La Rentrée

The return to school and work after the summer holidays is known in France as the ‘Rentrée’ which translated into English means ‘return’, nothing surprising there then! This point in the calendar feels more like the start of a new year to me now than the 1st of January in many ways: I come back to my studio feeling really refreshed and inspired after the summer’s experiences. So here I am again after almost two months off! For the last few years I have generally stopped working completely during the summer (although I still draw and paint regularly) to enjoy some time with my family, particularly my children who seem to grow so fast. I’m happy for this precious time with them as I’m fully aware of how time will soon sweep them off to live their own lives. I also took a well-needed break from social media during the month of August which did me the world of good and of course when I got back, nothing much had changed!

Back in my studio now I have started some new work and have a couple of exhibitions planned: one later this month at the lovely Masham Gallery in The Yorkshire Dales. The exhibition is showing work inspired by a local, magical woodland ‘Hackfall’ and I’ll be showing three paintings there. The second is at the wonderful Number Four Gallery in St. Abbs, Scotland and some of my paintings will be on display at their Winter Exhibition this December which I’m very excited about. If you don’t know these galleries, I encourage you to visit them both. They are full of beautiful work and of course if you go when I suggested, you’ll also get a glimpse of my work too!

Hackfall painting

Hackfall painting

Hope the ‘rentrée’ finds you well too!

Bye for now x