Well, my pledge to regularly do at least the Friday geeky plant post soon fell by the wayside did it not?
My excuse? Well Tuesday 29th I felt very tired and head-achy all day. This was way more than my usual degree of “I’m too old for this sh*t” tiredness but I thought nothing of it until the next morning when I discovered that I had a sickness bug. The good news was that by midday I had stoped feeling too queasy and was just wiped out. So I pretty much stayed in bed for two days with my wife watching me carefully for signs of
being able to claim on the life insurance deterioration.
Friday I was still off work but the last thing I felt like doing was blogging. So I indulged my inner geek by watching an old Dr Who story that I had not seen since first broadcast in 1984. I actually quite enjoyed it.
By the weekend I was feeling pretty much like my old self again (grumpy, apparently) so delivered my exhibition pieces to a framer and organised the digital submission of these pieces for an exhibition. I do not expect to hear anything until mid-March. Fingers crossed!
I made a useful discovery. Some years ago I got a professional Canon scanner for scanning my collection of slide photos. For some reason I had never tried scanning artwork with it on the flat-bed part but had paid for others to scan or photograph work, or photographed it myself, with less-than-stellar results. I tried scanning a piece of work and the scan was superb! Happy Darren 🙂
So this leaves me in a position to produce prints from my work fairly easily as I can do my own scans and send them to a printer digitally. As I write, my test piece has been printed and returned and I am very happy with it. Soon I expect to be able to make prints available for sale.
The strawberry work from last time is now complete but I want to wait so that we can show you what the When Fashion and Nature Collide team have done with it. As you saw from yesterday’s post, we have also opened our Fashioned By Nature shop on Threadless.
More news is that after driving myself crazy with indecision for months, I finally ordered a new computer. I have had it configured for image-processing work with the art business in mind. I have to sincerely thank my dear friend Linda at this point, for her advice and her encouragement and putting up with my dithering about it!
Despite the recent cold spell, spring is definitely around the corner and flowering season is well under way here.
And my favourite of the week. Already shown on Instagram but now opened a little further. This is the South African Lapeirousia oreogena. My first flowering success after several attempts from seed over 19 years. And stunning enough to be worth the wait:
I have sown my first seeds of the year too. Various species belonging to the Livingstone Daisy succulent family. This one is Conophytum devium. Six days after sowing you can see it is huge already….😉. Yes I am referring to the green blob at the tip of the pencil, and there are several others in the pot too!