Hi there,

June is here, and hopefully a long sunny summer to spend time outside, amongst the trees and in the fresh air, following paths and making notes and figuring out how on earth am I ever going to paint anything as beautiful as the actual sky, or actual trees? It’s a tricky one!  

The May Wimbledon Art Fair was a wonderful Open Studio, thank you every one of you that came along to see the show, to my new and returning people, a thousand thank yous. Above a photo of the nine I sold, there were a couple of other little ones too, thank you again, your support and belief in me and my work just humbles me every single time. I had so many brilliant conversations, and some amazing feedback, including one lady who came in (in a bit of a rush, she had to go too soon!), in a beautiful Irish accent said ‘Alison, your work is so so emotional, and it really moves me, it’s extraordinary.’ Well – that felt like a home run!  

I finally heard back from the Royal Academy after weeks of being shortlisted with my ‘Ever Mine’ painting. It didn’t make the hang for the Summer Show, which was actually more disappointing than I thought it would feel – but I remain utterly chuffed to pieces to have been shortlisted! I don’t mind that it is coming home next week, and I wish all of the artists who made it to that last spot all the best and all the luck in the world! Maybe one day I will have a painting on those beautiful yellow gallery walls in Piccadilly.

For June, I am taking part in a group exhibition at Cannizaro House Hotel in Wimbledon, right up on the Common. The theme is A Celebration of Trees, which could not be more perfect for me. The Private View is on 6 June and the show runs for the month. The artists I am showing with are really super, some stunning paintings to see.

I’m so happy to have new names signing up for my newsletter, I promise not to spam you, welcome along on my slightly roller coaster artist ride!

Bye for now,