Nice wander round Frodsham's charity shops this morning. Got a few bargains - mostly DVD's for £1 or less. A Mike Leigh boxed set in Spanish. Lincoln with old thingy. Laurel and Hardy. etc. Hazel found a long mirror and a stained glass window. This photo is from a previous visit when they had a big book shop - now an antique empoium at Lady Heyes. Cloudy at first but soon brightened up and then blinded by sunshine as we drove home!
In Chester yesterday putting up this three handed exhibition in the small gallery upstairs. A bit stressful but we managed to do it in good time. Charlie Holt is showing a big collage on one wall with many smaller collages attached. Mine are in frames dotted higgledy piggledy on two other walls togther with Hazel's collection of home made gadgets and found objects that influence her work ( in two long flat cabinets ). I also put up some mail art and filled a cabinet/show case full of postal ephemera, ATC's, rubber stamps and postcards. All a bit of a hodge podge but thats just how we like it. Starts of the 19th November and goes on until February next year.
Pleasant wander round Shackerley Mere on Friday before a pub lunch in the nearby hostelry - a late celebration of our 39th anniversary. Sadly the seafood chowder was off the menu so we plumped for the seafood platter which we shared. Freindly pub with nice atmosphere . Not too crowded. A bit pricey but then all pubs are these days.
Yesterday we drove to the bridge at hartford that crosses the River Weaver and squeezing onto the very small car parking space down a rutted track we had a nice walk over the bridge and down the steep incline to the river bank path below. Saw some swans, ducks and fishermen. Noticed the weeds on either side of the river were increasing. There was a boat with bulldozer contraption for removing the weeds but seemed to be fighting a losing battle. Ten more such craft would be useful. Croosed the river at the locks and up the woody path back to the rutted track where we were parked. Amazing autumnal colours all around, reds, yellows, russets and greens of varying degredations. In the eveming we went to the firework and bonfire soiree at the local park.£1 entrance fee. What a bargain! What it does for global warming one isn't quite sure. Not good we suspect but hard to resist a night sky full of sparks and whizz bangs! Reminded us too of our first date many years ago.
A kind of diary, a log, a ramble, nothing to do with the Flowerpot Men. My life as an artist, a collagist, a rubber stamper, a networker, a collector of all sorts , a letter writer and a postcard maker. Observations about this and that in no particular order.
I grew up in the home counties around London during the 50's and 60's. Went to several art schools including Southend ,Chelsea and Manchester. Trained as a painter and printmaker but now mostly using collage. Collect novelty songs and old mail art amongst other things too numerous to mention.