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THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

I confess that it was me last week who stole bunches of wisteria from the pergolas that stood along lake Como’s promenade in Menaggio. Since the day we arrived we spotted it everywhere, bunches and bunches of it, some very long and skinny, other puffier and shorter….

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The Magic Turtles Two Years On

The Magic Turtles Two Years On

A few weeks ago we celebrated the end of the Magic Turtles’ first mentoring programme and announced the start of a second one. The original group was ‘graduating’ and the second was being welcomed into the family and, like in all family gatherings, food and…

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Remedies Against Cabin Fever

Remedies Against Cabin Fever

After many weeks of solitary work spent in the peaceful and productive surroundings of my studio I decided that I was becoming too cocooned, that I wasn’t mixing enough with people and most of all that I was liking my own company too much. This…

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CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

Interview with John Sutton. John what do you do? I work mostly with three creative people Charlie O’Neill – copywriter and my co-owner in Persuasion Republic, Roddy Doyle – creative writer and Jole Bortoli – visual artist, Art to Heart’s Director and my wife. I…

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UNDERCOVER GUIDES

UNDERCOVER GUIDES

I was standing at the crossroad of the Four Fountains in Rome taking pictures before heading down the road to visit the next baroque church when a voice addressed me “Signora!”. I lowered my camera and turned around to see a middle-aged, impeccably dressed man, standing…

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THE MAGIC MOUNTAINS

THE MAGIC MOUNTAINS

ON THE ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING ON OPEN MODE. A dear friend gave me for Christmas a children book titled Journey by Aaron Becker. It is a wordless story, exquisitely illustrated, of ‘a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through…

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Are Art Competitions Good for Children?

Are Art Competitions Good for Children?

During an art workshop I observe a boy who is very seriously engaged in his artwork while his mother is telling me how much her son loves art. She says he spends a lot of his free time drawing and painting, that he also takes…

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THE RETURN

THE RETURN

  I don’t know how I let it happen but it did. One moment I was happily painting away, enjoying my life as an art student, effortlessly being creative and looking forward to a fulfilling career and next, after just a few years of working,…

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In The Land of Volcanoes

In The Land of Volcanoes

I made it. I survived the volcano, the flying flies invasion, the hard climbs and the storm but I came back happy and fulfilled. I have been planning this trip for years now, constantly postponing it for a variety of reasons but in the end…

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Our Mother Tongue

Our Mother Tongue

May 1985 – I had been in Ireland for over two months and decided that I liked the country well enough to stay for good. I also thought that I could have a go at my job as a graphic designer/photographer so I ventured one…

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