It’s quite a discipline to reflect on the month past and I’m aware of a mixture of intense activity followed by easing off in a bout of uncertainty with the prospect of an exhibition deadline looming. Entitled ‘Lollipop People’, the exhibition is to be held at the end of this month in Ryde on the theme of ‘childhood’. With a relatively short deadline, I had to get my skates on and was able to focus in bringing together a number of small textile pieces (some from last month’s blog) into a more cohesive work. I had spent the past week wondering and worrying about the choice of work made for the submission and was anxiously waiting for a response.
STOP PRESS # STOP PRESS: Wish the news was good but actually a rejection! It would be good to have feedback, although this may be self-evident at the show, where a certain ‘house-style’ may emerge.
With variety being the so-called spice of life, I thought it might be worth giving a snapshot of my past week. Not totally typical I have to say.....but are any two weeks the same?
Monday: Therapy (am).
Relatively ‘unstructured’ activity during afternoon but quite productive as I recall, which is not always the case after therapy. Two lovely sightings in nearby historical church garden: demented Red Squirrel appearing to chase itself round in circles and there was a Green Woodpecker on the lawn. All in afternoon sun with a cuppa and time to reflect on session before heading home to photograph work for exhibition submission.
Tuesday: Final decision on images for submission to ‘Lollipop People’.
Wednesday: Off to Eastbourne extremely early with the tennis club for Ladies Play and World class men’s tennis. First time at this event as last minute stand-in.
Thursday: More tennis, with mini-tournament at club and much needed recovery from day before.
Friday: Continue an on-going theme of what I call ‘mini-felts’ which involves reproducing other people’s dogs in miniature using wools etc. These are mainly dogs of friends and comes from an inner compulsion to try to capture a likeness and character, mainly from memory. This growing collection will hopefully form part of a single artwork.
All the while it is extremely gusty outside and I think of the Isle of Wight festival goers in these extremes and wonder how they are coping. There are new reports of people returning to their tents to find them blown 50metres away. This is not good!
Saturday: Get the rejection email for ‘Lollipop People’. Apparently failure is an inevitable part of success but that doesn’t make it any easier. Judging and selecting artwork is hugely subjective and everything hinges on the selection panel.
Afternoon trip to river bank to ‘freeload’ on festival. Incorporated a walk with Sandy before settling to listen to the set by Madness. Just as they were reaching the culmination of their performance Sandy slips her lead and starts chasing other dogs..... all to the words of ‘you’re an embarassment’....Vintage Madness!
Images: Toy Story (top left), Tools of the Trade (top right), Sow detail (above left) all by Vidya Wolton.