The cars have been unloaded, the cards and prints tidied away, the paintings rehung (no not yet…give me time!) the table coverings folded up for another year. Patchings Festival is over and we had a good four days. Seeing old artist friends and comparing notes about the year that’s passed and prospects for the year to come. Glowing from lovely compliments from the visitors but secretly puzzled as to why all my paintings were not immediately snapped up. Hmmmmm! But I enjoyed being able to paint during the four days and share tips…people stand for ages looking on and gleaning as much info. as they can. Here is one of the demos I did and was quite pleased with.
This is the time of year when I can benefit from seeing everyone at Patchings to tell them about courses over the next year.
Everything stops now for Patchings, the art festival at Calverton near Nottingham where I have had a stand over the last few years and this will be my sixth time at this friendly but incredibly well frequented show. Art societies from all over the Midlands and further afield come in coach loads…there’s a huge car park, luckily…as there is so much to see. Apart from the painting, and there are huge numbers of excellent artists demonstrating, including Shirley Trevena, David Curtis and Lucy Willis to name but a few, there are art materials for sale, crafts, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, etc etc.
So what next? I try and start some days with some exercise to keep the incipient senility at bay! And that means half an hour on the exercise bike. For entertainment while I’m doing that, I have a television and video player. ( Oh yes, it’s cutting edge technology in our house.) My friend who is an avid collector of painting videos and DVDs has let me borrow some to play on my ancient machine.