This is my newspaper column, in print today in the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard:
The 'Close to Home' project I started back in May has taken a knock by all the rain we've been having this summer. I sketch the houses 'plein air' which means I complete them whole on location, so the wet spell made it impossible to get any further forward leaving my target of three houses a week more than a little dented.
Then the school holidays began and it seems unfair to traipse my youngest around to sit in front of peoples homes and sketch every day, so I have some catching up to do! That said, I have completed 16 of my hoped 36 sketches and I still have some time before my planned exhibitions nearer the end of the year. I'm hoping a late summer will enable to me to pick this project up after Harry's return to school.
Seeing a strange woman perched on a chair outside your home is not something you witness every day but local reaction has been fantastic and I've met some wonderful people through this project who have made me feel so welcome - Thank you!