I now think I know what I want to be when I grow up – in no particular order:
- Savour more time spent with family and friends.
- Sing more.
- Consume lots more real ale, liver permitting.
- Paint, sculpt and do the occasional carpentry and joinery job.
- Have a minimum of two trips a year on Thames sailing barges.
- Endeavour to fit in more visits to great cities and galleries.
Musical tastes, probably in some sort of order – Chapel hymns, Lonnie Donnigon, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, English and Irish folk music, most female blues artists, Vivaldi, Verdi operas, Berlioz and Bach. My choir favourites are Pilgrims, Myfanwy and Hail Smiling Morn. I would love to see more emphasis on English folk rather than American. I have to concede a little bit of sentimental dross is probably a necessary evil and in small doses can be secretly enjoyable.
My creative work is at the most exciting stage I can remember with lots of ideas ready to be realised. The next deadline is Holmfirth Art Week where I will be showing a pair of sail screens. These are paintings on screens which can be moved around or function as room dividers. Subject matter is not site specific but influenced by local landscape and my heritage of the sea. I am actively involved with promotion of other artists at my workshop studios, through my websites http://www.stansfields.co.uk and http://www.almond-design.co.uk. Please visit these sites and let me know what you think.
I am a member of The Thames Sailing Barge Trust which restores and promotes the use of these historic working sailing vessels. It is a great therapeutic way to spend a few days meandering round the east coast rivers and tributaries. I would be interested in chartering one of the barges for a choir trip if there is sufficient interest.