They say as you get older that time goes quicker but this is ridiculous!
I don't think I've stopped since I last wrote way back in May and suddenly, nights are drawing in and it's almost August.
Norfolk Open Studios in May and June were very successful and it was lovely to see so many friends and collectors. I was part of the trail, South of Sheringham. In all more than 100 sculptors, painters, printers and other artists took part.
Painting in Norfolk
This is the second year that I have been based at The White House near Burnham Market. I had such a lovely group that it didn't seem like work at all. The weather was kind to us and we were able to get out to the coast and surrounding area every day. We made a return visit to Wiveton Hall with kind permission from Desmond (of 'Normal for Norfolk' fame) which was very well received by the group.
I'm already looking forward to next year. 14th May - 19th May 2023 This course sells out very quickly as there only ten places so a quick heads up if you are interested - you can book now (+44) 7785 439727
Wiveton Hall Demo, looking to the sea
Those of you that follow me on Instagram may have noticed my absence for the last couple of months. This is mostly because I haven't been painting much.
I have taken time to catch up with friends. It was so easy after lock down to continue to isolate so, I made a concerted effort. One of the things we did was to get together 40+ people that we hadn't seen in some cases for as many as 50 years. This involved a lot of detective work and we eventually had people coming from Cornwall, Cumbria, South Coast and London. It was lovely to see sooo many smiling faces as everyone renewed friendships.
Another reason for lack of painting is of course the garden.
A couple of weeks ago we opened our garden for the village's annual Garden Crawl and Scarecrow Competition. We put many hours into the garden making it as good as we could.
The event was a huge success with 43 scarecrows dotted around the village. Our garden had a constant stream of visitors too. Fortunately it was before temperatures hit 40c then we watched as the garden visibly wilted. I have however managed to keep the hanging baskets and pots alive.
I cheated a bit with our scarecrow by buying a ready made outfit and stuffing it. I had a good excuse though as I had just fractured my ankle.
Garden A few pots Our scarecrow
This month I am offering this 10" x 12" painting of Weybourne, framed at the special price of £250 with free P & P to the UK.