I have just packed up the remaining unsold works, with the help of stalwart friend Marilyn, (thanks once again, dear friend,) and dismantled my stand at the 7th Salon Metiers et Arts at Château Monbazillac. At the end of the last day, from the castle hilltop I gazed at the panoramic vista of the Dordogne valley, bathed in dazzling spring sunshine, not a cloud in sight, and feeling incredibly lucky to live and work in this magnificent, historic area; I feel privileged to exhibit in a venue such as this.
The exhibition building to the right of the château:
The 4 day event was extremely busy, with hordes of people flowing through the exhibition halls in rhythmic waves. Every year as I sit at my stand, I am provided with a nonstop stream of people to watch; it gives me the opportunity to do some quick sketching as they wander through, examining artisanal wares, deciding whether to buy this item of jewellery, that ceramic pot, those hand blown glasses, or order a handcrafted wood table here, a chandelier there. It is busy and vibrant, and I enjoy meeting the other artists and artisans. Having said that, after participating in 4 of the Salons, I am going to give it a rest next year; it requires a lot of work, and is very tiring (we all agree on this ) so.. it’s time for me to have a year off.
Here are some of the fifty or so sketches I did at this year’s Salon, one day I intend to paint some works inspired by these. Sorry about the quality of the photos, something seems to have happened to my camera:
Happy and unhappy dogs, these are 3 from hundreds that were dragged round the expo!
Muriel, one of the jewellers, dressed in interesting garb: patchwork bloomers, fake leopard skin bootees, studded leather jacket and “Dame Edna” glasses, she had the stand directly in front of me resulting in numerous sketches of her….
These men did not want to be at the jewellery stands, let alone spend any money! :
A couple of paintings from those I exhibited:
Wisteria flower in a Ricard jug, 15 x10
Norfolk fields 24×30
And an example of my trompe-l’œil work: the toy cupboard which I completed by the skin of my teeth in time for the expo. Later I think I will add a skipping rope hanging from the right door handle. This is 40 x 60 cm
Now it’s time to get the garden tidied up, spring-clean the house and do a heap of ironing ready for this year’s first B&B guests, who arrive on Saturday……… never a dull moment!