This time last week we were bathed in sunshine and listening to the music coming from the music stage a stones throw from our gazebo at Art In The Park. This afternoon is much soggier, and I am being entertained by the European Championships as the Cricket is currently rained off!
And what a wonderful weekend it was! It was fabulous to see so many people - it was a very busy weekend, and thank you to everyone who came to say hello or to purchase a card or print. It was also very lovely for people to let me know that they follow my page on Facebook or Instagram too! I was sharing a gazebo with Don Mason, a really lovely chap who does beautiful paintings. I didn't get too much time to look around the park, but the atmosphere oozed with happiness and fun - I loved the brightly coloured knitted birds hanging from the trees, and I got to catch a glimpse of some of the different performances that were going on too. Of course we were in prime spot for the music tent, so got to hear some great music. It was also lovely to meet and talk to other Warwickshire Open Studio artists, meet other printmakers, as well as introducing folk to the wonder of printmaking. I always take along some of my carved plates to be able to talk about the process behind making my prints, and it was good to talk to people of all ages about it. I need to say a huge thank you to my lovely mum who was there with me on both days, and also to hubby who came along (the dogs visited on Saturday afternoon too!) and my Dad who helped me construct my doors to use as backboards - and they worked really well - as well as for his general awesomeness :-) A massive thank you also goes to all of the organisers and volunteers for all of their hard work that went in to making the event the success that is was.
The other exciting news that was launched at Art in the Park was about the workshops I am going to be running at The Farthing Workshop - attached to The Farthing Gallery - in Kenilworth. There are currently two dates; Saturday 29th September and Thursday 25th October. The workshops will have a maximum of 6 people and will be a great introduction to linocut, and teach you methods that you can use to create your own prints at home. The workshop setting is great too - they should be really relaxing and creative days! There's more info on my events page about how to book - I am really looking forward to them.
I've also started to fill my diary with my Winter outings - which doesn't seem quite so bad now the sun seems to be taking a little break! I'm really pleased to be joining the Contemporary Art Fair - Discover:Gather:Give in Stratford-Upon-Avon in November, and then another date is on the cards for early December. I'll be back to blog more as they get closer.
I'll pop a few photos from last weekend below :-)
P.S. My etsy shop is back up and running after our holiday and Art in the Park - it's HERE..... and the mini-prints that debuted at AITP should be appearing there soon - please feel free to e-mail me about them if you are interested in the meantime..... images in the previous blog post!!!
Here we go...
The ramblings of a linocut printmaker.... and other artistic adventures!