We had our first weekend of Artweeks, and there was a lovely festive atmosphere for the preview with bubbly in the sunshine, under the gazebo. Artweeks is at Twitten, (details at end); Susanna’s home – in fact you can see her watercolour of her thatched cottage below:
The other artist is Ken Messer who has had a loyal following for about 40 years and avid fans buy a new painting each year. He specialises in local landscapes and Oxford cityscapes.
My pebble paintings have been popular and my cards always sell really well. These are in the conservatory with the giclees. When you look out of the studio from the back garden you see the cottage vegetable garden which is delightful. I wish I had time to paint it! The Silver Ghost plant is in front and this is where I had the model of the Silver Ghost thistle which is at the centre of the exhibition. I reworked the background completely, and then lived with it for 6 months, waking up to see it on my bedroom wall. It was worth reworking it for the freshness the painting gained despite the extra work and courage it took!