Refurbishment!

The prodigal poster is back!

I hope everyone had a fun and peaceful festive season and a great start to 2020.

We have had a radical transformation of the gallery for the new year and boy! Are we smug-faces at the moment. It’s nothing but a pleasure stepping through the door to earn a daily crust. It is much more spacious and professional, and Mike and I now have seperate areas to make a mess in.

Our friendly neighborhood chippie put in walls, worktops and the piece de resistance – my own desk. Did I say my OWN DESK? I have my own desk. Desk. DESSKKKK! I’m just a little upcited by this. Can you tell? Look at it! It’s so beautiful. Good riddance to the gnarly, uncomfortable, old shop counter top I have been perched precariously at for the last few years, lobbing globules of paint at my poor husband. I now have a people-proof snug to create art in. How lucky am I? Or is it Mr P that’s the lucky one? I’m not sure. Every time I look at my desk I forget how exhausting the last fortnight has been, cleaning out and making anew. The taking things back to a shell and then rebuilding afresh – even the wallpapering is a distant memory thankfully. ( The broken tap squirting water everywhere on the reopening day is still a bit raw though!)

Now if the river could hold off from flooding us out, that would be just dandy….

Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve our long- awaited dream of a beautiful and creative space to work and shine in… we couldn’t have done it without you.

Enjoy the before and afters x

A touch of Degas…

And plié.

Another oil on board with my trusty palette knife. I’ve been using it so much recently, I think I can now deftly repoint the stonework outside the gallery. Hmm. Maybe I should’ve thought of that earlier, as the river is on its way back up again. Finger’s crossed there isn’t a replay of the 2013 floods. That was a Venetian Christmas Eve if there ever was one!

Oo I could could call this painting Swan Lake, but that’s tempting fate…

Enjoy x

Messy time…

Ooh Ma, ’tis parky outside.

It’s enough to make you paint in monochrome by the looks of it! This painting is quite uncolourful by my usual standard, so I will start flinging some hues around soon with my palette knife. I have plenty of time to paint today as we’re open until late. We are having a midweek merriment evening, so if you fancy shopping with a glass of mulled wine and mince pie on board, pop on down!

Enjoy X

Wisteria…

There was no hysteria over this wisteria. The painting came together nicely after the madhouse that was last week! The Xmas Fair and light switch on went well and we were busy through the weekend… so that meant I could splash out on more art supplies immediately. Money never burns a hole in my pocket, as I deny it every chance! I have new boards and this is one of my many pleasures in life, so I am a happy lass right now. We are aiming for a refurbishment ( I am not sure how much you can dolly up an old cow shed, but there you go ) for the new year, so I want to paint new art for when we reopen. As you can see I have already been wafting my palette knives and brushes around…

Enjoy X

Chop, chop, busy, busy, work, work…

… and definitely no time for the other!

Well it is nearly upon us and I’ve been more than a little busy trying to get everything ready for the Christmas Fair tomorrow in town. I almost broke in to a sweat, it’s been so hectic. As it is though I’ve only broken a fingernail and almost the will to live, trying to juggle a vast array of work on the world’s smallest desk space. Oh I’m so dramatic – ignore me. Its actually been a lot of fun and I’m really excited to be in the thick of it and sharing table space with like-minded friends! I can feel a cakefest coming on…

Enjoy xx

Christmas Fair…

A few more pictures to show the current art work I have been working on recently. The smaller ones will be taken along to the Christmas Fair at St. Margaret’s Hall here in Bradford on Avon on the 29th of November. I’ll be sharing space with two other arty ladies from down here at the workshop galleries so it should be a hoot! We all have our 6 foot of showing off table space, which is why I have been doing the smaller oil sketches. I find the tinier the area, the harder it is to be as expressive and free, but I feel I’ve managed it, and can’t wait to do the fair. We will be there from 10 am till 8 pm if anyone wants to come have a nose!

Enjoy x

Happy birthday, our Max. 32 years but ever young. Sleep well, sleep on, dearheart x

Prodigal!

Whoopsie.

It looks like I went on holibobs and never came back! As nice as it was snorkeling around in the sunshine, we did come back to the glorious weather here… cough cough… and I have been busy again painting up some smaller pieces, with a view to selling them at the local Christmas market. I do hope the homemade fudge table stays away as I can see all my profits going there… again lol.

It’s good to be back, enjoy X