Here’s hoping that you all have a great festive time. Our lovely friend Becka Fairley has made us some star shaped bunting from the new Esme Winter wrapping paper and we are just about to string it. It’s the last decoration to go up as we have been so busy. Becka has just started a blog: http://bettylovespaper.blogspot.co.uk
I also went a bit mad with my other paper decorations this year. I suddenly got a notion that I needed paper pom poms…
Our lovely dog Winnie has really enjoyed having the fire lit recently. She gets really close and lies there for ages. My studio is so cold at the moment that sometimes I come in to work by the fire.
The picture over the fireplace is a pastel by Elizabeth Merriman and there are sculptures by John Maltby, Edwina Bridgeman, Jane Muir and Christopher Marvell.
Today I was painting on the kitchen table as it was too cold in the studio.
I have recently been commissioned to do a painting which combines various elements from previous paintings, this one is destined for a customer in Singapore.
Andrew, my husband made a short video of the progress of the painting:
Painting in progress
from Debbie George
Winter has definitely arrived, I woke to an amazing frost and a light scattering of snow, the morning light so bright and low. Here are a few photographs of inside and outside. The first is my view from the bedroom window, looking down on the bird bath and snow covered plant pots.
Every morning when we sit up in bed we see this painting by our friend Jo Aylward. It has a lovely sky which seems to look different every time I look at it. Every Year Jo and I go on holiday to Cornwall together, this seascape was painted at Church cove one of our favourite places.
I have known Jo for about 15 years and have collected her work from the first time I saw it at her degree show to only a few months back when I visited her home and studio in Kent.
Starting from December 1st, Jo has a show opening in a wonderful cafe/restaurant called the Black Douglas, which is in Deal, Kent. She will be exhibiting 20 new paintings all of which I wish I could own. http://www.joaylward.co.uk/
This Black and white portrait of Jo Aylward was taken a few years ago by my husband the photographer Andrew Sanderson.http://www.andrewsanderson.com/