Yes, I missed day 16 as a blog post but to be honest by the end of the afternoon and collecting in my Street direction signs from Corfe Castle up to the village and track I was just exhausted.
So I thought this post could be about summarising what PAW 2019 has been for me;
a) I no longer have a problem admitting that I am now an artist. This seems an obvious thing to some but just 28 months ago this was a new direction for me totally.
b) I have greatly enjoyed the interaction / chat with visitors, although numbers have far surpassed anything I could have expected based on my 2017 and 2018 experiences.
c) The direction I have taken in being open about my own mental health and starting to keep sketchbooks have helped me to encourage others to engage in some “Art for Fun” and this is definitely a direction I want to continue with. I thank Simon Wells for his facebook posts and comments on this. I have had enquires about working with some adult groups and we will see what become of this.
d) Drawing on my clothes is fun and I aim to continue with this. The next step is to investigate the longer term care of said garments and see if there is a way to make this another item that I can offer to future customers.
e) I have taken on a commission doing something that I enjoy, we will see what the final feedback is, but maybe I am now in a better place to seek more of this type of work sometimes.
f) My art is fun for me and continues to be an important therapy. I must not let myself be distracted by creating a “career” as I do not need a direction that consumes time when I could be out and about, especially with Anne.
g) Living and working at Hillview gives me a great advantage as an Open studio as the walkers and curious take a chance to see part of the property they have walked past in some cases for many years. I just need to enjoy the experience of living here which in the evenings of PAW have involved watching the bird life and exploits of the local hares and roe deer.
h) Finally, that the local art community are a great one to be part of and an opportunity to learn and share with that I can enjoy for many years to come.
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