July Moment On average the warmest month in England, July is known as both Picnic Month and Ice Cream Month!
Great local ice cream parlours:
Holy Cow in Seaford
Latchetts Farm, north of Uckfield
Gelato Gusto in Brighton
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S U C H E X C I T I N G N E W S
I have been accepted to the final stage of this year’s Royal Academy Summer exhibition. I have never made it through to the exhibiting stage of this competition and it is high up on my of experiences and recognition as an artist, I am majorly chuffed to have got through the digital stage, I really really want this, keep routing for me.
I am off to the framers and once the work is framed I will take the painting up to London on 9th August for the final stage of the competition. I find out on 9th September, I'll keep you posted but in the mean time I'll continue to walk tall with this feeling. I work hard as an artist and, like many others, need recognition. Recognition comes both from myself, from people buying my art and by getting through important competitions.
I recently hung a self-portrait in a community space, opposite Farleys Farm in Chiddingly, Sussex. It is from a series I did at the beginning of our first lockdown last year. As I unpacked it, I realised how each painting is like a full chapter dairy entry – they take me back to where, what and who I was at the time I painted them. The self portrait is up for the month of July, if you are local please do have a look, the community space sells some of the best coffees in the local area. Open from 8:30 until 14:30 Monday until Saturday.
I realise it has been a year since I painted my first washing line painting, and the obsession with the subject comes and goes. I know this is part of my character, how I go about things. During the last year I have also painted my daughter Lucy, some pears in pairs, and apples. I have continued my exploration with the female and male body, where I have to stretch my skills on proportion and colour mixing, and each time I have different levels of success. Of course, I want each painting to be brilliant but it just does not work that way. Each one has its own uniqueness but I cannot always see the brilliance, or whole picture, until it has been undercover for a while.
There are many galleries open now, do remember that most of them are closed on Mondays.
Royal Academy London:
David Hockney- (23 May to 26 September) if there is ever an artist who makes me feel good that the world is a good and happy place, David Hockney is the one. Think blossom and blue skies, rich colours and minim detail.
Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch Exhibition (18th May - 1st August 2021) must go to
Turners Modern World (until 12 September 2021)
Paula Rego at Tate London (7 July to 24 October 2021) must go to
Yoyoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms (until June 2022)
Turps Leavers Show: ⠀
Thames-Side Studios Gallery Harrington Way, Warspite Rd, SE18 5NR @thamessidestudiosse18 Exhibition open: (Sat 10th - Sat 24th July)⠀⠀