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Imagine is set in the Suffolk village of Long Melford.
This is an attempt to record the daily trials, tribulation and pleasure of running an art gallery.

Friday, 6 July 2012

I have just been reading wonderful post by a blogger called Dan Finnegan,
a potter who lives in America.
He has been telling a story about a small part of his life in daily instalments, 
it has been fascinating to read and has really made me think "this is what blogs should be like".

Unfortunately I haven't got anything nearly as interesting to write about.
Usually I have no problem with the writing it is the lack of photographs that stop me from blogging.
I'm one of those people who is still a child and needs pictures to make a good story.
As a little boy I was asked by a teacher "what are you doing with that book, you know you can't read
[I was a very late learner]?
I explained "I'm reading the pictures". That put her in her place.
So it still is with me I love pictures with a story, although now they are mainly in my imagination.
To write a blog I feel that I "must" have a pictures, so many a times I have wanted to write but have put off doing so because there was nothing to show with my words.

Today is the opposite I have pictures but have nothing of great interest to talk about.
My day has consisted of selling a few sculptures and a few ceramics, coupled with a lot of talking with the people who have come in to look at things.
I like it when people come in to look and talk, of course I want to sell different things but sometimes
it is enough to know that people enjoy looking at what we show.
Hearing someone talking about a picture or sculpture sometimes makes me look at things with a different eye, especially if it is something that is open to interpretation, but really I just enjoy having the excuse to talk about artists and their work.
I love the various art and I want others to share that.
I can't count the number of times someone has said "I just love this painting [or whatever]" and it has made me smile and I find that I usually say "I'm glad you said that, so do I".

Of course there are times when people will tell me that they "really don't like this work",
or I am often asked "why do you show this?  I really like these but I can't see how anyone can like that".
What they don't understand that although everything that we show can be really different in style
[eclectic is the word] everything is all connected.
The connection being my own admiration of the work or artist, we all have different facets to our personality and the varied work we show is just a reflection of my personality.
I like everything that we show in equal amounts, I must admit I have days when I love one thing 
above all others but that soon passes and I return to a state of contentment and pride.
Not pride for anything I have done but proud of the clever people we are lucky enough to represent.

Which gives me the perfect excuse for showing these various unrelated pieces that are here today.
They are all very different and you must appreciate that they are shown in different appropriate area's
of the gallery, not side by side as above.
Individually they are beautiful, well crafted and totally unique, but I couldn't tell you about them without a picture.
So until I have something more interesting to talk about, "just read the pictures".


  1. I wouldn't dare.
    There is too much to tell. If you have read 'Under Milkwood' by Dylan Thomas then you will have a good idea of what it is like.
    There are so many 'larger than life' characters that nobody would believe it was true.
    My daughter has started to write a book about it, plus the hairdresser
    who used to be an actor [he still is] is writing a pilot for a TV series
    about us all. He told me it is hilarious.
    "How can it be"? I thought. You aren't including yourself.

    However, normal things do happen.
    For instance as I was writing this I heard a loud whistle, looking out of the window I could see a giant steam tractor going past.
    That is a normal event, even if it is from another era.
    Long Melford is rooted in the past and is just a "little" out of touch with the real world. But that is why I like it.

    If you ever get a chance to get DVD's of a television series called
    'LOVEJOY' then it will tell you everything about Melford.
    It was filmed here [Ian McShane as the star] about 25 years ago but very little has changed, certainly not the mentality of the occupants who now proudly call out to visitors "welcome to the New Mayfair".
    I doubt many of them have visited the big city of London, let alone go to Mayfair.
    They probably think that it is a big country fair.

    Look what you have done Donna.
    I do want to write about Long Melford, it makes me laugh so much.
    Plus it truly is a beautiful village.

  2. I've just commented on another blog (Mo Crow's), that all the art and artists that I love and inspire me are so different, from each other and from the work I do. Variety is the spice of life, so they say. And yet there is always a link for me, a connection, that quite likely no-one else can see. That's the fun part, isn't it?!

    And are you still in Hall Street, or is that your old address?

  3. Thanks for mentioning my blogposts..I've really enjoyed writing about the days of yore.