Tools of the trade
Apologies for the delay in writing my blog, time seems to evaporate.
I have been kept busy over the last few months creating artwork for my latest book for Search Press. Details are still under wraps and we will publish the title and medium at a later date.
The bulk of the manuscript is now being worked on and the five day photoshoot is booked for April.
We have spent part of the winter down the field bringing back to life another section of hedge. It must be 50 years since it was last laid and the satisfaction of turning decay and neglect into a rejuvenated part of nature is a great feeling.
As with art, there are certain tools of the trade that I use, a trusty family billhook, my chainsaw, protective gear and the much needed Kelly Kettle for our cups of tea.
My Dad was a talented hedge layer and I always regretted not having an interest when he was here, hope my achievements so far would make him proud.
Team work is a huge part of this transformation and Louise does a magnificent job clearing and stacking all the brash, without her help this would take so much longer.
Very pleased to announce that the Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Design is going ahead from July 14 to 17.
Its one of my highlights of the year, meeting up with other artists, talking to visitors and demonstrating my art.
Louise and I are already making plans for my stand in the artist marquee.
Saturday 16 July, I will be doing a one hour demo in the Search Press marquee.
Sunday 17 July, all day in the Artist and Leisure Painter marquee demonstrating 5 free demonstrations and there will be subscription offers and free gifts available.