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Meeting Graham Stewart.


I visited an artist called Graham Stewart at the weekend in St. Albans with Clive. We managed to have a look at his work, even a couple of pieces he did not have out on show, as well as a chat. He’s a good guy who gave some great advice. It felt like the helpful tutorial I needed, seeing as I did not manage to have one that Friday (that is a whole other story).
The thing I remember most was, him saying something like, you might make 10 paintings but only 2 of them are really good and that’s not a bad ratio. In addition to that, you have to just get on with it, which I have been struggling with. Graham kindly gave me one of his boards that he had prepared to work on as a gift, along with some knowledge on colours to use and surfaces to maybe try out.
I am undoubtedly in love with his Starscapes! They really are a must-see; the images on his website do the work no justice. At the end, we left with a couple of postcards and his ‘Shredded & Pulped’ book. Graham said to keep in contact or if I needed help, email him.
Happy days!
www.grahamstewart.net
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Meeting Graham Stewart.

I visited an artist called Graham Stewart at the weekend in St. Albans with Clive. We managed to have a look at his work, even a couple of pieces he did not have out on show, as well as a chat. He’s a good guy who gave some great advice. It felt like the helpful tutorial I needed, seeing as I did not manage to have one that Friday (that is a whole other story).

The thing I remember most was, him saying something like, you might make 10 paintings but only 2 of them are really good and that’s not a bad ratio. In addition to that, you have to just get on with it, which I have been struggling with. Graham kindly gave me one of his boards that he had prepared to work on as a gift, along with some knowledge on colours to use and surfaces to maybe try out.

I am undoubtedly in love with his Starscapes! They really are a must-see; the images on his website do the work no justice. At the end, we left with a couple of postcards and his ‘Shredded & Pulped’ book. Graham said to keep in contact or if I needed help, email him.

Happy days!

www.grahamstewart.net

I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.
A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.
Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.
The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.
Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.
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I painted this one at the very end of July - very beginning of August.

A call for artists came from The Freudian Sheep for an exhibition called ‘Land Sea Sky’ and I jumped at the chance! I emailed Ian and asked a few questions, because of course, I was excited, yet nervous and I had no idea what exhibiting there would entail.

Reassured with a response, I was determined to get something painted in time and thankfully, I did. I am rather happy with the final painting. I used a photograph I took during my holiday in Scotland and a canvas that was previously primed whilst I was still at university. Naturally, when I first completed it, I wasn’t sure about how it looked and I even doubted my abilities during the process, but it gradually grew on me.

The title of Neul came from the Scottish Gaelic for cloud. I thought it would be appropriate.

Now, it is one of my favourite paintings that I have created and it has caused me to want to paint more clouds for my final year. Unfortunately, it’s still back home as there was absolutely no space in the car for anything else when I brought my things to move in to a new place. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it here at some point.

It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
Zoom Info
It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
Zoom Info
It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!
I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!
Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.
I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.
The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.
I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.
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It’s really time I should catch up on these posts - although, there’s a dissertation that needs starting!

I did this small painting a few months ago and entered it in for this year’s Threadneedle Prize. I know the photo’s are rubbish, but it looks much better in real life!

Despite the fact I didn’t get through to the next stage of taking the piece down to the gallery, I quite enjoyed painting it. I managed to steal some space on the table back home and even with an annoying cat; I succeeded in getting it done.

I never thought I would do another painting of an elephant skull like this, people did not seem so keen, but this time I have painted it on a plinth and to make it figurative, I placed the back of a head in the piece too. I really did not want to attempt a face and it makes it seem as though we’re looking at someone looking at the skull, viewing a viewer.

The name came about after I was advised against going for something simple and obvious. It was going to be something along the lines of ‘A Memory’ and that was a no-no! I had to have a title that was going to make the viewer think and question what they were seeing, that is how I ended up with ‘Fat Woman’. I guess the main thing is you can’t know if the woman is fat or not, or even if it is a woman.

I am hoping to exhibit this piece in an upcoming show at The Freudian Sheep in November.


(I began this post weeks ago and like usual, I didn’t finish it… But today I will).


I have a couple days of my summer holidays left before returning to university for my final year. A really important year… These past months should’ve been used to prepare for it and instead, I have only gained a list of regrets and a painting I like. Sigh.


My main one is not putting myself out there and interacting with other artists and like-minded people, making contacts and such. I may have exhibited a couple of time at The Freudian Sheep and revisited the place too, but I spoke to no one about art. You would have thought that I would have overcome this, I mean, I have been making art for a few years now and it still scares me.


I definitely don’t know as much as I should about the subject. I am one of those people who likes what they like and knows if they don’t like a piece; whether it is because of a colour, or a shape, or even just the way the paint looks on the surface. I’m not into that arty farty-ness where a splash of colour must represent war and a line clearly signifies peace trying to pull through. Theories and reasons are often tried to be pushed on to our practical work at university, that’s not for me.


Last year I painted elephant skulls simply because I visited a museum and saw one, I found it beautiful and I wanted to recreate the image in paint. There was no hidden meaning behind the elephant skull, or for why I used oil paint. This year, I intend to paint clouds, maybe skies. I visited Scotland a little while back and I found them beautiful, I had never paid much attention to them before, they were just something in the sky that came and went. However, in that setting of amazing landscapes and vast openings of sky, it hit me. I cannot stop looking up. I never thought I would be one of them artists that look to the environment around us.


Anyway, I’m getting side tracked – no surprise there – in all honesty, I don’t want people to realise how stupid I am. There I said it.


Next regret, I should have started reading and making notes, and even started, my damned dissertation ages ago. I keep putting it off… I don’t do well at making myself do things unless there’s someone forcing me to do it. I’m unbelievably so easily distracted. I can write 500 words for this blog post, but for my dissertation? Nope. Monday will be fun. We have a meeting about it and I have nothing.


It confuses me a little as to why we even have to write thousands of words. It still sticks in my mind that because I’m a painter, I should write about painting. I wanted to learn about something new, which would’ve probably made me more interested in it and I would have started it. I really just want to paint. It’s my own fault, I could have finished it over the summer, I would then be able to be in the studios all the time and paint to my heart’s content.
On to the next one, I wish I had volunteered to help at The Freudian Sheep gallery; I love that place, it would have been great to get experience of what goes on. Especially seeing as I hope to one day open up my own space like that. I left it too late and someone else did instead and well, I never offered my help… Big mistake!


I went on holiday to the highlands, as you know, but I wish I had gone on more adventures, with family and friends (not that I have many). Just got in the car and went for a drive without a care in the world and see where we ended up, possibly with a sketchbook in hand. Visited museums full of bones and galleries that go against the white space norm. Drunk tea in cafes and talked about ideas or plans for the future. None of this happened… Maybe another time… As I write that, inside I know it will never happen.


There’s also the ‘I should have made more art work’ regret  and sketchbook work, writing down ideas and sketches. Which I have never been good at whilst at home, I don’t really have the space to do what I want and maybe an easel would help (AND I’m just very lazy).


Plus, I really should have stayed up to date with my blogging. There are about 8 blog posts that I haven’t written of things I made and did… Maybe I’ll get back into it…


Whoa – made it to 800 ish words – congratulations if you managed to read this far! I hope it made sense…


The photo is of fields back home, just look at that sky!
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(I began this post weeks ago and like usual, I didn’t finish it… But today I will).

I have a couple days of my summer holidays left before returning to university for my final year. A really important year… These past months should’ve been used to prepare for it and instead, I have only gained a list of regrets and a painting I like. Sigh.

My main one is not putting myself out there and interacting with other artists and like-minded people, making contacts and such. I may have exhibited a couple of time at The Freudian Sheep and revisited the place too, but I spoke to no one about art. You would have thought that I would have overcome this, I mean, I have been making art for a few years now and it still scares me.

I definitely don’t know as much as I should about the subject. I am one of those people who likes what they like and knows if they don’t like a piece; whether it is because of a colour, or a shape, or even just the way the paint looks on the surface. I’m not into that arty farty-ness where a splash of colour must represent war and a line clearly signifies peace trying to pull through. Theories and reasons are often tried to be pushed on to our practical work at university, that’s not for me.

Last year I painted elephant skulls simply because I visited a museum and saw one, I found it beautiful and I wanted to recreate the image in paint. There was no hidden meaning behind the elephant skull, or for why I used oil paint. This year, I intend to paint clouds, maybe skies. I visited Scotland a little while back and I found them beautiful, I had never paid much attention to them before, they were just something in the sky that came and went. However, in that setting of amazing landscapes and vast openings of sky, it hit me. I cannot stop looking up. I never thought I would be one of them artists that look to the environment around us.

Anyway, I’m getting side tracked – no surprise there – in all honesty, I don’t want people to realise how stupid I am. There I said it.

Next regret, I should have started reading and making notes, and even started, my damned dissertation ages ago. I keep putting it off… I don’t do well at making myself do things unless there’s someone forcing me to do it. I’m unbelievably so easily distracted. I can write 500 words for this blog post, but for my dissertation? Nope. Monday will be fun. We have a meeting about it and I have nothing.

It confuses me a little as to why we even have to write thousands of words. It still sticks in my mind that because I’m a painter, I should write about painting. I wanted to learn about something new, which would’ve probably made me more interested in it and I would have started it. I really just want to paint. It’s my own fault, I could have finished it over the summer, I would then be able to be in the studios all the time and paint to my heart’s content.

On to the next one, I wish I had volunteered to help at The Freudian Sheep gallery; I love that place, it would have been great to get experience of what goes on. Especially seeing as I hope to one day open up my own space like that. I left it too late and someone else did instead and well, I never offered my help… Big mistake!

I went on holiday to the highlands, as you know, but I wish I had gone on more adventures, with family and friends (not that I have many). Just got in the car and went for a drive without a care in the world and see where we ended up, possibly with a sketchbook in hand. Visited museums full of bones and galleries that go against the white space norm. Drunk tea in cafes and talked about ideas or plans for the future. None of this happened… Maybe another time… As I write that, inside I know it will never happen.

There’s also the ‘I should have made more art work’ regret  and sketchbook work, writing down ideas and sketches. Which I have never been good at whilst at home, I don’t really have the space to do what I want and maybe an easel would help (AND I’m just very lazy).

Plus, I really should have stayed up to date with my blogging. There are about 8 blog posts that I haven’t written of things I made and did… Maybe I’ll get back into it…

Whoa – made it to 800 ish words – congratulations if you managed to read this far! I hope it made sense…

The photo is of fields back home, just look at that sky!

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Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
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Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
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Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info
Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info
Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info
Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info
Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info
Cardboard Weaving.
I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.
I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!
After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!
Zoom Info

Cardboard Weaving.

I’ve not had a great week in terms of my serious lack of enthusiasm to do anything art related; this is one of the main reasons I miss having a studio space to go to at university, someone suggested I take over some space and that is what I did. I made a plan one day to prime a canvas, do a blog post and try to have a draw in a sketchbook. Guess how badly I failed…

The cat decided she wanted to be involved and took over my space - ended up with fur everywhere! I managed to put calico on a few stretchers and prime them. The internet has been playing up so catching up on my long overdue blog posts has been a tad hit and miss. This one is the first of many I need to do and nothing happened in my sketchbook.

I thought it was about time I shared a small weaving I did while I was still away at university. I got inspiration from the lovely Ruth at ‘Blue Eggs and Tea’ after she tweeted a picture of a weaving, she made it with some cardboard from a shoebox. I am now a big fan of her blog, which you should all definitely check out!

After buying some yarn, I made my own and I was quite surprised at how calming it is. As this was my first one, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing it right, but making it up as you go along is always part of the fun, right? I must admit, it was slightly addictive (although, I haven’t made one since), but thanks to her blog post I have plans to go bigger and possibly make it into my art. I just need my motivation back!

East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
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East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
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East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info
East Street Arts.
Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.
I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.
Zoom Info

East Street Arts.

Very behind on my blog posts! This should have been posted last month to go with the things I had learnt from my travels with Uncle Clive. These are spaces found by the East Street Arts charity.

I’ll add more info at a later date - I’m just lazy.

Copper Beech Art Gallery.


A sweet and dainty looking barn.
This used to be The Copper Beech Gallery & Vintage Tea Room in Little Wymondley. It turns out the weekend before we tried to visit it had reopened in Hitichin, which we only found out when I was doing my presentation and someone said they had started their placement there.
Awkward.
The building looks inviting, even on a rainy day, however the insides are now dark and empty. We were disappointed when we got there; well I know I was. I had been looking forward to seeing what the lady at Letchworth called a ‘successful’ space and it seemed like we had wasted our time.
We had both looked the place up on Google, to find out where it was and if it would be open. Nowadays, we all know we do it, we never usually look past the first page if we think we have the info we need and because of this, we did not know about it moving. Obviously, it is our fault for not searching deep enough, although I feel it is partly the owners of CBG too. Maybe it should have been more publicised and signs put out in the area…
It had originally been there for many, many years and must have been popular to have stayed there that long. Situated slightly down a lane, under a little bridge on a farm, where there seemed to be hardly any traffic going past, it might as well have been out in the sticks.  Of course, if the place was still there, then maybe it would be a different story, I reckon the tearoom helped get the people in, but I shall never know.
I have definitely learnt again from our travels. If I get my own space, I will make sure that my online ‘footprint’ is kept up to date, especially if I had to move, so people will not waste their time!
Would this have happened to you too?
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Copper Beech Art Gallery.

A sweet and dainty looking barn.

This used to be The Copper Beech Gallery & Vintage Tea Room in Little Wymondley. It turns out the weekend before we tried to visit it had reopened in Hitichin, which we only found out when I was doing my presentation and someone said they had started their placement there.

Awkward.

The building looks inviting, even on a rainy day, however the insides are now dark and empty. We were disappointed when we got there; well I know I was. I had been looking forward to seeing what the lady at Letchworth called a ‘successful’ space and it seemed like we had wasted our time.

We had both looked the place up on Google, to find out where it was and if it would be open. Nowadays, we all know we do it, we never usually look past the first page if we think we have the info we need and because of this, we did not know about it moving. Obviously, it is our fault for not searching deep enough, although I feel it is partly the owners of CBG too. Maybe it should have been more publicised and signs put out in the area…

It had originally been there for many, many years and must have been popular to have stayed there that long. Situated slightly down a lane, under a little bridge on a farm, where there seemed to be hardly any traffic going past, it might as well have been out in the sticks.  Of course, if the place was still there, then maybe it would be a different story, I reckon the tearoom helped get the people in, but I shall never know.

I have definitely learnt again from our travels. If I get my own space, I will make sure that my online ‘footprint’ is kept up to date, especially if I had to move, so people will not waste their time!

Would this have happened to you too?

Specialised Trade.


Whilst on my travels a couple of weeks ago, I similarly learnt that specialising in a trade could be a good idea to go alongside owning a space (a plan of mine for the future – which might not come about). Framing could be a good choice, because at what point will no one what something framed? Exactly! I doubt that will happen.
Must also remember to make what you do obvious to passers-by, e.g. big windows or clear signs, and again, placement is key.
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Specialised Trade.


Whilst on my travels a couple of weeks ago, I similarly learnt that specialising in a trade could be a good idea to go alongside owning a space (a plan of mine for the future – which might not come about). Framing could be a good choice, because at what point will no one what something framed? Exactly! I doubt that will happen.
Must also remember to make what you do obvious to passers-by, e.g. big windows or clear signs, and again, placement is key.
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Specialised Trade.

Whilst on my travels a couple of weeks ago, I similarly learnt that specialising in a trade could be a good idea to go alongside owning a space (a plan of mine for the future – which might not come about). Framing could be a good choice, because at what point will no one what something framed? Exactly! I doubt that will happen.

Must also remember to make what you do obvious to passers-by, e.g. big windows or clear signs, and again, placement is key.

Empty Spaces.


Something we noticed during our walk around Letchworth was the number of empty spaces. It gave an eerie feel about the place, especially in the tucked away areas…
Although, it was good to see that, with collaboration from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Digswell Art Trust, a space called Vision of Utopia was used as a pop up gallery with events and workshops combining local artists and the public. There were also spaces in The Arcade with tables that you can book for the collectors market on a Saturday, so if you have collectables you can try to sell them.
Clearly vacant stores reflect badly on any town, but these are both great ways to get people in to the town, and maybe they will visit the other shops nearby. I may have to look into how much it would cost to use a space and have a pop up exhibition or something, with a few friends, either while I am here or back in Suffolk. It would be good experience, however, we shall see.
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Empty Spaces.


Something we noticed during our walk around Letchworth was the number of empty spaces. It gave an eerie feel about the place, especially in the tucked away areas…
Although, it was good to see that, with collaboration from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Digswell Art Trust, a space called Vision of Utopia was used as a pop up gallery with events and workshops combining local artists and the public. There were also spaces in The Arcade with tables that you can book for the collectors market on a Saturday, so if you have collectables you can try to sell them.
Clearly vacant stores reflect badly on any town, but these are both great ways to get people in to the town, and maybe they will visit the other shops nearby. I may have to look into how much it would cost to use a space and have a pop up exhibition or something, with a few friends, either while I am here or back in Suffolk. It would be good experience, however, we shall see.
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Empty Spaces.


Something we noticed during our walk around Letchworth was the number of empty spaces. It gave an eerie feel about the place, especially in the tucked away areas…
Although, it was good to see that, with collaboration from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Digswell Art Trust, a space called Vision of Utopia was used as a pop up gallery with events and workshops combining local artists and the public. There were also spaces in The Arcade with tables that you can book for the collectors market on a Saturday, so if you have collectables you can try to sell them.
Clearly vacant stores reflect badly on any town, but these are both great ways to get people in to the town, and maybe they will visit the other shops nearby. I may have to look into how much it would cost to use a space and have a pop up exhibition or something, with a few friends, either while I am here or back in Suffolk. It would be good experience, however, we shall see.
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Empty Spaces.


Something we noticed during our walk around Letchworth was the number of empty spaces. It gave an eerie feel about the place, especially in the tucked away areas…
Although, it was good to see that, with collaboration from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Digswell Art Trust, a space called Vision of Utopia was used as a pop up gallery with events and workshops combining local artists and the public. There were also spaces in The Arcade with tables that you can book for the collectors market on a Saturday, so if you have collectables you can try to sell them.
Clearly vacant stores reflect badly on any town, but these are both great ways to get people in to the town, and maybe they will visit the other shops nearby. I may have to look into how much it would cost to use a space and have a pop up exhibition or something, with a few friends, either while I am here or back in Suffolk. It would be good experience, however, we shall see.
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Empty Spaces.

Something we noticed during our walk around Letchworth was the number of empty spaces. It gave an eerie feel about the place, especially in the tucked away areas…

Although, it was good to see that, with collaboration from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Digswell Art Trust, a space called Vision of Utopia was used as a pop up gallery with events and workshops combining local artists and the public. There were also spaces in The Arcade with tables that you can book for the collectors market on a Saturday, so if you have collectables you can try to sell them.

Clearly vacant stores reflect badly on any town, but these are both great ways to get people in to the town, and maybe they will visit the other shops nearby. I may have to look into how much it would cost to use a space and have a pop up exhibition or something, with a few friends, either while I am here or back in Suffolk. It would be good experience, however, we shall see.

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