Whenever I've gone to the Art Club in the past few months, the place was almost empty and by 2 o'clock everybody had left. But when I called in today it was a hive of activity and when I took myself off at 3 o'clock people were still busy.
There's been something of a palace revolution there, following the events of the AGM, and there's a new buzz about the place. The Club needed a shake-up and today's atmosphere made me feel more inclined to spend some time there now.
Seeing that space has been made available by the junking of thirty-odd years of old paintings, drawings, broken coffee mugs and unidentifiables, I've put my name on a ducket. Over the next week I'll be putting a box of paints and some boards and canvases in there in an attempt to ensure someone doesn't think it a good idea to just peel my sticker off.
Although I'm happy with my studio at home - or will be when I've carried out my own de-junking - I fancy the opportunity to mix in with a group of painters and share some time and experience with them.