September and October were very busy months for Goodnight Boutique. I went down to London to visit The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, then I went up to Scotland to sell at Glasgow Comic Con, and finally all the way over to Italy (for a holiday, it must be said!)
When I was in Italy I visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The gallery is one of the most famous in the world with an astonishing collection of Renaissance masterpieces. It is home to Botticelli’s The Birth Of Venus as well as works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Giotto. The exhibition halls are full of altarpieces and triptychs, as well as paintings whose detailed frames are as much of a work of art as the painting itself.
I noticed the frequent use of gold and gold tones, alongside flashes of vibrant colours like blue and red, such as in the Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca (which was one of my favourites). And there’s detail everywhere. The ceilings of the gallery are masterpieces in themselves.
I took my sketchbook along and managed to do some sketching on the roof terrace of the Uffizi, as well as later in my trip when we visited Miracles’ Square in Pisa, and in Lucca, the town near to where we were staying. I’m hoping to work into some of my sketches now that I’m back.
My work was featured in the exhibition ‘A Letter In Mind’ for the National Brain Appeal which was held at gallery@OXO in London, alongside a whole host of fabulous artists including Grayson Perry. Anonymous works with the theme ‘The Art Of A Journey’ were auctioned for their great cause and since mine has sold I can now reveal what I created on the back of my envelope (everyone had to submit their work on the same sized standard white envelope).