A sur’prize’ ing exhibition!

Looking rather surprised…

I am pleased to report that not only were the four paintings I submitted to The Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition selected and hung – but one of them won the top prize, the Gladys Teesdale award! I’m delighted – and was rather surprised when I found out, as this photo will attest.

The three other paintings on show include a new one I put up on my social media pages a few days ago called ‘Water’s Edge’.  A slight detour into semi abstraction, which I am enjoying.

water rocks and trees

Water’s Edge (20″ x 20″ mixed media on canvas)

Here’s a photo.  Blues never translate well to photographs (although I’m no great photographer).  The version on the wall looks better.  If you are local, why not pop down and take a look?  Lots of other lovely artworks there too 🙂 The exhibition is now open at Stamford Arts Centre until 13th October. See https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/

 

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Life’s a Beach

 

Inspired by my trip to Spain over the summer I have completed a small series of (well, three!) paintings of beach scenes.  You might have seen them already if you follow me on social media but here they are all together.  They are also now on my website http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

I’ve got plenty more ideas for future paintings so watch this space!  It’s been interesting how the Mediterranean light has caused me to change my colour mixes.  For instance I’ve used Cerulean Blue a lot more than I would in the UK.

I am handing in paintings today for selection for the Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition which starts on Monday 1st October and runs until 13th October at Stamford Arts Centre.  I’ll be reporting back on that next time but if you are local and free that day please do come along to the Preview event this Sunday, 30th September from 11.30am – 1.30pm.  It would be lovely to see you! I’ll also be on stewarding duty at the gallery on Friday 5th October from 10am to 12.30pm so please do say ‘hello’.

 

 

 

A refreshed website!

http://www.sarahjenningsartist.com/

I am back to work after a lovely summer and feeling the usual Autumn urge to ‘get organised’.  Rather than buy myself a new pencil case (although I was tempted!) I have spent time giving my website some attention.  Not only do my giclee prints and greetings cards now appear – there’s now a fancy shopping cart and a link to Paypal so they can be bought at the click of a mouse.  Mini paintings also available to purchase this way.  Please get in touch about larger paintings to chat about prices,frames and delivery.

Talking of frames, I am now busy preparing for the Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition which takes place at Stamford Arts Centre between 1 – 13 October.  You are most welcome to the preview on Sunday 30 September 11.30am – 1.30pm if you can make it.

I’ll also be showing paintings in the Stamford Arts Centre anteroom throughout November.  Best get back to the easel!………

Patchings exhibition 2018

‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ hanging in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

A rather belated update on the exhibition of one of my paintings at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.

I popped over to see the exhibition on 15th July on the last day of the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival.  Now in its 25th year, the festival is always a lovely event.  There are lots of art materials to tempt the pocket and it’s great to see artists demonstrating their painting in the marquees – although I confess I was pleased not to be one of them.  It was boiling hot! (hence, incidentally, the image above of me looking rather red and weary :))

My painting, ‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ was one of only 70 selected for exhibition in an open competition run by The Artist magazine so I am very pleased to be included, as you can imagine. Although the Festival is now over the exhibition continues until 12th August so there is still plenty of time to visit.  You will find a mix of high quality, mostly figurative, work in a variety of styles and media – and a coffee shop next door too!

Should you feel inclined to vote my painting your ‘People’s Choice’ (thank you!) you can do so here http://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm  

From that link you can also see the other works on show and you can find directions to Patchings Art Centre via their website  http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk

I plan to post some new work soon.  There are a few things I have been working on which are a little different.  Touch and go at the moment whether they work…….!

 

Feeling the heat at Open Studios

In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends.  There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come.  It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!

In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin.  Fun!

I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting.  I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition.  More on that next time……

Bluebell Carpet

bluebells, wood and water

Bluebell Carpet (16″ x 20″ acrylic and oil on canvas board)

The bluebells at nearby Rutland Water put on a good display this year and prompted me to produce another largish (for me) painting. Creating the ‘dribbles’ was especially fun 🙂

This painting, along with others, will feature in my Open Studios event on Saturday/Sunday 23 & 24 June and Saturday/Sunday 30 June & 1 July.  This is part of Rutland Open Studios  – follow a trail around beautiful Rutland and Stamford and see lots of lovely artwork.  What’s not to like?  You can see and download the Rutland Open Studios brochure detailing participating artists and studio opening times here http://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/ 

Please do pop in and see me at my open studio if you in the Stamford area.  I’ll have cards and prints for sale as well as original paintings and I ‘d love to chat about my inspiration, how I create my paintings and the materials I use.  I’ll be open between 10am and 4pm on 23, 24, 30 June and 1 July at 71 Exeter Gardens, Stamford PE9 2SA.  Open by appointment at other times – just give me a call to check I’ll be in on 07887 403054

An exhibition of paintings by some Rutland Open Studios artists (including me) is currently taking place at Rutland County Museum, Oakham.  It’s a great show and entry is free.  Check out the Museum’s website for opening times – generally open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The exhibition runs until 16 June. See http://rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk/

 

Blue Sky Magnolia

magnolia blossom and blue sky

Blue Sky Magnolia (16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas board)

I’ve been enjoying the recent warm, sunny weather and so have the plants and trees in my garden.  The blossom on my magnolia tree was especially good this year and I couldn’t resist painting it.  At 16″ x 20″ this painting is larger than my ‘usual’ – and a rectangular format too – but somehow the subject matter seemed to merit it.  Well it is a tree, after all……..