We are now entering 'silly season' or 'bucket and spade season' as I like to call it, which means lots of people (and their kids), noise, hustle and bustle, bad parking, brand new white trainers (and legs to match), questions, directions and hopefully the odd sale. Don't get me wrong, I love 'em all, but if I had a pound for every inane question asked I could retire now.
Somebody once stopped and asked me, "Where does this road take me?"
"Where do you want to go?" I enquired.
"Anywhere." he said.
"Well, that's where this road takes you!" I retorted.
Facetious, maybe, but when you have been asked this and similar questions a dozen times in a morning you get just a bit cheeky.
Anyway, what's happening? We have just done the Westward Ho! and Bideford Art Society exhibition at the Burton and sold three of my works there, I have work at the Loughrigg in South Molton for their Exmoor Exhibition. We are doing Woolsery and Holsworthy Agricultural Shows, well I do a rather good farmer picture or two, not to mention cows and tractors, so come and have a look, it's a good day out. I am currently printing off some giclée prints and cards of some of my more popular work for that.
While I am on that subject, we will be launching our fine art giclée printing service next week. So, if you are an artist keep your eye out for next week's blog where I will be covering all of that, assuming I have the price list and website pages ready!
We will be doing a charity event to help raise funds for the Longhouse Appeal for North Devon Hospice on August 1st and I have got to paint three new pictures for the annual exhibition at RHS Rosemoor, that's if I am accepted as I forgot to send the entry forms off... oops!
Meanwhile, I am trying to cram in the odd watercolour workshop, so if you fancy learning to paint I am sure we can find space for you. To add to the pandemonium we have guests arriving in a few weeks, number of people to be determined but at least three kids and nine dogs. Yes, nine! Seven black labs, including our two, a springer spaniel and a Jack Russell. Aah, the peace and quiet! So, I am trying to get a few jobs around the house sorted.
In my spare time (huh) I have been finishing off the long overdue boot room. I have made the boot box bench (see below) that I mentioned in a previous blog and I have just been making two paneled doors for the integrated appliances. Just offered them up for fit and fine tuning before final sanding and painting (see below). Looking out in the garden the lawns need mowing and the hedges need trimming, as well as numerous other maintenance and domestic tasks.
So, may I ask that if you come into the gallery, and we hope you do, just remember be yourself, enjoy the artwork, have a chat and, perhaps, you might buy some of the fantastic locally produced work by Devon and Cornwall artists. I can just about cope with all of that but... don't ask any silly bloody questions!