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.