I was supposed to be painting for two hours in the studio at Oil and Glass yesterday, but ended up being there for more than three. It was a lovely space to work in; good light, good company and free access to tea and coffee.
I had a few ideas in hand before I started, but decided on a favourite theme of dilapidation, corrugated iron and the west coast. The resulting watercolour painting is of a different view of an old croft which I have painted before. I always struggle to give titles to my paintings; called this one "Back Home", for various reasons.
During my time in the studio, I was fortunate to meet with Rhian Johns and her mum, Iris. It was through meeting Iris that Shelagh Swanson of Oil and Glass decided to raise funds for Momentum Skills, as Rhian has found their support invaluable during her recovery from a brain injury in 2006. That recovery is still ongoing. They were having a go at glassmaking, constructing colourful coasters under Shelagh's tuition. Esther from the Evening Express joined them in their creativity; she admitted that it barely felt like work. It looked great fun - I can't wait to see how the finished articles look when they come out of the kiln. I'll just have to be patient until the 1st Birthday Party tomorrow evening to have a look. I think I may be tempted to sign up for a glass-making workshop at the studio before too long; it's my birthday in August, now there's a good idea for a present!
"Back Home" Watercolour on paper. Unframed. 14" x 11". For Sale by auction.
Tomorrow I'm taking part in the "24 Hour Arty People" event at Oil and Glass in Torry. This is a charity event, being organised and led by Shelagh Swanson, the marvellous owner of Oil and Glass. The event aims to raise funds for Momentum, a charity which I am ashamed to say I had not heard about before. Having read a little about it, I am happy to be spending a couple of hours painting tomorrow in its support.
I'm away to have a think about what I will paint tomorrow (I'll be there from about 2-4pm). I also need to gather my materials and stretch some paper in readiness. I'll be painting at my art class in Udny Green in the morning, so hoping my stamina will last out for two painting sessions in one day. Shelagh is bravely going to be creating throughout the 24 Hour period, I believe! It will be wonderful to see all the pieces that result from this creative marathon - (is this called a creatathon?).
All the pieces created will be available to purchase by silent auction; photos of the items will be available to view on the Oil and Glass Facebook page and it will be possible to purchase up till 9.30pm on Saturday 25th May. It's also Oil and Glass's 1st Birthday on Saturday, so folk can come along and celebrate from 7pm onwards, view the pieces created and maybe even make an impulse purchase! Hope to see you there.
I am at my first fair. I was going to say craft fair, but it's not. It's Voluntary Service Aberdeen's Spring Fayre at Easter Anguston, just west of Peterculter on the outskirts of Aberdeen. There are about 10 of us with stalls - with everything from fused glass pendants to pegbags, inflatable hammers to daschund cushion covers.
It is proving to be an interesting experience. I am learning a lot and my smile muscles have not had such a good workout in a long time. Meeting some lovely people. A grand day out so far, in spite of the rather changeable weather. I'm quite proud of my stand - simple but effective was what I was aiming for. Some sides for the gazebo might be a useful addition for next time - luckily there were only a couple of showers and I was able to move everything into the middle to keep dry. Also, a banner saying who I am. Onwards and upwards!