Studying Art Process At Stroud College
One of my artist friends who trained on the Access Course at Stroud College was Rachel Markwick. For some time she had been painting and explored her craft further on the course. We had so much fun it was a truly bonding experience for us mature students.
But simply wanting (and trying) to progress in the art world is often not enough. For each of us it is a different process and often time has to pass, where creativity takes us to both good and bad places, and may be quite a balancing act where there are commitments other than just a desire to be creative.
From Painting To Collage with Stamps
Then a few years ago Rachel’s creativity took on a completely different look involving her inherited collection of stamps.
From Van Gogh’s sunflowers and hilly scenes of Stroud emerged the Stamp Lady of Stroud.
There is a story behind the use of stamps in Rachel’s work, but to fast forward somewhat she makes clever, endearing and detailed images from stamps from all over the world. From ships to owls, and from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to International flags there is so much detail right down to the fish in the sea and the people in the arches of the Colosseum.