Any Old Excuse….

Oooh…definitely a chill in the air today….and that lead me to a realisation….

I can blame any wonky work on my recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis….especially in the cold weather as it takes me longer to get the joints working…

So…no need to stress ever again…. I will just say that any c**p work is down to my stiff finger joints 😄

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Inspirational Landscapes, Inspirational Artists…

During our recent trip to Yorkshire we managed to see two fabulous exhibitions…the first being Lesley Birch‘s ‘Ethereal Moments’ at Scampston Hall… Being a great admirer of Lesley’s work via social media it was wonderful to be able to see it ‘in the flesh’! Gorgeous layers of colour created beautiful, evocative paintings capturing the ever-changing light, scenery and that sometimes indefinable ‘feeling’. Just fantastic….and the cup of tea and scone in the Garden Café was very nice too!

Although I would love to own one of Lesley’s paintings I will have to settle for the above cards…

The second visit was to a retrospective exhibition of Peter Hicks at the Inspired by…Gallery at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby near Whitby. The works covered a 60 year period showcasing his development from student to landscape artist. His work covers both the immense drama of the landscape as well as the smaller details…I particularly liked his wall of several hundred postcard sized works…apologies, no photos owing to gallery policy…

I loved the colours and the marks he used to capture the landscape…it was interesting watching the accompanying DVD to see how he created the large works…sitting on a stool pouring paint from margarine tubs and the like before moving the paint around with brushes attached to long sticks…a technique I might have to try myself given my recent health issues…

Again, not having won the lottery, cards are my reminder of a wonderful, inspiring exhibition…

It was wonderful to see these exhibitions in one of my favourite counties…in the landscape that inspired the artists…

 

It May Be Just A Splodge To You But…..

…. to me it’s a big step….

I try to keep this blog about my artistic journey and not bombard you with personal matters…. however over the last six to seven weeks these two areas have collided…

After struggling for the aforementioned weeks where everything was an effort, at times, unbearable pain, sheer exhaustion and joints that didn’t work as I would like, I have now been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis….  That’s the ‘When Life Gives You Lemons ‘ moment and all the self pity I will allow myself, as I continually remind myself, lots of people face worse…

A management plan has been organised so I am hoping to see and feel improvements over the next three or four months….

…and something must be working because today is the first day in weeks that I have felt like picking up a paintbrush…..

… so as you see, it might be just a splodge….but it means the world to me….!!