A couple of posts ago I wrote that I’d put a piece of my work forward for the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award.
The idea is that the judges look at photos of work before coming up with a shortlist of finalists and then see the actual work in order to pick the winner.
There were about seven hundred applicants for the award and guess what, yes, I have been chosen as one of the seventeen finalists.
On Monday we took the piece to The House of St Barnabas (a private members club in Soho Square in London) where the judging will take place and where the finalists will be exhibited. The winner (actually there are two awards so two winners) will be announced tomorrow evening so fingers crossed.
Whatever the result I’m pleased with my piece of artwork and pretty thrilled to be a finalist………though obviously I’d love to win!
I love it when it’s bright and crisp, I can get lots done in my cosy studio!
The other day I up to London for an exhibition.
My best girl friend Belinda was having her first photography exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall. I’ve know Belinda for ever.
After studying photography she carved out a career as a very successful fashion model, its only recently that she’s moved back behind the camera again.
She’s produced a collection of self portraits inspired by and interpreting her visions and dreams She works alone, producing sketches, making costumes and props and sourcing locations. She sets the scene and takes the pictures herself, in fact you can sometimes see the hand held remote.
It was a fabulous exhibition incorporating specialty created film, music and spoken word as well as the photos, some of which were huge.
Thanks to the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust I spent a very enjoyable day at Lisle Combe a lovely house at the Undercliff just past Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The reason was for a talk by Kate Harwood a garden historian and lecturer. Lisle Combe is an early 19th century cottage orne (no, I’d never heard of one of those either!) and the home of the poet Albert Noyes (no, I’ve never heard of him).
The talk was titled….Gardens of the Picturesque and Recency Period.
I hadn’t known what to expect but in fact it was a terrific day. Amazingly it was sunny and warm. The group were lovely. Kate certainly knew her stuff and how to share it with us in an entertaining and informative way. The house was fascinating and the owners pulled out all the stops to make us welcome and wonderfully well fed.
The gardens are overgrown and in a sad state but it’s still possible to imagine how they once were and hopefully can be again. Like all these old houses and gardens upkeep is a huge job and restoring and maintaining the house should probably come first but it would be wonderful to see the gardens looking fabulous again.￼
I have even been inspired to do a little pencil drawing of the house, something that I’ve not done for a very long time…….
If we were going to move house and had a couple of million in the bank then Bath would be pretty high on our list of places to move to, unfortunately we don’t have that kind of money and there is no way that we are ever moving again………………..
The architecture is sublime and the shopping is somewhat better than on the Island.
Back in March I said that I’d found a copy of a book that I’d had as a child ‘Make your own Victorian House’. Dad had originally bought it for me….or for him and me. We spent a lot of time putting it together and it sat on a shelf in my bedroom until I went to university (who knows what happened to it after that!)
I’ve now got round to making the model and I’m quite pleased with it. It’s funny that all these years later I could recognize pieces and remembered cutting them out and sticking them together the first time round. It was fun to make again and brought back some lovely memories of sitting at the table with Dad snipping and sticking!
The friend who has the model which started me off on this journey into past times has given me a paper model of the Paris Opera House to make up……….it looks very complicated and may hang around for a while until I build up the strength to make it!
I’ve done it, my Book Bingo card is now filled and handed in ready for the finished cards to be put in a hat and a winner to be drawn! The draw will take place next Saturday and one lucky winner will walk away with twenty five English pounds to spend (hopefully) on books.
I never expected to finish (and with a week to go…..unheard of for me) It’s been a lot of fun and has revived my love of reading which of course was one of the reasons Book Bingo was set up in the first place.
Well………I’ve done it! I’ve read the last three books that I needed in order to complete my Book Bingo card. I didn’t expect to finish the whole card but I have and I’m delighted.
So which three books did I choose?
I needed to read a book “set in another country” and chose another Agatha Christie….A Caribbean Mystery. It’s a Miss Marple story and if you can forgive the, perhaps, racist comments about the native Caribbean folk, is good read.(It was first published in 1964 when people could get away with being dismissive of anyone who wasn’t white, middle class and Christian) Half way through the book I realized that I’d seen a television film of the story but I’d forgotten the ending so it didn’t spoil the book.
For”A book not originally written in English” I read Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. This is a children’s book though I’m not entirely sure what kind of child it’s aimed at! I obviously don’t have the kind of imagination need for stories like this because although charming in parts it became so surreal that I began to wonder if someone had slipped some hallucinatory drugs into my tea!
My final read was The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne which is “A book which has already been made into a film”
I’ve seen the film which I thought was excellent but the book is magnificent. It’s a book that everyone should read (probably more than once) It should be on the syllabus of every school. If you haven’t read it then go to your nearest bookshop TODAY and get a copy, get a couple of copies and give the others to friends..
So my Book Bingo card is full and I’m in with a chance of having my name drawn out of the hat to win……..I’m not sure what the prize is and as Book Bingo was Phil’s idea in the first place I probably shouldn’t accept the prize even if I did win!! It’s been a lot of fun, I’ve read stuff that I wouldn’t normally read, some hasn’t been so good (the graphic novel comes instantly to mind) but the majority has been excellent, poetry, chick-lit, children’s books, from the teenage section, not originally written in English. More people than expected have taken up the challenge to play Book Bingo, far more than expected have actually finished. More people are using our lovely little community Library, more books are being read, people are talking about stories, authors, the different categories of books, making recommendations etc…….oh and we’ve collected some money in order to be able to buy new books. Will we do it all again again next year……well, I think we would be silly not to!