Just a few days left to catch Carol Hopley's show before the birds take over Bon Papillon!
The submissions are coming in thick and fast from artists across Scotland and I imagine that Wednesday night will be a long hanging session...
As has become the norm, we will be showing plenty of artists who have become regular contributors over the last two years, with a few new ones thrown into the mix!
Stanley Bird (yes, his real name) will be showing with us for the first time - making the trip over from the west to bring us his excellent and meticulous studies, with a pattern obsession to rival my own!!
I have managed to sneak a few birds in between commissions over the last couple of months; some recognisable, some not to be found in the field guide...
Leo du Feu
What I am really liking about this show, besides the amazing amount of work from some great artists on one of my favourite subjects (birds), is the variety of technique, treatment and media. From Leo du Feu's field studies to Mary Archibald's textile collages, there really is a 'something for everyone' feel about this collection.
I have been dying to post a couple of paintings that I have recently finished as commissions, but both are awaiting revelation to their intended owners, so I must be patient...
Insert quote about messy working environments here; at least I only have a small space
Coming up to the middle weekend of Carol Hopley's sojourn - we are only showing these wonderful pieces for a couple of weeks, so make sure you get in! Hopefully the warmer temperatures will continue and allow everyone to leave the house without arctic layers on..
Carol with Senja Bownes, whose work will be familiar to most of our customers now! Hopefully we will keep seeing more of Carol's flowers as well. Building up a network of contributors has been one of most enjoyable aspects of the business; I was delighted when someone described us yesterday as 'a little hub of artists'.
One of Carol's paintings has attracted a lot of attention in our window - it was originally conceived to appear in the Scottish Parliament calendar for last year. Myself and Senja also took part in the project!
I am enjoying watching the passers- by leaning over our railing to take a closer look...
Looking briefly ahead... the next show is kicking off on May 2nd, and I am probably going to have the award for 'most tenuous connection to subject' sewn up.
The title 'Neighbourhood Birds' was intended to encompass the birds who live close to us in the fields and gardens; mine are not looking that familiar however, so I hope no-one has their field guide handy at the opening... There will be some amazing art on show and, with birds proving to be a perennially popular subject, we would advise early attendance if purchasing is on your mind!
I keep somewhat falsely announcing the arrival of long-awaited spring, but it still proves ellusive..
We are doing our best to get in the mood, however, and this Saturday sees an explosion of botanical colour with the arrival of Carol Hopley's two week show.
Carol works from nature, immortalizing prize blooms and wayside weeds with a skillful hand. A strong Scottish influence pervades, with thistle studies also making an appearance.
We have bumped into each other at show openings for a few years, so it is great to finally have the chance to get some of her work on the walls of Bon P!
Not resting on my laurels, I have been branching out (stretching my wings?) with some commissions away from moustaches and big hair.
Painting 'The Acrobats' of a group of long-tailed tits was a delight, as I have a particularly great memory of poking my head out of a tent to find a flock congregated in the willow tree above me. Magic...
Just to prove that we are making the most of our newly aquired day off... having spent Monday in meetings and warehouses (with some yoga thrown in the middle, admittedly) we escaped to the coast and shook off the city on Longniddry Bents.
Many birds entertained us en route, including some crows who had designs on our lunch. Obviously they had heard about the 'Neighbourhood Birds' show in May.
Great day for a picnic - and we even took our gloves off! Not bad for April..
Big hair, but no moustaches.
'The Promise' is still awaiting a frame, but I've had interest in this one already, so it might not make it to the wall! I do like it when that happens.
My list now stretches to a couple of commissions, a few birds for May and some blank canvases piled up in my wee studio area waiting to be brought to life. Never a dull moment:)
Ingrid, and Stu sometimes