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Trish Roberts arrived last Sunday with her husband, Peter, and they adapted quickly and joyously to the Gallinero. Trish shows tremendous enthusiasm in her work. Everything we did together seemed to delight her. I have seldom seen an artist have so much fun doing prints and learning new techniques. It was very rewarding for me. She must have enjoyed it, too, as she’s talking about coming back for a longer stay.
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This five-day visit to my studio was tacked onto the front of a Spanish holiday. Trish’s idea was to spend this time preparing work for two shows she has in the near future. “Though I don’t expect I can get much work done in five days,” she said. In the end, when they leave tomorrow she will go with a portfolio of new prints and some fresh ideas about colour, fondino, liquid metal and solarplate prints. Oh, I almost forgot, and the siesta.

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Revolution, Rain or Shine

As some of you may already know Mike is digitizing his archive of black and white negatives from the old days. Besides the photos of our pueblo going back to 1969 (which he is publishing on a website SomosPineros.com) he has also unearthed family pictures which we had forgotten even existed. It’s a lot of fun. Here are some pictures he made of me participating in an anti-NATO demonstration in Granada’s Plaza Bibarramblas on a rainy day in 1984.
Did we manage to stop Spain’s entry into NATO? No but, 30 years later, we have the satisfaction of knowing we tried.
P.S. I’ll fill out this slide show with some portraits Mike made around that same time of the wonderful left-wing poets, painters, journalists and academics who usually participated in those Quijotesque political demonstrations.

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