I come across a wide variety of people through my dancing. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to really get to know someone. Dancing is the priority. Talking or chit-chat is something one does in-between dances. It needs to be simple conversation because it is highly likely that one will be interrupted mid-sentence for a dance.
It has taken me years to learn things about some of the people I dance with. Being a woman, my conversations with other women tend to be a bit deeper and more informative. Conversations with men tend to be more superficial. I have to be careful when conversing with some men as they often think I am interested in them for something other than just the fact that they are a human being. I will usually speak to anyone as I am interested in people.
I bring this up because Julian Sutherland-Beatson, one of the men I know through Salsa, wrote to me on this blog, after reading one of my posts, to inform me of a project he is working on. It’s ironic that he had to tell me about it in this way, but that is only because I have stopped going to Salsa in order to learn how to belly dance and the classes happen to be on the same evening. (It was a tough decision, but I have always wanted to learn how to belly dance and I already knew how to Salsa. I thought that I might be able to do both, but the BD class really tires me out at the moment!)
I opened the link that Julian sent me. I have to say I was very impressed. I have mentioned before that Eastbourne and the area around it is the home for many creative people. Julian is one of those people. He has been working on a project of a painting a day called Sussex 365 – 365 painting of the Sussex Countryside and Coastline. You can find the link to it here. I never knew that Julian was an artist. I have seen him at a few Towner openings, but I go as an art lover. Who would have thought? I have never had a chance to speak with him properly as he was always at the front door collecting the money for the Salsa or teaching a class.
It looks as though Julian has completed his project. I have had a look at some of the paintings and I really like them. The blog surely doesn’t do justice to them and I am hoping to get a chance to see some of them at the East Dean Open Art Weekend of the 7th and 8th of August 2010. Here is a PDF for the events that weekend. Julian’s paintings can be found at item 11. There is also a map to show you where everything is. OpenArt 2010 aw spreads low res copy
The last time I went to an Open Art weekend, I came home with four paintings and a sculpture, and a giant canvas on order! Hmmm!