Sarah managed to continue working upstairs in her studio during the art tour weekends for some of the time, but we both enjoyed meeting other artists, art teachers and people who were interested in the art tour event. Thank you to Brian and Margot Waters who visited us twice and sent several groups of their friends along too!

It was quite a busy time, starting with a bus load of 32 visitors from the Shipley Gallery in Gateshead on the first day! Luckily they had already warned us and we had suggested that we could cope only with half of them at a time, which is what happened. There was also the Church for them to visit, as well as the community painting in the village hall, not to mention the two cafes. (It was a busy day for them too as it coincided with a cycle race!)

It was lovely to see my studio set up as an exhibition space, but it is time now to start putting it back to normal so that I can work in it again!

I will probably leave some less necessary storage items in the workshop next door so that there is more room for the art courses. I’ve already had a couple of enquiries, one of them is from a group of five people for the mixed media painting course, so the extra space will be useful.

I didn’t manage to complete my group of paintings of the spring plants, but I left it in the exhibition as an example of ‘work in progress’

What a lovely time we had – thank you so much to everyone for being there.Sarah and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was so nice to be with so many of you who had been involved in the village painting.

Anna was very good at filling up the glasses! She really helped to oil the wheels!

It certainly seemed to work for Sarah, Alan and Rita!

It was a marvellous start for us to the Network Artists Open Studio weekends.

We’re having an Open Evening for friends and neighbours in the barn on Tuesday June 8th from 6pm – 9pm. It’s a preview of the Open Studio event during the last three weekends in June. Do pop in if you’re interested.

I think I’ve completed one of the four Spring canvasses, and I’m working on the other three. They are all drawn up and in various stages of painting.

The meeting I went to about  Network Artists Open Studios in June was very helpful and made me realise what a huge amount of work there is to do to be ready in time!

I’ve started a new group of four paintings based on photographs of primulas I took last year. I’m using the same methods I used in the community art project, and choosing one of the filters on Photoshop to simplify the image.

I’ve also made a start on the centre panels of four cushions covers, two with poppies from the summer batik, and two with the primulas.

Sarah suggested that I should make the most of the lambing season, so I’ve been out with my camera and have been drawing the sheep and their lambs.

At the moment I’m still working on a theme of ‘Seasons’.

This originally took the form of a batik in four sections.

I scanned the batik into my computer and worked on the winter piece, changing the colours into tones before printing it out onto treated silk and adding machine and hand embroidery, sequins and beads.

I’ve also made a new ‘Summer’ batik using poppies from my garden, ( part of it, in its original colours is in the heading to this blog) and then the same print and stitch process as before. I still have some more stitching to add to the leaves and buds.

The drawings I did last year for the batik sections are proving quite successful as pieces in themselves. I saw them originally as working drawings rather than as finished pieces, so this year I worked into them, and added shading and more background detail, before printing reduced copies on Bockingford treated watercolour paper.

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