After 17 years in this beautiful home, Roberta and I decided we were well overdue a proper clean-out and a re-think of how best to utilise the furniture and spaces it contains. This was no small undertaking! Many months later we are (almost) finished – but the results have been very gratifying, both for us and (I hope) the various charity organisations we have gifted car-loads of quality items surplus to our true needs.
With the ‘decks’ cleared, there was finally room to consider some more appropriate storage solutions for the myriad small items that so often become essential in an artist’s life and work – rather than all the ‘that’ll do’ boxes, old touring crates, or hand-me-down shelves that we all make suffice when the family budget simply won’t stretch to custom-builds. Hence our personalising of the very adequate but slightly bland cabinet from Ikea.
And, after way too many years sitting in the plan-file, finally framing and hanging Roberta’s treasured ‘telegraph pole’ rock posters. Plus, as a balancing act on an opposite wall, a suite of four new block prints in a similar colour range (at top of this news post). Or (below), my small collection of B&W’s by photographers I have worked with and admire – William Yang, Gary Heery, Scott Wajon, Lewis Morley, David Moore, etc.
An altogether gratifying result, and a collection of revised working and resting spaces that have significantly improved our day-to-day activities. It is at moments like this that I feel compelled to acknowledge the extraordinary good fortune – just the plain dumb luck of birth – that enables me to experience this life. And to feel perhaps an obligation to use such an opportunity to offer something – whatever that might be – in return?