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The stars shone out in Heaven
Another award has come my way - this time it's the Best Watercolour/Gouache  Award at the 30th International Miniature Art Show at the Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, North Carolina, USA.
It was for my miniature on vellum, The Smallest Twig' and the judge for the award commented :
'This work employs not only watercolour techniques but also the technical ability of the illuminator of old with the graphic design and patterns alongside carefully rendered text, everything working together to reward the viewer, and reader, as in days of old.
It was done on a smaller scale by the artist's choice to have the viewer cradling it close for examination and reward.'

Another date for the calendar is the R M S Annual Exhibition to be held at the Mall Galleries in London from November 25th to December 5th. It seems a long time ahead but it's scary how quickly these dates creep up on me !
The stars shone out in Heaven
2021 - and exhibitions are taking place once again with the Seaside Art Gallery and the Snow Goose Gallery in the USA both hosting their annual international miniature art shows throughout May - the Snow Goose Galleries exhibition continuing until June 13. I was very pleased to have work accepted for both.
The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists here in the UK will be holding their annual exhibition in Wells, Somerset from June 5 to the 12 and I was very honoured to be given a new award, The Gladys Hayton Animal and Wildlife Award for my miniature, 'The Stars Shone Out In Heaven'.
I have been approached by Martin Dawber, an author of art and design relayed books, who is working on a book featuring diversions in contemporary cat portraiture and asked if he could use some images of my work to illustrate the text. No date as yet for publication but very exciting to be asked and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished book.
Meanwhile, I'm busy painting as usual  and soon to start work on a commission for a special occasion. So it's business as usual, coffee and radio on, and brushes at the ready!

It is no great surprise that exhibitions have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020 and even the MASF show in Florida, due to be held in early 2021, will not be taking place. 

There are entries from around the world and they all have to be in the gallery by the autumn. With the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic, the organisers have decided not to go ahead.

At the start of the lockdown life carried on  pretty much the same as usual for us both and, as Alan and I both work alone,  keeping our distance from other people was not a problem.

Whilst Alan has been kept very busy with his classic car restoration projects, my work has slowed up of late so it has been very good to take the opportunity to finish off lots of projects long neglected, and plan new work for the new year.

Meanwhile, our granddaughter, Izabella, has been racking up the accolades with her drawing published in The Beano in August, and a fantastically successful yard sale - her own idea - which included her hand painted mini canvasses and raised enough money to but a huge trolley full of essential items for our local food bank.

Needless to say, we are very proud of her, and, with arty genes on both sides of the family it's good to see that she and her brother, Ethan, derive much pleasure from drawing, painting and creating all sorts of marvellous things. I have a veritable gallery of their work at home!
And so, as autumn approaches, I am looking forward to new ideas, new directions and more exciting projects for 2021.