A short (ish) blog just to thank you. The support and encouragement I receive through social media, this monster we have created, has become an invaluable resource - I cannot imagine how I could achieve what I am doing without it. So thank you for getting here and reading this!
For me one of the most valuable things Christmas gives us is a time to stop and take stock of our year- usually life is so busy we rush form one thing to another and without any reflection life blurs and memories do not get laid down- I'm sure that is why the dreaded round robin now falling out of Christmas cards became so popular- it gave the author of the letter time to reflect. For me it has been another busy year - looking through the years photos I have posted on Facebook it was dominated by the Elm Memorial. My wood engravings will always be a somewhere I escape too- the pleasure I get from getting time to quietly work away on an engraving is still undimmed- I've not worked on a large block for a couple of months now - so I am hoping I can get time over the break to work up a couple of ideas I have floating about my head to enable me to get into at least one of those. The New Year sees me teaching at a couple of workshops here at my studio - details HERE if you fancy trying your hand at this most wonderful of mediums. This year also saw me produce my first Plein Air landscape (see that here) I'm really hoping to get more opportunities to do more before the end of the winter. My New Year will be focused on my latest sculptural commission (Peacehaven Gateways)- I cannot wait to get into those!
I've had a lot of media interest this year - from appearances in Sussex Life about the elm sculpture and a my participation in Brighton's Artist Open Houses festival - I am still thrilled to say that the house I was part of won the public vote of 'Best House'. And my bonfire sculpture from 1997 St. George and the Dragon is 2015's 'November' in their calendar. The BBC visited me again to talk to me about the bonfire I was planning for the village bonfire (report here). There's more about the bonfire build HERE which includes a link through to an amazing Slow motion of the bonfire as it burns.
So onto the new year- as I have already said 2015 will start for me with I hope a new engraving on the go, work starting in earnest on the Peacehaven Gateways and some wood engraving workshops. Other than that, I am at the early stages of discussing with the orgasnisers of a music festival constructing a bonfire sculpture for a centre piece for them. I'm going to be in London in late February (Sat.21st) with the Society of Wood Engravers doing a days demonstrating at the Bankside Gallery as part of their annual exhibition (my print 'Anne of Cleves House' has been selected to be part of the exhibition) - I'm currently still homeless for Brighton's Artist Open Houses 2015- so if you know of anyone that would like to home me please, please get in touch.
I supose I should have some ambitions too! I'm still itching to get a book illustrating commission - so if you can help out there - please drop me a line. I think in 2015 it could be a really positive thing to from a partnership with a gallery- to have a champion of my work would be brilliant, and a successful one could potentially free up lots more time to get creative- so again if you think you could work with me and represent me I would love to have a natter!
Again thank you all so much for all the generous support, kind words and patronage. I hope you all manage to find time to indulge in a bit of peace and goodwill in this dark time of the year.