When I was wee I always wanted to send in a picture to Tony Hart's Gallery.
For anyone too young to remember, Tony Hart was the presenter of 'Take Hart', which was 'the' art show for kids to watch back in the 70's and 80's. He was always mesmerising us with his wee artworks, usually made up of anything that most of us could find around our houses. Well, it was the late 70's and 80's and 'money was too tight to mention', as they sang in the charts.
There was a segment during the programme where kids from all around the country could send in their works to be shown. It was called 'The Gallery', and the camera would pan, and zoom, and focus on different drawings and paintings whilst the instrumental music played plinkety plonk in the background.
And each week I thought to myself, "I'll send mine in!"
And every week I would walk to the 'Courier Office' in Campbeltown and buy a sheet of A3 cartridge paper on which to create my 'masterpiece'.
But every week I would attempt to draw something and it just wouldn't come out 'polished' enough to match what was in my mind's eye. The image that I had in my head just couldn't be achieved by 9 year old me.
I really was my own worst critic, and to this day there are highly detailed images that I remember wanting to draw at that age, still stuck in my mind.
So each week passed, and my name and painting never appeared on the screen - and then I thought I grew too old to do it, ie 10 years old.
There's a part of me that always regretted not doing it though.
Maybe that's why I try and create something every day. Perhaps the little sketches I put out on social media are for that 9 year old me.
Funnily enough, these sketches caught the eye of Carolyn from Cafe Wander in Glasgow, who has invited me to exhibit them on her gallery wall.
Which has led me to be sitting this week, sorting through sketches and prints, curating a mini show. A 'collection' as they would say on the 'House of Elliott'.
A few selected pieces - some funny, some cute, and some that have never been seen before!
I'll give more details over the next few days, but for the moment i'll get back to honing my 'shortlist' before making giclee prints of them, and readying them for my very own 'Take Hart' gallery!
Hope you're having a creative day and i'll see ye tomorra!
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The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.