snow when nobody else has any on their cars or even seen any near by!

 

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Ice on a warm day!

 

 

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Ice on a warm day!

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26 January, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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The Secret Gallery is a Sleeping and Meditating Space for the Winter!

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Gradually The Secret Gallery has become more and more homely, James has been baking everyday and his croissants, breads and biscotti have been divine! I have been making my own stock and soups. The other day as I carried a wooden platter turned by my Dad with some fresh bread made by James with loganberry jam on it made by my Mum into our children, they said “and everyone made the butter”! Long live the Good Life!

The gallery is becoming a meditation room for the winter, paintings are being stored and incense and candles are burning! If people are interested in visiting the studio to see some art work we can arrange that if we have a little notice! We will be opening up again next year, hope to see you all then!

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Front door of The Secret Gallery last Summer.

 

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Shells down the garden path at The Secret Gallery

 

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Road sign, between Doolin and The Cliffs of Moher

Written by Marianne Slevin

22 November, 2008 at 10:36 pm