Nice picnic in the back of Tone and Pene's campervan before a long walk round Marbury Woods to see the bluebells despite aching all over after helping to fill lorry with stuff for refugees in Greece at CARE UK in the morning. Then to the garden centre to buy a few plants. Afterwards , tea and biscuits with Granma and Audrey. What a social whirl we live in!
Nice couple of days in sunny London to see Archie and Meriel's group exhibition over at RAW Labs in docklands. Stayed with our old friends Jennifer and Matteo in leafy West London by Hyde Park where we went for nice walks to see some art at the Serpentine galleries and watch the swans hiss at passing dogs. Also the parakeets that love apples. More art at the Welcome Museum and the Design Museum - thanks to Meriel who got us in to see the Hope Not Nope exhibition . We ache all over now after all the walking.
I have a few works in this show about the assembling artist book ISSUE that is in it's 20th year - a special celebratory exhibition with some of the poeple involved. I curated an issue a few years back and have contributed to half a dozen or so over the years. Lost count now.Always a treat to get in the post. Thanks to old Southend Art School chum , Richard Cox who started it with a couple of his mates in Cardiff. here's photos of the PV he sent me. Sadly I couldnt go due to prior commitments.
Nice morning over Nantwich way to two boot sales - the first at Vagrants wasa bit chaotic and muddy. The second a bit further on at Weston was much larger , round the edge of a cricket field and better organised. Got a few bargains at each including a massive frame ( too big really but only £3 ) some sewing stuff, plants, rulers, heavy rusty weight, heavy rusty old flat iron, letters on a wooden board (?) and a lovely pewter thimble in the shape of an acorn. Home in time delicious mushroom and squeaky cheese bun for lunch.
First boot sale of the year at Whitegate FC which isn't far from us, over the hills and down some pretty country lanes lined with daffodils etc. Our neighbour Beth came with us. Found a few bargains including two DVD's - Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davies. We watched What Ever Happened To Baby Jane last night on DVD so this will make a good follow up. Also some plastic guns for Archie's collection, sewing bits and bobs, a hole punch, glass paper weight for Hazel's sister ( she hides them amongst all the others - fun seeing if they are spotted!). The weather was a bit iffy so not many punters or stalls - still it's early days yet. When the weather really warms up it should be much busier. Home for cheese and olive bread and pickles for lunch. Later Beth has invited us for a curry at her place so that will make a nice change from me cooking.
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 dad , 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.