Monday, 12 March 2018

Conversation Between Birds

Over the last couple of days there's been a welcoming increase in bird song to accompany people getting out and about after the freeze. Longer days and milder weather are upon us. Hurrah!!!! Mind you, during the Siberian wind chill factor there were exhibitions to attend to in London. For the second year running Linda's watercolour and gold leaf work have been accepted for the Royal Watercolour Societies Contemporary Art Competition. On the 25th of February, Linda and I headed for London with a "Conversation Between Birds" which we were to deposit at The Bankside Gallery on the South Bank for the competition. The icy fingers of the "Beast from the East" were most evident as it whistled bitterly about the Thames. After dropping off the painting we headed to the Tate Modern to the Modigliani exhibition. Ahh, warmth... I was completely taken by Modigliani's work. When you're standing so close to the real thing, your completely transported to another world. How fortunate we are to have these amazing visual connections to the past. Next we headed towards Waterloo. Beneath Waterloo train station are the Old Vic Tunnels, now known as Vaults, where "Sparks," a play directed by Linda's daughter Jessica Edwards was being performed in conjunction with Vault Festival 2018. A very moving performance in a fantastic venue. After a very full day, we got the train back to Shrewsbury. On the 28th Linda headed back to London for the watercolour competitions private view which Linda attended with Jessica. The icy blast was in full swing which prevented many of the artists from different parts of the country attending. The paintings are on show for two weeks until the 14th of March and available for the public to buy. On Sunday, I met Linda at Shrewsbury train station. On the train journey she had had some good news, Conversation Between Birds had sold!!!! On the back of that another painting also has been purchased. Onwards....Upwards!!!!

Conversation Between Birds Video

Friday, 23 June 2017

Justin the Juggler SunnySide Art Open Studios Summer 2017

Part of the success of Sunny Side Art through Linda's designs is the attention to detail of the buildings and character's that are an integral part of Shrewsbury. Justin is a big part of that visual connection to the town. He openly shares his skills with passersby which makes coming to Shrewsbury a more memorable occasion and that's why he's featured in Linda's illustrations of the town. Justin stopped by to do some juggling in front of the house during our Open Studio's. Play with skill, play with space, play with rhythm!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Gold Dust At My Feet

                                                 Last week we attended the launch of the new magazine, My Shrewsbury
For this special occasion, Linda presented a one of a kind print featuring the Old Market Hall. The illustration was also used for the cover for the first edition. The print was auctioned at the launch with the proceeds going to Severn Hospice.

In the video Linda applies the finishing touches to the gold.
The musical accompaniment is Ted Lewis' version of On the Sunny Side of the Street released in 1930.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Royal Watercolour Society Awards 2017

                                                                                                                                                        In January Linda received an email from the Royal Watercolour Society informing her that two of her paintings for this years contemporary watercolour competition had been accepted. Last week we took the paintings to the Bankside Gallery so they could be hung for the exhibition. The private viewing was Thursday evening. Linda was one of a hundred or so artists accepted for this years competition. There were over two thousand entries!! Linda was also singled out for one of the sponsor's awards.
Heres a little video of our visit. Music by the great Ernest Ranglin.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Twenty Seventeen

Here we are, beginning of March already! Linda and I are working through the list of stuff that was put on hold during November, December of last year. Mind you, January was relatively busy
supplying our outlets and website orders and getting taxes sorted. We did manage a belated Christmas works do celebration as a thank you to our wonderful crew of helpers. It began with cocktails at the Blind Tiger and then on to No 4 Butchers Row for a meal. Very nice!!! Thanks again everyone for all your hard work.

Theres been a lot of sorting and clearing out on the top floor where we do all the product packaging for our outlets and online orders. Sometimes you just have to be brutal when it comes to getting rid of stuff.
Get rid of the clutter!!! Efficiency is the key, well, thats the idea anyway.

Talking of which, on Sunday we drove to Oswestry to drop off an order for Booka Bookshop. The idea was to combine this with a walk around the hill fort. We decided to do the walk first. When we eventually got to the hill fort after a couple of wrong turns, the weather had become decidedly bone chillingly grim. This alone did not stop us but the sight of a large number of noisy walkers in high vis who were gathered at the bottom of the hill in preparation for a guided tour of the fort did. So, off came the walking boots and back into the car with the heater full on. On our way to Booka, we were suddenly seized  by the desire to visit Cambrian House Emporium to see if they had any Victorian fireplace combinations and use the loo. We came away with a french oak cheese draining box and two oak foldable trestles and they kindly let us use the out of order loo that wasn't really out of order. More clutter I hear you say; but our reasoning on these particular purchases is geared towards efficiency and practicality and most of all a lovely warm way of presenting our products at open studios and events. The oak just glows!!!