Somerset Open Studios 17th September – 2nd October

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It’s that time of year again when I get my head down and organise the open studios event of Somerset Art Weeks.  I enjoy this event as you get to meet people who have taken the time and trouble to find you amongst the rolling Somerset countryside and ask you lots of questions of your art.  

I’m joined in my studio, this year, by Ann Fagan and Liz Biesty.  We’ve exhibited before and it’s a pleasure to do so again.  I love their work.  Even though we are all printmakers, we are all very different in style and you’ll be able to see that with the work we will be exhibiting.  There will be prints, paintings and cards on display and for sale, as well as cushions.  If we get ourselves organised there might even be some artists books.

If you are in Somerset for these two weeks, it would be great to see you.  Even if you don’t manage to get to our venue, there are plenty spread across the county that you can visit.   Have a look at the http://somersetartworks.org.uk. There’s a digital guide here if you aren’t able to get a paper one.

I’d better get back to the long list of things to do!  I think a cup of tea might help with that!

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Frome Art Fair

Just in case I haven’t mentioned this before, and if I have, I’m sorry for repeating myself.  I’m taking part in Frome Art Fair this weekend.  I’m looking forward to exhibiting my work in the Rook Lane venue on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd April.  We’ll be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm each day and the Frome Independent Market will also be available on the Sunday.

If you are close by and want to come and say hello, that would be great.  I always like meeting people who I ‘talk’ to on social media. It’s always great to put a face to a name.

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Some exciting news …

.. and I’m looking for a confession from someone – who stole January?  I remember New Year’s Eve quite clearly (really, I can!) and then all of a sudden we’re marching towards February.  I know I’ve been ill for quite a few weeks with the cough virus that’s been going around like a plague here in the UK, but I thought I would still have some of January to produce some work.  I’m pleased to say I’m finally on the mend, and I’m hoping that the lurgi merry go ’round doesn’t stop back with me any time soon.

So, “what’s the exciting news?” I hear you ask (have you said it?) – drum roll please… My work is now available at the A2 Gallery in Wells, Somerset.

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I’m so pleased to be showing here as it’s such a lovely gallery.  Alan (who owns and runs the gallery) has just put a virtual tour up onto Google so why don’t you take a look at all the lovely art on offer (including mine).  Wells is a beautiful city and it’s tiny so it doesn’t take days and days to get around it.  The cathedral is stunning and so is the Bishop’s Palace.  It’s also very busy because of these historic buildings and hopefully that will mean lots of potential customers, from all over the world, who will see my work.  So, if you’re ever in Wells, please go and see Alan at the Gallery.

PS, I’ve spent yesterday in the studio playing around experimenting with the bits of plants that I collected on my walk yesterday morning and this is how Mr P looked at the end of that walk! What a cutie!

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Life after Somerset Arts Weeks

How exhausting is it to take down an exhibition, pack everything away, sort out the finances to check it was worth doing and finally get yourself back to normal?  Apologies for the long sentence (it did go on a bit)!  It took two days to take all the artwork down and get the studio back to normal.  Having got myself all ready to begin printing I am sad to say that my time was hijacked by other things.  I’ve finally managed to get into the studio for an hour this afternoon and I’ve produced a small watercolour painting for a friend.  I’m itching to get back to the lino blocks so hopefully in the next week or two that will happen.

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This is the first time that I have exhibited for Somerset Arts Weeks at my own studio and it’s been a success for lots of reasons.  I kept a visitors book for the 16 days and asked as many people as I could to record what they thought of the exhibition.  I’m keen to see what people think of my work and it was great to talk directly to people as well as read their comments at the end of the exhibition.  The visitor numbers across Somerset Arts Week caused lots of comments from the artists taking part and I would have gladly welcomed more people to the studio, but I’m happy that there were plenty of people to talk to at my venue.   There is quite an outlay for any exhibition; the exhibition space, framing, mounting, card production and promotional material so it’s always great when sales are made.   A number of framed and mounted prints went off to new homes and cards were in great demand.   Follow on sales from Arts Week have already started and that’s just brilliant.  So, it’s a big tick for this year and my head is already thinking about next year, which will be a group exhibition.

I have a long ‘to do’ list given that we are rapidly approaching Christmas – I’m hoping to put some of my mounted work on Etsy – so if you’re interested in owning an original print, please keep an eye on my shop here.  Well, it’s Sunday evening and time to start thinking about the week ahead. I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend.

 

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Roses & Clematis

Watercolour

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Somerset Art Weeks 20th September until 5th October 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks getting ready for Somerset Art Weeks but we’re there now and all is going well.  The Banner sits outside the studio to let everyone know that they’ve arrived; it’s a recent addition to my promotional equipment and it certainly makes a statement.  Thanks to Linda Cote for sharing her’s with me to give me ideas of how to design it and for Christian at theprintsellers.co.uk for producing this for me.

The exhibition space took a few weeks to organise.  As much as I would like this to be my studio, it’s not!  I have a very small studio at home which is full of equipment and I wouldn’t be able to fit in many people or hang much on the walls. So, I’ve decamped to the Sun Room at home; making the most of the light to show off the prints.   There’s plenty of room in here for visitors to view my work without feeling that they in the way of each other and that’s so important if you want visitors to take the time to look properly.  I’ve been able to show visitors the linoprinting process and some have even had a go at printing a small sea gull.  It’s always appreciated when visitors like your work enough to part with their hard earned cash and I hope that those visitors who have purchased a print or card enjoy them for years to come.  It’s amazing how many visitors have bought cards and have already said they won’t send them to anyone!

If you can come, it would be lovely to see you.   Have a coffee/tea, have a chat, and have a browse.

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Some great news …

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Tree of Life

Monotype by Jean Stevens

I’m thrilled!  I recently submitted “Tree of Life” and three other prints for the Biophelia Exhibition at The Old Print Room, Gillingham.  This is a new gallery which will be opening in December and they are launching their new gallery with this exhibition.  So the reason I’m thrilled is because “Tree of Life” has been accepted into the exhibition with a possible acceptance of the other three.    It’s great news and I’m looking forward to seeing these prints in the exhibition which will be running from the 9th December 2013 until the 11th January 2014.  If you want to go to see Biophelia, pop over to The Old Print Room for more details.  Here’s their Facebook page too – why don’t you give it a LIKE for encouragement!

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