Hidden Talents

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!

More info: http://www.eastdeanvillage.org.uk/clubs/club.asp?sectionID=44&articleID=885