Thank you, and now, for something completely different.

Well, that’s the end of my first large group show in a good long time. Bucks Open Studios is over for this year and what a great exhibition it has been.

I’ve had some excellent feedback from some lovely people, many artists and makers themselves as well as that, I’m able to call it a success as I did manage to sell quite a few pieces. Which as anyone out there, who is attempting to sell their own work or craft will know is a huge compliment and affirmation of what you do and what you think that it is worth.

This leaves me with a wonderful dilemma however, as most of the work that I felt I was able to sell and show to people is now gone! I have to make more! Thankfully, I have two weeks booked in the staff studio at work this week and next and so after hours and in the little spare time I have available, alongside my last remaining post grad assignment I will be making more, new work. Foraying into the stack of new ideas that I have lined up for ‘when I have time’.

So, for my next group show, I make this public commitment, that all of the work will be from my new collections/series and direction. Expect to see more of my beloved family of Rooks, more slighly ominous yet protective Ravens and perhaps some Red Kites, or Jackdaws, or even Jays.

In light of this statement, I’m now also making a commitment to sell off all of my old work, to make space for new! So please see my gallery for new pictures and added prices. Knock down prices! Roll up Roll up!

This is also my opportunity to give a huge public thanks to Stewart Clough who tirelessly organised the show for us at St Tiggywinkles and pleasingly had some sucess himself as part of the show. I am very grateful to him and the staff at Tiggys for their work and tireless efforts to look after us and accommodate us all.

And thank you to you, you wonderful people, for all your endless support. It means the world, it really does.

Please feed the birds.

Martha

As busy as the birds.

Everybody’s busy at the moment, and I’m not talking just about human life. The birds have thrown themselves into the busiest time of the year; building nests, finding a mate, raising a family, collecting and eating copius amounts of food to keep this frenetic pace going. It’s extraordinary. As predicted, Spring seems to have raced to finally meet us after getting the battery replaced in his watch. Last week, I saw Barn Swallows (Hirondelle) for the first time this year, I yelped with joy.

I too am very busy, since I started this blog and galvanised myself I have gained confidence. Both the positive feedback I’ve had on my blog and my facebook page has really overwhelmed me, so thank you!

I’ve sold work, I’ve been comissioned, I’ve been approached by a gallery and have drummed up the courage to apply for proposals. Something that I wouldn’t have ‘found time’ (a.k.a. courage) for six months ago. I’m cock-a-hoop to say the least.

This week has been a very busy one; my last week of teaching for this academic year, I’ve been printing a comission in my spare time and getting ready for a group show called ‘Art on the Hill’ that I took part in this year.

I put in some framed pieces from The Book of Birds and also these prints here:

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As it’s a new show to me, and I wasn’t sure what sort of work they would like I do think I took the safer option, but still I do like these prints and I hope that people have at least enjoyed looking at them. I’m yet to find out if I have sold anything or not. I guess we will find out shortly as I’ve got to go and pick up the work today. STOP PRESS : I just returned from my collection with three framed works and an empty print browser! All the rooks sold!

I’m putting in a proposal today also for a wall in a hospital to be hung with a permanent collection of my work. I’d love to do it, livening up these spaces is something that is near to my heart, hospitals can be such sublime places from an emotional perspective. We deal with birth, life and death within those walls. It would be great to bring something positive to that envrionment.

I’ve also made some more of my Raven’s wings work, so check out my gallery for updated work!

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Please feed the birds.

Martha