Life's Ups And Downs
13th October 2011
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Yet again it has been a few months since I last wrote a blog post.  Like I've said previously, I find writing like I find my art, I can only do it when I'm in the right frame of mind.

That said, please indulge me and allow me to update you with what has been happening.

The summer holidays came and went.  My art took a back seat whilst the children were on holiday from school.  Unfortunately, we didn't go on holiday due to the fact that my husband runs his own business ( and really, even though it's been two years, the company still needs commitment to continually build on its success.

Towards the end of the summer holidays however, I did become involved in an Art Exhibition at the Flaxmill Maltings in Ditherington, Shrewsbury.  What a fascinating project.  This was a Heritage Open Day (over a weekend in September 2011) involving many artisans using different mediums to reflect their thoughts and feelings on this revolutionary building, the Flaxmill, which was built way back in 1796.  The building is dilapidated now, however, The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are working hard to build up the profile of this iconic structure to raise funds to see the building renovated and rejuvenated.  The exhibition was a great success with over 1000 visitors going through the doors to view all the artwork.

Once the children were back at school, I also began creating new pieces for my next exhibition called 'Dream eScapes' which is taking place during the month of November 2011 at SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle.  I'm excited to be able to create landscapes, seascapes and skies for this exhibition; I'm able to paint all that beautiful scenery out there which I'm most passionate about and I can't wait for the exhibition to come to fruition.

What you may not know about me is that I'm Vice Chair of Governors at our local school, Llangedwyn Primary School.  On the 4th October 2011 we were informed that Powys County Council are to begin the consultation procedures for the closure of our school.  As a mother first and foremost, this has upset me deeply because I know how fantastic the school is and my children are thriving and happy there.  I'm also the school's Artist in Residence and I work a lot with the teachers and children.  The school is also in the top quartile for standards of education in the whole of Powys.  As a Governor, what I will say is that we will fight against this decision.  I have set up a Facebook Group which is quickly gathering support so please help us if you can by joining.

Finally, I just wanted to tell you some exciting news that one of my drawings is to be used as the cover of an eBook which is to be published on the 31st October 2011.  It is called "After Dark" and is part of The With Love Project.  Two creative women are gathering several short stories from independent and talented authors.  The book is to raise funds for the Medecins Sans Frontieres charity which is an extremely worthy cause.  I was approached and I was honoured to say yes in donating my artwork to the book.

So I think that's about it for now.  Wow, reading that back there's been quite a lot going on.  I'll try to keep you posted on further progress.  Thanks for reading.

Love and hugs


Jude x


About the Author

Jude R

Member since: 17th May 2012

Joint Director of our company GWR Fasteners Limited based at Weston Farm, Oswestry. Also successful impressionist artist at Art By Jude

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