... to be preparing for a big exhibition, but I am. Followers will be familiar with Another Beastly Art Exhibition but I should probably explain briefly to new readers (hoping there are some!) that Another Beastly Art Exhibition has been a group event running first annually and now occasionally since 1999 involving me, jeweller Hazel Morris (Arkane Jewellery) and painter and printmaker Nat Morley. We used to exhibit in Painswick but for various reasons (including the obvious one of venues becoming unavailable) we won't be there again.
This year we're really excited to be exhibiting at Nature In Art, a fabulous museum and art gallery dedicated entirely to ... well, work it out. They have permanent exhibits, big touring exhibitions and other events, of which Another Beastly Art Exhibition is one, setting up on Monday, open from Tuesday. Since we will be taking it in turns to be sitting in the exhibition we're also billed as being artists in residence. (Follow the link to see full details of our exhibition, including which days each of us will be there.) I've been artist in residence at Nature In Art a few times and people do like to come and chat to find out about the person behind the artwork. We're hoping there will be lots of visitors because the touring exhibition which will be there at the same time is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
So, as I say, it's a funny time of year. Generally at this point I'm recovering from autumn markets, collecting what I laughingly call my wits and pondering on new ideas. This year, though, I was straight back into the pottery making beastly dishes and firing them and the vases that I've been making on and off for a year or more. My showroom is now full to bursting with fish and lizards. You can have a sneak preview of one of the vases now, but you'll have to wait for the exhibition to see the rest:
Then, as heralded by my last blog post, I had planned to work on new canvasses. Unfortunately, the ideas I'd had last summer were just too far away and I couldn't get back to them in a hurry. I thought if I spent an afternoon tidying my studio it might help. This turned into an entire week of tidying, cleaning, throwing out masses of rubbish and freecycling a lot of other things and moving things round a bit. This was much more the sort of thing I would expect to be doing at this time of year and in fact it really did free me up so that this week I have been working on a group of new, tiny canvasses. I've finished the creative part. Now I just need to attach them to their stretchers, saw up backing board, attach it and hanging hooks. That shouldn't take too long. However, I also need to finish re-painting my display kit (shelves, boards, blocks, etc), make a few greetings cards to top up the most popular ones, make sure I've got all my publicity literature printed out, make labels for all the textiles pieces and pack everything up. I've got three days, including today. I think it should be possible so long as I stop writing this and go and get on with it ......