Bringing the outside in

California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks.  They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark.  It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!

Still feeling blue

…..bluebells this time!

The bluebells seemed to be fantastic this year and a few weeks ago I took sketchbook and camera out with me to record them before they disappeared.  I actually created these two oil paintings shortly afterwards but it has taken me a little time to post them here.  Hope you like them! Available to buy here  http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

 

Allotment Blues

Allotment Blues (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

This is the second of my allotment pieces.  The combination of the blue shed and pots and the vivid spring green grass was something I knew immediately that I wanted to paint. Lots of fun!  Available to buy here  http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

I’ve lots more recent paintings to share that I have not yet found time to put here so expect a flurry of posts over the course of the next few days.

Sunshine and showers – good for the flowers…

and good for vegetable growing too, no doubt.

A Place to Sit (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

A few weeks ago I started visiting local allotments with the idea of painting the growing season and general allotment life.  All I managed at the time was to make a few sketches and take a few photos.  This is the first of two paintings based on the sketches.  I was attracted by the empty chair and wondered how many times it had been wearily sat upon for that well-earned mug of tea.  I plan to go back with my paints next time and know that given the recent weather the scene will have completely transformed!

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Exhibition news

Where has the time gone?  Nearly a month has passed since my last post, although I have been busy.  Mostly busy preparing for exhibitions rather than painting if truth be told.  However paintings have been selected and framed and now hung.  As of 1 May I have paintings in two exhibitions running concurrently at Stamford Arts centre.  My own exhibition of 24 paintings hangs in the anteroom and a further 3 paintings are hanging in the main gallery as part of the Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition.  The Spring Exhibition runs until 13 May but my anteroom exhibition runs until 31 May – plently of time to pay a visit.  My photos don’t really do the paintings justice.  The Arts Centre does a fine line in lunches and cakes. Just saying…….