'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rain stopped play....

© Sue Wookey

After a really enjoyable Open Studios at The Priory Heritage Centre (it went really, REALLY well!) I was looking forward to spending the following Sunday taking part in Art on the Common. It was huge fun last year, despite nearly being blown from Harpenden to Outer Mongolia by very strong winds. The annual Harpenden event raises money for Cancer Research and everyone else had a very successful day on the Saturday without me. Having packed up at the Priory I was ready to decamp to the Common. I even spent the entire evening making loads more cards because I'd sold out of all the best-selling ones (there's logic in there somewhere...). I packed the car with everything I might need - umbrella, cagoule, woolly hat, fleece, sleeveless top, sunhat, suncream (last year I got hypothermia and sunburn) and was ready for anything. But it rained and rained and rained. We only got the gazebo half up and decided to call it a day. Later in the morning I passed the common again, and there were four gazebos braving the elements with King Lear like defiance and two hardy walkers browsing in rain macs. Later on the wind and rain whipped up into a real frenzy. I wonder if they're in Outer Mongolia?

Monday, 6 June 2011

ANB Open Studios at the Tea Rooms

© Sue Wookey

Well, Beds Open Studios has finally arrived and I spent today hanging my work at the Rose Garden Tea Rooms at Dunstable Priory Heritage Centre. I bought myself a super-dooper-whizzy-all-singing-all-dancing hanging system and had the paintings up in no time! Several of them are being exhibited for the first time and the new ones received quite a lot of nice comments. Always nice to know you are not going off the boil or have lost the (paint) plot. The Moon Horse acquired several admirers and quite right too, he's that sort of horse. I spent the afternoon sketching, drew another horse, a Green Woman (coming soon in paint if I can get my act together and get on with it) and a hare's head just to see if I could remember the bone structure. Well... I almost could. Tomorrow I shall work on some overdue Tolkien sketches otherwise I shall be drummed out of Middle-earth.

One last thing - the staff at the Centre, both in the shop and the cafe, are wonderful. I felt right at home.

You can discover more about Artist Network Bedfordshire Open Studios in my post here. There is still plenty of time to pay me and all the other participating artists a visit!