We’ve been back on Grand Cayman for nearly two weeks and it’s been a mixture of relaxation and all out frenetic activity! I’m working hard to get some of my work back out into the local arena and am hoping that I’ll soon have some my paintings on public display.
So many things have changed since my semi sabbatical in the UK. When we flew back, hubby insisted that we removed all stretched canvases from their frames, and after putting up a token fight, I agreed that it was probably sensible, even though it broke my heart to do it! I decided to stretch all the work myself only to find – horror of horrors – that the one supplier on the island where I knew I could buy a stretching tool had gone out of business. I’ve had to resort to making all the framework and stretching them by hand which is time consuming and rough on the poor pinkies. Even worse there is now absolutely no reliable supplier of art materials on the whole of Cayman!!! This includes paint and is a major disappointment and right royal pain in the butt. Importing goods to the island is not cheap.
On a more positive note I have visited the owners of the gallery who represent me on the island and we are discussing some promising options for the future. My latest series, three of which I aired on my last entry, are generating a lot of positive comments and I am keen to finalize the works. I’ve included another (unfinished) image below to demonstrate how the series is progressing.
I have already done my first interview since coming home – with Simone Scott of the Cayman Brac National Gallery. Simone, herself an artist, has made a series of documentaries already on Native Sons, a group of Caymanian artists living on Grand Cayman. She now also acts as the official representative of the National Gallery on the sister islands of the Brac and Little Cayman. I also attended an art workshop where I enjoyed working with another female artist from New York. It was a collaborative piece involving a number of people and was destined for display at Art At Governors last week.
We were invited to an opening at The Morgan Gallery last night where a number of local artists will be displaying new works, but sadly, due to car woes (i.e not having one until next week) we were unable to attend. I am really hoping to drop in next week and see what other local artists have been working on recently.
I have been in touch with the National Gallery too and they are also hosting a very interesting looking exhibition which we plan to go and see on our next trip to George Town; it will also give me a chance catch up with a few more old colleagues.
During the past couple of weeks I feel we have achieved a great deal – not just on the art front but also in dealing with a great deal of beauracracy and settling back into a new life. I have managed to work every day, putting in many hours with brushes in hand and I have to say that coming home has certainly awakened a whole catalogue of new creative ideas. Behind the scenes my husband has been garnering a number of new contacts for me and brokering deals while he awaits the completion of his immigration papers etc. I hope that after all the work our plans will bear fruit.
I know I’ve not covered half of the things I have promised in previous articles but trust me, it will all arrive on these pages in due course.