The Year that Disappeared

2016

Where did it go? Just whoosh!! Gone. And good riddance.

But looking back through my photos I realise that although the events that hit the headlines dominated and soured the year, on a personal level I enjoyed holidays and acheivements which I can remember fondly.

Here’s a whip through my year

JANUARY

Flooding continued in the South West. Family visit Bath. A hen do in Sheffield with magical snowfall.

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Family meal at The Scallop Shell.
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Gwilym orders cocktail.
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The London Cat
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Snow after Lois’ hen do.
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Snow in Sheffield
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Megan finds it all too much.
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Flooding in Coleford at Christmas and New Year.

FEBRUARY

Lois and Tom get married in Beverley, Chinese New Year in Bristol, my birthday at The Lanes-bowling and dancing and pizza! I set up a studio space to paint. I apply for a job which I eventually get. We see Propellor at The Egg.

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My lovely studio.
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Rich dresses the part (the Big Lebowski) at The Lanes for my birthday.
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The cheese tower at Lois’ wedding.
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Sushi penguins for CNY.
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The dress I made at The Folk House finished just in time for Lois’ winter wedding.
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Me and Carolyn paint outdoors on a sunny day in Box.

MARCH

Mum’s birthday, job interview, a weekend at Blenheim with friends. I start my new job as Visual Merchandiser for Rossiters.

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Thoughtful at Budleigh. (thinking about chips)
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Presents in bed.
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Lovely food at The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres.
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Raising a pint at The Beer Engine.
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Friends reunited.
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Nothing changes.
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The window display I did for my second interview.
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Wonderful wallpapers.
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My first window for the Homes & Garden department at Rossiters.
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Some styling for a magazine shoot.

APRIL

London again, decorating Matt’s bathroom (hardly a highlight but enjoyable nonetheless). Sheffield for Rob’s Belgian themed birthday complete with a waffle mountain and Mannequin Pis. Visit the Industrial Hamlet at Millhouses. Lots of gardening, visits to the studio preparing canvases, walks around Box.

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MAY

Plenty of painting begun, visit to Cornwall, Lost Gardens of Heligan, mackerel fishing, Lost Fest, Brewery Tour, BBQs and catching up with friends. Flying visit to Devon on the way back from Cornwall.

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paintings begun
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experimenting
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painting
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More experiments with new colours and abstraction.
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flowers at Fowey
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BBQ (1 of many)
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Lost Fest. What a scorcher. a wonderful day out.
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Mackerel fishing at Mevagissey.
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Mevagissey harbour.
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Charlestown. Poldark country.
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The craft room to end all craft rooms!
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Yellow coats at Falmouth.
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Flora relaxing in Devon, possibly digesting a rabbit.
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Salty Sea Dogs.

 

And that’s the first 5 months. The rest to follow including my best photos of 2016.

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3 thoughts on “The Year that Disappeared

  1. Great survey. I especially liked the May paintings. Even what appeared to be very early ideas seemed to me to be worthwhile statements which could perfectly well be exhibited. The colours (a gesture towards Odilon Redon maybe?) were particularly good.

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