The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated….(apologies to Mark Twain)

I am still alive and painting.  Very many apologies for leaving it so long to post here.  Memo to self – get organised!

What have I been up to since February you might ask?  Well..

I’ve been playing around with mixed media and trying out some unusual painting formats (very long landscape and very tall portrait), which has been fun to try.

I’ve been painting some square ones too – in a slightly larger size then usual (16″ x 16″) and on canvas rather than board – and that’s been interesting (see below)

I’ve been exhibiting some allotment paintings at Rutland County Museum, a mix of landscape and abstract paintings at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society’s Spring Exhibition (winning a commendation along the way, which was nice :)) and I have had paintings selected for and exhibited at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Vivacity Open 2019 competition.  It’s been a busy time!

The Vivacity Open exhibition is still on until 26th May so if you are local do pop in and take a look.  Here are the two paintings that got in (see below).  It’s a fun, contemporary exhibition with lots of lovely artwork and sculpture on show –https://vivacity.org/heritage/visiting-the-museum/

Patchings again!

Three Palms (30cm x 30cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I am really pleased to have one of my paintings, Three Palms, selected for exhibition in The Artist magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre again this year. As you may know, this is a very popular open competition which draws hundreds of entries from the UK and overseas.  It’s exciting and lovely to know that my work will be on show with some of the ‘household names’.  This is the fourth year in a row that my work has got through which feels great.  The exhibition runs from 11 July to 11 August (coinciding for the first few days with the Patchings Art Festival)  – see https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/

Open Studio time

I am excited to be taking part in both Rutland Open Studios and Peterborough Artists Open Studios events this year and opening up my garden studio to visitors on

  • Saturday/Sunday 22/23 June 10am – 4 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday 29/30 June 11am – 4.30pm

Do come along if you are free (and bring your friends and neighbours!).  I can’t guarantee we will have the fabulous weather we had last year but I can assure you of a warm welcome.  I will have original paintings on show (and for sale) with some prints and cards.  For more information see https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/and http://paos.org.uk/visitors/

Phew!  A very quick round up – and thanks for sticking with it.  Do get in touch with any comments or queries.  It would be lovely to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn/Winter Light and a magazine appearance

I’ve been enjoying working in series recently.  One idea seems to suggest others and it can be interesting to work on several paintings at once.  The warm low light on fields and a river near to my home was the inspiration for a recent series of 5 paintings, all in acrylic, in which I tried to push the colours in an effort to express warmth.  I hope that this comes across 🙂  Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.

The Artist magazine article march 2019

Article in The Artist magazine (March 2019 issue)

I was delighted to be informed a few weeks ago that my mixed media painting ‘A Glimpse of St Paul’s in the February Rain’ had been selected by the editor of The Artist magazine for a small prize and a write up in the magazine.  The magazine article appears in the March issue, which is currently in the shops ,and the prize will buy me some lovely new art materials.  I can’t wait to choose!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

As I am writing the sun is shining and the weather is feeling more spring-like.  I am looking forward to painting allotments and the changing landscape as the months progress.  Watch this space….

Abstract Experiments

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.  Spending time with the family meant that I didn’t get much painting done but it is always a useful time to reflect and make plans for the year ahead.

I’m back at the easel and will be posting new work soon but in the meantime I hope you will indulge me rounding up here a selection of abstract paintings I made towards the end of last year. I posted them on my social media pages and forgot to post here.  Oops!

Inspired by the landscape of North Wales I experimented with the simplification of shapes and colour.  In the purple series further texture was added with the addition of paper collage.

Having had fun abstracting shapes from the landscape I went a step further and created a series of completely abstract paintings concentrating on texture and colour.  These are in mixed media (acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastel) and I particularly enjoyed playing with the use of orange and blue (so-called complementary colours on the colour wheel).  The paintings are only small (each image measures 5″ x 5″) and the only photos I have of them show them framed up but you get the idea!

I’m not sure where I am going with these recent paintings but I guess that’s the fun of creating!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

I am very much looking forward to a creative 2019 and many thanks for joining me on my journey!

Memories of Summer

 

Not long until Christmas now and it’s been a bit chilly today.  Thanks to those who came to my Christmas Open Studio and sale.  It was lovely to see you and share art, mulled wine and mince pies.

Before summer becomes a distant memory I thought I would share with you some more mediterranean inspired paintings.  I had meant to post them here a while ago but it was all go with exhibitions.  You might have seen them already if you follow me on social media.  If so, here they are again (sorry).  If not, let’s feel the warm summer sun!

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Solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

I’m pleased to have just finished hanging 21 paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/ which is very exciting 🙂  The photos I’ve taken are not the best so why not pop down and see them in the flesh if you’re local and contemplate them over a coffee?  That way you can get up close and have a good old stare at the way the paint has gone on (…or maybe it’s just me that does that?!)

The exhibition runs throughout November so if you get the time to look do let me know what you think.  With prices starting at £80 they might make someone very happy on Christmas morning (and many years to come).  You can also see better images on my website here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_743081.html

I’ve noticed that the exhibition has a trees and allotment theme which was not a particularly conscious decision.  I guess you paint what you enjoy.  I’m off to hug a tree…….

Spring and Autumn

A couple of small paintings with not very imaginative names…..!

I’ve had a bumper crop of apples this year so an Autumnal still life was not hard to set up, although I have tried to add a little more interest by adding collage too.  My little Spring painting arose from using up some paint left on the palette and was really fun to do.  It is based on my favourite bluebell wood at Rutland Water.  Both paintings are now for sale at £45 each from the mini paintings section of my website http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

This weekend I will be hanging some paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre where they will be on show throughout November.  More to follow on this.

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/