Not to make you jealous but as I write this I am sitting on our balcony in October in the sun in Wales!
13 yr old twins and living on a tiny farm makes us very seasonal. And because the borders has such a thriving art scene Autumn is the exhibition season, beginning with h.Art and the ‘I capture the Castle’ exhibition at St Michael’s church in Discoed .
But first It was a terrific summer which meant I could paint outside in our fields for this year’s Ludlow Open at the Arvon centre in Clun and the Bristol affordable art fair.
All holiday plans were on hold until the Hay was cut , bailed and in. We have a small flock of Hill Radnors and sell the surplus small bales to local horse owners.
This year we went to visit Tony’s family in Brittany, swam in silvery seas , messed around on the lake, lost sleep in the tent and I wrestled with what I wanted to do for the Castles exhibition.
When we got back at the end of the summer everyone had to fend for themselves and I went into my studio, emerging three days later with a series of drawings on gesso based on the aerial photographs of Welsh and borders hill forts.
On Mondays I teach an Art Class at Bestone and occasionally work with Celf O Gwmpas in Llandrindod .
On Friday night we opened a new exhibition of paintings, drawings and pots at the Bleddfa Gallery. It is a group show of work from the eleven professional artists who live in our village, called ‘Made in Knucklas 2016′ it runs until November 13th and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4.30 with a great little cafe too.
On the horizon is the The ‘Paperwork and Pottery’ exhibition at Discoed opening on the 4th November a group exhibition of invited artists curated by me. Then the Gallery in Bishop’s Castle , The St Michaels Hospice Postcards Exhibition , the Colloquy and finally the Twenty Twenty ‘ winter warmers ‘ exhibition in Much Wenlock.
What I feel that I have to do for each of these exhibitions is make or select groups of work that relate to each other for each show , and with a lot of help from Tony we frame here at home, it’s a cottage industry!