As photographs are not allowed and they never seem to have pictures in the catalogue of the items you like best (with a few exceptions) I've learnt the value of scribbling down quick sketches of what grabs my attention.
On this visit, as in recent years, I concentrated mainly on the prints in the Large Weston Room.
I particularly like the composition of the linocut by Jennifer Hall and the handpainted background to the etching by Katherine Watkins( both featured in the 'prints under £500') I admire Chris Orr's dynamic drawings and prints, often with a lot of humour to them. Among this year's offerings are the 'Improved Rhinocerous' ( with its wealth of detail) and sketches of London in 'The Tide Runs Strong Here' .
In the Small Weston Room, a corner was hung with textile related pieces. Those that appealed were a still life by Peter McNiven of a stash of fabric and basket of sewing things; an embroidered picture of red shoes by Jayne Ward and a subtle work by Bridget Jackson of unpicked and resown canvas (quite different to her bright paintings of clothing)
In room V there was a textile piece in cut and twisted felt by Anna Kyyro Quinn and in a slightly different line , several works in Uccelli series by Jennifer Durrant of painted canvas cut and applied to a background in patchwork-like patterns.
My favourites? I was rather taken by a painting of a red formica table by Jo Oakley, with its reduced colour palette and variety of textures and quality of surface (shiny table, matt textured 'wallpaper') but in the end its the luminous 'temple painting' by Ian McKeever that haunts both Ian and I