The start of March saw the first show opening of 2016, the beginning of our sixth financial year (our actual fifth birthday at Bon P is 1st April - get the party poppers out), and the exit of a couple of commissions from my studio. Stuart has been busy framing and sconning, so I'll give him his own blog later in the month;)
Our first show of the new year is one that I had been greatly looking forward to; 'Painting with Parkinson's'. All of the artists showing are living with Parkinson's disease and paint in a therapeutic group once a fortnight. What I love about their work is that it helps see beyond the illness and to the people behind it; the opening evening was a great chance to meet everyone involved including family, carers, nurses and supporters.
All of the artists are donating the money raised from their work to Parkinson's Edinburgh, and we had a good start with a flurry of sales on the first night and weekend. Looking at many of the pieces, it is impossible to believe that they are created by artists who have so many difficulties to overcome just to physically bring paint brush to canvas. The variety of work is also fantastic and the artists' personalities are clearly on display!
I had a chance to chat to all the artists on Friday night, so please ask me questions about the work when you are in! The show is up for the whole of March, so plenty of time to come and have a look; new work will be coming in as sold work is taken to new homes.
Artists showing: Lindsay McDermid, Liz McBain, James Gentles, Derick Steele, Alan Rees, Christina Munro McLeod Ellis, Ian Snedddon, (and Lindsey Sneddon). Details on the Edinburgh branch of Parkinson's UK can be found at www.edinburghparkinsons.org/
Mothers' Day was, unsurprisingly, a day of bacon rolls, scones, tea and smiles. If you would like to book a full afternoon tea for four people or more, like our happy campers here, please do give us a call. We need at least 24 hours notice though! Some day and time restrictions may apply;)
A couple of very different commissions left my studio this month, which made a change from last year, when I was frantically painting sheep for our stand at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. (Taking place again this year, without us I'm afraid; details at www.edinyarnfest.com/).
And more to go! - I am now priming canvases for two more portraits, so keep an eye out on my studio corner in the coming weeks. One of these is a surprise, so it will often be found face to the easel!!
Ingrid, and Stu sometimes