Last week I shared that I’ve recently been undertaking the mammoth task of a spring clear out, including stripping my art space back to its essential elements due to the enormous lifestyle change that comes with the territory of motherhood. I spent a full day sorting through and saying goodbye to many of the books that I had collected over the years – a sad circumstance that couldn’t be avoided, simply due to a lack of storage space and shelves that were threatening to collapse under the weight of some hefty volumes. The process was enlightening though, as it became increasingly obvious that I was quite comfortable tossing out works of fiction, in favour of holding onto anything in the art, gardening and interior design genres.
In fact, no sooner had I turfed aside several paperbacks with reckless abandon, than I began making a mental list of the art books I’d like to purchase to replace them! Included on that list are the following volumes, all recently lent to me by a very creative friend:
I would also really love to own Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden – I borrowed it from my local library and almost couldn’t bear to take it back!
Alongside all of the cleaning and sorting, I’ve been working on a new drawing; a white orchid on an antique copper dish (found during my foraging in local second hand stores). I’m sharing bits and pieces of the process on Instagram. During the long hours of drawing, I’ve been watching re-runs of Downton Abbey and loving the beautiful costumes and English countryside, and Maggie Smith’s sharp tongue in the role as the Dowager Countess. I’m looking forward to watching the movie!