Day 10 1/8/2015

I know, I know, I missed day 9! I had to drive out to Bardwell on Friday to pick up a print from my uncle and ended up going to an American Diner in Hepworth for lunch. For weeks I've been driving past this Diner on the way to Wilsons practice in Rickinghall and thinking how I must photograph it for future reference. It's so out of context, yet it fits with my theory that Suffolk, of all counties in England, is the most similar to America. The flat agricultural landscape and big skies, the long, often empty roads, the large numbers of American service personnel and subsequently American cars. Why shouldn't there be an American diner in the middle of nowhere on a road between nowhere and nowhere with very little through traffic and a distinct lack of trucks? Surely it had been some sort of regular mirage. Inside the Lollipop Diner, as I now know it's called, it is decked out in baby blue and cream booths with 50s neon signs and a life sized, roller-skating Betty Boop gleaming down from the far wall. It would be a great place for a party, or an appropriately themed Hoo Ha Record Club. If only the food was more authentic rather than just a sloppy full English and what taste like Scotch pancakes. I'm surprised at how busy it is for a Friday lunchtime. I suppose the kids have broken up from school now, as there are plenty of young mum's taking their bored children out for a milkshake, but also workmen, plumbers, electricians, brickies, eating their fry-ups like it was any other truckers caff and resolutely ignoring Betty Boop. Friday afternoon was a bit of a write-off after all the excitement of the Lollipop Diner. 
On Saturday I'm back in the gallery and feeling ready to finish my painting 'Flyover'. This piece has been one of the hardest I've ever attempted in terms of composition and colour balance. Having had a day away from it and studied the photographs I've taken as the piece has developed, I can now see clearly what needs to be done. It's a case of making the black more blue, the grey more orange and giving the orange more white highlights. Completing a painting is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle sometimes. It's relatively quiet for a Saturday. Roz, who is now the owner of 'Sugar Beet Factory II: Spring' comes up to see my progress since last week. I'm really focussed on working today so try to explain to her what I'm doing with the new piece and how I can finish it today. At lunchtime Iain from The Wilsons comes up to talk to me about various upcoming projects. I'm making a video in a couple of weeks for a song called The End of Reason to support the album release and Iain has a starring role. We decide to go for a lunchtime pint of cider to discuss it further. By the time I get back to the gallery it's nearly 3. I know what needs to be done to finish 'Flyover'. I'm listening to the new Lonelady album 'Hinterland' which is awesome and I can't stop thinking about records I might play at the Hoo Ha Residence Club which we're holding next Saturday in the gallery. For those who don't know, the Hoo Ha Record Club is a DJ event unlike any other. Anyone can sign up to play records on any format as long as they adhere to the set theme. As a one off I'm hosting a Hoo Ha Record Club in the gallery on the middle Saturday of my residency with the theme of The British Landscape. 
I'm finally happy with 'Flyover'. There are still edges to tidy up but I'll leave it now until the end of the August and can start something new next week. 


 

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  • Tom Owens

    Tom Owens Ipswich

    Great to see things moving on Kate. I dropped some of your cards off at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket today. They are top of the cabinet with my copy of Edgelands on display. I'm seeing brutalist structures everywhere I look now. Roll on the autumn for my preferred light to arrive. Your light and shade on the flyover looks spot on to me for a certain time of day.

    Great to see things moving on Kate. I dropped some of your cards off at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket today. They are top of the cabinet with my copy of Edgelands on display. I'm seeing brutalist structures everywhere I look now. Roll on the autumn for my preferred light to arrive. Your light and shade on the flyover looks spot on to me for a certain time of day.

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