Artists’ Open House looms: painting, tidying, organising….

Trees at Speed (pair)

Trees at Speed (pair)

A artist’s life is nothing if not varied. Since I last posted here  I’ve painted a surfboard for charity; I’ve submitted a design for a Raymond-Briggs-inspired Snowdog for Martlets (Snowdogs by the Sea).

I’ve been doing a commission: a Night Sky painting for a very special person and date.  I’ve also finished Night Sky October 14th 1066, so there’s been a lot of silver leaf about (and even a touch of gold for Halley’s Comet in the latter).

Preparing to use silver leaf

Preparing to use silver leaf

Unfortunately I often have unwanted help with this very tricky job.

The cat gets in on the act

The cat gets in on the act

I’ve entered a couple of  Open Art competitions. I do hesitate about these; they cost time and money and are a total lottery.  A painting that doesn’t get selected for one might get a prize in another.   However in the south-east where I now live  there are thousands of artists and not so many galleries so it’s probably a gamble worth taking. Here’s a spring-like piece painted, for once, on board.

A field in Slovenia seen from a distance

Field Far Away

I’ve been painting; a few entirely new pieces, but mainly I’ve been trying to resolve and finish started work that has been put on one side through interruptions or lack of inspiration.  The thing just won’t work!  Or it’s somehow not ready to progress.   I shy away from getting to grips with these ‘preloved’ pieces but it’s a must.  It’s so easy just to chuck stuff out.  Sometimes you have to.  But experience shows that if you give up too easily, some of your best work would never see the light of day.  There has to be some benefit to growing older!

At the top of this post are a pair of pieces that I’ve finally finished and put on Artfinder.  (Currently it’s the only way to buy my work online though I intend to change this .)

Here are the links:

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This pair of  mixed media paintings are all about speed – what do you see when you look at trees from a car as they flash past?  So it’s ironic that through interruptions I lost momentum (and  confidence) while painting them.  I had to put them on one side for a couple of months.  Then suddenly one day I could see that they were ‘right’ after all and managed to finish them quite fast.  I often think it’s a matter of how much sleep I’ve had!

I’ve  been to the Affordable Art Fair, though as usual feedback re sales is slow.  I’ve put out a Wolf at the Door newsletter – and, help. it’s nearly time for the next one,  Here’s the link if you’d like to know more about what’s been going on in the Jill/Wolf studio: Wolf newsletter

What has taken up lots of time behind the scenes is the slow build-up to Brighton and Hove  Artists’ Open House which, this year, runs for five weekends from the end of April.   Getting the artists together (major last-minute changes this year), briefing them,  preparing and proofing entries for the printed brochure and also  Hove Arts. The house has had a lick of paint. The garden has been given a spring-time tidy.

Putting up the exhibition panels.

Putting up the exhibition panels.

And now the real work starts.  Finishing, framing and labelling my own work.  Tidying the house.  Particularly my studio! Putting up the exhibition panels (above).  Preparing publicity and  sorting dates.  Organising, organising…not my favourite.  More soon.