400 pencils, commissions and new work

I love the decorations for Christmas, always dread when they first start going up in shops as time seems to fly by, but once up and we plummet into winter, some how festive warmness takes over. Mumbles looks lovely, Christmas trees and lights every where. Despite the uncertainty that small businesses face this year, the effort to welcome visitors, with festive spirit and special offers emanates warmth and Christmas cheer through out our little town.

If you cannot make it in person to see us, please check us all out on the internet, many businesses offer postage, vouchers, and are more than happy to help when and where they can.

Tides website features new work, and we re still adding to it, so keep an eye out for offers, new work and news when every you can. Vouchers as wedding gifts, Christmas gifts and Birthdays can be posted out or sent via email too.

Whilst Ian is at the helm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I am in my studio painting. Three commission on the go, trying to meet the Christmas deadline.

I love this process, the close interaction with the client as we work out what they are looking for in a bespoke work, the research I carry out visiting the location, sketching and photographing. There are worse places to work than Gower beaches that's for sure :-)

Currently I'm working on a view of Pwll Du, Llangenith and a portrait! yes a portrait - not my norm but its been on the cards for a long time, and is part of the portrait for NHS heroes scheme. When completed and given to the recipient I will post up the out come.

A few sketches as I work out the composition of Pwll Du, prior to starting the large painting.

Its a fun process. and my happy place to be on a beach.

I'd also like to share with you Tides Fine Art Gallery has donated 400 pencils to unicef this Christmas. Unicef like so many charities this year are particularly needing our support, We' re not able to do much but I could not resist purchasing the pencils. why?

Many moons ago, in my first ever post as an art teacher, I spoke up for the pencil during a staff training day. Defiantly arguing that students should learn how to use a pencil prior to learning how to press buttons on our first ever student computers. This was in 1992. How things have changed! I still stand by this view though. The pencil as a basic tool is accessible to us all, well should be, and the tool to express personally, work things out, create marks. empowering and now perhaps taken for granted by many of us. Listed as one of the gifts suggested by Unicef, it is a reality check that there are still places, where even the most basic of equipment are just not available. As an artist, and gallery owner, it is humbling to provide a tool for children who may not have such to create, and express.

I will be sending out one final blog post prior to Christmas, I hope very much to see familiar faces and meet new people who venture out to visit us over the next few weeks.

Government permitting, Tides Fine Art Gallery remains open Wednesday through to Saturday. 10 - 4.

Lastly , don't forget, that if you are after a present for some one special, gift wrap is free in Tides for December, we're open Wednesday through to Saturday until the Government says no, or on line all the time, so get in touch, take good care of yourselves and loved ones,


Jo x

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