I'm happy to say that I'm currently feeling a lot better than I was at the time of my last blog post, my face is my own once more and if the tinnitis is still a pain then at least my hearing seems to have improved as well. That's probably why I can hear the tinnitis so clearly. If you're intrigued by the title of this post don't worry I'm getting there.
Last Tuesday was a Plymouth Fringe meeting (Facebook group here http://on.fb.me/k1wu2U) and I went along to catch up on the progress other people have made and generally show my face. Among those attending I met Barry Sykes (whose residency at Plymouth Arts Centre I had managed to miss completely, my loss) http://www.barrysykes.info/HOME.htm and Felicity Shillingford of http://www.foundspace.co.uk/index.html who are planning a series of art 'thefts' during the fringe as part of their 'Heist' piece http://bit.ly/lxEi9F. I'm also tempted to trawl through my video archive (a grandiose name for 'those old tapes I've got stashed under the stairs') to come up with a contribution to the 'Video Takeaway shows being set up by 'Come to Ours' http://cto.independentplymouth.info/video-takeaway Who knows I might even get the camera out and make something new? Deadline for submissions via email is 24th June send a link to an uploaded video to firstname.lastname@example.org 4:3 format 30 seconds to 5 minutes in duration and silent and please keep it clean.
Which brings me to the titular aspect of this post as I also had an interesting conversation about studio/gallery space on the Barbican with an artist who introduced herself only as Thaïs. It wasn't until we exchanged business cards that I realised I'd been talking to Robert Lenkiewicz's daughter which, given the content of my previous blog post put me in something of a dilemma. Or possibly not as she didn't know me from Adam, either way, discretion being the better part of valour, I decided not to mention it. OK I'm a coward but in this instance I also happen to think it was the right thing to do. You can see Thaïs's work at http://www.thaislenkiewicz.com/#! and she is definitely the person to talk to in Plymouth if you're in the market for good quality bespoke canvases.
Which brings me to the next 'Demi Paradise' subject, the 'nightingales' scene from 'The Demi Paradise' itself is currently on hold while I figure out exactly how I'm going to tackle it (and whether it needs a bigger canvas). So instead I've decided to address the question of gender imbalance with the first female portrait in the series. This is Patricia Hayes from 'Went the Day Well?'
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.