Isn’t she beautiful!
I am loving riding this gorgeous thing – the most spectacular Christmas present I can remember, and one that is speeding me into the future.
Come follow me – I have a new blog.
In the past year I have had swings about blogging. Gone through months of not looking at anyone’s in particular. Had months where any inspiration of any kind was more of an annoyance than an inspiration – a cruel reminder of the lack of time and head space.
I had wondered if not having the drive to blog must mean something. That it was serving no purpose for me – and was therefore not a priority, and wondered if that was that something that needed a decision – or was an apology needed for readers who were feeling abandoned or worried. I am aware that blog reading can become an addiction of sorts – a real life soap opera in concentrated form. I have blogger-friends who I don’t know that well physically who I have worried about from time to time. Does the silence mean something? Nothing? Is it a bad thing? A good thing?
Truth is, sometimes life just gets in the way – which is bloody wonderful.
My journey with this blog has taken me through sewing, knitting, art, family, resettling and thinking out loud. It has been fun, and it is a kind of meditation in itself. At the moment I am very busy with life – which is very, very good. There is virtually no knitting, little sewing, family is hectic, art is slowly creeping back into my life in stolen moments (I miss it badly). I wonder what this space will hold.
I take less photos but am building more memories and am enjoying watching the seasons change day by day instead of just waiting for the next one to arrive. Hope you are keeping warm wherever you are. 🙂
Suspended animation, oil on linen, 1 metre square.
More and more trees. would love to chat but kind of consumed at the moment. How delightful. 🙂
Oh! before I forget.
I’ve been watching the ground again. And walls.
Watching shadows cast and animated. Edges, corners, tendrils.
Gathering images and thoughts in preparation. Discussing possibilities and laughing a lot, and slacking off when I should have been working. Tending to a sick child and enjoying the quiet and planning.
For another solo.
Which will open in the last week of August this year (date yet to be confirmed) and will be predominantly shadow works. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to explore these works further. I’m nervous about a whole show of this kind, and reminding myself that I always overdo it in quantity of works on show.
I’m thinking less works, more evenly spaced. And feeling quite excited about seeing them hung together in a bright, white gallery.
I’m also excited about a group show at 775 to follow in October, and the opportunity to present smaller works – probably mostly landscapes in that fabulous warm space.
So watch this space, I’ll be busy. 🙂
Well we opened!
And while I took my camera there was not really the opportunity to take many shots. I whizzed around as soon as we walked in to get a rough image of where everything was. There are a few paintings that I missed, but on the whole you will get the picture. (And that’s not me in the photos by the way).
Gallery 775 is a lovely intimate space. Michelle Calnin (the director) aims to make it feel like a home. The intention being that it is easier to imagine a piece hanging in your own home if the environment you first see it in is warm and comfortable too. A really nice idea I think. There is plenty of rough wood around – a kitchen with a huge wooden bench (how they got it through the door I’ll never know), a sofa, books and little alcoves to wander around.
Michelle took her time in arranging the exhibition, and I was really pleased with the way it looked. It was such a nice surprise to walk through the door and see all the work up and feel relaxed and happy and ready to meet people.
And they came. About 60 or 70 I think over the course of the afternoon. Friends, and family. Collectors I had never met. New people who were interested in the work. The group spilled out into the grassy square – with kids leaping around, and people gathering in the coffee shop next door and coming and going. Very relaxed and happy and gorgeous.
And there were dots. Red dots, which is always a very lovely thing. 🙂
Some new glasses. With no scratches and a slightly different prescription which makes me feel taller, and some things appear weirdly convex. Still not sure I like them. They are rather large….
Been to an art show.
Shopped for fabric to make my daughter a new pair of jeans.
Bought a new dress. That never happens. And I love it – Deep indigo.
Put on some weight by eating a bit too much comfort food. And resolved to exercise more and vegetarian much more often. My daughter says I look like a Bratz girl Mummy (a bizarre compliment). I sincerely hope not.
Breathed out. In what feels like the longest time. The sun is shining. 3 sleeps till the opening! I can’t wait.
Peace is where you find it. Oil on linen, 100cm x 120cm
I feel like I have been running at top speed for months. So the slow down is intensely enjoyable and unexpectedly good for an adrenalin junkie like me. There are less than 3 weeks to go until this:
Consider yourself invited. 🙂
At this late stage I am working on some larger pieces to tie the whole exhibition together, so there will be a few more to come. I’m updating my website with all the pieces in the show, trying not to bite my fingernails, and getting the word out to collectors and friends who may like to come and see the body of work.
It’s quite exciting!
And it’s raining. Bliss……