Last week didn't turn out to be as productive as I'd hoped. Firstly, looking after a three year old with the snottiest cold I've ever encountered took priority (it's strange how they can't blow their own noses!), and secondly, even when I did manage to escape to my studio, a faulty house alarm over the back disturbed me with its incessant whirring. Grr! What makes it even more galling is that no-one even lives in the house, so I became Mrs Angry of Maidenhead and have complained to the council about it.
In between all that and some very welcome visits from friends, I did manage to finish the painting of the Water Garden at Cliveden (the National Trust site just up the road) and one of a view along a hedgerow. Here they are:
|Water Garden, Cliveden (14"x18")|
|Initial sketch of Ploughed field near Cookham (14"x18")|
|Ploughed field near Cookham (14"x18") (in progress)|
|Ploughed field near Cookham (14"x18")|
Also last week someone suggested I enter some pictures into a small exhibition in May. This turned out to be tougher than I thought because when I turfed out long-forgotten canvases and cast a critical eye over them, many seemed quite disappointing to me now. This was a bit of a shock because I remember thinking at the time that they were pretty good, but at the same time I can now see how my work has improved. Anyway, following this exercise I've decided to have a clear out: I'll sand down, prime and reuse old canvases instead of letting them take up valuable space.
Oh, there was one other thing, I now have a website where people can view my not-so-bad work. http://www.karendaviesart.co.uk