July

What happened to summer, pottery painting and the end of an era in my work life.

As so often happens, as the school term ends, someone ‘on high’ presses the switch labelled ‘End Summer Now!’

The month began well, with a visit to the Kimpton Folk festival on a scorching day! What a delightful village! Many photographs were taken which would make wonderful paintings!

I made some progress on the St Patrick’s Cathedral painting – probably the most challenging canvas piece I have attempted.
After the disappointing result at the Ayot St Lawrence Art Show, I went into pottery painting overdrive in preparation for Hemel Hempstead’s Art In The Nave in August. The piece de resistance was a huge biscuit jar ( pictured above) along with money boxes, mugs, jugs and plates. More on that in August’s blog!

We managed to get away for a short break with friends in Devon, which was very enjoyable despite indifferent weather. It was lovely to see two of my paintings on display in their home. Again, many inspiring photographs were taken ! Stand out memories are Canonteign Falls and a huge cream tea at the Redcliffe Hotel!

Probably the most notable event of the month is the closure of my Music and Movement group, ‘Rosie’s Rock and Rollers’. This was a difficult decision to make after running the group for nearly 20 years, but since Covid my 8 groups were reduced to one, and I had found other income streams. I am hoping to use the free day this provides to do pottery painting, paint in watercolour and pursue other Art activities.