Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Make Some Noise

Having hoped for an improvement in the weather now that my studio scaffolding has come down, I have been bitterly disappointed.  August has been really rather poor from a meteorological point of view.  As I sit here and reflect on the past month, it is September 1st and there is a decidedly Autumnal feel in the air.  We are beginning to baton down the hatches for Winter already.  Even my colour palette is sensing the change - as I move more towards Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Copper.  Of an evening, I am already smelling woodsmoke on the air here in Gloucestershire.

But the past month has certainly not been without spectacular moments when I have, as Nathalie Marchant once sang, felt a shaft of light make its way across my face...

On August 15th, I traveled to London to see Big Big Train play live at the prestigious Kings Place.  I have had the great honour and pleasure of working with the band, on their artwork, since late 2014.  And I had been waiting for this day to come for a long time.  

Oh my, the band did not disappoint.  It was a truly magnificent performance and a very special evening indeed.   To coin the cliche "there was a lot of love in the room" would not be inappropriate here!  

There was obviously one particular song which I was waiting for - Wassail.  What I did not expect was to see my painting of the Green Man blown-up to epic proportions and used as a back-drop for the song!  It was a huge moment for me - and I recall looking up to see Kathy (the very lovely wife of Greg Spawton, band founder member) grin and give me the thumbs up!  I bit back tears and the word "proud" doesn't even come close.

I had the great pleasure of meeting many of their fans (or Passengers, as they should be referred to) - what a super bunch of people.  I also had the chance to catch up with Greg, Andy, David and Danny from the band.  Alongside Kathy, they all made me feel such a part of their BBT family.   You know when you think back upon something and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside - well, that. 

Fabulous photograph taken by (c) Willem Klopper 2015.


The other warm and sun-filled moment of August was being able to announce that I have a new art-related "family" in Scotland : Robertson Fine Art.  Robertson's have galleries in Glenrothes, Dollar and Dunfermline - and are about to open a fabulous new gallery in Edinburgh at the end of September.  They are also super active within the Scottish interiors market and can often be found attending events.  For example, they will be launching my work at the Aberdeen Art Fair (Sept 4-6, Music Hall, Aberdeen) and have other outside events planned over the coming months.

I have already sent a number of pieces up to Gordon Robertson and his team - and of course am really excited to develop the relationship further.


Well that's it from me for another month.  My September will be focused on preparing work to supply to my galleries in readyness for Christmas.  Yes, it will arrive frighteningly quickly! But in the meantime, keep your eye on my Etsy shop as I have a few new little gifting items which will be going in over the next few weeks.

Have a wonderful September.
Love, Light & Peace
Sarah x

Audiobooks I have enjoyed in the studio this month:
- The Final Confession of Mabel Stark : Robert Hough
- The Lovely Bones : Alice Sebold

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