Spent Saturday on the Solihull Artists' Forum Artists' Trail. An opportunity to see local artists working in their own studios. Didn't do as many as last year but always happy to see Kathryn Pettitt's textile work and jewellery. I just love her studio which is an oasis at the bottom of her garden - an Aladdin's Cave where she can hibernate, listening to Radio 4 and just getting on with all her stuff and things she loves to do. Bliss! Great to See Paula Hamilton's landscapes. I don't do many landscapes myself - in fact none at all but got the urge to put paint to canvas and try some myself and made a mental note to look out some of my photographs from holidays past (photos I have taken with a view anyway of painting that particular scene - lots from Cornwall and France- I simply must have a go.
Great to see Jackie's work too - loved her floating canvases and her textile work.
Dropped in as well to see Maureen and Avril at Hilary Poole's house. Hilary is another person who has converted her garage to a studio. Would love to do that with our garage but its only bare breeze block and will get mighty cold in the winter. Could put a heater in I suppose but might prove expensive. Need to maybe seriously think about this as I want to experiment with Procion dyes and don't want to do that in the house. Also fancied having a dabble at reupholstering seeing as I have now accumulated 2 chairs, a foot stool and an ottomon last week in Lyme. Bargain at £10.
More PHDs I fear.
Have a look at last year's art trail . Myself and Maureen have been papped on it.