It was a real pleasure to see old faces, people who had bought work before and wanted to see what else they could buy. Old customers who I had never actually met and now wanted to wish me luck. New customers came who were not familiar with our work but had heard about the sale on the grapevine and wanted to check us out. Everyone one was interested in the stories behind the artworks and all were very generous in their purchasing. It was so lovely to spend the time chatting to people who were genuinely interested in what I will be doing in the future and my mammoth move out to Gozo. In the mix were a couple of paintings that I had rather forgotten about, left over from an exhibition a few years back. They had been lurking behind canvases in the studio. My inspiration had come from an earlier trip to Malta when I had become a little obsessed with narrowness of Maltese streets and the closeness of the buildings, with only a slither of blue sky visible. This is a theme I may well revisit in the coming months.
This view above was the basis of a couple of paintings. One below, but the colour is not really representational of the original. They were muted but not that misty !
So that's that then. That was my last event in Brightlingsea. It's been lovely living here, I have made some great friends (who I hope will keep in touch) and have really enjoyed being a part of this great community. This is also my last post here so if you are interested in keeping up with my adventure please move over to my new blog Paint Gozo. See you there.