Morning folks I hope that you’re all feeling well and enjoying what should hopefully be the beginning of some summer-feel-good weather. The ground could do with some rain but I personally could do with some sunshine so bring it on …. 🙂 Well the sun is shining at the moment but I’m having to spend the morning in a garden centre in Liverpool while Bertie, my Landrover, is in the garage (yes I do name everything lol) Thankfully Dobbies Garden Centre (and no I’m not getting paid to say that lol) has internet access, so instead of being a waste of time it’s actually going to be time well spent as I’ve trawled my way through a dozen or so emails and now I’m writing my latest Blog for you lovely people to read. While back at home I’ve three paintings waiting to be worked on – one of them being a commissioned painting of a Sea Eagle for the world renown company Panasonic! The other two paintings being ‘the wolves’ (yep still working my way through that one) and a second video being filmed for my YouTube channel, the subject being a Red Ruffed Lemur! 😉
Okay here we go:
As the title of this Blog states it’s that time of year yet again – the season of Patching’s Art Festival has arrived and the fun, for me, in all its glory begins tomorrow as I commence a four day stretch demonstrating for the world renown art materials manufacturers Caran d’Ache. If you’ve never been before it’s well worth a visit, there’s two options if you do come: 1. leave your credit card at home and bring your partner’s card instead or 2. ….. Nope just that first option lol. There’s so much to see and do and with exclusive show prices everywhere you look you probably won’t go home empty handed 😉 Yep I’m speaking from experience lol. So if you do come this year be sure to pop into the Art Materials marquee and say hi, I’d love to see you. Here’s a link to the Patching’s website to wet your appetite:
Okay moving forward towards the end of this month – I’m pleased to say that I will be exhibiting at this year’s EWA (Exhibition of Wildlife Art) 28th – 30th July at Gordale Garden Centre, Gordale, Chester High Road (A540) Burton, Wirral CH64 8TF. After many years of being invited to exhibit here this is the first year I’ve been able to accept as for once the dates aren’t coinciding with anything else on my calendar.
Closer to home, well at home to be more precise my first YouTube channel video is ready and set to ‘go public’ next Wednesday! Thank you to everyone who’s already subscribed and thank you for your patience too. It truly is a huge learning curve for me as I’ve never claimed to be tech savvy even though I maintain my own website complete with meta settings, footer putters, permalinks and plugins lol But when it comes to the domain where video reigns it’s a whole new ball game to say the least:
This first video was filmed using my Canon 60D camera but since filming and editing this video my husband, often referred to as my Mr Wonderful lol, has bought me a Canon Legria hf r706 Camcorder, so I’m looking forward to getting it out of the box next week and getting some more filming done (hopefully of a better quality as long as user error doesn’t handicap the process lol) Watch this space …..
Moving onwards into August – usually one of the busiest months in my calendar and yep this year’s August is no exception, and as if I’m not busy enough already I’ve added, in conjunction with ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’, a series of ‘Tuesday Taster ART Workshops’ commencing on Tuesday (there’s a surprise lol) 8th August! These taster workshops are primarily for those of you wishing to dip your toe into the waters of the art world without having to take on a whole day or weekend workshop (although they’re not as testing as you might think). Due to run from the Shropshire Falconry centre set in the glorious surrounds of the Shropshire countryside these workshops have something to offer everyone. A 4 hr timetable will enable you to really get to grips with the materials and subject, the tuition and materials needed are supplied so that all you will need to bring with you is a smile and a willingness to learn. It’s here that I hope to ignite, encourage and inspire you creative flame 😉
If you’d like to know more or reserve a place on this ‘Tuesday Taster’ or one or more of the subsequent dates please drop me an email and I’ll be more than happy to help: email@example.com
Forthcoming Tuesday Tasters:
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Tuesday 3th October 2017
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Holly Bank The Foxholes, Shrewsbury SY4 5UJ
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Moving on to the highlight of my year every year (and actually the place where I met my aforementioned Mr Wonderful lol) – the biggest date for my diary the BIRDFAIR in Rutland! ‘Birdfair’ is one of it’s kind and attracts in excess of 124,000 people over three days, now that amount of visitors can’t be wrong. It boasts art marquees, photography marquees, optics marquees (binoculars and telescopes not the alcoholic kind lol) but before you say argh! There is a marquee with a full licensed bar and restaurant lol, as well as lecture marquees, marquees hosting wildlife and birding holiday stands, books, collectables, yep it goes on and on …. There’s even a huge charity auction …..
Last year Birdfair raised a colossal £350,000 for conservation via Birdlife International (and no I haven’t put the decimal point in the wrong place lol) proving that when people stand together things can really happen! This year ‘Saving Paradise in the Pacific’ is the project for Birdlife International and I’m so proud to be a part of this event again.
If you’ve never been then please check out the Birdfair website: www.birdfair.org.uk
‘BIRDFAIR 2017’ Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BT.
Okay I think that’s enough for you all to be getting on with for today.
So it’s over and out from me for now
Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.
Looking forward to chatting with you all again soon, love & hugs Kerry x
p.s If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can do.