I am on the Isle of Wight, and it feels like I never left except I have no home to go to! I have been preparing to put work in the Restaurant of the popular 'GarlicFarm' on the Isle of Wight. It is proving to be a good venue for selling work. I have brought a number of paintings from previous years but have also added to it with some new work. I have been following two regattas in Cowes, the 'British Classic regatta' and the 'Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary regatta' The weather has been a bit challenging with gales and rain to upset the racing schedules. I have had a bit of success selling some of the paintings hot off the palette, which is always a joy! I have also been enjoying catching up with friends, and yesterday heard two encouraging tales - firstly, "I have just retired and moved permanently to live in Cowes after working in Dubai, your little painting is the only one that came back with me!" and the other "I moved house last year and do not have much wall space now but your lovely little painting is in pride of place in the living room!" You know hearing these sort of stories are what keep me going when I am sat on a damp cliff wondering what I am doing there!
I am living in my camper but it is also my mobile studio and here I am doing the framing of my new pieces in preparation for the exhibition. I was parked up in a quiet church yard so I could work un-interrupted, however now I am typing this at a dear friends home where I have taken up temporary residence!!