Some Highs and a Very Big Low

2013Article posted by Gilly

To begin, a Very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings, here! I hope 2014 is good to all of you and to those who are, artists, lots of sales!!!

I’ll begin with the low - my beautiful daughter and her family left for the USA last Monday. My heart is broken and there is a great, unfillable emptiness inside of me, but this is about them and not about me, and already I am resigned to something that I cannot change. I will miss them all enormously. My daughter and I have always been very close and shared many interests, particularly during our horse-owning and riding days. In more recent years it has always been a highlight of the month when I could go visit and spend wonderful mother/daughter days together. Plus, I will now miss so much of my beloved grandchildren growing up. The boy is 11 and the girl turns 8 in early January - both are bright and vivacious and I can’t believe that I won’t be meeting them from school and hugging them tight.

Of course, we have Skype and Facebook and emails and we have already been in touch - we even have a brand new, up-to-date computer just to make sure that I will see them as often as possible. But the time difference is a problem - 13 hours behind us - and they are just so very, very far away.

However, after the initial tears and profound sense of loss (I waved them off from the driveway after they’d spent the night here, I just couldn’t go to the airport and be blubbering all over them!), I have kept extremely busy this week and even begun a new pastel painting which is coming along quite nicely.

Now, on to the highs……I mentioned in my last ‘blog’ that I’d been awarded the People’s Choice award at Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society Show. Imagine my surprise when I also won People’s Choice at our annual Baskerville exhibition, ‘SnackTime’ , and then, again, at Pastel Society exhibition!!!!  That was for ‘Sea Horses’. And, once again, none of the paintings sold! It is a conundrum!

But, I can even top that!  Australian Artist Magazine runs a few competitions throughout the year and I entered their Favourite Subjects category. I have been a finalist once before, some years ago. So, imagine my surprise and absolute delight when I received a phone call from the editor to say that my painting “SnackTime’ had been selected as the Winner!!!!! A $1000 prize and a certificate, and my painting featured along with an ‘interview’ with me in this month’s (December) issue of the magazine. It was also an honour when I received my copy of the magazine, to discover that my painting was featured on the cover.

So, even ‘though sales have been poor this year, the accolades over this past couple of months have been very gratifying. Also, I will be writing another demonstration article for Australian Artist magazine which will probably appear next May. My demonstration piece will actually be the painting that has won, plus other works of mine will be included.

And ‘A Fairy’s Story’ has now left my Studio and is in it’s new home in Kalamunda, just in time for Xmas. I always feel rather emotional when the paintings go - they’re my babies, after all!

As I said, it has been a year of highs and lows so I’m hoping 2014 will be a little less stressful. I have lots of painting ideas floating around in my head, although now I’ve set a new standard for myself, haven’t I? Well, it’s important to have goals, and to paint even more beautiful compositions is one of mine.

Until next year - happy painting to you all.  xxxxx


Pat Partridge | December 08, 2013

Well done Gilly.  Two people have been inspirational in my attempts at painting.  Firstly an American friend who got me painting originally, and now you who have inspired me to keep on trying.  Thank you Gilly.  Enjoy your glory.

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