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  1. Am getting ready for the upcoming St Nicholas Christmas Fayre in Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale where I am exhibiting my 'Silk Paintings of the Yorkshire Landscape' at Grimaldi & Galloway Arts on the high street. You can see Justin Grimaldi and Jacqui Galloways own work at www.grimaldiandgallowayarts.com.

    The St Nicholas Fayre involves many activites and events around Pateley Bridge, from late night shopping and free parking on the Friday to special lighting displays on the Saturday & Sunday - the Nidderdale Online website has more details.

    More of my silk collage work has also been restocked at The Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire and will shortly be available on the Treasure & Relish books and art website.

     

  2. On the farm looking at the sun picking out glowing Autumn colours in the trees and a smattering of snow on the ground.

    Going to visit the annual charity art exhibition for St Gemma's hospice at Leeds Grammar School today - I have pieces in but like to see all the other great work there too. It's open until 4pm Sunday 28th October www.st-gemma.co.uk. Would also recommend The Mercer Gallery Open Exhibition for a visit in Harrogate - my favourite was Margaret Morris's 'Weather Patterns'. Margaret is a Harrogate printmaker whose work I first came across at the North Yorkshire Open Studios a few years ago http://www.nyos.org.uk/Artist.aspx?id=70 - there's some great pictures on this page of her beautiful landscapes.

    Now that my big North York Moors exhibition is done and dusted I can start to think about other projects. I've been rather taken by taxidermy fish in glass cases on ebay - there's all sorts of wierd and wonderful things on there! I seem to have a bit of a fascination with pike...so my aim is to move away from landscapes for a while and try my hand at creating fishes in boxes!

     

  3. Warmth of the sun and green all around + fabulous honeysuckle and lilac scents...

    Set up my contribution towards the Treasure & Relish Spring Open event in Harrogate this morning - more details on the Events page - will go along tomorrow to peruse lovely secondhand and new books - www. treasureandrelish.com & facebook.com/treasureandrelish

    www.facebook.com/BanksHouseStudio - worked on Almsciffe Crag piece - plum reds, greens, gold with darker grey/blue stripes and yellow gold splashes on habotai silk + fingerprints of colour on silk chiffon - collaging tomorrow.