Can’t believe this is my first August blog post!!!

Used up lots of nervous energy and trepidation by painting since my last blog. Fear has proved an excellent spur to creativity.I’ve managed to bag another week at Brisons Veor in Cape Cornwall and am so looking forward to time spent in this magical setting to paint when perhaps I can live in a more reflective manner than the current frenetic activity. News of my proposed Cornwall week prompted me to look again at the sketchbooks of my first visit for inspiration. And thank goodness this instigated a series

Just four of the 15 or so paintings rapidly completed recently in preparation for forthcoming exhibitions.

But the fear was not caused by these. A greater challenge was the one and a half mile swim I had foolishly agreed to do in the River Stour – the Mill to Mill starting at Dedham and ending at Flatford Mill next to Constable’s home. My son had dared me to take part.

Somehow I made it. Here with granddaughter Sophie who took 35 minutes compared to my 2 hours. Never again!!! I’ll stick to painting. It took me two days to recover. Now I’m getting my brain back in gear for next week – Visiting two lido’s in Devon to paint on my way to a two-day course at St Ives on abstract landscape. A timely event before my week at Cape Cornwall in September.

But that’s before our 10 day stay in France and a quick trip this Monday to Wells to see the Sculpture Trail. Shall have to blog again soon to catch up…haven’t mentioned my wonderful find of Covehythe Beach and my friends great art exhibition at Snape Maltings. Will I ever slow down? It’s proving to be a gloriously busy as well as hot and sunny summer.