I am back to work after a lovely summer and feeling the usual Autumn urge to ‘get organised’. Rather than buy myself a new pencil case (although I was tempted!) I have spent time giving my website some attention. Not only do my giclee prints and greetings cards now appear – there’s now a fancy shopping cart and a link to Paypal so they can be bought at the click of a mouse. Mini paintings also available to purchase this way. Please get in touch about larger paintings to chat about prices,frames and delivery.
Talking of frames, I am now busy preparing for the Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition which takes place at Stamford Arts Centre between 1 – 13 October. You are most welcome to the preview on Sunday 30 September 11.30am – 1.30pm if you can make it.
I’ll also be showing paintings in the Stamford Arts Centre anteroom throughout November. Best get back to the easel!………
‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ hanging in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre
A rather belated update on the exhibition of one of my paintings at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.
I popped over to see the exhibition on 15th July on the last day of the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival. Now in its 25th year, the festival is always a lovely event. There are lots of art materials to tempt the pocket and it’s great to see artists demonstrating their painting in the marquees – although I confess I was pleased not to be one of them. It was boiling hot! (hence, incidentally, the image above of me looking rather red and weary :))
My painting, ‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ was one of only 70 selected for exhibition in an open competition run by The Artist magazine so I am very pleased to be included, as you can imagine. Although the Festival is now over the exhibition continues until 12th August so there is still plenty of time to visit. You will find a mix of high quality, mostly figurative, work in a variety of styles and media – and a coffee shop next door too!
Delphiniums by the Path (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)
Sage and Soup (6″ x 8″ oil on panel)
Beanz Bouquet (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends. There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come. It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!
In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin. Fun!
I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting. I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition. More on that next time……
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/
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……..
From the Hill Top to the River (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
Snow on the Tops. More on the Way. (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
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 🙂
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!
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.