Perhaps it wasn’t the greatest of timing that the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year and my solo show at Oil & Water opened within ten days of each other. I’m sitting in bed, on a glorious June dawn, having woken early, and having a cup of tea, trying not to worry about tonight, the opening night.
|Kick up your heels by Catherine Ingleby|
David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.
I was very flattered to have been included in the well publicised teaser catalogue, and despite the hassles of wrestling two such enormous pictures into London, seeing them hung, in amongst such a strong body of wildlife art, was immensely rewarding.
|Winged Messenger of Death bu Christine Lambeth|
The evening itself was great fun, I managed to nab a photo with the man himself, and although I didn’t win the ten thousand pound cheque, it was good to catch up with so many friends, and meet some new faces.
|Myself and David Shepherd, in front of my two charcoals.|
It was HOT in the mall galleries though, boy, do they need to invest in some air conditioning!
|Moon Bear with Butterflies by Susie Marsh
I was particularly taken with some of the sculptures, there was such a variety, and I could have taken every one home. A sculpture by this French artist win the main prize. Deservedly so.
|Transperence – Rhino by Pascal Cheasneau|
|Rook by Susie Dafforn
Monochrome Category Winner
Pre Solo Exhibition
Catalogue is printed, the work delivered, the walls are hung. Tonight is the private view, and I’m trying to gather myself a bit before the day starts.
|Ready to go!|
I enjoy these evenings, but I feel a large pressure to sell well this evening, and they can feel like a marathon interview, chatting to potential clients, and explaining the work time and again. I am pleased with the body of work, I truly found it a pleasure to paint, and seemed to come, by and large, with ease to me. I hope that is reflected in the art, a friend made a lovely comment “It looks as though the artist has found joy in the process of painting it” which couldn’t be more accurate.
Let’s just hope the clients find enough joy to reach into their wallets!
|Burning Bright by Catherine Ingleby|
|Ivy, my spaniel, with a scuplture by Rosemary Cook|