Hey you, sunshine! Big smiles!
Hey, you! I hope that the week is treating you well so far. The sunshine is making a tentative appearance here in the UK, and it is being made very welcome I can tell you. Not least by these little bundles which can now get out and binky in the grass instead of being inside with me getting given far too many cuddles than I am sure is healthy for them. Meet Teemo and little Lily, hiding there in the background. Two of my gorgeous bunnies – we have five in total (yes, I am rapidly turning into the crazy bunny lady!)
We have enjoyed a beautiful few days pottering in the garden playing with bunnies and dogs and hoping that this will be the start of a beautiful summer. There is nothing better than an afternoon in the garden watching bunnies hopping in the Spring sunshine.
‘Obra Prima’ with Penumbra Gallery in Portugal.
Along with the continuing exhibition ‘Eye Spy’ with the Inverarity Gallery in Scotland, last week marked the opening of ‘Obra Prima’ exhibition with Penumbra Gallery. This fantastic gallery is situated in Portugal and has exhibited some incredible artists. I feel so honoured to have been asked to participate in this exhibition all based around the theme of ‘The Old Masters’, the exhibition title ‘Obra Prima’ literally translating to ‘Masterpiece’.
While, I love so many pieces by the ‘Masters’, Van Gogh especially but I only wanted to pay homage to one man; Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. He was a 17th-century painter whose genius seems to have been relatively unknown at the time. He painted only 35 works during his career and died pennilessly poor. It was only later that the French avant-garde rediscovered and hailed his calm and unpretentious style. During some reading into his background I read this quote from Jonathan Jones of the Guardian newspaper:
‘Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty’.
I love that!
Of course, his most famous work is ‘The Girl With The Pearl Earring’. When I saw this as a little girl, only as a print, I was transfixed. I have never seen the original which is part of a collection at the Mauritshuis in The Netherlands, but it is top of my bucket list of paintings still to see.
I loved working on this piece, and I love how she turned out. I hope that in my small way I have done her justice in my big-eyed style.
She is available through Penumbra Gallery right now with payment plans available.
For those of you who read my last post and those who asked to keep updated; Chapter 1 is finished with Chapter 2 well underway. These girls are going on some magical adventures – I am so excited, I can’t wait to find out where they are going to take me over the next few months xx
What are you getting excited about right now? The sun appearing? An upcoming holiday? Being able to pack away the winter woollies and get out your flip-flops? I would love to know if you want to share. You could post in the comments or message me if you prefer.
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Lots of Big-Eyed Love,