Today we were supposed to be going to London for 2 days, which would have meant visiting London Exhibitions and going to listen to JP Saxe, in Camden with Sam and Joe tonight. JP Saxe has been rescheduled for October - so fingers crossed for that. At the end of last week Hampshire Open Studios was also cancelled - not surprising but very disappointing all the same.
It's strange not putting anything in your diary and crossing out almost everything that was in there. I was listening to Radio 4 again this morning and Grayson Perry came on to talk about his Art Club. Last week's theme was "Fantasy" - I watched this yesterday and Grayson discusses how he began creating "Fantasy" work as a safe place from reality and how making this work was something he could control. I expect many artists will relate to this, I certainly do, but I rarely feel fully in control of the outcome in a painting. At best this is great fun, exciting, inspirational and at worst annoying, frustrating and feels like plodding along. So today I've been preparing surfaces to paint on and couldn't resist a bit of actual painting but I know it's not the best time to do too much.
Today's painting is called "Bouquet" and I see I've chosen a picture with figures standing a good distance apart, I now feel that I'll be very glad when we don't have to do this anymore.