Hi there folks I hope that this edition of my weekly personal Blog finds you well and enjoying the beginning of Autumn with all of the splendour of nature’s changing colours … such a visual feast at this time of year it seems a shame to be indoors in my studio lol.
With my most recent commissioned painting being completed just last Friday and collected on the same day by a very grateful very satisfied client, this week will see the start of my next private commission. A portrait of a much loved Welsh Collie. This booking was secured a couple of weeks ago and followed in quick succession by an array of 83 images from which my job was to initially compose an eye-catching composition whilst still maintaining the individual identity of the subject involved. This composition agreed on with the client I’m now looking forward to getting this one onto my easel this coming Thursday/Friday. I’ll make sure to post updates of this work in progress as it evolves so watch this space.
Moving forward a day – on Saturday (1st Oct) I was invited to be part of a ‘Culture & Community’ day at our local library here in Widnes, Cheshire. This event was a sure way in which I could exhibit and demonstrate to the general public, whilst publicising my work and networking at the same time (multi-tasking at it’s best). Well as the saying goes ‘best laid plans go to waste’, and although those that know me well would say they’re not surprised, the day resulted in my doing a lot more talking than demonstrating for visitors seemed more interested in seeing my completed paintings and hearing the stories behind the creation of each of them than in the creative process itself. Hence my Sumatran Tiger will have to wait his turn before finding himself on my studio easel … for the next few days anyway, but once begun I’ll be sure to post ‘work in progress’ images so that you can follow the creation of this painting in particular from start to finish as well as my above mentioned commission.
Now I’m not joking when I say that I’d love to be able to acquire days with more than the allotted 24hrs as time really does seem to fly when your having fun so much so that ‘quality studio time’ feels more like time travel some days … And deliberately not having a clock in my studio becomes somewhat meaningless when you have the radio on as announcers seem to feel compelled to give you the time of day every 10 – 15 minutes. So with this in mind a couple of hours yesterday morning spent on my wolves went by in the blink of an eye. For the next few weeks this painting will most certainly be worked alongside my latest commission for the first three limited edition prints from this painting has already been reserved … nothing like a little pressure to kick start you in the mornings.
I do have a few other paintings waiting in the wings so to speak, some that are nearly finished whilst others are initial sketches some with base coats applied. All of these will be worked in turn to completion but always with private commissions coming first … this can slow things down somewhat but I only have one pair of hands and the 72hr days still evade me.
Okay so you’re probably thinking by now what has today’s Blog title got to do with any of the above … well nothing really but it has a lot to do with the following:
- Adventure number one – this coming Monday (10th October) is set to be an exciting day for me as I meet for a second time with the director and managers of Knowsley Safari Park after having been invited in to create from scratch a complete programme of art-based events there. This will be a huge undertaking for myself but one that I truly look forward to. Knowing that I hold the reigns for this project is a true privilege, and this my friends is an adventure that you can share with me right from the beginning …
- Adventure number two – I have been invited by Wildfoot Travel to become part of their online team, requesting the contribution of a monthly blog highlighting my ‘close encounters of the furry kind’, or to be more precise my challenges, happy accidents, thoughts and methodology that form the framework of my life as a professional wildlife artist. This in itself is just as exciting and just as much a challenge as ‘adventure number one’ just in different aspects of the work involved. ‘Wildfoot Travel’ are wildlife and adventure specialists, their destinations stretch across the globe from the Artic to Antarctica with all the destinations you could wish for in between including Ecuador, Galapagos, Chile, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Costa Rica, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to name but a few not to mention the Falklands and India. So if you have a spare five minutes check out their website and keep checking back as my Blog will be commencing soon … www.wildfoottravel.com
I’m very pleased to say that all of this year’s workshops have now sold out! However my ‘Wildlife 2017 Workshop‘ dates have now gone live on my website, please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website for more details and to book your place: www.kerrynewell.com
Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel. Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon.
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Well it’s over and out from me
Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.
Looking forward to chatting with you again next Wednesday, love & hugs Kerry x