Another Year

Another year, and what a lot happened. I had an exhibition at Southwark Cathedral in February through to April which included Easter in the refectory. ‘My London’ consisted of a series of ink and watercolours and The Mayor of Barnet visited, wearing his chain of office and paying me the compliment of buying a picture. I love this Cathedral, the location is jam packed with history; the Globe Theatre, Borough Market, The Golden Hinde ship, and many interesting pubs. It was fascinating to know that London Bridge which is close to the churchyard steps was the original and only crossing of the Thames for many centuries, and so much history had taken place there. Over the weeks spent sketching in Southwark, I had seen the Shard growing in height, thrusting up into the sky until it stopped with the little jagged point atop, and the windows blue in reflected light. I used it in one of my watercolours.
My daughter organised an exhibition at The British Embassy in Tokyo in May, where almost all watercolours and cards sold. There was a great interest as the paintings were of many different parts of the world; India, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico and Turkey, and of course London and Tokyo.

After three years in Japan, my daughter and her family returned to England in July. and in September I was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for a second operation. This gave me a new lease of life and my energy returned and I picked up my paint brushes and made new plans. I have started working on another book. This time, one for children using my two grandchildren as models.

In November I took part in the Highgate Watercolour Group’s annual exhibition at Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill. And since then have made plans to be at Burgh House in Hampstead next September with a solo show in the new gallery extension.

My two books; ‘Finchley Sketchbook’ and ‘Indian Sketchbook’ have sold well this year, and I have had several commissions for house portraits. Who knows what the new year will bring!

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