I spent a lovely afternoon with Grace (regular commenter on the blog who lives in Paris).
We both grew up in Glasgow so especially enjoyed the exhibition Glasgow In Print at the Glasgow Print Studio.
A leisurely lunch at Rogano's (could be in New York said Grace) to catch up since we last met was delightful. Grace is off to climb Ben Nevis! We will be rooting for you and you must let us know if you get to the top. No pressure then :-)
Meeting some of my blog friends has been one of the greatest pleasures of Live Simply Simply Live and I did need to get away from the big studio clean up for a bit...
Don't forget to arrange a change of scene, however brief, if things get a bit intense.
..that I had bought this little Christine McArthur painting!
She's one of my favourite artists.
I'm also remembering as I trawl through the contents of the studio classes I took, classes I taught. Galleries I have known, people I have met. Open Days and Private Views. Deadlines and late nights and just what hard work it was at times!
But oh the fun. Not to mention the privilege of working at something I love so much.
I am gathering in one place photographs and mementoes and this is becoming if not a 'tidying festival' as Marie Kondo calls it, at least a bit of a celebration of my career so far..
And the music is getting louder - today Joan Sutherland in La Traviata at full volume.
The plan chest turns out to be a treasure chest.
Well the mice thought so too. A mouse/mice have been in the back of the drawers of the plan chest and have shredded a lot of paper! How do they get in there? It's a pretty solid piece of furniture nearly a metre deep.
So far I have cleared out two of the six drawers - I have not yet counted the number of sketchbooks and notebooks I have found (there are more in other drawers) but I also found a few things I had almost forgotten, like this beautiful little poster for a Ben Nicholsom exhibition.
And this joyful flower painting which I always intended for my daughter whose flowers they were. It reminds me of a very happy series I did. All sold except this one which I knew I had kept for her but didn't know quite where.
I am so glad the mice didn't get them. I will have them both framed asap.
I wonder what else I will find?
Have you had this experience when doing some clearing out?
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)