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Our latest newsletter is a celebration of all things botanical and includes a selection of our studio artists who are inspired by forms and colours found in nature.
While under lockdown many have turned to their gardens, windowsills and plant-pots for some much-needed horticultural respite. Have you been growing things these past few weeks? Share with us images of your budding creations on Twitter or Instagram for #NationalGardeningWeek.


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We hear from studio artist Becky Blair about her new series of watercolours...

"While we are in lockdown I am working from home. Being creative in this intimate space and with the rhythm of family life interwoven with my painting time, watercolours work perfectly. I love the fluid play, vivid colours and also the time between layers so I can get the fresh finish I always strive for. This series of watercolours is called ‘Love in the time of Social Distancing’. These watercolours are born out of the experience of life being reduced down to the essentials. As someone categorised as vulnerable, my day to day is all about home and garden, surrounded by the familiar, these paintings are created in this environment. Inspired by the garden as it springs into life. Shapes and symbols evolve along side recognisable forms, gathering together like collected treasure."
Find out more about Becky's work on her website and Instagram.

 Kay Aplin's Ceramic House is a project space and living showcase of her work, where she curates exhibitions of contemporary ceramics. One of the main features is the Ceramic Garden, a “Gaudiesque fantasyland” full of colour, tiled installations and plants. Visit @ceramicempress where Kay is blogging daily about The Ceramic House, it includes pictures of the garden which at the moment is blooming! Her work responds to place and observing detail and pattern in flora, and her process often involves using a microscope to uncover hidden details in plants which are magnified to reveal highly textured designs. 

Check out our latest Virtual Studio Visit, in which we drop-in on studio artist and illustrator Ottilie Hainsworth. This image is from Ottilie's 'Corona Diary', a long-running graphic sketchbook that she has been working on while under lockdown. It includes a depiction of the artist working on her allotment - "There's a fertility within these restrictions and I'm growing lots of seedlings and really loving all the birds."
As part of our Digital Programme we are now launching an Online Watercolour Course, taught over 5 weeks by studio artist Emily Jolley. Learn the techniques of applying watercolour paint, and enjoy a creative activity with limited materials whilst staying at home.
Find out more and book a place
More online courses are currently being scheduled and tickets will be available to buy in the next few weeks.
Recommendations from the Phoenix team
Have a look at these recommendations from the staff at Phoenix Art Space on what to watch, read and listen to. In celebration of National Gardening Week, we've kept it botanical. 

Watch this documentary about the RA's 2016 exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet and Matisse, which explores the role gardens played in art from the 1860s to the 1920s.

Missing the great outdoors? Try out these Virtual Garden Visits with the National Gardening Society.

For craft-based flora and fauna, check out these extravagant, handmade paper flowers.

Watch this short about Derek Jarman's garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness. All the more lovely in light of the success of Art Fund's campaign to save the gardens, its cottage and its contents.
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