What on earth does turning 40 have to do with this blog about painting? As it turns out, everything. I'm not fishing for a deluge of congratulations (honestly), it has just really made me think that in two days time I will have hit a landmark age. I take it for granted sometimes that I have an amazing life, so hitting the big four-oh has made me think long and hard about how grateful I am for the career I have. The last year particularly has been astounding and I am busier than I have ever been.
Today has been a day that I don't usually relish - admin - but I have been pleasantly surprised as a long list of emails, post, orders and phone calls has illustrated just how busy (and therefore lucky) I am.
It is always interesting to contemplate the 'Sliding Doors' principle (apologies if you don't know the film) but as I never say no to any opportunities that come my way, it would be hard to imagine sitting in my studio waiting for the phone to ring. Therefore, may I take this opportunity to thank all of my students, clients, supporters, colleagues, friends, family (Mum & Dad especially) and of course my amazing husband for believing in me and what I do.
Turning 40 is going to be the start of a whole new chapter.......
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
I don't ever like to complain about what I do, as I feel very fortunate to have the career that I chose, but it would be lovely if just occasionally I was able to catch the tail I'm constantly chasing! This blog is a little feast or famine for me (how is it possible that social media can make you feel guilty for neglecting it?) but all I can say is that I'm now back in the land of making, painting and teaching. This week the studio is frantic with planning for Dorset Art Weeks, which opens on Saturday 24th May, and it will not only be the first year for the studio but will be the first year that I will exhibit independently.
I am really excited about opening up to the general public and getting my first set of visitors, other than those who come for classes, it will be a lovely opportunity to meet new people and show what I do. I will be posting regularly during the event, so please do pop back to this blog. I will be a much better blogger (unless I'm painting, of course)......