Jelbert 17/08/12 – Juggling painting, children and books!


Hampshire Open Studios, 18th – 27th August (11am – 5pm)

An exhibition of original paintings by Wendy, Rosalind and Rebecca Jelbert

At: 25 Richmond Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 7LB

At the moment, with the children at home from school, I have so much to do, I don’t really know where to start. I have two commissions to do (landscapes), I have to prepare some paintings and biography etc for a teacher who is doing an A level project about me next term, I’m trying very hard to find a literary agent and I’m finishing some of my children’s stories before I start my Master’s in October – that’s on top of my part-time NHS job!

I like to be busy, but this is crazy. My husband has escaped on his motorbike (alone) for a couple of days to camp in Wales and I must admit, I have fallen back on the DVD fairy to keep the children busy for a bit, on this wet wet wet day in Bristol.

I am still waiting to hear back from the literary agent I wrote to and I’m wondering how long to leave it before sending off a letter to another agent. I have been writing and rewriting my query letter, along with the summaries of the story ideas for the series – it’s so hard to keep it concise, but the example letters on have been really useful, and they remind me that some people do actually get a positive response.

Last week we had a great camping trip to the New Forrest and I actually managed to sit down long enough to read a whole book. In camping chairs, surrounded by meandering horses and cows, I read ‘One Day’ and my eldest daughter read ‘Jane Eyre’ – fantastic. Although I had promised not to do any work there, I did have an idea for a new story and had to make furtive notes on my small, trusty notebook!

For details of other ‘Hampshire Open Studios’ (18/08 – 27/08) please contact Pete Gilbert on 01725 512333, email:


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I am a professional artist who is happy to take commissions, be they portraits, paintings of baby ultrasound scans, houses, or pets... Please see my art website for contact details: I have prints available for sale from
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