I have to admit that I fell out of my blog routine for a while.... I found that I was focusing so much on writing about painting and drawing that I wasn't actually DOING it enough myself.
When I realised that I didn't have enough new works to illustrate the blogs, I went the other way completely, and immersed myself in my last exhibition "Arbor Vitae" for months.
Then there was Christmas and New Year with my family in the UK, and then The Flu..... and just when I was thinking I really should write a blog, along comes THIS saying I have been awarded a medal for the top 75 painting blogs on the web.... it actually says 'on the planet' !!
Knock me down with a paintbrush!
So here I am, encouraged and enthused. And determined to get the balance right this time - write AND paint - and teach of course!
Last Thursday, the 16th February, saw the launch of the project "Forgotten Landscapes" curated and organised by Mark Magro assisted by Kristina Quintano. Mark chose four abandoned locations in Malta and asked four artists to work in them. He chose Marika Borg, Mark Mallia, Caroline Said Lawrence and myself. He documented our progress in film and words, producing a book and a feature film from the experiences we shared.
I produced four large (70 x 50cms) pastel works on embossed paper working in the enigmatic dereliction of Fort Cambell, the last fort build by the British at the end of WW2. Its fabulous location overlooking the intense blue of the sea and Malta's wild northern coast made its abandonment feel even more intense.....
Today the Painting in the Park classes begin - Sunday afternoons in and around the Majjistral Visitors Centre drawing, painting and generally having a creative time together.
In March I will be running a Crash Course in Drawing Skills - three classes to get you going! They will also be held at the Majjistral Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12.30pm on the 8th, 15th and 29th March.
I'm also planning to start a life class on Tuesday evenings at the Centre, but more of that another time!
I am looking forward to two painting holidays in May. We are going to Trapani again; I think we only scratched the surface of the endless locations last time!
May also sees the first Malta Art Fair in aid of ALS. I will be taking part by remote control as I will be away in Sicily.
In between all that I will be playing happily in my studio or out in a field somewhere splashing paint around.... and also obsessing about my latest Big Idea which isn't really painting or drawing at all. If it works, I will tell you all about it.
If it doesn't, well ssssssssh !!