So we've just recovered from the marketing nonsense that is Valentines day. Don't get me wrong, I'm as romantic as they come, but I can't help feel that a day set aside to make single people feel rubbish about themselves and couples feel obliged to do something can be counter productive. It's lovely to celebrate love, but maybe we just don't like being told to do it!
My husband and I spent our Valentines day round the table with old friends, drinking wine and talking for hours. It was truly lovely. We'll do a romantic meal in our own time...
We are now fast approaching Mothers day ( if you're secular and want to celebrate Mothers). The Christian celebration is however Mothering Sunday and celebrates people returning to their mother church on the fourth Sunday in lent. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering".
Either way the whole thing has become yet another card fest and present pressure. Which I think is a shame, we could be celebrating our appreciation and thanks to our Mothers, but it seems to be difficult to think of something other than flowers again.
My Mum's birthday almost always lands within a week of Mothers' day, so my brother and I have always had to be a bit more imaginative about our gifts. This year, it happens to land on my birthday!
Celebrate anyway you choose. Show the ones you love, you love them in any way you like, but if you can't face buying another bunch of flowers, how about a bit of real art. A small painting is a bit more than a bunch of daffs, but for a really personal, thought-felt present you could get together with your siblings and get a lovely piece of art! Lots of my work is based on places that I associate with family holidays with three or four generations sitting on the beach eating ice cream and soaking up the British sun. At times it's nostalgic and I love it for that.
It's worth thinking about; support a local artisan and buy something unique and beautiful for your unique and beautiful Mum.
Greetings from a slightly snowy Salisbury! We had about half a day of snow, and that wasn't quite enough time to create this beauty of the cathedral in the snow! The image above was created through a few sketches of the Cathedral made on warmer days. The Cathedral currently has no scaffolding on it, which is the first time for about 30 years! But interestingly the trees have far fewer leaves on at this time of year compared to my summer sketches, so I had to revisit the site before sorting out the snowy trees in the foreground.The reason for starting the blog with this painting is that its the centre piece of my current exhibition.
I am delighted to let you know that I've been invited back to Salisbury Medical Practice (on Wilton Road, Salisbury) for a second exhibition. This time I'm upstairs and have the big upstairs corridor all to myself! Splendid.
I was hanging the exhibition yesterday evening and the reactions from visitors and staff were amazing. As soon as I'd put the Cathedral in the snow, in the upstairs waiting room, several people got up off their chairs and took a closer look; several compliments came my way shortly afterwards. Once I'd finished the upstairs corridor a number of staff, once they'd finished their shifts, came along to have a look. The overwhelming response is "it's just so nice to have artwork on the walls, we love it". Well, I love it too, and I am genuinely thrilled to be a part of putting art in public spaces to to help create a nicer environment.
There are four other artists exhibiting there too, this Spring. If you are in the Salisbury area you are very welcome to visit the exhibition.
Do not be worried about going in, even if you are not registered at the practice, they are very keen for visitors to come along and see the artwork. the practice is open 8am-8pm every weekday. If you are unsure in any way, you could pop me an email and I'll explain in more detail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or simply go straight to reception and they'll let you wander about on your own to have a look at any of the art on display.
It's a really lovely exhibition and I urge you to visit at some point in the next six weeks.
I hope you enjoy it.
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