Apples on the Allotment

Apples on the Allotment (10″ x 8″ acrylic on mount board)

Back to it after a week off – and back to the allotment.  I saw this on a sunny morning a few weeks ago and loved both the apple tree and the oil drum!

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Last of the Dahlias

Last of the Dahlias (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

A week or so ago I took advantage of the Autumn sunshine and popped down to my local allotment .  I do think it’s lovely when people grow flowers as well as veg.  I gave this the mixed media treatment as a way of trying to reflect the different textures in the scene, which was a bit of fun.

Trail through the Pines

Trail through the Pines (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

I’ve not given up on summer yet.  Trees remain a bit of an obsession still and this is based on a small sketch I made in August.  I was attracted by the shadows and the wonderful shapes of the pines.  Pure acrylic rather than mixed media this time.

Shady Tree in a Summer Cornfield

Shady Tree in a Summer Cornfield (25cm x 25cm mixed media on mount board)

A second painting inspired by my summer walk – looking uphill towards a shady tree on the horizon.  I worked on mount board which I pre-tinted purple, the complementary colour of the warm yellow of the corn.  Lots of fun with the mark making!

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield (25cm x 30cm mixed media on mount board)

This mixed media piece was inspired by the amazing colours I experienced when out walking over the summer.  It was early evening and the sun was low.  The cornfield was bathed in a warm glow and the clouds took on a bluish- purple.  It was all rather surreal!

Exhibition news and other updates

It’s been a long old time since my last post.  Many apologies!   I’ve not been idle.

  • My award winning painting ‘The Winding Road.  Yorkshire Dales’ appeared in the October issue of Leisure Painter magazine, which was exciting!

An appearance in October’s Leisure Painter magazine

  • On 22 and 23 September I took part in ‘The Great Stamford Brush Off’, a plein air painting event organised by Welland Valley Art Society.  The event coincided with Stamford’s Georgian Festival this year and the weather was very kind.  Completed paintings were exhibited in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre for the following week and I was fortunate to sell two of them.  Rather stupidly I forgot to photograph the paintings before they were framed under glass – so you will see reflections from the camera flash in the images below. I was working in mixed media and the paintings were great fun to do.   They represent a celebration of a lovely warm Autumn weekend.  I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
  • I am exhibiting 4 paintings in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of Welland Valley Art Society’s Autumn Exhibition, which opens today and runs until 14 October.  Here are the selected paintings.

Welland Valley Art Society have put on a great exhibition and it’s well worth a visit.  There are paintings, prints and sculpture on show – see the Arts Centre website http://www.stamfordartscentre.com

Allotment Greens

Allotment Greens (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

I thought that it would be fun to revisit an allotment I painted in the Spring and this is the result.

My original painting was titled ‘Allotment Blues’ – https://sarahjenningsartist.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/allotment-blues/

The plot has since greened up dramatically and I have tried to emphasise the enclosed feeling by purposely excluding the sky.  I was particularly attracted to the way the white flowers of the hollyhocks contrasted with dark shed on the left and the splashes of orange in the distance.  Still love the blue shed too!