Nearly There

11 Mar

R. Davies 'Let Peace Prevail'(Above: The Afghan Border from Mitchni Post in the Khyber Pass)

Yesterday I made a 300 mile round trip to Birmingham to submit my documents for a visa to Pakistan. I’ve been offered a residency to work with a group of international artists to produce a group show, culminating in an exhibition in Islamabad.  I visited Pakistan about 7 years ago and I absolutely loved the place! It’s beautiful, cultured and the people are so warm and friendly. It was one of those life-changing experiences and I’ve been keen to return. Oh and the food is fantastic.

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I did some drawings in my sketchbook while I was there and made a series of landscapes in full-colour monotype when I came back. They’re all based on tiny sketches except for the one of the Afghan children, which is based on a photograph taken in the Khyber Pass. The other three landscapes are based on drawings done at various places on a road trip up through the Karakoram mountain range to the Hunza Valley.

It’s been a difficult process applying for the visa, the amount of documentation has been enormous, I’ve made the trip to Birmingham twice (600 miles in all) and it’s expensive. Still, it’s reassuring that the checks are so thorough given the extent of terrorism across the world. The paperwork is now with the consulate where the final decision will be made.  Fingers crossed. I just can’t wait. I’m so excited!

16 Responses to “Nearly There”

  1. martinsdoodles March 13, 2014 at 13:43 #

    That’s going to be a great adventure, look forward to seeing the art

    • Rosie Scribblah March 13, 2014 at 14:31 #

      Thanks. I’m so looking forward to it – if the visa ever materialises!

  2. anna warren portfolio March 13, 2014 at 10:56 #

    What a wonderful opportunity – it has to be an enriching experience. And I love your monos!

  3. jhv57 March 12, 2014 at 13:25 #

    Reblogged this on JHladikVoss57's Blog and commented:
    Another exciting art adventure from Rosie!

  4. this is lemonade March 12, 2014 at 02:01 #

    Wow. Exotic indeed! How inspirational is that! No wonder you were so excited.Can only imagine the art that will come from this experience. What a fabulous opportunity. Hope it all goes well with the final stages of the visa application! 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah March 12, 2014 at 10:34 #

      Fingers crossed. I was so inspired by the place before, I can’t wait to get back 😀

  5. veronicacay March 12, 2014 at 01:48 #

    really excited for you – hope it all comes together soon 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah March 12, 2014 at 10:33 #

      Thank you. It’s a lot of planning and bureaucracy but it’ll be worth it.

  6. Sketchy on the Detail March 12, 2014 at 01:00 #

    What an amazing opportunity, I’m so jealous!

  7. kestrelart March 11, 2014 at 23:15 #

    This is great. How great to travel to do art.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 11, 2014 at 23:42 #

      Thanks. I’m really excited 🙂

      • kestrelart March 13, 2014 at 00:49 #

        If you ever run courses, it would be good to know, please. If I could get the time off, I would travel to Wales for a few days. I do admire your approach to drawing.

      • Rosie Scribblah March 13, 2014 at 10:42 #

        Thanks Neil. Sometimes we run courses at Swansea Print Workshop and they’ll be put up on the Facebook group, but no plans for the moment as everyone’s so busy with exhibitions and residencies. Will let you know 🙂

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