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/

 

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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……..

Snowy images on a sunny Bank Holiday!

Just in case you are feeling a little too hot on what may be the warmest Bank Holiday since 1978 here’s a reminder of snow!  A couple of small mixed media paintings from sketches made over the last Bank Holiday weekend at Easter – snow still lying on the higher hills in North Wales and a freezing cold wind 🙂

 

An Explosion! …and a commendation

orchid

Orchid Explosion! (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

I was given an orchid a few weeks ago and felt  inspired to paint it before it died.  I don’t seem to have much luck with them once they’ve finished flowering.  This was painted mainly in acrylic inks and acrylic paints with some oil pastel and I had great fun with the splatters.  Much to my surprise the orchid is still happily flowering.  Maybe my luck has changed!

tree reflections in winter river

Winter.  Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

I have three paintings currently on display in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition.  It’s a great show and if you are local please do pop in and take a look.  I’ll be there stewarding on the morning of Wednesday 9th May if you want to say hello.The exhibition closes on Saturday 12th. I am pleased to say that one of my paintings received a commendation (see above).  Many thanks to the selectors and to the guest judge, Peter Barker – a very talented painter and owner of the Peter Barker Fine Art gallery in Uppingham.

Exhibitions and fun with colour!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since my last post.

Family trip to the RI exhibition (well part family..my husband and son not photographed)

On 5th April I took a trip with the family to the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (the ‘RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  The show was packed and the paintings displayed were seriously impressive.  The artists showing had worked in every conceivable type of water based paint (inks, watercolours, gouache, acrylics) sometimes combined with collage too and I’ve got lots of new ideas for future projects!  I was also able to meet for the first time artists who I had only previously got to know through social media.  My painting, The Old Shed, is on display in the North Gallery and I am pleased to report that it has sold.  A small part of a Stamford allotment will be finding a new home when the exhibition ends this Saturday!

No sooner is one exhibition closing than a new one is opening.  I hope to have paintings selected for the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition, which opens at Stamford Arts Centre on 30th April and runs until 12th May.  More on that to follow.

Finally, I was lucky to spend a few days last week at Norfolk Painting School on a course specialising in colour.  it was very instructive and lots of fun and I am sure this is all going to feed into future work.  The couple of rough oil sketches above give you a flavour 😉

Red, Amber, Green

city street with buildings cars and reflections

Red, Amber, Green (35cm x 35cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

More collage and more rainy London!  I was initially attracted to the green reflections from the traffic lights on the wet surface of the pavement.  Then I noticed that the lights in the buildings were glowing yellow (amber?) as dusk was approaching.  Red brake lights completed the picture.  I had my own traffic light combo – no problems choosing a title for this painting!

A glimpse of St. Paul’s…..

A Glimpse of St. Paul’s in the February Rain (30cm x 35cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I had fun using collage with mixed media for this view of St. Paul’s cathedral and the Millennium Bridge from the Thames.  I tend not to use collage often for rural scenes but it somehow seems quite appropriate for urban ones.  Much of the original collage has been covered by acrylic inks and/or acrylic paint and I certainly enjoyed the mark-making – and of course the splatters!