Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year

Garden Gate (Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in) Private Collection

2013 was not my favourite year by any stretch of the imagination. It began with a pre-existing eye condition getting out of control, went on to encompass two operations on my left eye and ended with a death in my partner's family.

So I'm not unhappy to bid farewell to the old year, even though it did have some saving graces: Pat, my partner bought a house much closer to my own and we're now able to spend more time together.

I've done no real painting since March. Partly because of the problems with my eyesight, but also due to a definite pause in the creative urge. I've written before about a feeling that I need a new direction to revitalise what I'm doing and I'm still in that uncertain state. But I always like the challenge of a New Year and intend to get some ideas sorted out this month so that I can start to move on.

Meanwhile, what can you expect from me here on Boogie Street, assuming that is that I'm still talking to at least my Regular Reader?  A while ago I promised to resume posting from my collection of unfinished sketchbooks. The Malta Sketchbook is the one I think should come next, so watch out for drawings from that island.

Finally, there are exhibitions in the offing. Two are lined up with Figure 8 this year and I'm delighted to say that I'll be putting on a solo show for the first time in my home town of Gateshead in April/May. So there should be news of those as we get nearer.

Let me end by wishing you and those you love a Very Happy New Year indeed. We all deserve it, you know; let no one tell you otherwise.


FTL said...

Good to see you posting here again, Harry, and I look forward to seeing more from your sketchbooks.

Do you have the dates for your Gateshead show yet?


marja-leena said...

Happy New Year to you and yours too! May it be a better year, with eyes and artmaking working well. Congratulations on your upcoming exhibitions, surely very motivating.

harry bell said...

Bill - the solo show is at Gateshead Central Library Gallery from 2 May to 21 June.

harry bell said...

Marja-leena -- good to hear from you again, and thanks for the good wishes. I'm feeling much more positive about things already.

Anonymous said...

Love the rusty gate! 2014 is set up to be BETTER. Trust me, I'm a doctor....

harry bell said...

Thanks, Kev. I'm sure you're right, and not only because of your qualifications in chemistry.

Anonymous said...

I've always liked your Garden Gate painting and it's one (of many) I'd like to own.


harry bell said...

Unfortunately (for you at least) it sold before it was ever exhibited. I'm very fond of it too.