This is the first in a small series of mixed media paintings I am making of my local river. Sunny days have been few and far between recently but I did manage to catch the sun a week or so ago and was struck by how the lichens on the riverside trees seemed to glow. The river was high after a lot of rainfall and some small branches and pretty large twigs had washed downstream. I was also treated to the sight and sound of a small flock of long tailed tits – always a bonus!
I was absolutely delighted to discover today that my mixed media painting ‘The Old Shed’ has been selected to be shown at the 206th exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) at the Mall Galleries in London. I am extremely grateful to the selectors for choosing my painting from the over 1,100 works submitted this year. To have my work exhibited alongside those of the extremely talented members of the RI will be an absolute privilege (albeit rather daunting too!)
The exhibition opens on 6th April and runs until 21st April and the Mall Galleries are on The Mall (you’d guessed it), just off Trafalgar Square and down the road from Buckingham Palace. All the makings of a grand day out!
I worked up this painting from a small sketch I made a few weeks ago in the grounds of Burghley House. The low sun that morning meant there were some fantastic shadow shapes!