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Switching focus

Switching focus

Our bakery and gallery shop have now reopened. This means that as the other half of the Isle of Skye Baking Company I am required to put my creative energy into baking for a little while. There is not much time left to paint, but 

Rain

Rain

What happened to summer? A week filled with chores, paperwork and admin. Trying to think about reopening the cafe and shop. Hanging my work but still need to do certificates of authenticity and labels. It’s this stuff that makes it a hard job, the small 

Lesser Spotted

Lesser Spotted

Its been an interesting week. Visitors to the garden, socialising at our two meter long picnic table (I knew it was good to get the big one!), dog walking and finding lesser spotted stuff, finding a face covering that does not send me into panic mode, and doing a little painting and a LOT of digging out the buttercups where they forget that they have a dedicated meadow, and happily invade every inch of the new flower bed and rockery.

I struggled to paint today, torn between the desire to paint the wet, green leaves on the rain drenched silver birch, or to add paint to a sketch I was fiddling with. She is far from complete, but as she appeared, I was struck by the the word ‘fragility’ recurring in my mind. Like the orchids, we too are fragile entities, flourishing in the right climate and discovering our personal threshold when environment fails us. I left her alone after a while, and instead looked at some of the glorious work on #artistsupportpledge and the latest initiative called #inview.

And my favourite event was collecting work from the framer. I have anticipated seeing some of my work on paper framed for some time, and I have to say I am delighted. It is one thing to create a little painting on paper, another to decide it is worth the investment of framing. And it is an investment, because it suddenly make the work look ‘real’and suggests to the viewer a value that I could only imagine while I created the work. Next job is to hang them , or preferably sell them to someone who will treasure them.

Thought for today: I am not at the stage where I can detach myself from my work. Every piece that sells takes a little part of me with it. I imagine that the introspection, colour choices, and emotions that existed while a piece was painted, belong to the piece in an invisible way. So when it leaves to live with someone forever, it takes that little bubble of thoughts right along with it.

Where I wander/ wonder

Where I wander/ wonder

Most day I walk the dog. He is a challenging boy. A collie, completely deaf, wayward, strong, and full of character to put it mildly. He requires lots of walks, so I get to see the world around me in all weather and every season. 

Time to breathe

Time to breathe

May 2020Lockdown has some wonderful advantages. It’s good to focus on them, because the bigger picture can be a little terrifying. I have finally committed to creating a functional website. For my art alone. The buttercups, bluebells, hawthorn and gorse are all in bloom and