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24th September 2008

It’s been a long time since my last post so hopefully this will bring you up to date.  The Open Studio was a great success and we met lots of local people, plus friends and supporters.  Thanks to all of you for your support and interest in my work and especially to those of you who travelled long distances to visit.  It was great to see you all.

Since then I have been tied to the computer, writing the text for the forthcoming book, ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ to be published by Harper Collins.  After many late nights, the ‘e’ on my keyboard is worn out as am I, the text has been submitted and now we go through the lengthy process of editing and correcting, re-writing and completing all the illustrations.  Hopefully the book will be out by summer 2009 – you can keep an eye on progress here and order on line with Amazon.

After all that hard work it is a great relief to find a venue in Italy for a workshop next year.  I have been looking for somewhere for some time and have finally found what I hope will be an ideal location up in the hills of Umbria, which in June, when I am planning to visit, is knee deep in wild orchids.  Anyone interested in coming to Umbria should register their interest asap as I expect it will get booked up quite quickly.

The new range  of china called ‘Berryfields’ is available now from Lakeland exclusively.

New dates for workshops in 2009 will be posted on the website within the next couple of weeks as will several new prints, including a lovely white Rhododendron fortunei and a large Aubergine drawing.  Other titles are Artichoke, Chinese Lanterns, American Corn, Prickly Pear and a rather contemporary take on the tomato.  Let me know what you think.

Ann and Ollie in the greenhouse
Me and Ollie in the greenhouse

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