I was invited by Nature in Art to join a group of artists demonstrating their passion for the natural world. Nature in Art is also an extraordinary place. Between Tewkesbury and Gloucester it is the only museum in the country dedicated to art work inspired by nature. www.natureinart.org.uk. I am very grateful to their support during the festival and also the camaraderie of the other exhibiting artists in our area. As you can see from this photo a good time was had by all.
The refreshing thing about Art in Action is that it is not all about sales, the public come and watch us working. We tell our secrets and send people away keen to have a go themselves.
I must have spoken to hundreds of people, but I still had time to make 4 collagraph plates.
Here are 2 of them, I can't wait to get printing. My favourite reaction when talking to people was the complete disbelief when I said I used tile cement to make my plates. I sense there may be a run on it at the closest B&Q to Waterperry.
As busy as I was, I made a real effort to look around at fellow demonstrators, especially as there were a few personal heroes at the festival.
I was very excited to be able to see Sarah Morpeth's work in the flesh. www.sarahmorpeth.com.
We share a passion for the natural world and Sarah is such a sharing artist.
I know I am completely obsessed when I look at the work that has caught my eye. These fantastic bronze casts, of clay built sculptures made by Brendan Hesmondhalgh and David Cooke. www.sculpturelounge.com
Back at the Nature in Art area I shared a space with Philip Nelson. www.philipnelson-artdecoy.co.uk. He makes the most beautiful decoy ducks, they have a wonderful soft , feathery look to them and they are skillfully carved from wood. We shared a wicked sense of humour throughout the festival.
Being involved with Art in Action is a real honour, it is wall to wall talent wherever you look, but more than that, as demonstrators we are warmly looked after by an army of volunteers, coffee flows and we are well fed. Our egos are boosted by 4 days of almost constant flattery. Thankyou everyone for making my Art in Action such good fun.