Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout 2020. It really means a lot to me. Maybe this is the first time you look at my website (in which case, hello! I hope you like my work). Or maybe you look in from time to time (and if you have bought my artwork, thank you!). It has been a tough year for everyone, and for creatives too.
Next year… Staithes Art Festival in September 2021 has already been cancelled, so I just don’t know if there will be any art fairs, but some galleries are still open (when they are allowed to be). We need to be aware and prudent, yet we need to support each other. We do live in interesting times… Careful now.
I hope that wherever you are, you had a merry little Christmas, and that as the year draws to a close, you find peace, joy in small things, and trees.
I love going down that steep Lythe Bank over Sandsend, and catching that first sight of Whitby. After all these years, it still gives me a thrill. I painted that view a few years ago, and couldn’t resist painting it again, from higher up. I finished it at the end of October, and I’ve since been busy with a commission of Glaisdale.
I’ve been busy in November, working on a moorscape commission. Nearly done, but still some details to fiddle with… I won’t display it until it is finished and has been shown to my patrons. Maybe another week?…
I tentatively ordered calendars, at the beginning of the month. I will be re-ordering calendars before December as all the ones I ordered were sold or reserved straight away. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to reserve one (or more) by Friday 27 November. Thank you.
If you are buying calendars as a gift, let me know and I can send them directly to your friend or family, and I’ll enclose a note telling them they are from you. £12.50 each (free delivery within the UK).
PS. 2 December. A huge Thank you! to all those who ordered a calendar. I expect they will arrive before the end of the week, and will be posted on Monday.
That warm feeling when someone buys two of your paintings, and is so pleased with them that he also gives you a bottle of Champagne… This has never happened before, maybe I’m getting better. I do have exceedingly kind patrons.
The Curvy Field is my working title for this one. A lovely hay field near Botton. I’m suddenly very busy, preparing 2021 calendars, an exhibition in Danby “Inspired by…gallery”, and one in Seagull gallery in Filey, and a commission! Which is brilliant. This painting will be in Danby from mid November. As will this one:
Edit. 31 October. Lockdown, so assume galleries will be closed until 2 December. Happy Halloween.
This isn’t the best photograph, but the painting looks good. I thought it would go in the Brigantia exhibition at the Inspired By…Gallery, in Danby Moors Centre. But I showed it on Facebook, and this latest painting found a new home within a few hours. I have to submit a list of paintings by 15 October, for the November exhibition. It usually takes me 3 to 6 weeks to complete a painting. Just as well I’m in “can’t-stop-painting” mode, I’ll be rather busy for the next 2 weeks…
My latest painting is a view of the garden through a window in Boggle Hole, North Yorkshire. Looking through my sketchbooks, I found a quick drawing from 2012. Painted from this sketch and memory, to remember wonderful summer days in years gone by… Now memory is a strange thing, I remembered the curtains were a pale lilac velvet, I remember a seamstress called Annie making them. But they looked wrong when I painted them lilac. So I asked my husband if he could remember the colour, and he said dark green. Of course! Now I remember. Lilac curtains were made about 4 decades ago. They were replaced by dark green later, but it was the first impression that had stayed with me. The green colour works much better…
That tree seen through the window… I love that tree. I was painting that tree decades ago, when a little girl asked me if she could paint it. That led to a small watercolour, which led to a little story. When that little girl grew up and had her first child, I made the story into a book. Here is the link to see the book, you can click on the book to see inside pages. The book is available as a print-on-demand from Blurb : https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/1033901-once-upon-a-tree