Pretty in Portobello

We really admired the artwork from this event

There is a lot more to follow. Truly, artists had a very free style in Ladbroke Grove and we salute that. Just 5 models finally made focus a little clearer, and me being one of them made working out poses with the group nice and easy.

Olympian Carnival of Stillness

Notting Hill Carnival 2002 (London, UK) Photo ...
Notting Hill Carnival 2002 (London, UK) Photo of the Notting Hill Carnival, the original image was taken on 26th August 2002 by User:ChrisCroome, this image is © Chris Croome 2002 and it has been made available under the GNU Free Documentation License. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are hotting up for a new adventure at Spirited Bodies; a week today will be our 7th event, and the 1st time that Lucy & I take part in the modelling. We are scaling down in numbers to intensify and get an insight from within. Instead of being the outside eye, we will be with and among our new models, instigating direction whilst in pose. A mutual dialogue to engage with models as well as artists on what is working. Ursula will also be modelling with us, and this is to be in the space where I met her, underneath the Westway, Ladbroke Grove (

Two themes grabbed us; Olympian poses – we were thinking about the original Olympics in ancient Greece, as well as nudity among those Gods & Goddesses

Secondly; Carnival since Notting Hill is preparing for that. We will create a nude carnival, a chain of characters on the razzle.

Here are some people in the part of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival called the Mud Block;

And here are some Gods & Goddesses to inspire us with their timeless perfection!

Majestic Mars
Poseidon on the Look Out!
Amorous Indulgence; Morpheus & Iris
Neptune & Amphitrite
Reclining Persephone
Feeling the strife of being minor characters in the Greek pantheon
and of course Venus herself

Spirited Bodies is an adaptable animal; we can be part of large scale multi-organisation events, and we can do tiny intimate soirees prepared on the hoof; Ladbroke Grove has that sort of edgy quality. What it lacks in elegant sophistication is countered by a street vibe that Notting Hill radiates. This accounts for the lack of web presence for the elusive Notting Hill Visual Arts Festival 2012, which we understand is on its way!

We are all about being in the moment so that works for us, and personally I am loving spending more time in W10, especially in the recent sunshine. You can feel the carnival rocking up a month before it happens, and there is a buzz of magical possibilities swirling all around the Westway.

Belly Button (Body Adoration) Sculptures

This is a poem by Ursula who took part yesterday and joins us as we create the next event, for Notting Hill Visual Arts Festival (next week – see ‘Events’)
Belly Button (Body Adoration) Sculptures
I so like to engage
With my body
Display its beauty
For which I am grateful
Especially my belly
As the centre of it all
I start breathing consciously
To establish a relationship to it
See how it ebbs and rises
My belly, as the centre of action
And the focus of my adoration
Because I can work with it
And shape it
Into a form that I like
Not too big
But small and beautiful
With its button in the middle
As a sign of my connectedness
To where I come from
Not too small
Otherwise I can’t see the belly under the button at all
And my feelings could disappear
And could get lost anywhere
My belly is a landscape
My belly is a landscape with a button
My belly is a landscape with a button and I like it
Not too hilly
The hills come further north
Along my body
Hills with nipples at their tips
The kind of hills that we call tits
The centre, though, is my belly
I think that my soul lives here
I imagine this to be the home
Of my feelings, of my sensitivity
I so like
To engage with my body
As it’s a part of me
Along with my mind and soul and spirit
Making me part of humanity, I share with it
I am, We are
Minds souls spirits and bodies
An array, a display of landscapes and sculptures
Every-body wrapped in a skin and a colour
And their outlines horizons
With a button
In the middle
Of each one’s belly.                                                                                          © Ursula troche, 2 – 7.12
Photograph by Ursula Troche
Photograph by Ursula Troche