29 May 2012

On my doorstep: the Cotswold Way

102 miles/ 164 km in total, the Cotswold Way travels the length of Bath to Chipping Camden,
through rural honeypot villages, enjoying scenic vistas of the Malverns and the Vale of Evesham in the distance, and atomic yellow fields close by.

As routes go, it's undulating, but lightweight in comparison to some paths.

We picked up our walk at Winchcombe. We used to live at Winchcombe.  Taking us over to Broadway, a 12 mile stretch on a bright, hot, English summer day.

remember the country code
quirky railings

starting out at Puck Pit Lane
I want one!

the cows trying to escape?

interesting mechanism for closing the gate

route towards Halles
through deep green wheat fields

the river Isbourne, actually flows North, interestingly (tributary of the river Avon)

wild geranium and cow parsley

the 12th century Hailes Church pre-dates the neighbouring Cistercian Hailes Abbey

where we pick our sloes and blackberries in Autumn

distinctive furrowed field
Glub!  He wasn't interested in us though

carved swan gate dating back to 1840's

Stanway Gate - Joanna and I are going to their flour mill

atomic yellow fields at Stanton

what a surprise gift from Tony - freebie with his swimming trunks for some strange reason

rare breed

fox roof ornament

duckie roof ornaments

jelly-mould church

Laverton village

Buckland Manor gardens from the perimeter - afternoon tea @ £20 per head

dedicated honeypot topiary

Capability Brown's Broadway Tower on the hill line

Broadway village

the end of our walk into the honeypot centre of town

4 May 2012

Fine Art at Wilton Castle, Ross-on-Wye, on behalf of the British Red Cross

Today's the day.  Over 50 artists participating in the May Bank Holiday fine art exhibition.  And on Monday, you can bring along your own item of art to be valued by James Forster, the organiser and art valuer.
That's my oil painting "the Gathering" on the flyer too, which is a first for me.
If you are near Ross-on-Wye over the Bank Holiday weekend, why not take a detour to enjoy the exhibition.


Nearly a year has passed since James at Beckford Fine Art telephoned and invited me to participate in his group exhibition, some time way off into the following year, at Ross-on-Wye.

In the ensuing months, I've had a lot of time to get my body of work together: 3 paintings in oils, and 3 ordinary object pictures in gouache, although I was still finishing works early this week, rather typically of me.
Adding painterly flicks and daubs, and also signing that one piece I'd forgotten to put my mark to.

I'd been certain to make the month of April wide-open free too, for the time consuming making of the frames.
I'd chosen ash for its looks, but unknown to me, it's the hardest wood on the planet.  So I've had to treat myself to a power tool, a rechargeable light drill, to get the fixings into the back.  
There's no evidence of the hardship on the front though, but please remind me not to buy ash timber ever again. 

I confess I was feeling particularly shaky about my pieces, thinking I'd got it all wrong, until Joanna at Zeb Bakes visited last week for the day and commented in admirable terms about them.  I realised I had got it right, especially as she returned home to Bristol with an oil painting in her arms.  Thanks Joanna!

All ready in their protective wraps to chauffeur to Wilton Castle yesterday afternoon.

I can now do no more now, save turn up and enjoy tonight.  
You only get one window of opportunity at an art exhibition, even if it lasts for 3 weeks.  And that chance is on the Opening Night.  It's the most important moment for the artist at an event, where you will meet and talk unnaturally about yourself, your angst, your artistic meaning to complete strangers.

Future exhibitions are at Ludlow Castle in Oct 2012, and Blenheim Palace in 2013.