and I had the good fortune to be invited along to the preview (member day) today, by my dear friend the Irish artist, Mary Dillon. It was not only an opportunity to see the exquisite work on display close up but to meet many of the artists I have long admired too.
Mary with Siobhan Doherty in front of her wonderful work
A full and exciting day ended with us all sharing a meal in Covent Garden and after much excited chatter (and perhaps a few too many bottles of wine) many new friendships have now been firmly formed. With several commissions, as well as new works for my forthcoming summer exhibition, to complete, including:
been little time for much else but I have managed to squeeze in a few more visits to exhibitions here and there. at the Royal Academy was a real highlight for me I went several times and I particularly enjoyed the George Bellows Exhibition, which ran concurrently and will continue until June.
Most of my time however has been taken up with completing the Sculpture Course at Kensington Chelsea College:
which I really enjoyed not least because of the wonderful friends and fellow artists I met there:
Our farewell end of term lunch
My first major piece is finally finished and fired:
and provided a real sense of achievement especially as the the model approved!
I yet to collect it and when I do, I definitely be signing up for another course!
Working 3 dimensionally has certainly improved my painting skills too. My dear friends from Skiathos, Matt Kees, hopped across from Holland (where they spend their winters)
arriving with arms full of tulips, delicious waffles and huge hunks of Gouda cheese!
They were the most considerate and delightful house guests, and it was simply wonderful to have an opportunity to show them London.
In just a few days we covered every inch from Portobello Road, Oxford St. (including the paintings of the Dutch school in the Wallace Collection) and St Christopher Place:
they brightened up our days no end bringing some very welcome colour and laughter into an unusually cold and long drawn out winter!
Now the time has come to return to the island and prepare the villa and studio for the summer ahead. I looking forward to seeing all the familiar friendly faces again and get ready to welcome a new stream of visitors.
But first there the Orthodox Easter to celebrate at the beginning of May and, falling so late this year, it promises to be quite an event guaranteed to be sunny for once and adidas outlet well attended too, as the first tourists of the season will already have arrived.
The wildflo adidas outlet wers will be out in profusion, carpeting the hillsides in great swathes of colour.
The exhibition looks fabulous and how lovely to see Mary too I have been waiting for Dudmaston Hall to reopen (which it has now) and I am planning on visiting the botany room has collections by Lady Labouchere, John Nash, Mary Grierson, and P. Francis Hunt. I didn realise until I went researching this month. I will enjoy that although personally I have done nothing! Zilcho, nada haha. I think the cold has crept into my inspiration gene 😉 Fanatastic work on the sculpture really does capture her beautiful bone structure. I love the pebbles too
Your friends look as though they had a lovely time what beautiful tulips! I cannot blame you for looking forward to Skiathos now, it has adidas outlet been a long winter. Meanwhile don forget to take lots of pics when you get back. I miss it and everyone Kalo taxidi XXX
Thanks Chrissy, will do! I thought about you a lot yesterday, I knew how much you would have enjoyed the exhibition and, although tempted myself, I also thought the distance course was something you should consider doing it really would suit you perfectly!! Mary is very involved, on the steering committee, with the setting up of the Irish Botanical Artist Society and is completely happy and well, which is lovely to see!Her work is amazing!It was really a special day and I loved meeting all the artists who had come from far and wide; not only Ireland,Scotland and Wales but Hong Kong and Canada too!Such an inspiring adidas outlet and generous bunch! Hope to see you back on the island soon! xx