It's been an exciting start to the year, with me finally making it over to Uganda to trek to see Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. Travelling solo, using the company Bamboo Eco Tours, I spent only 6 days in Africa but managed to see the gorillas on 2 occasions. It was wonderful and I hope to soon be able to add some paintings of gorillas to my portfolio.
Well, the Chichester Art Trail concluded this last weekend. Despite the damp weather on the first weekend and the extremely hot weather on the second, we had a glorious time. Thank you to everyone who visited us at Hobbs Farm House, it was delightful to see you all. Many, many thanks too, to those who bought my art work. It is very satisfying, on many levels, and a huge boost as well, so thank you. Huge thanks go to Rupert and Steph who allowed me to muscle in and invade their space.
The most significant sales were "Savuti's Sovereign" one of my favourite paintings - I don't know why, but he meant a lot to me. He now resides in Jersey. We also said "Goodbye" to Peter the Polar Bear garden sculpture - as he made the move into Chichester. He looked superb in his new surroundings and I did feel quite proud of him.
So it's onwards and upwards, and time to put the entries in for the next exhibitions - 3 in August. It's going to be busy.
Well, I think it's been a very different 18 months for all of us, and certainly it has been unprecedented for me. While I have been quite busy painting, with a number of commissions etc, and also with some sculpture - I have really missed the exhibitions and interaction with the people who come to view (and hopefully to buy) artwork. Lots of things have been put on hold - my trip to see the gorillas in Uganda being the main delay for me. Again it is on hold and it will be 2022 before I head off for my trek - well I hope I do. I shall have to keep up the fitness campaign to make sure I am up to the mammoth effort that I have been assured it is! Hopefully the exhibitions are about to start again for this year, and I hope they are successful for all artists, and the those who do purchase are thrilled with their new acquisitions.
I am looking forward to the Chichester Art Trail, coming up next weekend - and to see how my new sculpture is received. My life size lioness "Leone" and her cubs will be there, along with "Peter" the polar bear (not life size) and a number of my paintings.
The latest piece of news is that I am planning my long desired trip to see the gorillas! I am off to Uganda in November '20 to trek to see the gorillas in their natural habitat. Of course I am so very excited and feel that it is a huge privilege to be able to see these impressive creatures, before we loose them forever. Let's hope we don't.
I am still painting, of course, but it seems that sculpture might just elbow its way in!
Well onto a new year and I am starting with sculpture! I am attending the Sussex Sculpture Studio, to learn to cast in resin. It's really a very interesting process and I have decided to look at this medium as having my work cast in bronze is extremely expensive. So the first sculpture - a lioness, will be called, "Diana, the Huntress" will hopefully make her debut before too long.
Just before the end of 2018 I heard that my donation to "Sketch for Survival" raising much needed funds to help in the conservation of species all over the world, raised £500. Thank you to all those who made a bid on the "Wild Dog". I am very pleased to be ask to contribute again. Watch this space for more information on the 2019 show.
Well, we are coming to the end of 2018 and it has been a good year. I sold my first bronze, collected my second and then third from the foundries. Very exciting indeed.
I finally finished the painting I was working on at Colonnade House in November - it stalled a little only due to having to catch up with the Christmas commissions. All now completed and I am very happy to say, everyone is delighted with their paintings - judging from the wonderful emails and messages I have received. Now to get on with those commissions that were not required before Christmas. Thank you to all of you who have said you are prepared to wait a bit longer. Phew!
I had a recent exhibition at Colonnade House, Worthing, which was very successful. Whilst there, I demonstrated the way I paint, working on a cheetah portrait, which I am pleased to say is almost finished. Keep watching this space!
It's been a very busy year with commissions and I am coming to the end of my list, with just 5 more to go - they will keep me busy in the New Year. I hope to get on and do some more sculptures though, with another garden sculpture planned. Keep watching.