Patchings, small flower paintings and my next solo exhibition

It was lovely to welcome visitors to my Open Studios events over the weekends of 22/23 and 29/30 June.  Many thanks to those who came, chatted, made purchases and generally put up with the antics of our enthusiastic new puppy, Bramble!

As I currently have the job of ‘chief puppy carer ‘I am having to grab time to paint at the moment and I have been enjoying making some small ‘pochade’ sized paintings (6″ x 8″) inspired by flowers in my garden.  It is just as well that I was able to record them in paint as Bramble is doing a good job of digging holes and eating the flowers that remain!

All three are available to buy for just £50 (unframed) from my website here should you be tempted  https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

I currently sell my paintings from the website unframed as this helps to reduce the cost of delivery.  I would of course be happy to assist or advise on framing, should this be of interest.

My work in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

I popped over to The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre this weekend to see the selected works and have a look at the hang of my mixed media painting ‘Three Palms’.  It is lovely to have had my work chosen again and find it hanging with paintings from professional artists and art tutors whose work I admire.  The exhibition runs until 11th August (with free entry and a lovely tea room and art supply shop…..) but if you can’t make it you can see images of the selected works here and vote for your ‘People’s Choice’.  There are some great paintings on show https://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm

My next solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

On the subject of tea rooms, Stamford Art Centre cafe has just had a refurbishment which is well worth checking out and if you visit in September you will see my work hanging in the ‘anteroom’ (the bottom section of the cafe adjoining the rooms for hire and the main gallery).  If you are local do take a look and let me know what you think.  It is always lovely to get some feedback!

I wish you all a lovely summer in the meantime.  As always do get in touch if you have any queries, about my paintings or otherwise.  I am frequently posting on my Facebook and Instagram pages too.

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Summer? Where’s the sun?

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Summer sun at Open Studio 2018

I’ll be opening up my studio to visitors this weekend and next (22/23 June 10 am – 4 pm  and 29/30 June 11 am – 4.30 pm) with Rutland Open Studios   https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/ and Peterborough Artists Open Studios http://paos.org.uk/  – do come if you can!   Preparing this year has been rather a challenge, due in part to the extremely wet weather but mostly because we have a new puppy at home.  He is adorable but of course rather time consuming!

When I have managed to find a little time this has been to create some small paintings, each measuring 6″ x 8″,  in my little ‘pochade’ paint box.

The first was a small study of some pink geraniums which I was supposed to be planting out in the garden.  I couldn’t resist painting them first 🙂

The second was completed during my stewarding session at the Rutland Open Studios taster exhibition which took place in Oakham between 25 May and 1 June.

I am hoping to do a few more small ones as and when I get the chance.  These two will be available at my open studio unless they are snapped up first from my website where they are currently for sale unframed along with some other little ones for £50 each – https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

Do keep in touch either here or through my social media channels.  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated….(apologies to Mark Twain)

I am still alive and painting.  Very many apologies for leaving it so long to post here.  Memo to self – get organised!

What have I been up to since February you might ask?  Well..

I’ve been playing around with mixed media and trying out some unusual painting formats (very long landscape and very tall portrait), which has been fun to try.

I’ve been painting some square ones too – in a slightly larger size then usual (16″ x 16″) and on canvas rather than board – and that’s been interesting (see below)

I’ve been exhibiting some allotment paintings at Rutland County Museum, a mix of landscape and abstract paintings at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society’s Spring Exhibition (winning a commendation along the way, which was nice :)) and I have had paintings selected for and exhibited at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Vivacity Open 2019 competition.  It’s been a busy time!

The Vivacity Open exhibition is still on until 26th May so if you are local do pop in and take a look.  Here are the two paintings that got in (see below).  It’s a fun, contemporary exhibition with lots of lovely artwork and sculpture on show –https://vivacity.org/heritage/visiting-the-museum/

Patchings again!

Three Palms (30cm x 30cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I am really pleased to have one of my paintings, Three Palms, selected for exhibition in The Artist magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre again this year. As you may know, this is a very popular open competition which draws hundreds of entries from the UK and overseas.  It’s exciting and lovely to know that my work will be on show with some of the ‘household names’.  This is the fourth year in a row that my work has got through which feels great.  The exhibition runs from 11 July to 11 August (coinciding for the first few days with the Patchings Art Festival)  – see https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/

Open Studio time

I am excited to be taking part in both Rutland Open Studios and Peterborough Artists Open Studios events this year and opening up my garden studio to visitors on

  • Saturday/Sunday 22/23 June 10am – 4 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday 29/30 June 11am – 4.30pm

Do come along if you are free (and bring your friends and neighbours!).  I can’t guarantee we will have the fabulous weather we had last year but I can assure you of a warm welcome.  I will have original paintings on show (and for sale) with some prints and cards.  For more information see https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/and http://paos.org.uk/visitors/

Phew!  A very quick round up – and thanks for sticking with it.  Do get in touch with any comments or queries.  It would be lovely to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn/Winter Light and a magazine appearance

I’ve been enjoying working in series recently.  One idea seems to suggest others and it can be interesting to work on several paintings at once.  The warm low light on fields and a river near to my home was the inspiration for a recent series of 5 paintings, all in acrylic, in which I tried to push the colours in an effort to express warmth.  I hope that this comes across 🙂  Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.

The Artist magazine article march 2019

Article in The Artist magazine (March 2019 issue)

I was delighted to be informed a few weeks ago that my mixed media painting ‘A Glimpse of St Paul’s in the February Rain’ had been selected by the editor of The Artist magazine for a small prize and a write up in the magazine.  The magazine article appears in the March issue, which is currently in the shops ,and the prize will buy me some lovely new art materials.  I can’t wait to choose!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

As I am writing the sun is shining and the weather is feeling more spring-like.  I am looking forward to painting allotments and the changing landscape as the months progress.  Watch this space….

Abstract Experiments

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.  Spending time with the family meant that I didn’t get much painting done but it is always a useful time to reflect and make plans for the year ahead.

I’m back at the easel and will be posting new work soon but in the meantime I hope you will indulge me rounding up here a selection of abstract paintings I made towards the end of last year. I posted them on my social media pages and forgot to post here.  Oops!

Inspired by the landscape of North Wales I experimented with the simplification of shapes and colour.  In the purple series further texture was added with the addition of paper collage.

Having had fun abstracting shapes from the landscape I went a step further and created a series of completely abstract paintings concentrating on texture and colour.  These are in mixed media (acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastel) and I particularly enjoyed playing with the use of orange and blue (so-called complementary colours on the colour wheel).  The paintings are only small (each image measures 5″ x 5″) and the only photos I have of them show them framed up but you get the idea!

I’m not sure where I am going with these recent paintings but I guess that’s the fun of creating!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

I am very much looking forward to a creative 2019 and many thanks for joining me on my journey!

Memories of Summer

 

Not long until Christmas now and it’s been a bit chilly today.  Thanks to those who came to my Christmas Open Studio and sale.  It was lovely to see you and share art, mulled wine and mince pies.

Before summer becomes a distant memory I thought I would share with you some more mediterranean inspired paintings.  I had meant to post them here a while ago but it was all go with exhibitions.  You might have seen them already if you follow me on social media.  If so, here they are again (sorry).  If not, let’s feel the warm summer sun!

A reminder – all available paintings appear on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/index.html

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Solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

I’m pleased to have just finished hanging 21 paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/ which is very exciting 🙂  The photos I’ve taken are not the best so why not pop down and see them in the flesh if you’re local and contemplate them over a coffee?  That way you can get up close and have a good old stare at the way the paint has gone on (…or maybe it’s just me that does that?!)

The exhibition runs throughout November so if you get the time to look do let me know what you think.  With prices starting at £80 they might make someone very happy on Christmas morning (and many years to come).  You can also see better images on my website here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_743081.html

I’ve noticed that the exhibition has a trees and allotment theme which was not a particularly conscious decision.  I guess you paint what you enjoy.  I’m off to hug a tree…….