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For as long as I can remember – since I was a tiny child – I have been obsessed with the United Kingdom. I have planned and wished and dreamed to be there. When I was very small I would draw and paint scenes from my imagination of rolling fields, hedgerows, sheep and ponies. I have felt forlorn. I have felt hopeful. I am a citizen, yet I have not set foot on her verdant land… until now. September 26 is the day I will arrive. A dear friend has done all the planning, found all the accommodations, and she and I will spend a month traveling in the south of England.

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As well as being a time for self-reflection and adventure, I plan to use this month to work on my art practice, and gather material for future projects. I recently began using a simple technique with a pasta machine to do small etchings, embellishing the finished pieces with watercolour and gouache. A recent series of scenes from Victoria’s Chinatown was quite successful. I will work on a new series later in the autumn which will be based on sketches and photos from the towns we visit on the journey.

With encouragement from friends, I have set up an Indiegogo Campaign, giving people the opportunity to support this next phase of my artistic development. Thanks to lovely patrons, within a couple of weeks I had reached 29% of my goal:

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I am happy to report I am now at 37% and plan to the extend the campaign for a few more weeks.

I have been spending a bit of time preparing for fulfilling the perks I have included in my campaign – sketching and painting at various spots around Victoria in the warm spring sunshine. It will be so amazing to have a month dedicated to my art. The historic villages, friendly people and spectacular countryside of England will provide inspiration for years to come.

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My travel companion asked me, “Won’t you be homesick traveling for a month?” I know I will miss my beloved, and our little cats, but I replied “How can one be homesick when one is finally home.”

 

 

Two recent gifts for friends.

Amethyst and fresh-water pearls with brass.

Amethyst and fresh-water pearls with brass.

Canal Views Imagined, water colour and ink on Arches hotpress.

Canal Views Imagined, water colour and ink on Arches hotpress.

Canal Views Imagined, detail.

Canal Views Imagined, detail.

I went a little crazy making art cards last week in anticipation of our upcoming open studio this saturday. I still have a few more ideas, but should probably turn my attention to Holiday themes for the next few months.

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Searching about our archives and found these two tiny paintings from 2010. Thought they would be great for our Etsy shop. Each is 3×5-inches.

Clown with Headlight, original graphite and watercolour painting by GJ Pearson.

Blue Clown with Diorama Hat, original graphite and watercolour painting by GJ Pearson.