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

Putting-off Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and as per usual I am not at all prepared. I don’t know why this always happens but it does. Every year I promise myself that next Christmas will be different, that it won’t catch me by surprise but come November I’m already in procrastination mode and come mid-December I’m in panic as the mountain of stuff that needs doing sets in. I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I don’t actually like Christmas. However, I do like mince pies and for those I am prepared. Since I live in France, the traditional Robertson’s mincemeat that we all know and love is in scarce supply so I’ve had to make my own for the past couple of years. If you don’t make your own, rest assured, it’s actually super easy (just a bit on the hefty side in dried-fruit supplies). This year I opted for this recipe from Mary Berry and am pretty impressed with the results actually. This little lot got gobbled up within hours of coming out of the oven.


Other news - did I say I’d opened a Big Cartel shop? Probably; I’m pretty excited about it because it’s my first online selling space since I closed my shop on Artfinder and you can snap up original paintings, like this one below. Well the good news is, it’s open all the time AND it’s not too late to get some gifts for Christmas; not if you’re anything like me anyway.

Out At Sea, Rachel Horne 2018

Out At Sea, Rachel Horne 2018

I’ve been discovering lots of new music recently, probably due to the fact that I have BBC Radio 6 non-stop throughout the day and since they play such an eclectic array of music it’s pretty inevitable. My current album favourite is Wanderer, Cat Power. I’m also really enjoying Deporation Blues from BC Camplight and Merrie Land from The Good, The Bad and The Queen - maybe you’ll like them too, if so you can follow me on Deezer here to discover some of the other stuff I listen to.