So Dorset Art Weeks is finally here and I am loving every minute of it. All the exhibitors put so much time and effort into it that when it arrives, it can seem like both the end and the beginning.
Downend Farm Studio has had lots of visitors so far, faces old and new and that is the part of the event that I love. People take time out of their very busy lives to seek out my studio are genuinely interested in what I do and I am always willing to chat about it! Some come for help with their own painting techniques or to see what materials the studio has to offer, and some come to see a little bit of Dorset hidden away from the usual views of the county. I often make a point of saying that I know how lucky I am to have my studio surrounded by beautiful countryside and that it’s also attached to my house so that I don’t have to fall too far in the mornings.
I have a few people to thank for helping me set up last week; Jasmine obviously as she also had the task of making sure the new website was working ready for the event, my parents for coming and bailing me out on the last day when it all seemed to still be on the uphill climb, and of course my amazing husband Beez. He ran about like a lunatic setting up the marquee, the screens, giving the studio a fresh coat of paint, finishing the picture framing and generally making soothing noises when we were still setting up at midnight.
If you’re not able to make it or are simply too far away, I’ve posted a few photos here to give you a flavour of what the display looks like and for daily updates, you are welcome to follow my Facebook feed Ali Board Artist.