Friday, 18 June 2021

And Princess Margaret said No

 I've just been interviewed for Cambridge 105 Radio about my forthcoming open days for Ely Arts Festival and Cambridge Open Studio.

The interview was recorded in our garden so I was able to show one or two pieces of memorabilia that we could talk about.

I 'd made a scrapbook  in 1984 to record my first Open Studio and the interviewer was most interested in a letter I had received from Kensington Palace.

As I was charging admission with the proceeds going to Save the Children fund, I had the mad idea of inviting it's president to the opening.

I received a charming letter from a lady-in-waiting who stated that Princess Margaret would have to regretfully decline as she had another engagement.

It's true, she had - I saw it in  next day's newspaper.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Covid Secure?

 I've  had a letter and  follow-up phone call recently, to check I am Covid secure before I reopen the gallery in late June.

It galvanised me into doing a risk assessment and getting a QR card printed, and made me think how I could open safely without too many restrictions.

Ofcourse I am not doing tours just yet (hopefully starting in September) but opening the  new garden gallery, garage and my studio. I also aim to have a display of my preliminary canvases which will be seen through the open French windows, with the table placed firmly against the frame.

I plan to operate a one -way system around the garden so only hope this will be enough to satisfy the authorities  (I've been promised a visit).

Monday, 7 June 2021

The Past Informing The Present

 I always like to take a sketchbook when I visit a museum or gallery and on our recent trip to Oxford it was no different. We've just spent a day at the Ashmolean Museum and I saw some interesting clay figurines that I felt like drawing.

I think they were male and female images presenting gifts to the Greek gods, though I got distracted (there is so much to see) and didn't write down exactly what they were.

I have a vague idea for another painting in the future (not the next one) and the gods of war, peace and love could be very useful.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

The Chosen Few

 Cambridge 105 Radio put out a request to all artists taking part in the Open Studio scheme this July (me included) to let them know, if they wanted to be interviewed on air to promote their work.

They must have been inundated with replies because their next Email basically said 'Don't call us, we'll call you'

I was content with this because I 'd been interviewed by them twice last year to promote my Virtual Tour and felt I mustn't be greedy.

Anyway, I got the call and someone is coming here to make a recording on 16th June.

I'll have to think of something new to say!

Friday, 21 May 2021

Make A Date

 As long as the pandemic doesn't get any worse I intend to open Ted Coney's Family Portraits during June and July at the following times:

As part of Ely Arts Festival: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June 12pm -4pm

As part of Cambridge Open Studios: 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends in July  12pm -6pm

Admission is free as I won't be doing guided tours just yet. Visitors will be able to look into the garage, studio and my new garden gallery to see various displays. I also hope to open the hallway of the house where I'll be showing two films alongside a photography display of six generations of the family.

Postcards, tour guides and preliminary canvases will also be for sale in the garden or from our French windows if wet and windy!.

To keep everyone safe I'll also be operating a one way system around the site.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Bubblegun

 I'm working hard to get my latest painting 'Memento Mori' to an 'interesting stage' before I reopen for the Ely Arts Festival and Cambridge Open Studios this summer (more details next week). The painting consists of nine small canvases and I'm currently working on number eight.

All the paintings have a variety of sized bubbles in them to represent each member of the family. 

When I reopen (admission free as not a guided tour) I want to attract  passing visitors and hopefully I have found just the thing to do it!

We saw an automatic bubble making machine outside a toy shop the other day and I bought one. The plan is to have it attached to the back gate pumping out bubbles for all its worth.

Friday, 7 May 2021

In Perspective

 Do you remember the nightmare I wrote about in my 19th March blog when I was trapped in a Victorian puppet theatre and couldn't get out?

 I am hoping to use this experience as a basis for my next painting 'Dreamtime' (about Covid) and plan to use steep perspective to dramatize the event.

Recently, I have been looking at David Hockey's use of perspective in his designs for the opera and his way of creating illusionary space to dramatic effect. I saw an exhibition of his work once where he had been using a miniature theatre to test out his ideas. On display were photographs of him at work and the actual model he had been using.