No, not me but my Greatgrandson enjoying a painting session! Perhaps he will take after me? Who knows!
I’ve had a very productive art-filled year which, combined with our housesitting, has kept me busy. These days I’ve been taking on a lot of commissions, mainly for pet portraits, which I must admit I do enjoy. In addition to this I have given quite a few demonstrations to art groups and held the occasional workshop. All very nice but it has meant that I’ve had little time to paint for ‘me’! For example, I have some exciting sprinkle paints that I bought back in the summer and still have not found the time to have a ‘play’. They are definitely not the sort of thing I would take to use whilst housesitting either as one accidental splash on carpets or upholstery would be permanent.
I enjoy giving demonstrations and sharing my love of art. I usually travel within a 50 mile radius of my home but back in the summer I was due to give an evening demonstration and then we accepted a housesit in Hampstead. I booked bed and breakfast accommodation near the art club premises as I didn’t fancy driving back to London late at night after a two hour demo. The b&b was lovely. I went there first, unpacked my night gear and put my feet up before driving a couple of miles to the venue. I was greeted warmly – it was warm in the hall too. About 50 people (mainly women) chattering away as I set up my gear. Easel on table at the right height (I’ve given up using a free standing easel as it is too easy to trip over the legs whilst moving around). Two pots filled with water, brushes laid out. Paints at the ready. Then HORROR! I had not got my board with the sketched subject taped on or my reference photo. Various ideas flashed through my mind. Do I quietly pack up my stuff and sneak out? No-one was taking much notice of me. Do I ‘fess up and pay up? Do I give a two hour lecture on art? Deep breath … Common sense kicked in and I went out to my car. There, in the black lined boot was my black case containing the missing board etc. Whew! I sauntered back into the hall, finished my preparation and was ready to begin my demonstration on time.