So much has been happening over the last few weeks and months and it has been hard to settle to work. Many things were exciting, other things that got in the way had there own sense of excitement, like Floss getting bitten by an adder on her paw. All such things got in the way of peaceful concentrated working. But, now I hope I can settle to some serious working and learning.
And because I wish to earn as I learn these new beginnings are for sale at The House of Golden Dreams.
I love the boldness of lino, and I think I can learn to get what I want. Meanwhile in St Davids, at The Studio Gallery, there are some stunning linos by Ian Phillips. He is just a master of cutting and inking and has a beautiful eye for landscape. Just love his work, and it is even better ‘in the flesh’.
On 22nd and 23rd September we are having a weekend ‘in residence at Oriel y Parc to celebrate the closing of what has been a very successful exhibition. Hannah Willow, Tamsin Abbott and I will be ‘in residence’ working on lino and wood engravings as well as sketching owls we hope.Being ‘in residence’ also involves chatting, signing books and eating cake and drinking coffee, all between 10 am and 5 pm, so if you can do come. At 2pm on both days I will read Little Evie in the Darkwoods and The Boy Who Loved Music and Hares ( images above are from the dummy book for this story) in the tower. With enough people there I may be persuaded to read other things too, but will mostly be wanting to cut wood and lino. And while in St Davids do go and see the John Piper exhibition which is just stunning, and Ian’s show at The Studio Gallery.
( For a list of other galleries showing Ian’s work have a look here, and you can also buy direct from him, and he runs teaching courses, which I am told are brilliant!)
So, too much to blog about. Hannah has gone to college, Floss got bitten by a snake but is better now, Tom has been rowing in races, working at The Shed. Friends came to stay, and that was lovely. My mind has been fragmented and scattered, ideas spinning, time slipping through my fingers, but now I want to cup my hands and hold time hard and make images.
And I have been driving around in a van with a huge tiger in the back, which is a cause of much mirth, and very good for promoting my book I am Cat which was published last week. Signed copies are available of this and all others at Solva Woollen Mill, where they also sell my postcards and are happy to post anywhere in the world. And Elmo now has his own facebook page. Oh dear.
We met Sam and his folks in Porthgain. They were staying, by coincidence at Trellyn and had seen the teepee and yurt. Lovely people.
I met Toby and his family outside Robin’s house in St Davids. ( Just in case you are wondering, it says ‘back’ on the back of my van so that I know which end to get in and drive)
I am sure that part of my job description is to ‘behave in a ridiculous fashion, ie: drive a van, covered with dragons with a huge tiger in the back, in order to bring smiles to the faces of children’.
But it’s not only children who like it. These two ladies from Fleet thought the tiger was a fine thing too and later visited Solva Mill and the exhibition and bought books. I must do a talk on marketing some time. They have a b&b in a beautiful house near Fleet in Hampshire, Tinker’s Furze.
The trouble with not blogging for a while is that there is too much to blog. I want to go paint. Before I go, one last thing. Thomas Picton School are hosting an event. They have asked people to contribute postcards, 6×4 for sale at a show. All work is anonymous, and costs £5. The show is at the school in Haverfordwest on 28th Sept. I have about 10 pieces in, some of which will be hard to recognize. For more info have a look at their facebook page.