It really is – only a week to go. Last night I had my first anxiety dream. Heart Gallery had put my work in the basement, 3 floors below, and the lights weren’t working. I’d forgotten to get changed. Someone gave me a baby to carry that was screaming and in need of a change. I had one a few years ago where, upon going to to the framers to collect my work, found that he’d mounted them all on black sugar-paper, like in GCSE Art…
Anyway – lighting, basement steps and screaming babies allowing, Craggs & Fells is a new exhibition of paintings inspired by running in the Calder Valley.
This one is called ‘Visiting Erica’.
Erica is a very noisy and territorial grouse on Shackleton Knoll. My friend Helen named her – Erica meaning ‘Heather’. It’s a particular running route with a steep climb to wonderful views. From the knoll you can see Pecket Well, Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike. That may even be Pendle Hill in the far, far distance. I’d like to think it was as a group of us once ran through the night from Pendle Hill to watch the sun rise at Stoodley Pike for my 40th birthday.
And this one is ‘Friday Morning’ – a regular Friday route when I skive from the studio if I’ve worked hard the night before.
This is along the Widdop road towards Slack. The two hares are my steadfast running companions Gloria (the white hare) and Gill (the purple one). We three ran our first Ultra on Saturday! 40 miles of the Calderdale Hike.
And here are ‘Mr Fox’, ‘Little Stoodley’ and ‘Lumb Bank’.
There are 12 paintings and 9 small tree studies.
The exhibition preview opens at 6pm on Thursday April 26th. Please come a long. It’s at the lovely Heart Gallery where there will be wine and lots of colour. Hopefully not a screaming baby, and hopefully I will have remembered to get dressed…