My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Exhausted but elated...

This evening, somewhat reluctantly after a hard day’s work, I attended a workshop on song writing.   I remember, many years ago, with similar reluctance, attending a talk on the ballet.  This evening’s workshop was given by Dominica's master musician, composer and songwriter Gregory Robess.  The talk on ballet was given by the Pricipal of the Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of the Northern Ballet, the late Christopher Gable.  (Also famed for his role as “Twiggy” in the film version of The Boy Friend.) 

Both occasions proved to be memorable.  Thank you, Gregory and Christopher, for giving me an inspirational insight into both art forms.  I came away exhausted but elated.

After a few lapsed diary days, here is the final sequence of the waste mould.   The picture shows Denise (this time the worker, not the model) chipping the waste mould away to reveal the plaster bust of Samantha. 


  1. So, the two of you are both artistic, how wonderful to share the same love of art!

  2. Quite beautiful, really...

  3. Are you planning on experimenting with a little song writing; exploring further?

  4. I remember Christopher Gable as I used to work with Northern Ballet to support schools in accessing workshops, rehearsals and performances. He once spent more than an hour talking with a group of teachers including myself at a dress rehearsal at the Leeds Grand. Yes he was inspirational, I still have an interview that he did for schools on video.