Prepare to be overwhelmed…Art in Action 2012 !

July 20, 2012

Tell me, what would you do if someone gave you the opportunity, for £15 (about $24), to meet around 400 like-minded, creative people, all open and smiling, willing to share ideas, inspiration, techniques and personal sketchbooks with you. What if I told you they would also let you handle their work, muck about with their supplies and take away the things you make? Would you be in heaven?

Yeah, me too.

That’s what Art in Action 2012 is all about.

To tell the truth, I really wanted to go because of a friend – Jackie Morris. Jackie and I have been corresponding thru our websites for a while now, she lives on the coast of Wales, I’ve been in Van for an extended time, so when she said she would be in Oxfordshire while I’m here too…well, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

(Jackie demonstrating her watercolour/gold leaf technique) Plus, I must confess, I love, LOVE her illustrations and so had in mind to get several of her books for Binky and Isla Violet. (Actually I got them for me too 🙂 )

The show takes place on the grounds of a beautiful estate, Waterperry House. (R called it Katie Perry house, now try getting that out of your head 🙂 )
There are sculptures all over the grounds, about 25 huge marquees each dedicated to one discipline, a best in show marquee and several small tents for workshops and food stalls.

A small church beside the house. The setting for floral displays and a restful place to get away from the 6000 people who came this day.


My new friend Amanda Hislop demonstrating her technique.

Amanda’s sketchbooks.

Me looking totally overwhelmed!

Inspiration board from Jane Corbett. (Yes, the Princess Kate hat maker)

Four of my most favorite pieces in the Best of Show tent. That’s Jackie’s “The Heart Between” painting (sold, I’m not surprised)

One more of that exquisite glass sculpture. Next time I have $2000 I don’t know what to do with…


My books from Jackie, a painting of fish done while mucking about with new acrylics, more fish done with super beautiful charcoal sticks, my new water-soluble and erasable pencils and some memorabilia from the day.

Such a good day!!!

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11 Comments

  • Reply Esther Bradley-DeTally July 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    wonderful site; passing it on FB and to my granddaughter!

    • Reply Veronica July 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Esther, I’d love to hear from your drandaughter. How cool would that be? I started a wordpress blog for Chloe and I hope she does something with it soon. (I keep sending her blogs from wonderful young women, like Jackie’s daughter, for inspiration) 🙂

  • Reply J.lynn Sheridan July 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Oh, this looks like a scrumptous artsy day. I would have loved it, too.

    • Reply Veronica July 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      J.lynn, it would have been fabulous to have you there to discover all this with. 🙂

  • Reply Muddy Kinzer July 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This sounds like an amazing experience! I love how there were demos too…fabulous!

    • Reply Veronica July 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      It was Muddy. You would have loved it! 🙂

  • Reply etta October 16, 2012 at 6:38 am

    great blog, i love that glass sculpture too!

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much Etta, and thank you for stopping by, now I can come see you at your’s. 🙂

  • Reply jlynn sheridan October 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Loved gazing with hunger at the fruits of all these gifted artists.

    • Reply Veronica October 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Oh JLynn, if only I could live like that every day and be in that company. It was so inspiring.

  • Reply Where she takes a day off from heavy duty thinking | November 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    […] And a book I ordered thru Amazon arrived. One of my favorite poets, Carol Ann Duffy’s children’s book The Princess Blanket, illustrated by one of my favorite artists Catherine Hyde. It’s the most exquisitely beautiful book I’ve seen since I bought my friend Jackie Morris’ Tell Me a Dragon, The Snow Bear and The Snow Leopard last summer. […]

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