The new catalogue which goes with my summer exhibition this year is at the proofing stage - it has all the new limited edition prints plus about 18 new paintings, with landscapes on the outside for a complete change. Lots and lots of emails, alterations etc, as my designer lives in London, my 'middle man' Sue, who smoothes all the processes and helps immeasurably, is in Durham, so everything goes throguh Sue.
This summer I will have Cemmick Wylder (david cemmick and sebastian wylder) fabulous bronze animal sculptures here, and the preview weekend is 2nd 3rd July, with the exhibition open to the public daily from mon 4th july - sun 24th July 11am-5pm.
Disaster on the horse front - just when we made the decision that the most sensible thing to do is to sell the young horse, Ginger, in the light of jane's (right hand woman, groom, gallery assistant, admin whiz) imminent baby!!!( She will be taking maternity leave and I will be stuck with two horses to manage- a prospect which fills me with horror) ..spencer has gone lame, badly lame , he looked so bad in the field last sunday morning that I truly thought he might be to shoot. As it happens, he is moving very much more freely now and the vet thinks it is probably a wrenched muscle. That has put paid to my plans for a summer of eventing, and I had to withdraw from my Richmond entry...so sad.
On the plus side, the painting is flowing, and I seem to be getting somewhere with groups of running hares and am really enjoying experimenting with some new ideas.
Rabbits. They have all the room in the world but have decided to do some extensive mining in my vegetable patch, the peas in particular. It looks like world war I trenches. The air rifle is losing air and is unusable, and the traps are left untouched every night.
We have a hare who seems to live very near and I see him almost daily hopping around the garden and field, sometimes so close I can see its whiskers.