Me age 19 (hair and photo by Kevin Dalton Johnston)
When I was younger I was accused of being ARTY FARTY!
It was the 80’s for goodness sake, you were MEANT to be Arty Farty!
Now the night before my exhibition I am wondering whatever happened to Miss Arty Farty?
Why …because she has a party to go to aka her own art exhibition and a wooly hat and jeans ain’t going to cut it!
Time to think about what I am going to wear …
A rare opportunity to dress up … (country bumpkin goes to town)
Time to get out of the studio and into glamorous beautiful Edinburgh!
So, I am sitting here this evening wondering what the hell happened to the Arty Farty girl who loved … loved … loved dressing up?
Oh! That’s right! I wanted to be an actual artist, not just a poser!
And actual art, painting in oils, is not the most glamorous job in the world, in fact grimy would be a good description.
Today teaching Alexander Technique at school, before finishing hanging the exhibition, one of the 15 year old girls burst into class and announced –
‘I am going to be on The Voice! It is meant to be a secret, but I am rubbish at keeping secrets. I am so excited! Live your dreams, that’s my motto, and my dreams are coming true!’
We all clapped.
Her excitement was joyous.
Well I guess I have been living my dream too.
When I was 15 I wanted a horse and I wanted to be an artist.
That was it.
I have worked hard painting seascapes for this exhibition with the big hope I can improve the conditions for my horse.
My dream – I want to build an arena …
My field of dreams …
So that we have somewhere safe to ride …
Somehow I have lost my desire to ride on the road – too many cars with too little consideration for animals!
So roll on tomorrow, it is time to dress up and sell some art ….
I am excited and as I was reminded by my pupil today – I am living my dream.
The exhibition is looking good, Jenny’s and my work compliment each other beautifully.
Hope to see you at Sea and the City!
Original oil paintings from £100 at the exhibition and via website – www.kirstenharrisart.com World wide shipping by arrangement.)