This is me in my studio. I work on an old computer desk which faces my garden. It's a lovely place which means I can look up when I am in need of inspiration.
Today it has rained since I got up this morning and the forecast is for more and more of the wet stuff so I have the lamp on with a daylight bulb. One thing about rain; you don't feel guilty about staying indoors.
Painting though, can be a lonely job!
One never knows what is going to happen but when something does it can really boost one's confidence.
I am an Urban Sketcher. I love it. The Cambridge group are really great and I feel I have a whole new set of friends. It took me some time to pluck up the courage to go but since then I did I have not looked back. So what happens during an Urban Sketch meeting? Venues and dates are shared on social media and you just turn up with your sketchbook and pencils and paints.
We have been to all sorts of places but my favourite are the colleges and the street scenes. A few weeks ago we were invited to draw down Mill Road, which has a long stretch of quirky independent shops and cafes. After meeting outside St Barnabas Church we spread out to find something to draw. I headed down one of the side roads to the antique shops. I spent an hour sitting drawing until the smell of curry from a nearby restaurant became too overpowering and I moved to draw something else.
After regrouping with the other sketchers we were asked to show our work to the Mill Road History Society and unexpectedly asked to say a few words about what we do. Then those that could make it went to Hot Numbers for tea and cake and sharing sketchbooks - thinking about it maybe this is why I love going to the meetings.
Later we put our sketches on social media.
A few days after this I come home to find a message on the answerphone from Janet at Cambridge Antique Centre who would like to buy my drawing and to use it as their logo. Chuffed or what - I said yes. So hopefully in the future I will be able to show the printed paper bags on my blog.
I recently sold my painting called Cornucopia. The lovely lady that bought it knew the place it should be, in her office. But her office is unfinished and is being used as a storeroom.
She said in an en email 'I am enjoying your picture so much. My husband wanted to share it, so it's hanging in the sitting room, pulling all eyes toward it.' I am so pleased it has found an excellent place in her house.
The painting is called Cornucopia which derives from Latin in the early 16th Century and is a symbol of plenty usually consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit or nuts.
In my version a tree with curly golden branches produces many different fruit. The foreground is packed with flowers and fungi and in the distance are rolling green hills and a mountain range.
A ladder leans against the tree and someone has been there to fill the basket....
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