January 2010: my studio in the snow
I love my artist’s life – I just don’t know what’s coming up next! Most of this is down to networking. I love to network in person, and most of my valuable connections have been from meeting people in real life. Of course, I do also make many connections via the Internet, and it remains a constructive way of reaching out to the world and making myself known.
However, I have always found my most successful and valued associates have been through word of mouth. It is through this that I have been asked to take part in many projects recently. Two new ventures have come about and I have gladly agreed to take part.
The first is a design commission. The Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival 2010 (Suffolk UK) are having a special ale made for them by Bartrum’s Brewery . This is an exciting addition to the festival. Exciting for me too as the Fringe Festival Organisers have asked me to design the label for this special brew. Its just lovely to be involved in such a local and lively event. There’s also a possibility I will be taking a workshop or something similar on during the 2 week festival too.
The second is another local event. Every Friday an art group meets in the Fairfield Centre, in Aldeburgh (Suffolk, UK) and they are a mixed group of local people painting in different media. I went along for a visit and a chat with the group. They were very welcoming and the leader has booked me in April to take a session. They are after some structured art skill instruction. I was very happy to oblige and I look forward to taking this session.
Both of these engagements have come about through people I have met. The Bury Fringe Festival is being organised by a lady I know through the local music business. We actually met at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. That is another story, but having lost touch for a long time, we bumped into each other a few years ago and became friends. My contact in Aldeburgh came about through having a solo exhibition at the Cinema Gallery. The Manager of the Cinema put me in touch with her sister – the lady who is on the committee for the Fairfield Centre.
So I have a busy schedule, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I am very grateful to my friends, acquaintances and ever growing list of contacts, for giving me information, new connections and opportunities to get involved.
On a creative note, I have just ordered myself a set of wooden panels to paint on for my upcoming exhibition in the Edmund Gallery. I will be painting some more treescapes on these wooden panels. I wanted to paint on something with a different textured surface. I have painted on these before on smaller panels and these are in my online shop.
That’s all for now folks. 🙂