The three pictures are from the top ‘Porthcurno’, ‘Twilight Daisies’ and ‘9 Days of Summer’ – they are all mixed media done with watercolour, crayon and inks.
There will be about 1400 pictures on show, and over 4000 visitors turned up last year so its a great way of getting your work seen. If you want to know a bit more, or are thinking of having a visit yourself you can click here to have a look at their website.
I think I have to say, that this year I decided to impose certain challenges upon myself. As well as being a mum to the most fabulous little girl, I am still Julia and I still have that part of me that likes to paint and create – and I cant ignore it. No. Over the last two years I have slowly come to understand that what was my own personal 24 hours a day, to do with as I wished, was suddenley 100% dedicated to this wee small thing. I was at her beck and call, there to acknowledge her every whim and want. And I love it, I truly do – but Ive had to deal with my ‘lost freedom’ gradually, and learn how to insert little pockets of time for myself into each day. As she grows, Im finding it a bit easier (as Im also less tired) and most evenings and afternoons I am making or painting something.
Its a necessary staple for me, as essential to my wellbeing as food, water and sleep.
So this year, the little one being almost two, I figured I would set myself a few challenges here and there – one to take part in the Art Show, and the second to run a stall at the Craft Candy Summer Fair. Im still waiting to find out if Ive been chosen to have a table but Im hoping I have. These things make me feel like Im achieving something for myself, and it creates a happy balance. It also makes me feel like Im still capable, Im not sure why but that is important too.
Well, onto other things….the warm weather is slow in coming to this part of Yorkshire. The temperature is still on the chilly side despite the huge blue skies and chubby lambs that are looking more like young sheep with every day that passes. There is a brisk wind today and it feels cold, but on a brighter note Ive heard on the grapevine that we’re in for a BBQ summer!! Hurrah!!! Lets hope so!
It has led me to another crochet project – yes, another one. The cushion cover has been stuffed away with the crochet blanket, sidelined and forgotten for the time being whilst I steam ahead with my new bag! Im almost done, but for a few little adornments and I will post a picture of it as soon as its completed. To tempt your curiosity, I will only say that the colour scheme was inspired by a recent purchase of CK strawberry print fabric and its looking delightfully bright and jolly – you will certainly see me coming with it, lets put it that way!! 🙂
I hope you are all bright and happy yourselves, and that your weekends were relaxing and reviving – talking of which, we have just booked ourselves a week down in beautiful Dorset, at the end of June in a little thatched cottage close to the sea – I cant wait!
Sending you love, a deckchair in a sunny spot, 40 winks and a scoop of tranquility
Til next time,