I’ve definitely made use of the first  weeks of the year. A break  from shows has given me the time to play with new ideas and mediums.That, in turn, means that I can catch up with the ‘when I’ve got a minute’ list which I and most other  artists keep in their heads. I’ve had great fun and, I think, some exciting new pieces have materialised. The early sunshine and abundance of flowering bulbs means that Spring is very well represented.

I’m looking forward to the first of this years shows and I’ll be at the RHS Gardens, Hyde Hall 3rd-6th May. It’s always a great show and a time to catch up with fellow artisans and old friends. Here’s hoping for good weather but, no matter what, I know that I’ll meet lots of lovely people.

I will also be at RHS Hyde Hall in the Made in Essex marquee for the Annual Flower Show 31st July-4th August. A fabulous event and   a very busy one but…bring it on.

After that it’s exhibitions, workshops and shows pretty much non stop. It promises to be a busy and eventful year.

I’m already booked with a neww workshop venue for next year. Details will appear shortly.

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2018 turned out to be the busiest so far. Workshops; exhibitions; commissions and lots of shows. I took part in the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, for the first time with ‘Made in Essex’, which is part of the Essex Craft and Design Show. What an amazing 5 days. In spite of being the hottest days of a very hot summer we saw so many people and, a first for me, more or less sold out of cards! It was great fun too. I also did 2 Christmas shows at Hyde Hall  with https://www.facebook.com/essexcraftanddesignshow/. This was another  huge success. I met lots of lovely new people over the course of the year and, hopefully, made quite a few new friends. Now it’s time to start all over again. Workshops are already starting; shows and exhibitions are planned and, exciting new possibilities are presenting themselves too. Bring it on. For up to date info about everything I do just follow the link to my Facebook page

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This has turned out to be my busiest year yet. I’ve started to experiment with a much wider range of media and that will definitely continue. Acrylic paint and ink are things I very much enjoy working with and they are proving popular at workshops. PEBEO  http://www.pebeo.co.uk/ is one firm that continually bring out exciting and innovative new mediums. This has, very much, been a  year when students have embracing all things glittery! Next years workshops are looking to continue that theme although, every now and then, I get a chance to return to some of the basics, such as pencil drawing, which are a favourite with me. Looking back over all the workshops, shows and exhibitions I can’t quite believe that I fitted it all in! I’ve met many lovely people as well as catching up with old friends. 2018 is already looking to be even more hectic. No chance of retiring to put my feet up anytime soon but,  I wouldn’t have it any different. My life has changed out of all recognition over the last few years and I am amazed and very grateful.

Workshop in preparation

 

 

 

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A brand new year is here and it looks like being busier than ever. New opportunities are on the horizon and I can’t believe how full my calendar already is. my resolution for the year has to be to get more organised! Hopefully that might lead to a less stressful life. Towards that end I’ve started the very daunting task of completely clearing my work room so that it can be decorated and then fitted out with much more organised storage. Bags are already being filled with stuff that should have been cleared out a long time ago but, I seem to be making a dent as yet! All I can do is keep on going and hope that, by the time Spring arrives, I’ll have dealt with everything so that we can fling windows wide and start stripping wallpaper. As I said…going to be a bit busy. Last year was such a good one that I need to get started on a fair amount of new work straight away so that will be going on at the same time. My first shows and workshops start in March so that doesn’t leave me too long. No chance of me getting bored. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, catching up with friends and, mostly, to enjoying what I’m lucky enough to do.

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It’s been a hectic year so far and there is plenty more to come! I’ll be exhibiting some work in Pingalis Tearooms, Hart Road, Thundersley from Saturday 22nd. October. this will be part of the Thundersley Art Trail and The Noise Festival. A lovely, local event organised to bring the community together. I’ll also be exhibiting with The Chelmsford Art Society at RHS Hyde Hall on 22nd/23rd October. I have quite a few things going on in November including a demo for the Boreham Art Club. Details will be posted as they are confirmed. I’ll be at the RHS Hyde Hall Christmas gift fair on 3rd/4th December too. Lots of new Christmassy cards this year! Hopefully I might even start my own Christmas shopping then..who knows! I know there are all sorts of things going on during that weekend at Hyde Hall. I suspect there might even be a visit from Father Christmas if he’s not too busy!!! Lots of lovely things to eat and drink too. I’ve already got workshops with Art and Craft Days, Terling and also at Hyde Hall booked for 2017. All sorts of other things in the pipe-line too. It definitely looks as though next year is going to be just as hectic as this one has been. I must enjoy it mustn’t I!!!

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Now that all this years shows and classes have got in to full swing life is more than busy!

My first big show was with Essex Craft and Design at RHS Hyde Hall over the first May Bank Holiday. It was quite an experience. My first 4 day show as well as being only the second time that I had exhibited in a marquee. The weather made a spirited attempt to mess with all the plans but, with excellent work by the organisers, Jan Simon and Dave Shields, and with brilliant efforts put in by all the staff at Hyde Hall it turned out to be an amazing few days.

I’m now preparing for a month long solo exhibition in Rayleigh library as well as lots of workshops and demos.

I recently joined The Chelmsford Art Society and put some of my work in to their exhibition at Hyde Hall in February. We’ll be there again in October and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

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Looking at my list of events for the year I seem to have taken on quite a bit but, with so many opportunities being offered to me, how can I say ‘ no’ ? I’ve discovered in myself an unexpected enjoyment of teaching and love meeting so many like minded people. To shut ourselves off in a studio, for however long, is definitely an antidote to the pressures of everyday life. I also thoroughly enjoy doing shows. I meet so many amazingly talented people who are always generous with advice and encouragement. I am very much looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones in the course of what looks to be an exciting year.

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