Well, a few months have gone past since the project, 'The Art of a Hut' was first thought up, and I’ve been putting a lot of thought and planning into it. The original plan was to complete the whole project in a year which was because we were going to apply for a Creative N arts grant, which requires that you complete your project within one year. But I’m not applying for the grant now, and I’ve been thinking that one year isn’t a very long time to do everything I want to do in. Six months of tramping and drawing in the bush and then six months of trying to make big finished drawings, and organising an exhibition is a bit much for me. I don’t need to rush things and I do have a lot more time to give the project. So I’ve been thinking of ways to make the whole thing less stressful and pressured and more enjoyable as it should be. I probably could do it all in a year, but it would be a challenge and I would end up rushing though my drawing and missing out important bits, because of the rush to get things done on time.
So I’ve pretty much made up my mind to hold the exhibition in 2015 and then I will have a lot more time to do some serious drawing and planning for it. And that means I will have a whole year or more to visit all the huts I’m drawing. At the moment plans are slightly in the air, but the main thing is we are still going to do it! ‘The Art of a Hut’ is still a very real project and we are still going to start out in November.
The plan at the moment is to go for two months from November instead of doing six months in one go. I will finish drawing the huts later on in the year when I have raised more money, or perhaps next summer, if Caleb gets into Uni as he is applying for that now. It will be better to travel round the huts drawing them in two or three big chunks of time rather than all in one go, as that way I will have some space in between to look at what I’ve done and get some perspective and see what I can do better next time.