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Maybe the first secret gallery in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

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Starting to tie bog grass together

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An evening in the Secret Gallery near Doolin sitting in front of the fire, tying bog grasses. I am not sure where this is going but I will keep adding grass until it feels finished. I am enjoying the random intuitive way of working, no plan or pattern. First I thought of trying to create something more particular and calculated then I just began adding little bits here and there, this feels more natural for me.

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4 October, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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James Art in the Secret Gallery’s Garden

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This is a selection of some of the Art work that James has made over the past few months. He started with the large wooden sign for the Secret Gallery which is on the road between Doolin and The Cliffs of Moher, and since then his creativity just keeps on flowing! The piece above was made to support our wedding cakes, I really love it, now it is a Love Unity sun dial sculpture. “The Dalai Lamas Very Happy Wine Bar” was made for our wedding, and in keeping with the fancy dress in the theme of Kind People from History. The actual bar was painted all over with the word Love and Unity. I am hoping that there will be even more of James art at the Secret Gallery Garden soon!

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11 September, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Thoughts on tissue paper

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Thoughts on tissue paper 1,2,3,4,5, Marianne Slevin (formerly know as Potterton!) September 2009

Thoughts written in  children’s colouring markers on recycled tissue paper hanging in my studio in the Secret Gallery somewhere between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, on 5th September 2009. Maybe in a years time I can fill a whole gallery with these floating thoughts. This is a new phase in my art practice after 18 months or so of painting, though it relates to much of the previous art I did using text and materials that are not traditionally used for making art. I wanted to start to write a journal again in the old fashioned way, this is a culmination of blogging, tweeting and the good old diary, turned into a visual experience; you  can read as much or as little as you like. I am drawn to working with fragile materials once more, I like the way when up get close to them and breathe that they move; our presence effects them, as well as the gentlest breeze.

I would like to do some as often as it seems appropriate for a whole year, but then that sounds a little contrived so I will just see where it leads me. 365 thoughts in the first year of my marriage my sound  very neat but in my real and chaotic life it my be something like as many thoughts as I have pieces of tissue paper,( that was used to protect and wrap our wedding presents) till the time when the thoughts I  have no longer wish to be written upon that same tissue paper! The very first piece I wrote was about this need to constantly compartmentalise things in the west, everything has the be accounted for, and all the messy bits need to be cleaned up! It is often those messy straggling bits and pieces that are the most interesting and awaken something within us!

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5 September, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Doonagore Castle Tower Doolin

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Pen and Ink drawing of Doonagore Castle Tower Doolin, otherwise known as O’Brian’s Tower. I don’t often do on site drawings or paintings of something ‘real’, but I did enjoy it! So often my practice involves delving into the unseen, and trying to make it visible, it was a change to simply look and try to imitate with a pen, a brush and some ink and water, what I saw. Today was the first time I have tried to draw what was in front of me for nearly a year, I would say. I used to do it a lot years ago in every sort of weather condition. Once my friend and I almost took flight of a rocky mountainside near Ballyvaughan with huge boards, the rain nearly washed both our paintings away! Today I enjoyed the comfort of sitting in the car!

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1 May, 2009 at 5:54 pm

A travelling piece of silk in Doolin

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Now that I have enough paintings in the secret gallery, I feel free to make some new art work. I’m enjoying making some non painted work again such as this silk wind dancer, Doolin is particularly windy so there is no shortage of movement! It is really relaxing just to sit and watch it. I have brought it around with me for years. One day I took it out of my camera bag in our yurt in Spain and hung it up there and then realised that I had repaired it with some horses’ hair, the strange thing was our yurt was held together with horse hair ropes too! I love those odd moments in life; they seem almost make believe and silly!

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21 April, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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