In this episode Gina and I discuss our experiences of participating in artist “Open Studio” events. Gina has taken part regularly for over ten years but this is the first event since she started painting again, so she will be exhibiting a mix of paintings and textiles.

After taking part in my local summer Art Trail for five years previously, I find myself between events: my local one hasn’t taken place for a couple of years for various reasons – unrelated to Covid – and geographically I am just about outwith the two nearest big ones. I was lucky enough to participate in one of them (Lewes) for a couple of years with my neighbour and another friend – although as these events are usually held in the summer months, the set-up always coincided with being away on holiday – less than ideal!

As with most things, there are flipsides, but the benefits of making contact with a real, live audience of visitors (and hopefully purchasers!) definitely outweigh any downsides. If you have the opportunity to take part in one, go for it!

Meanwhile, Gina’s latest course which uses the work of Matisse as inspiration has just launched, and my Celtic Seascapes course is very nearly full – at the time of writing, there are only 4 places left. If you’re interested, join me! I’m shutting the doors at the weekend.

Cambridge Open Studios

Details of Gina’s Open Studio

Lewes Art Wave Festival

South East Open Studios

Bridge Arts (previously Uckfield Art Trail)

Gallery rails

James Clear “The right perspective can transform burdens into opportunities”

Richard Wiseman, Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire

Richard Wiseman on The Life Scientific

And finally, some links from my little jaunt to the north of Scotland:

Achiltibuie Artists

Made in Assynt artists and crafters

Highland Stoneware Lochinver

How to eat a langoustine

The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at

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