On my way…

Despite a transmission failure, despite heat that carries on right across western europe, despite a really bad night’s sleep…we are on our way home. Hopefully we can make the last ninety clicks to Calais and the journey up from Dover tomorrow in time to be spruced up and ready for the viewing of my Deadly Delicious series of paintings that open at the Tarpey Gallery at 6pm. Besides new paintings on aluminium and watercolours of the viruses I have been playing with there will be tales of the amazing escape from the autostrada when the A Class transmission broke…

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Haway!

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Ok so not travelling on something like this…more a regular cross Channel ferry.  And away then for three weeks…in a location where its unlikely that I’m going to get a regular internet connection.  So much on the agenda over the past week or so…beginning with a visit to the Albert Dock (pictured above) to see the Chagall exhibition (well worth the asking price).  Then into organising and putting on the current Harrington Mill exhibition whilst simultaneously organising my work to go to the Tarpey gallery for the upcoming show there.  Oh and continuing with my MOOC programme… and sorting out those little details that a driving trip across Western Europe occasions.  Still am really looking forward to the view of those Appenines and Apuane Alps again.  So it’s buona notte until the 27th July when I shall be back for the opening at the Tarpey Gallery @ 6pm…

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Countdown

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When Luke Tarpey asked me to step into an up-coming slot in his programme (at the Tarpey Gallery) a couple weeks back I was hesitant – after all I was proceeding towards the next show of recent work (at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre Angear Gallery in November) at a leisurely and orderly pace.  However as an artist of what might euphemistically be called advancing years I have learnt never to look a gift horse in the mouth and take whatever opportunities come along.  So now I have just three weeks dead to put together a show (albeit of modest size) before we disappear to Italy for a summer holiday during which the exhibition will open (though we will be back for a PV on Saturday 27th July at 6pm to which of course all readers of this blog are cordially invited!).

But if I’m honest I rather like the looming deadline…the countdown to it has a wonderfully enervating impact on your decision making and resolution of pictures.  Things you’ve been mulling over and not getting round to doing suddenly have to be sorted…or else.  And other pictures that you just cannot see a way to resolve either get shoved to one side or radically butchered.  All in all very bracing even if a little bit scary.