Apologies for taking a while to compose a new blog post but among other things, work has been happening, so lets play catch up for a while before I get to the real news. Firstly smug mode was much in evidence when I managed to mend the PC myself saving a small fortune in the process (£15 for new power supply and a few swear words whilst installing it).
Friday 4th Feb and it was off to the Lord Mayor's parlour for tea! Mary Aspinall is a lovely lady and a fine hostess and seemed to genuinely like the portrait I presented to the City Council at thepicturepalace live! event at the end of last year (see previous blog posts). Either way my generous gift (or act of shameless self promotion, I'm easy) earned me and Diane (who I have promised will never be referred to here as mrspicturepalace) an invitation to tea and a tour of the Council House, which quite frankly blew me away. This has to be one of the finest post-war public interiors in the country and nobody seems to know about it except those who work there. Etched glass screens by John Hutton who is best known for Coventry Cathedral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hutton_(artist) striking exotic wood doors and panelling throughout and a Council Chamber with pin-drop perfect acoustics and murals by Hans Tisdall (somebody needs to write a biography or at least a decent wikipedia article about this remarkable artist now!). Tisdall also designed the 'Pheasant Moon' fabric for the huge curtains in the Reception Room http://bit.ly/hmCsao The only downer was that the six Van Dykes previously on display have recently been taken back from their long term by the new Earl of Clarendon who presumably needs them to help with death duties (funny how they're always described as 'death duties' when the aristocracy is involved, 'inheritance tax' must be for the plebs). You can tour the Council House for yourself, details are their website here http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/councilbuilding but don't leave it too long as, along with the Civic Centre it's up for sale and who knows what it might become?
All of which is by way of a preamble to announcing that yours truly is shortly going to be the featured artist in the 'Plymothian' magazine. http://theplymothian.co.uk/home.html I'll trumpet the actual publication date loud and clear when I have it confirmed and you can all rush off and pick one one up from your nearest stockist (it's free! take two, pass them around, send one to your rich, art-loving uncle in Australia!) and I wil of course link to the online version from here, facebook, Twitter anywhere else I can plug it without being thrown out for spam. So there you have it, fame at last?
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.