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Nearly February!!!

black petunias from last year's SBA show.
Dear Painterly Friends, I have had very little time this year so far to paint and when I do have time I will iron, clean, hoover, organise etc. etc. anything but paint. Infuriating as this is I eventually pick up the brush and then the phone rings or I check my email and then have to sort out work things.OOO LA LA, this is a problem added to that, one has to squeeze in a new year diet and exercise programme, it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic, the perpetual cycle of to do's. As I wrote to one lady recently 'my mind is like a washing machine, constantly turning, always clean, sometimes in a spin, always jumbled up and always with one sock missing'
But not this year, let it be known that I will endeavour to be a grown-up; surprised and amazed at how my sons are taking control of their lives and destiny, I am taking inspiration from them. Somehow I have brought up 2 men who talk with conviction and elegance and rather tha…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year At this time of year the Cook/Showell household is a buzz with last minute 'finishing off jobs.' My hubby Simon and I are manically painting some decorative pieces for a commission; we have to paint 3 huge Chinese ancestors and a large Chinese cabinet, it's not just flowers that get painted around here. The work has been ongoing since September but we are now on the last push before the delivery date. Every year there is always something that is required in time for Christmas so the Cook household juggles around it all.All in all it has been a busy and we are delighted that so many students have joined the on line classes and had fun doing so; we are constantly looking to improve the site and this year will see new ideas and tweaks.My new Classes start after February so as to hopefully allow me some time to paint and to avoid the worst of the weather,  fingers crossed. If you are keen to join the classes in Tunbridge Wells the…