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Well, the promised snow came, and how beautiful did the Peak District look, this weekend?  I was quite giddy on Saturday getting texts from friends in Hartington and Darley Dale on the progress of the snowstorm. Bogdog particularly loves the snow, and acts like a puppy still. It does play havoc with her eyebrows though as you can see!   I was cuddling her the other day and my son took a photograph of the both of us. You know there is a magazine or is it a program that has been done about how pets look like their owners?...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 06 February 2012 01:42PM
Helen Clark - Peak District Artist and Missing Fireman Debacle
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Gulp - I am so sorry not to have blogged sooner. I just don't know where the time has gone since the jolly hollies finished. I bet you thought the men in white coats had really taken me away - you did, didn't you? My last couple of blogs were borderline  hysterical I thought -but nothing new there then - but I made it through all my work and got all my pet portraits done in time to get to the North Pole - a record 26 paintings this year. I'm still working on the aftermath - customers who ordered...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 30 January 2012 02:50PM
Helen Clark - Peak District Artist Talks Robot
I would just like to point out right from the start that I have not had an injunction from Mr Cocker’s solicitors. I thought you would all like to know as a good friend and sparring partner of mine said at the weekend, that he was quite disturbed with my blog last week and worried I came across as a right total loony? The fact that the last time me and him had one of our intense conversations/ playful arguments, we had consumed several bottles of wine and ended up fashioning napkins on our heads, (oh yeah and so did our spouses), I...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 28 November 2011 12:46PM
Helen Clark Blog: Pets, their Portraits and A Pair Of Peak District Pantaloons
The holidays are coming and the goose is getting fat - and all that. Helen Clark is getting stressed and that’s predictable too. Normally I’m so laid back (?!) I go with the flow, everything is nice and easy but at this time of year my stomach is always in knots and I lay awake worrying I won’t get all the pet portraits done in time to send them to the North Pole and into Santa’s sack. I’ve already called ‘Time gentleman please’ and can’t take on any more commissions in time for Christmas day...
Peak District Blog Posted on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:25AM
Helen Clark Blog :   Popstar Rocks Up At Rowsley
What is about the school holidays that turns a mild mannered wildlife artist into a fire breathing dragon? Is it that my plastic smile has to be dusted off and put on for the umpteenth time this year? Is it the fact that I can't paint properly because it's so busy and frustration builds until I go pop? Is it because I have to cross my legs until the shop empties so I can nip out? (Probably too much information- sorry)  Is it the fact that I entertained my 12 year old niece yesterday and she and my Sproglet decided to play 'Slam Attack'...
Peak District Blog Posted on Friday, 28 October 2011 10:55AM
Blog From The Peak District To Padstow And Back Again
This last weekend has been unseasonably warm with temperatures in the day hovering around 26 degrees then cooling off steadily through the night, ideal conditions for producing low lying mist in the bottom of the valleys and a perfect photographic opportunity. Saturdays plan therefore was to shoot the sunrise looking down over the Hope Valley. Anyone passing through the valley during the last 100 years will have been hard pressed not to notice Hope Cement works sitting on the hillside between the villages of Castleton and Bradwell....
Peak District Blog Posted on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:29AM
Stephen Elliott – 1st October in the Hope Valley
Ok Ok - I might have moaned a bit too loud about it being way too busy last week at my gallery - well not moaned exactly, it was more a  little panic stricken wail?  But I have just taken 18 pet portrait orders - yes 18 - in two weeks - and I think that entitles me to a little squeal don't you - anyone would moan - I mean wail - wouldn't they? (You can watch them all being done, by the way, on www.flickr.com/photos/villagerhelen ) Well anyway, back to the moaning- er wailing - it's now gone very quiet - this...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 03 October 2011 11:22AM
Helen Clark:  Early Morning Peak District Mists And A Wildlife Artist's Misty Eyes.
I am like a mad woman at the moment – yes, I can hear you laughing all the way to Castelton– but more so than usual my friends. Having gone through a Summer of madness and mayhem at my Gallery in Rowsley, NOT painting and NOT sitting down for more than two minutes at a time, I am still finding there aren’t enough hours in the day to get done what I need to. I still have pet portrait orders pouring in, trying to get as many done as I can per week,  and the world’s gone Christmas mad - I spoke this aloud today,...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 19 September 2011 10:33AM
Helen Clark - Life’s Too Short And Then You Die!
Well hello strangers - it’s been a while. How the devil are you all? I am truly sorry not to have blogged sooner but....STOP PRESS - I haven’t actually painted anything since the middle of July – unless you count the garden shed. I could have blogged about spending my time at home, my valiant efforts in trying to prize my teenager out of his bedroom to actually walk (walk? Heaven forbid) round the 2 streets where his friend lives - rather than stay in his pit all day and talk to him via Facebook  - but that...
Peak District Blog Posted on Friday, 09 September 2011 10:30AM
Helen Clark - Peak District Artist swaps jobs for the Summer
My Sproglet was away on a school Geography trip in Castleton last week. So that I didn’t have sleepless nights worrying myself silly that my son and heir was going to bungie jump off Mam Tor or go sky diving off Winnats Pass, the Hubster and I went away for a few days with Bog Dog (for those new to my blogs you won’t have a clue, who, or indeed what I am on about, but bear with me for the rest – you’ll catch on!)   We decided we’d have a walking holiday in North Yorkshire – it’s...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 21 July 2011 02:11PM
Helen Clark Blog : Sheep Tails and Perfect Fleeces
I was late for work opening my Gallery at Rowsley yesterday, It was Saturday, and no there usually aren’t many customers knocking the door down at 10 O’clock in the morning, which is when I open, but I hate being late – even though I’m my own boss and won’t get the sack - I hate being late. I say “late” – it was 10 to ten when I was speeding through Baslow (I use that term as an adjective for blog purposes, Mr Policeman  -of course I wasn’t actually speeding, I was hurrying, very...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 04 July 2011 03:36PM
Helen Clark:  Artist pays homage  to Peak District Cows
Well what happened with the fox cubs painting? Did my nutty neighbour from Buxton like it? Did I go mental from the stress of having to recreate something I really didn’t want to? Did I go to prison for something I didn’t do??????? Yes you did read that last bit correctly- I shall tell all my faithfull  Bloggers and Blogetts.  This tale gets better and better (Honestly what I have to put up with). I was (un) happily painting away at my (un)lovely painting and trying to blend into the woodwork in my Gallery ...
Peak District Blog Posted on Friday, 24 June 2011 10:50AM
Blog:  Helen Clark  - Peak District Artist Accused of Art Artifice
I have an order to get finished by the end of this week and I’m miles behind. A lovely Australian lady used to be my neighbour, many years ago, before the Child came along and me and The Hubster lived in blissful harmony with our 2 cats in Chesterfield – the year was 1995 B.BD  (I did mean to write B.BD – not A.D - It means Before.Bog Dog) This lady has now moved to Buxton and then to Ashbourne and now she’s arrived in Bakewell. Well she has commissioned me to paint a fox cub painting. Now I love foxes to bits...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:15AM
Helen Clark : Noisy Neighbours Disturb the Peace in Quiet Peak District Village
Well I’ve had a purr - fectly lovely time this week and I’m feline fine…….as you can probably guess from my bad puns, I’ve been painting my favourite subjects all week – cats.  It sometimes works like this. I don’t get commissioned to paint a cat for ages and then 3 come along at once. One of these lovely moggies belong to a very nice customer of mine and she is called the “Cat Lady “ on her sreet - even though she only has 3 cats. I know someone who has 18 cats and he...
Peak District Blog Posted on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 09:25AM
Helen Clark: Peak District Pussycat Implicated in Revenge Attacks
Phew – well we’re all still here aren’t we? The world didn’t end on Saturday. The first I heard of it was at the Post office at Rowsley on Saturday morning. I’d a big painting to post to Buxton, and I decided I’d get a dozen eggs at the same time. The postmaster, who I know very well said, “you’d better only get half a dozen – haven’t you heard the world is supposed to end tonight? If there’s an earthquake in New Zealand at 6 o’clock then start worrying”   ...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:57AM
Helen Clark:  The End of The Peak District as We Know it?
  Well enough of the Scottishness – I am back to my beloved Peak District and how glorious does it look at the moment? The sea and the lochs were absolutely stonking but there’s  no place like home  (SIT  -  Toto).   With all this much needed rain this week, have you noticed, everywhere has suddenly turned so green, fresh and lush - the Peak District has undergone a transformation.  Spring has sprung in earnest and I love it – give me Spring over Summer any day of the week....
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 16 May 2011 09:43AM
Helen Clark:  I’m the mood for Spring , simply because I’m near you.....  near the Peak District that is!
Now where was I- holiday. What holiday? We’ve been back a week and a bit and it seems like months ago – now I am beginning to wish I hadn’t promised part 2 ,as I will have to squeeze my eyes shut very tight and try to remember what happened next.  Also I have to write this blog while drowning out Spongebob Squarepants in the background (my son watching the TV – will he EVER grow out of watching this awful cartoon? I gather all the students watch it now, so I guess I’ve got a long way to go yet. I...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 12 May 2011 10:13AM
Helen Clark: From the Peak District to Loch Fyne and Back Again Part 2
Right, before I start, I need you to think about those adverts for Visit Scotland – you know the ones with all the whiteyness and the lovely beautiful blonde people rolling round in snow and the roaring fires and the crumbling castles ? (that advert  always makes me want to have a big glass of whiskey -I hate whiskey....it also makes me want to wear a lovely patterned pullover – now THAT’S good marketing) – well think about that advert and the lovely tinkly music and carry on reading.   We left behind...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 05 May 2011 12:18PM
Helen Clark - From the Peak District to Loch Fyne and Back Again (Part One of Two)
No snow references today I promise – dare I say it but I think Winter may have gone for good? it’s been another glorious week of sunshine and the bluebells are out already. Everywhere you drive in the white peak, places such as Great Longstone,  Foolow and Stoney Middleton, you can see the white walls interspersed with little white lambs jumping about in the lush green grass and the baby cows just being born – it’s a fantastic time of year.   The Peak District woodlands are awash with wild garlic...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 21 April 2011 08:01PM
Helen Clark – Mooo- ving to Peak District Pastures New?
Ok – you agree with me don’t you? We’ve just had a heat wave haven’t we? I’m not going mad or anything? How lucky are we in the Peak District ?  It’s been over 20 degrees and its April – ITS APRIL!!!!!!! How fantastic is that, people? I know the temperature dipped a bit in the middle of the week but it’s still fabulous weather. Where are the April Showers? Nowhere – diddly squat – no rain in the Peak District what-so-evva. We had no rain  in any of the...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 18 April 2011 10:46AM
Helen Clark - Heat Wave Humour in the Peak District:
I’ve got my Mojo back! You didn’t know I’d lost it did you? No, because  I hid it well that’s why, but I had definitely lost it.  Mojo well and truly........ Lost.  I put an ad in the paper saying as much. “Helen Clark has lost her Mojo  - have you seen it? Reward offered”. I’ve been looking for it for weeks. Under the sofa, in the bread bin, down the back of the settee? Nope- not there – I DID find the potato peeler in the fridge, but that’s by the by. I have...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:35AM
Helen Clark - “Mojo Lost in Peak District. Have you seen it? “
I don’t know about you but I think this Spring Forward Clock malarkey is just a thing to mess with our heads. It’s a conspiracy. Every year it catches me out. I ALWAYS forget to change one of the clocks in the house (I have to change the manual ones and my hubster – I never call him that but I have been forbidden to mention him in my blogs, he’s very shy you know, so he’ll have to put up with being called that –he does the digital ones as I always do it wrong I’m ashamed to admit but I do) This year...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2011 09:42AM
The Lark – Not – Ascending, in Monsaldale and Eyam
Well what a difference a day makes – well 7 days to be precise – which is technically a week - but that doesn’t roll off the tongue as well. Last week I was up to my eyeballs in muck, mayhem and madness (I dooo love a bit of alliteration don’t you?) I was valiantly trying to get the Gallery open for business, bravely fending off customers with my trusty paintbrush. These customers who came from far away lands such as Buxton , Ashbourne , Litton and Persia (you need to have read my last blog to understand. If...
Peak District Blog Posted on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:11AM
The Infamous Posh Purple Swizzy Chair from Rowsley
  Well I’m open at last – the Eagle has landed. And the owls have landed, the highland cattle paintings, the buzzard photographs, all my cat paintings, Villager Jim’s chicken photographs, his famous Springwatch starlings have landed ……..I could go on and on but you’ll be relieved that I won’t. Yes we’re all here.  Present and correct. No more moaning from me about decorating ceilings, hammerin   g screws, instead of nails, into walls, no more...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:59AM
The Litton Cat From Persia – Or It Might be the Other Way round.....
To be, or not to be ........ a decorator, a plumber, an electrician or a wood chopper-er and fixer to walls person? That is the question.     The answer is: No - No to any of those alternative professions for me thankyou very much. This is what I have been doing all week. The opening of the new Villager gallery at Caudwell’s Mill, Rowsley looms ever closer. I have pushed myself sooooo hard this week to get as much done as is womanly possible, so we can open by the end of the week. GULP. Grown up stuff...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 07 March 2011 12:21PM
Calamity Jane Falls From Ladder Shocker
Peak District Art - The Del Boys from Darley Dale
  Oh my gosh where has this week gone? How did it get to Sunday again so quick and what have I been doing all this time? I have no painting to show for it that’s for sure. The hares from Wardlow,  in last weeks teaser, are still sitting on my easel , hare- less. I haven’t picked a paintbrush up all week (only the decorating kind – the new Gallery at Rowsley is coming along nicely)   Had a customer in yesterday who I thought MUST have read last week’s Blog about my hangover. I was trying...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 28 February 2011 12:21PM
The Del Boys from Darley Dale
(names and places have been changed to protect the perpetrators of my headache) I am writing this blog on a Sunday morning. I am hungover.  Its sooooo not my fault.     The weather is awful and complements my banging head and slightly nauseous feeling in my stomach. There’s a bit of dirty looking snow left from the unexpected flurry we got yesterday (snow that wasn’t forecast might I add – how much do the weather people on the telly, get paid? It’s too much whatever)   ...
Peak District Blog Posted on Monday, 21 February 2011 11:35AM
The morning after the night before
This week’s been a very bizarre one and not very productive in the art department I’m afraid. I’ve had an allergic reaction to the damp paint I’ve been using whilst renovating the new gallery. Basically my cheeks swelled up to the size of watermelons and I looked like an Oriental lady. Not in an attractive way I may add. More like a character from Little Britain? I’ve had a terrible dose of sinusitis, have felt very spaced out and not felt like painting at all. Sneezing and slitty eyes is NOT conducive to...
Peak District Blog Posted on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:31AM
Toxic Waste found near Chatsworth
The majority of my work is from customers who want a favourite photograph turning into a painting. It  helps a great deal if it’s a good photo that I can use directly, without having to guess at any other details. For example I once had to turn down a commission from a photo from a couple from Hartington, that showed a tiny speck of something brown and furry, in a field. I was reliably informed it was a brown and white border collie with 3 legs but I couldn’t quite see the resemblance somehow?? I’m cheating a...
Peak District Blog Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:19PM
A Portrait of a Little Rabbit from Foolow.
This week saw the start of renovations to my new gallery at Rowsley .  I’ll be moving back there full time at the end of March and can’t wait for more space to move around in. I mentioned before that my current studio is a little compact. That’s an understatement. It’s like the cupboard under the stairs kind of small. Every time I turn round I knock a painting off the wall with my bottom (perhaps that’s more to do with the size of my bottom than the small area I have behind my desk but let’s move...
Peak District Blog Posted on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:28AM
Tarantula Turns up 2 miles from Bakewell
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