Dear Members,

I hope that this finds you and yours well and managing to cope with what is now being called “The New Normal”.

What a year it has been, we are finally now able to visit our loved ones, go shopping and do all those things we have been dreaming about.

Then you think what will I do first. I managed to see my grandchildren and was shocked at how much they have all grown. I have thought about shopping, but still have not gone to any of the big shopping centres yet, I am still a bit hesitant with being in crowds. One of my first trips was going to one of my favourite nurseries in Springvale called Garden World and the noise of the people was unnerving; I was just not used to so very many people around. Mum and I still had a lovely day out and a nice lunch, it was lovely to be out.

I have been fortunate whilst in lockdown that I have many diverse craft and art things I like to play with.  I now have new Acrylic pouring paintings on my walls and also have become addicted to watching the different tutors showing the differing styles of Fluid Art Pouring, and then trying, as the saying goes, to “have a go”.  I have had both success and failure but heaps of fun trying. When I don’t feel like painting either in acrylic or Porcelain painting, I have been dabbling in Diamond art, this has filled in many a long hour or two when I just haven’t known what to do with myself. I was wondering how many of our Guild members have tried something new whilst we have been in lockdown?

We will be having a Committee meeting very soon to plan the year 2021 and let us all hope that we can get back together in the New Year. We have put the dates of our meetings/demonstrations for 2021 below and we will send a flyer out in January to confirm our demonstrators. This is all dependent on the recommendations for safe practices at the Craig Centre in Ashburton.

I hope you all have a Very Happy Christmas and a Safe New Year and I look forward to 2021 being a great year for the Victorian Guild of China Painters and all of its members.

Take Care

Sandra Templeman.