The Golden Hour
Ronnie somehow managed to round up a contingent of locals to be our guinea pigs and BBC stars, and the week began. I have to say it wasn’t easy; being asked to repeat myself with my palette held higher, or find a good view in the director’s choice of venue really was a challenge at times. Anika had just finished a 3 year degree course in Fine Arts using oils, and found watercolours a difficult transition.
The programme was a huge success for us, and launched Malta Art with hundreds of bookings.
For me it was a baptism of fire, and I have never really been nervous in front of cameras, groups of students or in interviews since. If I survived that, nothing else could be as nerve wracking!
It was a very interesting experience though. There was only one cameraman and to film us riding into Mdina on a horse-drawn Karozzin we had to circle the town and go through the iconic stone gate at least four times. Once to film us from the back as we entered the gate, once close up as we went into it, once as we emerged on the other side, and again as we continued over the cobblestones into the town. Ouch. I remember that when watching TV reality films – nothing is as simple as the editing would have us believe!
7/12/2016 02:41:47 pm
Lovely to think of. I enjoy the courses tremendously. We've painted in the night. Now maybe we should have a golden hour course.
7/12/2016 03:14:27 pm
What a wonderful story to be able to tell Jeni and I love the photos - it really is golden in the photos. Such a magical island!
7/12/2016 05:26:15 pm
Jeni, How expertly you painted the scene for us in the telling of that marvelous story of your early launch into bringing the gift of making art to so many! What an enjoyable read! And the beautifully burnished photos are such a complement to this piece. Susan xx
I'm glad that you enjoyed this post, Susan!
7/12/2016 09:57:08 pm
Happy days Jeni. I have very fond memories of the Malta Art holidays... including the ride back in the the minibus (with Ronnie at the wheel) one evening when the light was just fantastic! Thank you for introducing Angela and I to Malta. X
I remember those days fondly too! We had such a ball - the pleasure was all ours!
8/12/2016 05:16:27 pm
Thanks Jeni - that were happy times, I much enjoyed them and learnt so much. It was funand it is greaft to ex students
12/6/2018 10:13:39 pm
Thank you for sharing. It all looks lovely.
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