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- I'm an arts journalist & PR consultant living and working in Scotland. I've been a journalist for more than 25 years. I write a regular column for Scottish quality newspaper, The Herald. I deliver a PR service with an arty bent and work on a consultancy basis with arts organisations, including Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth & broadcast support body, ScreenHI. I am currently co-writing a book about the celebrated Scots artist, George Wyllie, with his daughter Louise. Instrumental in making a celebration of his life's work happen in 2012. For more information, see www.georgewyllie.com When I'm not being a mum/working, I talk to my dog. He laps it up. Contact me on email@example.com (All work © Jan Patience)
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Some Joan Eardley strands
From left to right, The Watchie Path, by Kate Downie, Memories of Joan E by James Greer and two of the (grown up) Samson sisters, part of a large family from Townhead, Glasgow, whom Joan Eardley painted often in her studio close to their house.
I'm doing some blog housekeeping here and trying to pull disparate elements of this blog together. Joan Eardley (1921-1963) is an artist I keep returning to time and time again. I am absolutely fascinated by her life and work.
I'm not alone. She has been a huge influence on the work of countless artists, particularly here in Scotland.
Ann's memories of Eardley are still razor sharp. Initially, she said, she was scared of her, as she had never seen a woman who dressed like a man in big duffle coats and working boots.
One of the many little details I found fascinating was the fact that Joan Eardley kept a stash of brightly-coloured clothes in her studio for Ann, Pat and all the other siblings to wear when she painted them.
I'd always wondered where these brightly-coloured pinks and reds came from as this was an age of austerity. As Ann pointed out, there was very little money to go around, even more so with 13 children in the house.