It has been a jam-packed start to the year, and my body is starting to tell me to slow down, I am getting every little virus going from conjunctivitis to mouth ulcers, I am a hot mess right now. I am planning just to paint for the next two weeks, going back up to Dan and Huws to work on new paintings. Hoping this pace will mean I can recover a bit. Next week Florabundance a group show I am taking part in will open on Friday at Watts Gallery in Surrey. It is organised by the gallery Gwen Hughes it has been so nice working with her and Watts Gallery as they are super organised and professional. The show is on till October so there is plenty of time to make it.
i. On my day off this week, I went to Hampton Court Flower show. I had stopped going because the gardens weren't that great. This year the gardens were wonderful, and I am sure I missed quite a lot of them as the show is huge, its the largest flower show in the world. I bought some shears from Niwaki, had my eye on them for ages. They are an investment but they are a dream to use, and the packaging is gorgeous too! My other buy from the show, which could be my favourite thing I have bought all year, is this hammock. I have already put it up under the trees next to my studio, and I couldn't be happier.
iii. Its been a good month for me with press, my show at the Garden Museum made it into this months House and Gardens. And have been featured in House and Gardens online for Charlie Porter's stylist guide
iv. Dan Pearson has written a great update on his garden (where I paint) over on his online magazine Dig Delve.
v. I attended a yoga workshop taught by Ruth Timms. If you are Bath-based seak out her classes I love them so much, a great way to switch off the mind.
Picture: Studio Detail by Remco Merbis