Hello! We've had ice, ice, ice everywhere recently, even ice on the beach, it's been bitterly cold. Thankfully we have a wood burning stove, the best expensive purchase we ever made, the heat percolates through the whole house.
Thank you so, so much for your tremendously positive and encouraging comments on my last blog post, you have been so very generous, thank you. The private view went well, (once we got into the building, there were queues to get in). And I sold the "Determined Cat" sculpture at the private view! Marvellous! Hopefully in the remaining month, the other two pieces will also sell. There was a lot of art work of a very high standard at the show, so it felt like a real honour to be included.
Just to change the subject, today I've been finishing off these 6" by 4" postcard sized pictures. I've painted them to help raise money for my Niece's school (my sister saying that Millie would be very proud if I put some art work in, is the thing that got me!).
Her school are following in the footsteps of The Royal College of Art's "Secret Art" concept, of which you can read the full explanation here.
Basically, artists of fame, or not so great fame, (but practising artists), are asked to donate a postcard size piece of art work. But they must not sign it on the front, they sign it on the back. So no one knows if they are buying a famous artists work, it's guess work, and all is revealed at the end, when the work has sold, and the cards are turned over.
I remember this "Secret Art" thing starting when I was a student at the Royal College of Art, but I couldn't afford the £5 at the time to buy a piece. Hugely successful artists work was mixed up with lesser known artists pieces, so there was a huge buzz of excitement.
It's such a brilliant way of raising money don't you think? I'm putting in more than one piece, I'm donating five little paintings, to help raise more money, but also to give a buyer the option of having a set of four characters from the "Mole and Friends" books I illustrate (written by Jonathan Emmett). I thought I'd have a theme going too, and have them all interacting with butterflies.
Millie's school is at the other end of the country to where I live, so I'm not worried about showing these pieces, and my sister never reads my blog.
When I last skyped my sister, Millie came into view, and said to me, "you're going to be in the exhibition". I said, "yes I am". Millie responded, "I might buy your work!" Millie is eight years old. Bless her little cotton socks.
Well, I hope she's proud of me, and I can say with great conviction, that I've "done my bit".