Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Sean Hughes at Civic Theatre

My sister Helena and I had a very enjoyable evening last Thursday at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. The comedian Sean Hughes was appearing as a part of his 'What I Meant To Say Was' tour. We have both been Sean Hughes fans for quite some time. We loved his C4 TV show 'Seans Show' which aired back in 1992 and have seen him perform live before. I do recall my sister having a Sean Hughes T-shirt back in the early 90's and I am pretty certain we were both members of his fan club then too! I also loved his more recent stint on the BBC show 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'.

I'm pleased to say, Sean hasn't lost his darkly brilliant, self-deprecating barbed wit over the years. The audience at the Civic did come in for some friendly abuse and there were a few controversial topics aired by Sean. I'm quite relieved I didn't book two seats in the front row by the stage. We were at a safe distance in the front row balcony instead. At some points in the evening it was really hard to stop laughing!! A most enjoyable time.

Paintings recently SOLD

'Dusky Horizon' by Andrea Farmer
'Lowland Pasture' by Andrea Farmer
'Dusky Horizon' and 'Lowland Pasture' have recently sold. Both these paintings are from my ethereal landscape collection.

I am currently working on a number of new paintings and a new range of wearable art corsages. Please keep checking my blog and my websites for new items, available very soon!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Spring has Sprung

It has been wonderful to get out into the garden this weekend and plants some seeds in the greenhouse. The garden already had a quick tidy up a few weeks ago when we had a rare mild spell, but this weekend was the first time I was able to sort through all my packets of seeds and decide what I wanted to grow this year.

I don't have a dedicated vegetable patch as the garden is landscaped with one large flower bed running the length of the garden. So vegetable planting is done in large plastic pots. Today I have sewn onions, leeks and mixed salad leaves in large pots outside in the garden. Inside the greenhouse, I have sewn a variety of flower and vegetable seeds - sweet peas, lavatera, zinnia, aqualigia, broad beans, peas and red chilli pepper. There will be plenty to tend to over the coming weeks and I have further seeds to plant as the year continues.

I have two large pots of brocoli growing in the greenhouse from last year. These can be placed outside in the garden soon. Also, the spring bulbs that I planted in the flower bed and in teracotta pots in the garden last year are now sprouting. I always find this a welcoming sign that winter is over and spring has finally sprung!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Civic Theatre Exhibition

I am currently exhibiting my ethereal landscape paintings and wearable art at the Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex.

The theatre owns two lockable glass cases, suitable for displaying smaller artworks. Most of the paintings from my works on paper collection are on display plus a few from my mini art collection and a few larger coastal landscape paintings on canvas board. I've also included several items from my wearable art collection - colourful corsages and button pin brooches.

This eclectic exhibition runs until the end of March 2010 and all works are for sale.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Paintings recently SOLD

'Timeless Mood' by Andrea Farmer
'Down by the Marsh' by Andrea Farmer
'Timeless Mood' and 'Down by the Marsh' have recently sold. Both these paintings are from my ethereal landscape collection.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Four days in New York

Hubby and I have just returned from a four day holiday in New York, USA. It was our first visit and a wonderful experience. There was a lot to fit in, and despite the heavy snow fall we managed to see Central Park, Battery Park, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Flatiron Building, Rockefeller Centre and ice rink, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building plus visit the Magnolia Bakery (and eat yummy cupcakes), Macys, Bloomingdales, Tiffanys, Fat Annie's Truck Stop, Century 21, Soho, Greenwich Village and 5th Avenue. After years of watching American TV - especially 'Friends', 'Sex and the City' and 'Will and Grace' this really was a dream come true for me!!

I especially enjoyed our visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which has a fantastic varied collection of inspiring art.

We hope to return to NY soon.