"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Some Recent Sketches

Juvenile Dipper on the beck at Baliff Bridge, watching a Grey Wagtail fly overhead. And below, a Ringlet Butterfly in the garden. Another new butterfly record for the garden this week.

Not sure where these new butterflies are coming from. The house next door has been empty for the last six months and the lawn has turned into an overgrown field full of ragwort and willow herb. So may be this is encouraging a few new species to visit.

Yesterday was the last day of Holmfirth Artweek so in the evening we had to go and collect any unsold work. It has been quite a successful event for me this year. Four of my pieces sold which was a welcome surprise. I have mixed feelings about sales at large group events like this, whilst a sale is always welcome and gratefully received it can seem quite impersonal. There is no dialogue or feedback between artist and buyer. Do other artists/craftspeople regard this the same way?

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