The exhibition runs until May 10th, with demonstrations by highly talented CP artists, including Malcolm Cudmore, who I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday. It is great to be able to put a real face to a name, especially someone whose work I hold in high regard and whose articles I have read in art magazines. If you're in Birmingham, why not have a look? It's also within walking distance from the BMAG where I spent more than three hours soaking up all the Pre-Raphaelite works on show!! I love them! (I would have stayed longer, but I felt guilty that my husband was babysitting for most of the day.) So, when a Facebook artist friend, told me that the Birmingham Gallery had a huge body of their work, I couldn't wait! And a real bonus was the surprise exhibition (it was a surprise for me, at least) of Grayson Perry's famous tapestries:The Vanity of Small Differences. Some very interesting observations on British culture and class. For me, colourful, quirky, humorous and thought-provoking all at the same time. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it yet. Unfortunately, they had sold out of books, and I had to settle for a few postcards instead. All in all, I felt like a child in a sweet shop. It has been so long since I was able to enjoy an art gallery on my own, I savoured every moment. Here I am looking slightly sheepish beside one of my drawings, Alas y Raices, (Wings and Roots) and below, with fellow UKCPS member, Judith Heilbronn-Crown at last night's private view at the RBSA.
We spent the whole of today travelling back and were up at 5am to make the boat from Cairnryan to Belfast in good time. I came home feeling revived from my short familystay in Keswick, and soaking up the art on offer in Birmingham.
I have paintings to do, and my head is brimming with ideas for others, but it`s back to the grind of laundry, school lunches, trying to get my little one out of pull-ups, finally!! a huge supermarket shop to do (maybe, I shall do it online?) and the dog to pick up from the kennels in the morning after the school run. Being a fulltime mother, housewife and trying to make a living as an artist: anyone written a self-help on that yet?