The sun has now set on yet another month and a new one begins, blowing in with it a change of temperature promising that winter is well on its way. These closing chapters to the year are some of my most chaotic (as I'm sure they are for everyone) but also my most enjoyable. The sunsets here on the west coast of Scotland are at their most spectacular at this time of year and make the stunning red and gold woodlands scattered around the countryside shine like walls of precious gems. I spent my autumn very busy preparing for the winter ahead gathering in the last of the berries and fruits for chutneys, jeelies and jams, and syrups. I have found it such a great therapy to spend a few hours in the woods or wandering the country lanes foraging; so important this year especially with one blow of bad news or stress after another. To me, slowing down to take moments every day to look and really see what is happening in the wild spots near by you and to sync yourself up to natures rhythm is so important for our wellbeing and to live life a little more in tune with how nature intended.
During October I was once again delighted to be asked to decorate the windows of The Strawberry Cushion cafe, and also of house furnishings and interior design shop, James T Young for Halloween. As the usual Halloween festivities were essentially cancelled this year The Troon Ladies Circle decided to launch a Halloween Trail through the town to try and encourage some spooky fun for the little ones and to get the community involved in creating a bit of magic and fun. The trail ran for a week and I had an absolute blast designing some creepy windows inspired by some of my favourite Halloween movies and creepy characters. How many can you recognise?
A huge thank you to my assistant at The Strawberry Cushion, Abbie, who helped with the writing and decoration within the cafe - I think I'll be demanding her help every time now!
Now that it is November, I have decided to launch a sale on all of my prints from The Garden's Glory. With Christmas fast approaching and looking rather daunting for some after such a difficult year I think it's only right to make things a little easier where I can. The sale is across both the store here and on my Etsy shop which I reopened earlier in October after having it lying dormant for a few years whilst I focused my attention on commission work. You can have look at my etsy here: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RuthGibsonArtwork.
Meanwhile, I have been working away on the next collection of originals which I am really looking forward to sharing in full with everyone! This lot of larger portraits are inspired by the Scottish coast - a constant source of inspiration and happiness for me being a Scottish seaside lass! Keep a look out for posts over on my socials, and for new designs I have been working away on regarding The Garden's Glory! So many ideas so little time...
Happy November everyone, keep staying safe.