August and September filled up with preparations for SAW (Somerset Art Weeks) and the Black Swan Guild exhibition in the Round Tower, Frome. My paintings were shown at the Old Stores in Evercreech which was full of an eclectic mix of art & craft. Plus delicious cakes with a variety of teas.

Along with some members of the Artists 303 group I exhibited two new paintings in Taunton CICCIC. Here in Frome the Black Swan Guild exhibition BODY:art was well received with much interest and good feedback.

‘Entering the Forest’, Crescent Moon Bear series. Acrylic Ink on paper. c 40cm x 32cm

Now in October my focus has been on producing a series of sketches for the Black Swan Guild December exhibition Small & Mighty in the Round Tower. Using the story of the Crescent Moon Bear as inspiration I have produced a few acrylic ink works on paper. My aim is to have 9 of them ready to frame by mid-November. The Black Swan Guild now has some new members adding to the exciting quality of work from artists & makers, ready for our forthcoming exhibition: ‘Small & Mighty’ will be on in the Round Tower from 30th November to 23rd December.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes work is being done by the FOAT admin team on the Frome Open Art Trail, making sure everything is in place for the Call to Artists in the New Year leading to the Art Trail during the Frome Festival in July.

When I can I spend time on the commission of a compilation of 3/4 buildings from Cranmore, the childhood home of my very patient client in Canberra.