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 😉

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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!

Rainy Day London

River Thames in London.  Rainy Winter afternoon.  South Bank

Rainy Winter Afternoon. South Bank from The Thames (30cm x 30cm acrylic inks and acrylic on paper)

I don’t often paint cityscapes  but was inspired to do so this time after a February trip to London to deliver my painting to the Mall Galleries in preparation for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition.

The weather was exceptionally wet.  After trudging down the Mall followed by pizza to warm up (!) we decided to take a river trip up the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Visibility was fairly poor but, oddly, that added to the quality of the experience.  The resulting painting is really a tonal one interspersed with the occasional spot of colour. I was interested in trying to recreate the dampness of the day and the flat light.  Watercolour might have been the obvious choice but I decided to give it a go in acrylic inks on quite a textured watercolour paper.  Somehow it seems rather calming….

Last Sprouts Standing

liner of sprouts in the snow on an allotment

Last Sprouts Standing (30cm x 40cm acrylic on mount board)

The forecast snow did arrive but we were fortunate not to have too much of it.  I am hoping soon to be painting some spring colour again!  This is the second of my snowy allotment pieces.  I just loved the shapes of the leaves against the snow and had fun trying to recreate this by ‘negatively painting ‘ –  by painting the spaces around and between the leaves and stalks rather than the leaves and stalks themselves.

Snow Compost

shed and compost heap on allotment in snow

Snow Compost (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend.  Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago.  Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!

Winter. Tree Reflections 2

tree reflections in winter river

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

As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series.  Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’  but there are some subtle differences.  I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!