13th October 2019
It has been a week of mixed emotions for Sue as she enters her final days at the vets after all these years. The overriding feeling she has is excitement over the future as she concentrates fully on her art but, understandably, she has some fond memories from years gone by, which she will now be taking with her. She will miss her immediate colleagues, some have become good friends too, never lost. And many regular clients, of course. Amidst this backdrop, she has been painting away on her non-vet days, building up stock for the Festive Fayre, Vintage and Makers Market, at Bridge Farm Barns on Saturday 16th November from 11 am to 9pm. Another churn is completed, a 12' slate has been shipped to a customer and other slates have their colour background in readiness for more. Two vintage jugs have also been prepared for her choices of bird. The next painting on the horizon is a kingfisher, no doubt in another carefully chosen setting, even I have yet to find out where!
The shop website is in the advanced stages of development now. Most images and stock levels are in place, only the jugs and cards remain to be uploaded. Once these are all added we will be able to ask for the finishing stages from our developer, Wayne of WPK Systems Ltd. I want to expand the site past its initial content format, which is a hybrid of the first site's galleries and a shop. I intend to have even more educational aspects incorporated, these are thoughts for the future though.
The display at another Gallery has been changed and two of the 12" x 12" paintings have replaced gaps. We like to have a general change round during the year and none more so than at Sue's first and ongoing regular Exhibition at Brett Gallery, Monks Eleigh. To complete her recent trio of 12" square originals, Breakfast Branch is on display at Brett. Oh, I forgot to mention that another Gallery, near Nottingham has recently accepted her work.
To finish this weekly update, don't forget to keep watching this space! Yes, there is much on the past to reflect on, but such lot to look forward to in the coming year.
5th October 2019
The three new 12" x 12" paintings are completed and will soon be on the new website. As well as this Sue has painted another Perigrine for a collector on Australia, whois turning out to be one of several customers who we would call Collectors. That is certainly giving her more confidence. As well as these works, Sue has painted another slate and primed a churn ready for a commission requested by someone who has recenly bought two churns, each with Owl designs.
I mentioned confidence. We have both been working towards Sue working at her art full time and the leap has now been made. She resigned from her job of 32 years at the local veterinary practice. This has been a big decison as she has only had the one job since schooldays and a great deal of thought has gone into this move. So, from 19th October Suzanne will be spending her working days in the creative environment that fulfils her so much.
The new shop website is getting closer to completion and will hopefully be ready within a month or so. A major new development.
On we travel. The next month painting-wise will be spent building up stock for the Vintage Fair at Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eligh as well as looking ahead to 2020. There are even more exciting plans to follow and these will be revealed in due course.
17th September 2019
The last week seems to have flown by with much discussion on Sue's art, and creations too! On the latter, one main focus has been on some new 12" x 12" paintings, which have been particularly popular recently. All of the original stock has sold, with three being bought at Birdfair. Sue has just finished the first of a new set, the ever admired kingfisher, and it is currently being scanned, with publication on the website within the next week. We have named it "Patience" following a suggestion by one of the contributors to the British Bird Lovers Facebook Page. Sue has painted another swallows slate which, I undertand, is going to be used ouside the front door showing the house number. To my knowledge, this is the first time the slates have been used in this way.
Behind the scenes, the new shop website structure is taking shape and I am starting to re-size all of the images ready for republication, a lengthy task but essential and most worthwhile if we are to provide the professional appearance we aspire to. As for other discussions on the future of Sue's art, there are some exciting plans ahead so watch this space for developments!
8th September 2019
It is time to start a blog, we are advised, and I have been asked to write regularly on behalf of my wife, Sue.
Thanks to our dear friend, supporter and web site developer, Wayne Kerridge, we published our first web site some four years ago and have concentrated on building up Sue's various catalogues, which you will see have become wide ranging.
As her art career grows at an exciting pace, we are now looking at using the web site more regularly to record progress. It is particularly timely as a new version of the site is being developed as I write, incorporating a shop, as well as even more up to date technology to make the it even more user friendly on mobile phones and tablets.
The most significant event over the last month was the success of our first exhibition at Birdfair in Rutland. Despite the exceptional weather conditions, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were delighted that Sue's art was appreciated by so many. It always pleases her to know that people will be hanging her work in the intimacy of their homes. And the vintage milk churns were clearly well received too!
The plan is to add to Sue's blog on a weekly basis, not only on matters web site but also on her ongoing art work. Why me writing? Sue manages her Facebook Page as well as Instagram and of course wants to paint as much as time allows. Me? I like to chat and to support her art in as many ways as I can, to give Sue maximum opportunity to continue developing the skills she has so painstakingly acquired over the last 25 years or so.