Dearest little macaroons,
By now it may have come to your attention that I’m not reliable or regular when it comes to writing these updates. I could probably get individual carrier pigeons to distribute news quicker than me tapping at this keyboard.
Then again, why would you want me waffling on all the time? Over exposing myself like some delusional, ego-tripping art monster. Actually, I’d rather hear your news. I love to know what all of you are busy with, where you are going on holiday, that sort of thing…. In fact, if any of you would like to write this section for me that would be lovely!
So, what’s happening, Szikora? Well, 2013 actually did get off to a productive start. I had managed TWO WHOLE paintings and a drawing of Russell Crowe – as a biscuit – before the brushes were abandoned and I went all ‘off road’ with other projects.
I got my hands on some modelling wax and have been making a new sculpture. 25 copies are currently being cast and handmade not far from where I live – details of that coming any day now!
Another thing stealing away the weeks have been some little public presentations. That’s right, ME standing up in front of people and talking. It might not sound like a big deal but for anyone who has attended my exhibitions in the past, you will know that I normally stand on a chair for just about long enough to manage a mumbled “Thank you for coming” before running off to hide. I thought it was high time I faced this fear, especially as the events are for good causes. If you are curious, the next talk I am involved with (in a smallish dose) is in London alongside a bunch of TV-type ladies. We are going to do our best to destroy the “skinny = happy” myth. Amen to that. (Please click on the link at the bottom for further details)
Among these non-painty distractions, I even found myself considering a total change of job. Giving up the art world altogether to do one of the following brilliant ideas…..
a) open a luxury cat hotel or
b) an ice cream parlour (inspired by an especially nice rum and raisin)
Then someone threw a bucket of cold water on me and I realised that I might have experienced a near collision with midlife crisis.
My trouble is, I’ve always had itchy feet and never like to stay anywhere very long. In reality, I could never, EVER give up art – What was I thinking? So I’ve come up with a compromise. I will move into a new studio that I can make all pretty and then, for special occasions, I’m going to open it, so that I can meet with my macaroons!
I’ve chosen a place and I’m chatting up some builders who will hopefully give me nice walls to hang stuff on. It might take a while (everything does with me) but, as soon as I have my space, your invite will be on its way. You can bring all your cats and I might even serve ice-creams J
Here’s the info about the London talk:
In the meantime I hope you all enjoy a very nice summer.
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