It has been awhile since posting. Having had a rather busy summer and getting lured by the beauty of the garden and beaches at Toad Hall, I spent far too much time contemplating my work than being in the actual act of creation. Having settled nicely in Toad Hall for the Summer, finally our generation getting their place in it, kept me rather busy.
However the pull of ole Blighty has been strong over the past few years and having set a course to return to its shores, have now managed to do so. A comfortable little set of rooms in the upper reaches of a friends house is where I lay my head, but the city is where I spend my day. Having become a member of the London Library and the Royal Overseas League has done wonders for my sense of place. I am able to find my comfy little corner in rows of old books or in the finely appointed drawing room here at the club and this gives me my work space. It is a rather fine place to sip tea, watch the park, and dream, I might add.
With the fruition of my plan for half the year in the UK and the other in the US, I find my work taking more of a turn towards digital. Lucky chance has placed both the circumstances of such a plan and the advancement of the technology in happy companionship thus the drawing, painting, and various layers in my print making can now happily reside in my computer and digital drawing tablets. This has allowed me the luxury of poo pooing the idea of a traditional studio with pots of paint and the mess and bother of extra trains and flights of questionable stairs and neighbourhoods and replace it with the luxury of the club and library to be my studio. And I can't explain how much nicer it is to simply travel with suitcases full of one's clothing and not paints and rags and the like. And a pot of tea and toasted cakes brought by a simple call isn't half bad either.
I shall endevour, now that I am settled, to post more and to begin to share the stages and phases of my next body of work. I will happily be sunk in comfy chairs and hard leathered desks researching and dreaming of our past so as best to put it down into my next pieces.
I will close here with some pics of the lovely drawing room where I am lucky to while away some of the hours here in London.
I lived as a 1950s housewife for three years. Click below to see that project.
Donna Davis is a painter and printmaker living by the sea. Her work deals with women, history, the seashore, and moments in time. Follow along to see the process behind the product.