This happy chappy was very pleased with his mum’s Bespoke Shelf Portrait, ‘This Charming Man’ which I delivered last weekend 🙂
How Do Nothing
I have always had a tendency to see reading as an escape from my own life into someone else’s, and thus to bury myself in fiction.
This year I am learning to be curious and to find out more about the world and the lives lived in it…
‘How To Do Nothing‘ by Jenny Odell sounded from the title like it might be a whimsical self-help manual. In fact, it is an engaging, inspiring, intelligent collection of essays looking at the attention economy of the 21st Century and how to resist it.It is helping me on my journey to pay more attention to the reality of things and our relationships with the people and planet around us.
I do hope you all had a cosy and delightful holiday season 🙂
I so enjoyed having various family members coming and going, feasting, playing games and chatting around the fire in my garden 🙂
One of the highlights of my winter break was a winding tour through the back streets of south-east London, with @monicaheeranart finding secret wild gardens and community murals.
This lovely old chap caught my eye, and has become the basis of my wishes for 2022:
To spend more time just being – watching the birds, wandering the moors – mainly to take a step back from the stresses of producing daily social media content and to be more of a real presence!
I will be touring my Calm and Collected exhibition (starting at UPCO in Otley in March /April dates to be announced soon!) and attending more book festivals around the country…
I would be delighted if you would let me know if you have a favourite local book festival, and I may see you there!
What are your wishes for 2022?
This Bespoke Shelf Portrait ‘Remarkable Books’ was one of my favourites this year.
I love the broad variety of titles and the way it reflects a lifetime of reading.
What books would you choose?
You can find out more about how to commission your own bespoke book shelf painting here 🙂
I hope any Scots amongst you found a small way to celebrate Hogmanay, with public celebration events being cancelled…
A big thank you to all the lovely, chatty people who visited, and a big WELCOME to all the new subscribers to Roo’s Mailing List!
It was so fabulous to have such friendly faces and enthusiastic book-related chats in my studio. The whole of Hebden Bridge was buzzing with visitors from near and far, and for once the weather was perfect too 🙂
AND… we get to do it all again in October!! The second Hebden Bridge Open Studios weekend of 2021 will run from October 1st-3rd with artists all over Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area opening their doors and welcoming visitors.
‘Architectural Heritage’ and ‘About Florence’ (above) have gone to their new homes…
My creative energies have been boosted by all this lovely enthusiasm and I am ploughing it in to lots of new work. Here I am painting in a background using Hannah Nunn‘s gorgeous Daisy Meadow wallpaper for inspiration 🙂
I am now busy working on series of paintings for ‘Calm and Collected’, my next solo exhibition at Northlight Studios at the end of October. Details to follow!…..
There is a new greeting card in my shop for anyone who enjoys a dose of 1960’s/70’s nostalgia 🙂
Take yourself back to memories of these classic childhood comic and TV show annuals! I used to spend hours and hours poring over these annuals as a child. We had one shelf full, and I must have read them all a hundred times! Whizzer and Chips, The Beano and the Blue Peter Annual were my favourites. Which were yours?