September 2020

I’ve always considered the claim ‘In God We Trust’ an interesting one. Whatever your ‘God’ may be (including science), how many of us do actually trust… totally?

When things don’t go our way, we often fight, reject the outcome or get annoyed. A completely human response, I know, but at what point do we realise that it is actually the perfect outcome and let go?

For those who believe in a deity but nevertheless fight an outcome, do they believe their God somehow overlooked it? And if not, do they believe it’s been created that way especially for them to ‘fight’ over?

Acceptance of a result I don’t believe to be ‘giving up’ but it may be a chance for us to take stock and realise we need to change our modus operandi to get the outcomes we desire next time. That said, what we want and what we need are completely different things.

If we truly trust in our deity, surely ‘fighting’ for or against anything is futile as the outcome is already preordained. Or do we believe that we have the power to change the will of our ‘God’ by our actions?

I have no answers to this quandary but, personally, I can’t help feel that the more I accepted outcomes in my life that I wouldn’t have wished for, the more harmony came to it. I wonder if that’s what is meant my this phrase?

One thing I do feel though is if we desire an outcome, the best way to bring it to fruition is to BE it. If I want more love in my life, I give more love: more peace, I become more peaceful and if I want more fairness, I simply become fairer myself. Maybe this is what is meant by In God We Trust? Maybe being the thing we truly desire is creation in its purest form… Godliness?

Righteo, before I get onto this month’s delights, I want to give all those who enjoy these newsletters (and our artist’s work, obvs!) a heads up that I’m just putting the finishing touches to a Third Year of Thoughts and Pictures. I haven’t done a gallery coffee table book for a few years but I’ve managed to get this third book in the series ready for October, so more on that next month.

Angela Uren was the first to send down new work early in the month. Two wonderful scenes of the bay I know you’re gonna lurve. And our newest artist, Julie Brunn, who had a successful Fisherman’s Shelter exhibition, left some works with us, so she’s now on both THG and BCA sites!

The Hig has been smashing it with sales this last month and, thankfully, he’s been as quick to replenish with new works, so you’ll find all Stephen Higton’s work here. And Hilary Stock came down with some astonishing new works so really worth seeing those on her page.

At last I had back Angel Angelov‘s paintings from the framers. This Bulgarian prince’s artistry is just awesome and well worth visiting in glorious Superzoom. And as I write, I’m picking up Mike Hindle‘s new works from the framers, too, so they’re now available to buy on his page.

The inimitable Ben Taffinder brought in four superb impasto pieces and one sold immediately, so, like many, if you’re a fan, I’d check them out asap. And our watercolourist, John Hopkins sold the first of his 3 new Portscatho paintings within minutes of posting, so do have a browse through his gorgeous works while we still have them.

Claire Henley left me with a wonderful new collection after her visit last week and they’re already popping like gobstoppers (unsurprisingly!) and if that’s not enough for ya, how about these two blinding Tom Shepherd watercolours that he sent to us last week. Just ginger-peachy!

Both Jill Hudson and Jenny Aitken delivered some mindbogglingly good local scenes this week, too. One of Jill’s sold instantly and I suspect the other, along with Jenny’s collection, will follow that once this newsletter hits the streets. Oh and there’s a brand new Lucy Davies, too… don’t all rush at once tho!

I said there was a lot of new work and the inimitable Hester Berry sent in five brand new paintings as well. I’ll have to keep most of these secret from my wife otherwise she won’t let me hang them… at least not in the gallery!

And to finish off the yumminess, the master of clouds, Philip Tyler has four blinding skyscapes for you to enjoy over on his page. And as you’re reading this, I am having delivered one of the biggest Ilric Shetland‘s we’ve ever had in at almost 1m 60cm! Where I’m going to hang it, though, is the quandary. How about on your wall? ;0-)

Oh, and as I was finishing this, our Italian Stallion, José Salvaggio emailed to say he’s sending two brand new French scenes to us. Impressionism doesn’t get more exciting than this, folks! Phew! So there we are for another month. More work than you can shake a stick at and even more on their way, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media feeds and on the website to get first dibs!

Adios, me lovelies



July 2020

I was walking with a friend over some beach rocks the other day and could see them getting into a worse and worse predicament, and it occurred to me then what an interesting metaphor that was for life.

From time to time, from our vantage points, we can see friends and loved ones veering into sticky situations… read more

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