Hello everyone, I hope you have had a good summer.
It seems pretty pathetic to be saying I have been really busy, as I know everyone has. I do post more on my open Facebook page. It just seems easier somehow and of course I don’t want to repeat myself!
The last two months did tend to revolve around my studio, kitchen and bed! In the beginning, I spent a fair amount of time in my garden, trying to get it into shape, but then suddenly realised I only had about five weeks left, so I spent most of the time in the studio after that. Thank goodness for swamp coolers.
One of the things I had to work on as soon as I got to New Mexico was a demonstration article commissioned by Steve Pill, the editor of Artists & Illustrators, here in the UK. Below is a nice mention and if you are interested you can buy the magazine online here
Here is the painting that I produced for the demo.
|The Bridge 12 x 16 Oil/Linen Panel|
By the time the two and a half months were up I found that I had really loosened up and I seemed to be enjoying the paint a lot more. I guess it’s an obvious progression. I would love to hear if others find this to be the case.
I managed to get my pieces finished for the two Museum shows (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma and Albuquerque Museum), which was good, plus lots of paintings done for my galleries. On my return I heard that I had two prints accepted into the Pushing Print exhibition in Margate in October, so that’s exciting.
Barry and I spent a lovely three days camping in the Devil’s Garden Campground in Arches National Park just before I returned. It was a full moon and quite beautiful. I love that place and did some drawing whilst I was there. There is something really special about climbing up rocks and finding a good place to draw!
|Arches National Park – Devil’s Garden|
I am off to the beach next week for a few days to sit by the sea and to make some decisions about my final MA Project… lots to consider. At the moment I am ‘hovering’ (!) around dragonflies and rocks!
|Flame skimmer – Male (I think)|
Bye bye for now.