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 than working on the edge of chaos like their mother; they work out their lives in a calm and considered way, in a way that I can only dream of. Thank goodness their father's genes have risen to mould them and my doo-lally genes have been suppressed, long may that last.
Such is my youngest son's extreme good sense, that when I said I may buy a scooter/ motorbike or such like, he said 'that in no way was I a fit person to undertake such a purchase, I can't even stay upright when climbing a gate', this is true and rather annoying that I appear so vulnerable (this link is not me I might add) to him but at least I could say back to him that he now knows how I feel about him having a motorbike. Yeah. The online tutorials are ticking along and I am going to start working through the list of suggested project throughout February. My classes in the studio are filling fast and I am looking forward to students coming from Australia, Singapore and France. I am starting to feel a bit nervous actually and hope I do their journey justice.Wish me wings.
Ps. This year I have been invited to be on the committee of the SBA for a one year trial and am hoping to be of use to them. It is an amazing show that they put on every year in April at the Westminster Central Hall, which by coincidence is where my final Fashion Degree show was held, many years ago, so it is a place that holds a lot of memories for me. They are looking for Businesses that would like to put their logo in our show catalog, it only costs £50 and the catalogues are kept for years so it is a great way to remind people of you business. If you know any company that might be interested in advertising in this years catalog then all you need to do is send their details to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will know what to do.We are always looking for volunteers to help with the running of the show, stewards etc if you would like to be involved then do get in touch with me and i can forward your details to one of the ladies in charge, It is a great way to have time to really study the work and pick the brains of long standing SBA members.
Dear lovely friends, it has been a varied month so far, the SBA show was my best so far, I sold 4 out of the 5 paintings and still feel a little giddy about it. The large painting called 'South facing wall' won the Suzanne Lucas memorial award (Suzanne was the founder president of the Society of Botanical Artists) and peoples choice, get me a chair!!! I thought the show was colourful and varied but we still need new and exciting artists to join the fold, so spread the word and encourage fellow artists to apply, most mediums are being considered.Any hoo, following up on family matters, in case you are following me, I did actually have to tolerate a party for Will and am recovering from a very late night after peeling drunken girls up from the floor at 2am in the morning; followed in the morning by a massive trip to the bottle bank, I am very concerned that the young'uns drink so much and that's before they arrived at the party! I now miss the jelly and ice cream days. …