An End to All That. 2016

With the first half of the year quite well completed with a new job and a space to paint the next few months were more about investing time in enjoying the life I have and taking care to meet up with people important to me.

JUNE

Busy with work creating tropical outdoorsy windows for Rossiters followed by a trip to Italy with Nan and Mum and viewing the apartment Nan was eyeing up to buy. I received a commission for an interior design company which despite all my years in the gallery business went the way all commissions do and was a real pain in the arse.

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Detail of a window
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Fabrics
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wallpapers
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sketching out ideas for a commission I received
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more sketches. The brief was 3 canvasses 1mtr x 1mtr depicting a particular Cornish beach. I forget which now.
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Laying out shapes.
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Working in the garden as canvasses too big to transport easily and the commission needed to be finished asap. Paint dried too quickly, bugs got in the paint, the sun was too bright. It was doomed from the beginning.
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Checking to see the horizon matches.
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A lighter version. All in all it was a trying experience with mixed messages from the company that ordered it and too little time and too little money. It was a favour to a friend and I delivered on time but working on such a scale in such a short space of time proved difficult. Nevermind.
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Manic faces as we board our very delayed flight to Italy only to wait an hour on the runway to the be told to get off the plane and wait again for a different one. Despite the delays we had a lovely holiday.
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An example of the salad on offer. Everyday I would say “I’ll have a smaller plate” but everyday there was new fresh produce to try.
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Evening blogging on the terrace.
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Bellagio
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Lake Como.
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The sun dips below the mountain line.
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Warm evenings. Magnificent views. Brexit, only days old, seems even more bizarre than ever. Why would you not want free access to all of this?
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Drinking to forget Brexit.

JULY

Working out in Box, lovely summer fields, planning Autumn displays at work, Pet Shop Boys at Royal Opera House, my first visit to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

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Summer views over the valley from Box to Colerne.
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Views from my walks.
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Golden fields.
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Sketching out plans for Autumn displays
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More sketching
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Work at the Royal Academy. The walls painted in my favourite colour of the year. Hague Blue. Seems to show everything off in the best light.
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The joyous finale to the Pet Shop Boys gig at the Royal Opera House
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Exceptionally hot summer days in London but nothing could stop the fun in the Royal Opera House.
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Packed to the rafters!

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A fancy cocktail.
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For Rich’s birthday we go see vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais at St James’ Wine Vaults.
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Post Brexit I make these temporary tattoo packs. Selling well still you can find them at http://www.verityjames.co.uk
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Showing my colours.
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Views from Box.
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Mood board Autumn.

AUGUST

Wonderful weather continues. Nan moves house! I visit Bev and have a very uphill walk on the Downs. Beach trips. Fish & chips and prosecco, veggie BBQs. I infiltrate a stag do disguised with full beard and even a penis (made out of wash up sponges and jay cloths).

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Dear oh dear….it’s lucky we came to help!
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Enjoying the late sun after moving boxes and boxes and boxes.
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Toasting the move.
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Lots of lovely kind sentiments.
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Rehydrating on the Downs.
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Hiking the Downs.
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Arundel in the sunshine. What a beautiful summer we had.
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Nan’s new place.
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Stylish bathroom.
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Saying goodbye to the old place but looking forward to new adventures.
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Being a tourist in my city.
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Another summer ramble.
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painting on linen.
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Painting on board.
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painting on board.

 

SEPTEMBER

A sumptuous Scottish wedding with dear friends, a family holiday in the Dordogne and Rich and I explore Marseille for a week.

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The Dordogne cuts through the landscape.
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Puckering at an organic seed cake.
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A lobster invades our bed.
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Cahors
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The groom.
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Toasting the bride and groom. The dress gets a second wearing. (my dress-not the brides!)
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Comlongon Castle.
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Manoir de Mombette.
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A field of cyclamen.
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Morning sun on the manor.

OCTOBER

Busy with work, work, work. A trip to Oxford with chums, London for the Bjork exhibition and the Courtauld.

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NOVEMBER

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Fireworks in Bridgwater
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Fireworks at Ashton Court
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Dunster
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Dunster Castle.

DECEMBER

All Christmassy things.

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