Yesterday I invited some lovely people to what I hope is the first of many Art Lovers Afternoon Teas! Despite having a log burner in my studio which enables me to work in the colder months, my precious paintings are all brought into the house to prevent any damage from damp in the atmosphere.
And so I thought why not have a pop up gallery indoors and couple it with a delicious afternoon tea by the fireside!
Conversation, Cake and Paintings
The idea was a huge success! We had fizz, sandwiches, cake and scones and lots of conversation. It was all very leisurely and. cosy and there was plenty of opportunity to spend time with the paintings and for me to explain what I am inspired to paint and the mediums I prefer for different subjects .
In the main my inspiration comes from the natural world and I do have a particular passion for wildflowers – I was so delighted when two of my watercolour wildflower paintings were purchased and now have new homes.
Another constant source of inspiration is gardens. I love the gardens of grand houses such as Bodnant Garden nearby (in the care of the National Trust) and my own sprawling hillside garden full of interesting corners.
Sadly I don’t have a walled garden as much I love them – so secluded, peaceful and private – so I painted one in oils and that too was purchased and now has a new home!