I really do not know where time evaporates to, sometimes wish you could have a life pause button to catch up!
The easiest way to update you all is by listing the major happenings so far in 2022…
1. The latest book for Search Press is now moving to the final stages and I spent week at Search Press HQ in April doing the photoshoot for the book. This involves doing all the step by step images for the book, so its case of starting painting and then pausing as instructed by my photographer.
It's a strange kind of artwork, as you usually like to go with the flow and creative process, there is a lot of concentration needed to stop and start.
2. I have been kept busy recently armed with chainsaw and axe preparing stores of winter fuel for the log burner. As readers very well know, our Parsons Jack Russell Freyja is very partial to keeping warm and toasty.
3. We had a recent visit combining our youngest granddaughters birthday with a lovely family trip into Bristol. Adventures aboard the SS Great Britain started with me meeting one of my heroes Mr Isambard Kingdom Brunel as we has coffee prior to boarding his ship.
4. The Patchings Art Festival returned after a three year absence and occurred at the peak of the summer heatwave. Visitors braved the heat and dust to visit the Festival, we were so lucky to have booked an electricity supply, so had some respite next to a fan.
5. My in laws celebrated a milestone Diamond Wedding Anniversary with a celebratory card from Our late Queen, which they will treasure.
Our gift was a trip away to the coast and a fascinating trip to the agricultural museum at Alford. It is well worth a trip and the Manor House too. A surprise trip to East Kirkby Aviation Museum and viewing a taxy run by the "Just Jane" Lancaster was a highlight for my in laws.
6. An explanation now for the title of this months blog.
I had the honour of a fourth visit to the White House to tutor a painting holiday for Big Sky Art Courses.
It is set in acres of rolling Norfolk countryside just a few miles from Burnham Market. Luxurious accommodation, breakfast, light lunches, canapés and evening meal are included with this break. Good company of other artists of all abilities and non painting partners are very welcome.
The nights are dark, with little light pollution and magnificent starry skies. You hear the owls hooting, muntjac barking its really a most magical place to stay and paint.
I organise locations to visit and paint each day (weather permitting) and Louise carefully researches postcodes, toilets and places to have a coffee etc. On the last day of this Septembers break a trip to the highly paintable Brancaster Staithe was arranged, we assembled after breakfast and a convoy mades its way. Unfortunately on arrival at 10.30 the tide was still high up where I wanted us to all park!
Quickly wondering how to solve this, we retreated to the park of The Jolly Sailors which was a closed, but the very kind owner said we could park until the tide had receded… phew.
The Crab Hut is a great spot for a coffee and I tried the crayfish cob mixed with mango and chilli, oh to be back there for another one.
After doing a demo painting for the group by the harbour, cars were re parked and the group enjoyed day plein air, although it got very windy and made easels and boards a bit tricky.
You can be certain that organising the next visit for June 2023 the local tide tables will be consulted.
Some images below from the art holiday, for more detail contact Big Sky Art Courses.
Happy Painting and hopefully not too long to my next blog.