June is turning into a busy month – I have finally started painting the commission from Australia, which I will work on over the next few weeks. Alongside there are paintings to finish for the July Art Trail in Frome or for Somerset Art Weeks in September.

Four paintings are going to the First View Summer exhibition starting on 15th June at Stourhead.  Including a new one of Cessford castle and of Old Wardour.

I have some new ideas to work on too, inspired by the Artists 303 on the theme of Contrasts. We’ve been asked to take a couple of older paintings and respond by making new pieces, and I think It may be time to add people or animals – while at Heavens’ Gate recently I sketched to the sound of howling wolves! No doubt waiting to be fed at the safari park.

Meanwhile, the new Black Swan Guild is finding its way including putting together a mission statement and a constitution. We have a second exhibition in September around the theme of Body or Body Art, so that’ll be a bit different! Maybe a wolf or two…

Preparations are going ahead for the Frome Open Studio’s Art Trail, part of the Frome Festival, 6-14 July. There are 23 venues this year with 6 artists at my house, and 64 artists altogether. The brochures have mostly been distributed and posters going up. And of course artists and makers are busy making sure they have their pieces ready for exhibiting.