Continuing my drawing a day for the rest of the year I thought I'd combine a bunch of days to make a wee celebratory animation for St Andrew's Day. Enjoy!
Art Exposure Gallery will be having their Xmas Exhibition 1st December to 22nd January and I have "Stairs" exhibiting. Come along and see what's on offer. Lots of affordable items for Xmas presents; paintings, ceramics, glass from £10.
Private view 30th Nov 2012, 5-8pm. I'll be there, glass of wine in hand.
Now I'm off to get ready to go and take photos of my good friend and artist Lynsey Cosham's craft and textiles for her website, Art Angel. Another opportunity to get some unique and lovely hand crafted gifts for those extra special people in your life because they are so darn worth it! New images of new items will be uploaded asap. Go on, have a gander. www.artangelart.com
Unfortunately, it's a no go for the RSA Open Exhibition. It's really difficult to judge whether these things are worth it. Great if you get in; thousands of people will see your work including buyers, agents and gallery owners but if you don't, it's wasted money, travel and effort.
I still think it's a good idea to do it though, as the old NY Lotto adage says "You've got to be in it to win it" which is very true but I'm careful which ones I chose. The RSA is a mere £6 per work but many can set you back as much as £25 per work. I have managed to get some previous work into annuals but it does leave me with a certain sense of defeat when I get the knock back. However, it is short lived, I then forget about it and go to the next thing. Onwards and upwards.
Oooh, putting in for the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2012 in Edinburgh this week. Wish me luck!
Sarah, Chris and Caroline
It's November already, how time flies. Just back from a great week's holiday at my friends' Sarah & Chris', place in Riba Roja D'Ebre, Catalonia. It's a lovely place, so peaceful and laid back it makes me want to slow down and just take in the view.
They've had the place now for 4 years and are slowly doing it up. It's a lovely wee hoose and quite a few acres of land, most of which is hill, with olive trees lining terraced soil. Their intentions are toward self sufficiency with solar panels galore and land full of veg patches. The good life indeed.
They are also planning an ambitious project of creating an artist village within their land. Sarah, being an artist herself and Chris, a graphic designer, want to give artists time and space to live and make work in a creative environment; an artists retreat, if you will. I'm looking forward to seeing the developments as they start to build more.
Also, next year in late summer, with the ready organising skills of Sarah's sister Caroline, they're planning to produce an arts and music festival to be held on their land called Riba Rocks. With local and international bands due to be booked, poets and writers planning readings and artists creating workshops, it's gonna be a fabulous event. I'm planning my return trip already.
I can't talk about this place without mentioning its newest residents; Tut and Khamun. They are two little kittens that were found under a manky sofa in a supermaket car park by two friends who nursed them to health. Tut was so tiny, found in a puddle and not moving, they thought he was dead. Khamun on the other hand, Tut's big sister, was very vocal, fortunately for them. Sarah & Chris were asked if they would like to take them on. As they are very rural, they can have a bit of a mouse problem, so thought why not. The kittens had only been there a week by the time I had arrived but I could see Sarah & Chris had fallen in love with them already. Well, they are quite adorable. We'll see how long it takes them to move residence from the shed to in front of the wood burner in the house during the winter.
Jennifer Kilgour is an artist and maker specialising in model making, sculpture, painting and drawing.
She has also occasionally made the odd animation, wooden furniture and walking the family dog in the woods.