We went to visit the artist Neil Murison this weekend as he was holding an exhibition of his paintings, 180 pieces of work on display in his home and in the studio and galleries in his garden.
Himself and Neil will be exhibiting together next summer at the New Gallery at the Royal West of England Academy, so they have a bit of conferring to do.
Although Neil's painting has taken him to many countries, work on display included images of Tobago, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt, he has no need to leave home for inspiration. His garden contains a drowned quarry around which he has constructed pathways and bridges and it is here where he intends to work on paintings for the summer exhibition.
Today is Neil's 80th birthday. Congratulations!
Supper was super and served in style, (thank-you Janet), pink fizz in crazy cocktail glasses - we art school types know how to be subversive! I came home with a present of hand-made chocolates. Today I read the label and it says, 'best before end April 2011.' Fat chance!
We got home after midnight but the car didn't turn into a pumpkin and I still had both my shoes.
But this Cinderella didn't get an invitation to Willow's Virtual Ball,
gesso panel by Rosemary Murphy