It’s panic-stations at Chapel Cottage, trying to get ready for my solo exhibition before I’m off on Friday to New England and Washington. There is no room at my kitchen table to eat as it’s constantly full of paintings to varnish and frames to paint……..good job Jobbers is away. I’m very excited about this exhibition as it’s at a beautiful new gallery The Stratford Gallery in Stratford-upon-Avon and runs throughout November. More details later but in the meantime, here’s a little sketch made in Yorkshire in July while I was having a blast painting in the company of the amazing Jeremy Lipking. I’m hoping to do a larger studio piece from it in time. It was made on the day after I slid down a staircase and damaged my somethingorother ligament in my knee. I’m still hobbling! And no, before you comment, it was first thing in the morning, not gin and tonic time.
This little painting was done in lieu of another that was sold but somebody wanted. It’s gratifying to see how I’ve moved on (hopefully forward) since its predecessor was painted. One of the reasons I started these little sketches was as a record of progress for myself.
Whoops, apologies for lack of posts last week – it was a busy one. The first two days were workshops and here’s my demo painting from the first. Lots of lovely workshoppees who produced some great work. This was hastily painted in a somewhat compromised space as I’d got my admin wrong and had two students over my normal intake! Fun though.
My tree is drooping under the weight of these little beauties. We’ve had crumble, compote and plums with chips (not really). Am running out of ideas and desire to be honest. I’ve only managed this one little painting too as I’ve got such a lot of work going on preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition in November. More on that later. I love this little square pot that I picked up in Copenhagen in the winter…….delish! Love a beautiful pot.
Well, I had a lovely time in Italy and feeling rested and raring to go. Whilst I unruffle my feathers, here’s one I made earlier. It will be part of the exhibition The Coton Manor Year I’m holding at 78 Derngate, Northampton in February which will feature year-round plein air and still life from that most marvellous garden.
Well, that’s it. Suitcase packed and on the wind-down to my trip to Italy with some pals. Of course, the sun came out today wouldn’t you just know it but I’d still prefer a little Italian sunshine for a while. These hydrangeas grow outside my kitchen and go the most gorgous ruddy colours as they fade. I caught these while they were still pink and hope to get the autumn colours when I return.
Have a great bank holiday.
My love affair with these little beauties continues. I rarely get to eat them though as I tend to keep them in the studio for two long, squeezing every last bit of painting time out of them, and they end up wrinkled and sad. I’m off to Italy next week so will be eating them non-stop and fresh from the market with a bit of luck.