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Good afternoon from a truly truly wintery Raglan!

Firstly, I would like to say thanks so much to everyone who got in touch after my first blog. Not only did it reassure me that I'm on the right track to slowly explore new avenues of connection, but it has encouraged me to write another one - even if it's only seen by 10 people, I'm happy with that!

We live in Raglan on top of a big hill, so the pelting rain, whirling winds, and dismal weather have created a rather cozy atmosphere in my studio. It's really not the prettiest of studios , but it has been completetly perfect for the last few weeks.

Armed with a cup of tea and my air pods every morning, I've gingerly trudged down to the studio and spent days and days in there sketching and painting. As my most productive hours seem to hit after 3 o'clock ish, which although is not exactly rockstar, is quite late in the day .Some evenings I've not noticed that nighttime has arrived and my family is upstairs calling my name. Mmm... on rereading that, I sound disappointingly geriatric. Oh well, quickly moving on.

Audio books have now become part of my process after the planning and sketching phase. When I'm painting, they help me to keep things a little looser, taking my focus away slightly. The recent playlist has included a re-listening of my favorite ever book in the history of the whole wide world,

"The Heart's Invisible Furies" by John Boyne. I do believe this is one of the few books that is made better by being an audio book as the narration is outstanding .. oooo the irish accents

'James' by Percival Everett, which I flew through - a short, harrowing, and brilliant adventure that made me cry.

'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara, I have only just begun this and am completely hooked. I have already paused and rewound the narration at least three times to let her words wash over me again. . Beautiful writing and I can already feel it's going to be a powerful and heartbreaking journey. I'm quietly chuffed that I have 21 hours and 6 minutes left to go.

Ok, so below is the fruit of this wintery episode...

Truly Truly True

1200 x 800 acrylic on board

The original idea morphed a few times and has been edited and re-edited up, down, and around. With these new works, I'm leaving the meanings ambiguous. I want whoever views them to tap into their own lives and experiences and connect with them by having their own secret conversations.

Next i shall be doing a few smaller works and then ill be all about the Raglan Arts Weekend 2024 ..if you got to the bottom of this , thanks for reading my 2nd blog ! talk soon hayley.

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