since I last added a post, a lot of water has gone under the bridge and unfortunately not a lot achieved in the studio
Having finally wound up our late Mum's estate, things are slowly getting back to some normality, and having our grand-daughter with us at the moment, was requested or instructed by her ( not sure which) to turn up at her school for their Art week, to demo and show my carvings, which really was a lot of fun and a very proud grand-daughter who could not contain her-self that, that was her granddad on show.The real joy was to see the face's of these students, who were trying really hard to work out how you can turn a piece of (fire)wood into something of beauty to look at, and the questions just keep coming.
I've now also have been contacted from the art teacher from Timaru Boys High School to also give a day of my time to promote, and speak about the art form of wood carving in general, which I'm more than happy to do, as its promoting the skill in its many forms, even though my passion is in carving birds, so it may-be an interesting day !.
Back in April I received an invite to take part in the" Riversdale Arts Inc." (Southland) to enter some of my work, at their 10 day annual art exhibition, to be held in July, but unfortunately, I had just delivered some of my latest works to the Gallery Lavaud at Akaroa, and as it takes time to put together a carving to be proud of, and with little time on my side, I had to turn the invite down, but their return email was requested to be ready for 2016,as they still wish for me to be involve, for which I'm rather excited about, and it has been really heartening that my art is reaching out there to those of interest, Thanks to Gallery Lavaud for promoting and may- be my web site,at
Until next time to all those who follow with interest keep safe and in good health
Ijan recently post the following on his face-book page which put a smile on my face, awesome Gallery Lavaud Akaroa.