Framed Biro drawing on paper
I drew the portrait of Ivy in response to the fictional character in the poem ‘Ivy’ by Ros Woolner.
I had been paired up with the inspirational poet Ros as part of Poartry 2020 where we had each been challenged to create a new piece of artwork in response to an existing piece of the other.
Though the character was fictional there was something about that Ivy felt warm and familiar I knew just who would be the perfect sitter for Ivy, Jo Cina whom confessed that she “grows roses for the rose hips” evoked the spirit of Ivy.
Poem ‘Ivy’ by Ros Woolner
The woman who brushed
her hair with teasels,
buttoned her cardigan with rose hips,
laced her boots with bindweed,
lived on the top floor of a block
of council flats. She said
up there above the telephone wires
the wind keened.
When she died, they found clover
in the carpets, bulrushes in the bath
and a child with dandelion-clock hair
like something seeded under a gooseberry bush.
Framed drawing watercolour, gesso and charcoal
On meeting Mark Stanway ex Keyboard player of prog rock band Magnum whilst he was touring his new show, I knew this was a portrait I had to capture. Mark is an inspirational character of many levels and generous with his enthusiasm and time, he kindly attending a number of sittings for me in my studio the Art Room at Newhampton Arts Centre.