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.