Charlotte Salomon - news of an inspiration

Once, in Berlin I picked up the biography of Charlotte Salomon in a second-hand bookshop. I found an artist who inspired me to keep painting my life, and whose technique pointed my work in new directions. This year is the centenary of her birth and I found this article from the New Yorker with news of a film and other events coming up, and a shocking revelation.

One of the key paintings by Charlotte Salomon in her collection Leben? oder Theater?

One of the key paintings by Charlotte Salomon in her collection Leben? oder Theater?

She escaped from Berlin to the south of France where she made over 1200 gouache paintings. The words were sometimes in the paintings and sometimes added on transparent overlays. It's good to hear that her work will be more widely known.

Charlotte Salomon was 26 years old when she was killed at Auschwitz.

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Here is the link for the Amsterdam exhibition:





The 25% 'birthday month' discount on my book finishes at midnight tonight. So be sure to order your copy before then - go to this page and enter the code SCARLET at checkout. Some people have found it challenging in parts; it responds to the pain of lived experience, as well as the joy.

And here is a final glimpse of the artwork

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This seems to fit

From the book I paint... , I have chosen today's artwork to fit how it feels after the long drive from Berlin to Bute. The car is unpacked, paintings stacked in the spare room, and we are recovering our energy.

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To buy a copy of the book, go to BUY THE BOOK page of the website. For a 25% discount, this month only, use the code SCARLET at checkout.

Leaving Berlin

I painted this image before leaving England for Berlin. Now, two years later, I am packing for the journey back. Another threshold to cross. Excitement, logistics, and a little fear. Onwards!

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This is a page from my new book I paint...  To buy your own copy (or one for a friend), go to BUY THE BOOK page of the website. For a 25% discount, this month only, use the code SCARLET at checkout.



To mark my birthday month, I will be posting painting~poem artworks from the collection in my book here on the blog. I hope you enjoy them! If you would like to buy the book, there is a discount available throughout September. Just go over here and at the checkout enter SCARLET to save 25%.

I love the title of this first one - it came to me early in my exploration of intuitive painting. And I used it to title and frame my Berlin residency that is now nearly over. It was nearly the book title too, but I found that the poem on the front looked so striking that I went with that.


Our flying shapes the sky

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I painted a woman -

not an angel

- green and pink

and she flew through the sky


yellow stars

            over a church and a cottage

            a red hill

            and an inky black path.

She moved the sky by her flight.


And underneath

in dissolving darkness,

            watching from the cottage,

someone sees

the sky shifted.


I filled the sky around the stars with blue.

I carved the cradling moon.

Pink trails behind the flying.

I enhanced the stars with yellow and white

            until they become






She flies,

shaping the sky.



Street gardens of Berlin

Today I was walking and thinking about some of the things I love about Berlin.

I love the way people adopt bits of the street to grow flowers


I love how motorists take care to stop for pedestrians and cyclists.

I love how people trust each other enough to leave their phones on cafe tables.

I love the quiet of public places.


I love the reliable grumpiness of my local shopkeeper.

I love the roses in unexpected places.


I love the high ceilings in old apartments.

I love the sense that a good life is worth the effort.


Day 1

The exhibition "Our flying shapes the sky" opened yesterday and will close this evening. Its primary purpose was to say thank you to Cinepoetics at the Freie Universität Berlin for my fellowship and artist residency. It was a lovely afternoon - I'll miss the people there so much. And the ideas.  


display of work from our Studio Interludes


New paintings on canvas  


Adding colour to the conference room

The Cinderella painting


When all the paintings for today's exhibition were packed into the car, I walked through the apartment. It's beginning to look vast and empty like it did when I arrived eighteen months ago. There was one painting left, leaning against the wall of the study. It had come from UK to be finished and then I decided, after discussing with an artist friend, that it was indeed finished. 


The painting seemed to ask why it had been left while the others went to have fun at the ball/exhibition. 

"You will go to the ball!" 

So the Cinderella painting went too. It's at the end of the corridor, inviting guests to come inside and explore. 


 I don't mind  (detail) acrylic on canvas 100 x 150 cm. Lynne Cameron 

Moving the work

So all the new paintings are varnished. One of them needed some last minute attention this morning. Then they were all packed up ready for moving. Corners protected.

My lovely assistants arrived to help pack the paintings into the car. Later we will unwrap and start to hang the work in the corridors and conference room of Cinepoetics.

Here's a glimpse of one of the new paintings I'll be showing for the first time:

Speech flower fragment (detail) acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Lynne Cameron, 2017

Speech flower fragment (detail) acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Lynne Cameron, 2017

A big week

Getting ready for the exhibition at the end of this week. It's shaping up nicely, with new paintings on large canvases and paper. And exploratory work with film stills and collage.  And today, a brand new song arrived from a talented colleague - more later about how we're using it.  


Detail from Speech Flowers, acrylic on canvas. 

It's somehow reassuring that, as the residency comes to a close,  I'm seeing so many new possibilities for future artworks. 


From the series Notes in the Dark, viewing the film 'Carol' 

We open on Thursday at 13.00 in the Freie Universität Berlin. Details on the Exhibitions page of this website.  

Marking the end of the residency

I'm in Berlin until the end of September but as the end of the academic year approaches, I am planning an exhibition to thank my colleagues here at the Free University and to share with them the kinds of work I've been doing.

Paintings on paper and canvas; sketchbook pages made while watching films, and a new book to launch (more soon)...

If you're in Berlin, you are most welcome to join us


The idea of the transgressive came up in one of our university colloquia. The next day in a Studio Interlude, we were making greens. Someone asked, "How do I know how much yellow I need with the blue to make this green?"

Answer: Keep adding yellow until you pass the green you want. Then go back by adding a little more blue.

"Ah"! said several people, "transgressing!" 

... theoretical concepts experienced with paint ...

Watching the flowers die.  acrylic on paper, 43 x 60 cm, Lynne Cameron 2015.

Watching the flowers die.  acrylic on paper, 43 x 60 cm, Lynne Cameron 2015.