Tuesday, November 23, 2010

using words i never say

Wow.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

What an amazing weekend I've had in Clermont Ferrand at the Biennale Carnet de Voyage exhibition. I was there to show my sketchbooks, specifically the travel sketchbook, to (what seemed like) the whole of France. The event turned out to more than I could ever have imagined. It really was amazing.

No doubt I will go on and on about it for some time, but right now I just need to say some big 'thank yous'. Firstly to the organizers of this brilliant exhibition, specifically Anne, Anais and Marie who looked after us so well. Merci girls.
Of course a huge HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by to look at my work. This is the first time these sketchbooks have been exhibited 'in real life'. Obviously, I have shown the drawings here on my blog, to a great response, but nothing beats seeing that response first hand. To see the look on peoples faces and hear the reactions was a beautiful thing and quite overwhelming. I returned to the UK a very happy person.

Finally, a big old thanks to my friend, and manager on this trip, Tim. I couldn't have done it without you mate. It certainly wouldn't have been SO much fun. You were great despite your appalling French.
Over the next few weeks I'll bang on about it a lot more, and I'll post some of the drawings of the souvenirs and memories that I brought back from Clermont Fernand. I hope you come back to see them.
Merci beaucoup.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Dawn said...

oh man!!! That is SO AWESOME for you!! Congrats and well-deserved :) I'm jealous!

2:46 AM  
Blogger SOiNTOiT said...

yes, I want more:)

2:49 AM  
Blogger Claire M said...

Quite exciting!!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Michael Robinson said...

Congratulations, may there be many more such trips.

7:21 AM  
Blogger MrCachet said...

It's always nice to get some face-to-face recognition for your art. Congratulations!

1:50 PM  
Blogger winna said...

this is so fascinating and exhilarating---and let's put "inspiring" in there to for discriptive word...I hope to see all you post...winna

2:11 PM  
Blogger JaneAlexandra said...

Hopefully you will say "wow" much more in the future. Looks like things are going well for you!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Dan Kent said...

Congratulations! It is so nice to see you getting this well-deserved recognition.

3:53 PM  
Blogger suzanne cabrera said...

EEEEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!! So exciting Andrea...and so nice seeing you in action!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

Congratulations ! A wonderful experience for you. Thanks for sharing your photos

8:47 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It was totally fabulous and I am going to be boring you all about it for some time. That's if you come back, of course!

Cheers, me dears.

12:57 AM  
Blogger Peachtreeart said...

Must have been fun but overwhelming! Neat to see partially what you look like...for some reason I thought you would be a brunette :)!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Peter Fong said...

Congratulations! Come to Australia and exhibit! :)

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4:47 AM  
Blogger Killdaggy said...

Me too. iwant more.:)

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4:48 AM  
Blogger Cathy Holtom said...

Yes please show more, it looks so interesting. How did you feel about people handling your work?
Congratulations by the way!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Yevgenia Watts said...

it sounds and looks so wonderful! I wish I could have been there...

6:58 PM  
Blogger Stephen Hall said...

AJ! This is a faboulous post, thanks for sharing it and how exciting!!! You are becoming a famous international artist now... :-)

5:31 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all, lovely people.

Cathy, it was thrilling. I am going to make a psot on the subject in the near future.

Cheers.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Princess G² said...

Hi Andrea,

You were my favorite illustrator for this 2010's Travel Journal Festival. Your british humour is highly exotic for our french guys. Thank you for your coming.
I confirm that Tim is a good manager who speaks very tenderly about your works.
So I would like to join your friends for congratulations.

I hope you will come back next year or before to draw frenchy daily-life. You are welcome.

See you

Géraldine x

7:55 PM  
Blogger donny said...

congrats andrea! i'm glad you had such a good turnout. that's so awesome

10:18 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you, guys.

Geraldine, it's so great to get some feedback after the event. It was such a great experience for me - meeting all of you! I have something planned for next years fair, but would love to return sooner. Nice to hear from you.

Cheers, Andrea.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Pippa said...

PLEASE do one of these in the UK!

2:16 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Pips, I wish there was something like this in the UK. I'd be there! Maybe we should start it?!

Thanks, chuck.

5:32 PM  

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