Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Time Flies

So much has happened in the last year and a bit that I couldn't possibly put it all into a blog without writing a book.

A recent trip to bath to see Peter Brown exhibition
L-R Valerie Pirlot, Mo, Maria Rose & Haidee-Jo Summers

First and foremost was the loss of our son, Nathan. A year last November he was diagnosed with stage four cancer. He was so brave and stayed strong and positive until the end. He contracted pneumonia and was unable to fight it off and died at the end of May last year, the day after his wedding anniversary. I am fortunate that his lovely wife and three young daughters live close by . He was so proud of those girls and he lives on through them. I won't go on about how I feel as this isn't the purpose of this blog. All I will say is that, no parent should have to go through the pain of losing a child at any age.

Nathan 1975 - 2019

The last post I made, way back in 2018, was leading up to the British Plein Air Painters exhibition at The Menier Gallery. I can report that this was an overwhelming success. Over 60 paintings were sold and feedback from the public was very positive. I thoroughly enjoyed working with such a brilliant group of artists. We hung the show ourselves and the feeling of camaraderie as we worked together was wonderful

Yours truly in charge of the wine

What a line up!!
L - R Chris Robinson, Roy Connelly, Tim King, Tony Dakin, Haidee-Jo Summers, Adebanji Alade, Micheal Richardson, Disy Simms-Hilditch, Valerie Pirlot, Maria Rose, Mo Teeuw, John Walsom, Andrew Roberts, John Stillman, Karl Terry, Trevor Chamberlain, David Pilgrim, Ben Hope, Adam Ralston, David Curtis, David Bachmann, Peter Brown
missing were Richard Pikesly, Ken Howard and Fred Cuming

So great was the success that I am pleased to announce that there will be another exhibition this year at The Mall Gallery. Plans are already afoot for promotion and we have a great team working on our social media pages and website

Here is our lovely poster designed by Valerie Pirlot

We have a great programme of events planned and several painting days where any artist can turn up and paint along with some of the group members. 
here is a list for your diary.
You will find a list of participating artists on our website britishpleinairpainters.co.uk 

Painting days

Saturday 18 April - MANCHESTER
Wednesday 29 April - SOMERSET BathThursday 14 May - DORSET Mudeford Quay
Saturday 13 June - NORFOLK Morston
Tuesday 11 August - LONDON Richmond

Saturday 30 May - OXFORD
Friday 26 June - SUFFOLK Southwold
Saturday 4 July - LINCOLNSHIRE Stamford
Saturday 25 July - NORTH YORKSHIRE Staithes
Saturday 22 August - EAST SUSSEX Rye
Saturday 12 September - LONDON St James Park

I hope to get to as many as I can and will post pictures here.
I do hope that you will be able to join us, just turn up on the day with all your painting gear and do come and say hello.

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