Saturday, October 13, 2012

A wee bit about myself

As promised is the second of us.  This time it's me. Patricia Mc Nally was born in South London. Her enthusiasm for art began when she was given watercolour lessons in early childhood and    has been developing that medium from then on. Although she has had no formal training she has made in-depth studies of many great artists most particularly Gwen John, Joan Eardley, Lawrence Stephen Lowry and Jules Pascin. Recently she has been drawn very much to the work of Quentin Blake in truth he is her hero. In 1985 she joined the Mary Ward Centre, where her tutor (the late Peter John Garrard) whose constant and helpful advice aided her transition to a new medium oils.  She has since gained further experience on a number of courses and workshops at  Summer Schools at the Slade School of Fine Art, the Heatherley School of Fine Art, St Oswald Studios,  the Blackheath School of Art and the Curwen Print Study Centre. Her first studio space was at Kew Studios many moons ago. She prefers to paint intimate landscapes looking for the more unusual aspect.  Her interest in printmaking lead to a series of collographic landscapes of a similar nature but on a grander scale.  She was then commissioned by the “Artists and Illustrators Magazine” to write an article on her way of working with this form of printmaking. She also works in pastel and enjoys wood engraving. She has exhibited widely and has had several one-person exhibitions and several two-person exhibitions. Her work has also been shown in the Mall Gallery (the RBA), the Alberti Gallery (in Cork Street) Eva Jekel Gallery all in London and the Schacht Fine Arts Gallery in New York. She has also taken part in the Wrotham Art Festival. She was presented to the Princess Royal during an exhibition, which she was invited to take part in at Heythrop College in London. Her paintings are in international collections. She believes intuition and art can be united, as we are part of the great creator, so we are creative. Her interest in the esoteric and mystic took her to the College of Psychic Studies and the Spiritual Association of Great Britain both in London. She felt she gained a great deal from her studies at both establishments. She has continued her studies in this area.  Recently the work and writings of Caroline Myss has had a great influence on her and like Caroline believes we are here to fulfil our own sacred contract with the divine. The in depth knowledge of Julia Cameron who has influenced her immensely.  Her passion is teaching and imparting her knowledge to people. Her subjects are constructive and unusual ways to use a sketchbook, printmaking, creativity, meditation, self-awareness and mediumship.  She is convinced all human beings have a creative flame; it only has to be fanned with enthusiasm and love. She holds a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and like her partner is a member of the Institute  for Learning.n Eventually she would together with her partner like to establish a centre for teaching and therapies as a way of encouraging people to develop their own spiritual awareness and inner truth, but also sees this as away to relieve the stress of modern living.  She hopes it will be based on some of Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy.  She has a great love of music which covers the whole spectrum, but her favourite singers are the Beatles, Nilsson, Gracie Fields, Julie Felix, James Cameron, Enya and Judy Garland. She also likes reading when she has the time her favourite authors being Laurie Lee, Richard Adams, Mitch Albom, Caroline Myss and Roald Dahl.  She now runs her own unique workshops to encourage creativity and intuition. For more details of these workshops please e-mail  or ring 07927 288904.  Firstly I would like to remind you about the workshop at Reading National Spiritualist with medium Mark Brandist.  Well worth attending.  We are going and we know we will enjoy the day as well as strengthen our link to spirit (  Another person whose service I always enjoy is Janet Talty who is at Bexleyheath Christian Spiritualist Church, 85 Lion Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 5NT on the 31st October at 7.30pm.   Our next workshop as I said in my previous post will be on the 21st October at  Woodford National Spiritualist Church (  and that evening we are taking the Sunday evening service.  On the 7th of November we are at the Institute of Spiritualist Mediums in Essex which meets at the Friends Meeting House, Balgores Crescent, Gidea Park, Nr. Romford. The workshop is a Sound Healing one, which we are looking forward to doing.  We are a new church in Plumstead on 12th November in the afternoon and we will be posting that in our next blog entry and hopefully showing you some of the students work from Plymouth. Meanwhile I have posted an old one of an imagine inspired by the altar in one of the churches and created via one of our students who is also my brothert Allan McNally.











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