Ah, September... my favourite time of year. Cornwall has finally quietened down after one of the busiest summers I can remember. I've just returned home from a week-long trip to Anglesey in Pam the camper van (my summer holiday), which we tied in with the private view of my exhibition at Janet Bell Gallery in Beaumaris; a wonderful evening, with sushi and plenty of prosecco. My husband and I had optimistically packed snorkels and swimming costumes for our trip, but strong winds and rain ruined any thoughts of frolicking in the sea!
Now it's time to crack on with some serious painting. I can't resist doing another painting a day exhibition; this year it will be in celebration of dogs. So, thirty paintings - one a day for the whole of November! Then I'm going to paint some new work for my website, really exploring my love of rock pools and the seashore. I have had a break from doing large exhibitions, but in August of next year I am going to have a show at the Fowey River Gallery concentrating on Cornwall's coastline, which will take me seven months to paint. So it looks like a busy year ahead! Here are a few of my new paintings, available to buy from either Fowey River Gallery or Janet Bell Gallery.
Four months on from my last post (!) and the book is in the final stages. I feel both elated that it is nearly finished, and a bit lost - no more 06:30 mornings and working weekends! It has been all encompassing but incredibly rewarding. These final stages are probably the most important part; now it is all about the detail as the designer Amy and I put it all together. Luckily, I am using a local printer – Booth's – that is literally five minutes down the road. They are very accommodating when it comes to getting proofs done, which means it is much easier to check that the layout is working. I have gone over the first seven chapters (printed out) and will spend this weekend painting more images where I can now see they are needed (what did I say about weekends off?).
Hopefully I will be publishing it in June and I will put all the details on the website. Meanwhile, A Brush With The Coast has nearly sold out. There are just 300 of the 2,000 left so get your orders in!
Back in the real world I am working on various commissions this month and then I will concentrate on getting some work in galleries. I am also hoping to have an online exhibition later in the summer, as well as an exhibition in Beaumaris (Anglesey) in September, with all the original artwork from the book.