Is there anyone else out there that still has recurring dreams and memories about how little revision you’d done come the morning of your exam? As I’ve become a lot older, but only marginally wiser, I am generally better at managing my time but, truth be told, I’m still prone to a little bit of last-minute-ness!
Regular followers will know that one of my annual highlights over the past few years has been contributing to Heart Research UK’s anonymous heART charity art auction. This year will the fourth year that I’ve submitted work to this great cause. Over the past three years, the works that I’ve submitted have raised over £1,000 for Heart Research UK.
This year, the deadline for receipt of artwork was 30th June. This is earlier than in previous years but it still isn’t a good enough excuse for me sailing right on past that deadline! I think I’ve sailed past it in every other year too and, everytime, it reminds me of my schooldays; not to mention and many days since when I’ve found myself desperately trying to salvage a situation that was totally avoidable!
So. Here I am (late) again!
This means that while I desparately pull something together to submit for the auction, I don’t have anything new to share today! I can give a little sneak flavour of what I’m working on this year, which is to produce some A5 versions of some of the paintings that I’ve enjoyoned painting the most over the past few months. This means that some of them may be recognisable – but only to those that follow me here or elsewehere! So far I’ve finished three and hope to finish a fourth.
I daresay that my school report will, once again, be characterised by a certain sense ‘Could do better’ and ‘must try harder’
Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve rustled up in the past:
I was totally at a loose end in 2020 for so many reasons – many of which felt by the entire population of the world – so I know I was in good company! In the end, I didn’t create new works for the auction, but cropped A5 details from existing paintings. While this felt like a little bit of a cheat, I really enjoyed the exercise of taking an A5 mount and running it over lots of larger paintings looking for crops that I thought would work:
I vividly remeber painting these while we were on our annual camping trip in France. I’d taken some watercolour books with me, including one of my favourite Rowland Hilder books. Many of these submissions were based on his paintings (and were all acknowledged as such in the descriptions that I supplied for the auction).
Again, two of these studies were taken from my French holiday sketchbook while the third was based on one of my many London photographs.
So far, I’m quite pleased with the three that I’ve done for this year so am hopeful I’ll once again be able to raise a few pounds for this great charity.
As I do each year, I’ll share the results once the auction is over. Right now though, I have a little matter of the England Denmark European Cup semi-final to attend to!