Today I ventured out early by train to Newbury in West Berkshire to the launch event of West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios. The launch event marked the opening of applications for participating artists who will open their studios to visitors in May 2020.
I’m excited about the prospects of taking part in an open studio event. I really don’t think you can see what artists do properly unless you see their paintings ‘in the flesh’. You can’t see the power or intention of the brush marks, or get any sense of scale or impact from tiny digital reproductions of work on a little screen.
I’m keen to talk about (and probably demonstrate) how I paint and why I paint what I do to visitors who are interested and either to inspire them to paint or to buy!
My concerns are that I’m going to have to rearrange the house quite a bit to fit my big paintings on the walls for display, and also that I’m a bit of a way away from a lot of the artists taking part, even though Yateley certainly qualifies as North Hampshire, it can’t really be more North Hampshire, but I don’t think it’s actually on the existing map of artists!
It’s always good to have a goal to aim for though, particularly an exhibiting one and it will make me make some more work in a variety of sizes and themes.
Let me know if you think you’d like to come visit and see what I do.
For more information about Open Studios events in West Berkshire and North Hampshire visit www.open-studios.org.uk