Sunday, 29 July 2012

local colour

Red Tulips in a Blue Glass Vase among the cakes in Taste Buds

For the past month two of my watercolours, Red Tulips in a Blue Glass Vase and View from my Back Bedroom Window, have been on view as part of the 2012 Hitchin Art Trail, during this year's Hitchin Festival.  Nearly seventy shops and businesses in this historic Hertfordshire market town were kind enough to choose at least one piece of art for their windows.

the paintings were on view to passers by

Both of my paintings had been chosen by venues in Bancroft, one of the main shopping streets, and purely by chance had ended up almost next door to each other. Tulips was on display in the window of Taste Buds, a catering business with a mouth-watering range of cakes on display which were selling like - well, like hot cakes - when we arrived.

View from my Back Bedroom Window
alongside another exhibit in Home Extension Team

Back Bedroom Windows could be seen in the shopfront of home improvements specialists Home Extension Team, alongside a similarly home-themed watercolour by another artist.  A feature of the the Art Trail is the way that the businesses choose a piece: perhaps the subject matter reflects their work, or the colour blends cleverly with a window display.

the HET forms part of the historic roofline of Hitchin . . .
Hitchin is a lovely place with some very old buildings at the heart of it.  The Hitchin Festival - which includes the Rhythms of the World music festival and numerous cultural events, as well as the Art Trail, is a great way to promote the town and encourage visitors.  Long may it continue!

. . .  as does Taste Buds!
Many thanks to the proprietors of Taste Buds and Home Extension Team for choosing to display my paintings, and to Tim and the team at Tim's Art Supplies for organising yet another excellent Art Trail for so many local artists.


  1. The Art Trail is always an immensely enjoyable wander through this lovely town. Half the fun is trying to locate the pictures in the first place as they can be tucked away in obscure corners. There's always some lovely stuff on display - not as good as these two though!

  2. Thanks, but you do flatter me. There were some lovely pieces on show. My favourites were two artworks by Krysia Michna-Nowak, which were on display in the windows of Kenmore Interiors. Someone at Kenmore had taken great care in the choosing and positioning of those paintings, so they blended in perfectly with the display!