Category Archives: July

Patchings, small flower paintings and my next solo exhibition

It was lovely to welcome visitors to my Open Studios events over the weekends of 22/23 and 29/30 June.  Many thanks to those who came, chatted, made purchases and generally put up with the antics of our enthusiastic new puppy, Bramble!

As I currently have the job of ‘chief puppy carer ‘I am having to grab time to paint at the moment and I have been enjoying making some small ‘pochade’ sized paintings (6″ x 8″) inspired by flowers in my garden.  It is just as well that I was able to record them in paint as Bramble is doing a good job of digging holes and eating the flowers that remain!

All three are available to buy for just £50 (unframed) from my website here should you be tempted  https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

I currently sell my paintings from the website unframed as this helps to reduce the cost of delivery.  I would of course be happy to assist or advise on framing, should this be of interest.

My work in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

I popped over to The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre this weekend to see the selected works and have a look at the hang of my mixed media painting ‘Three Palms’.  It is lovely to have had my work chosen again and find it hanging with paintings from professional artists and art tutors whose work I admire.  The exhibition runs until 11th August (with free entry and a lovely tea room and art supply shop…..) but if you can’t make it you can see images of the selected works here and vote for your ‘People’s Choice’.  There are some great paintings on show https://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm

My next solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

On the subject of tea rooms, Stamford Art Centre cafe has just had a refurbishment which is well worth checking out and if you visit in September you will see my work hanging in the ‘anteroom’ (the bottom section of the cafe adjoining the rooms for hire and the main gallery).  If you are local do take a look and let me know what you think.  It is always lovely to get some feedback!

I wish you all a lovely summer in the meantime.  As always do get in touch if you have any queries, about my paintings or otherwise.  I am frequently posting on my Facebook and Instagram pages too.

Summer? Where’s the sun?

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Summer sun at Open Studio 2018

I’ll be opening up my studio to visitors this weekend and next (22/23 June 10 am – 4 pm  and 29/30 June 11 am – 4.30 pm) with Rutland Open Studios   https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/ and Peterborough Artists Open Studios http://paos.org.uk/  – do come if you can!   Preparing this year has been rather a challenge, due in part to the extremely wet weather but mostly because we have a new puppy at home.  He is adorable but of course rather time consuming!

When I have managed to find a little time this has been to create some small paintings, each measuring 6″ x 8″,  in my little ‘pochade’ paint box.

The first was a small study of some pink geraniums which I was supposed to be planting out in the garden.  I couldn’t resist painting them first 🙂

The second was completed during my stewarding session at the Rutland Open Studios taster exhibition which took place in Oakham between 25 May and 1 June.

I am hoping to do a few more small ones as and when I get the chance.  These two will be available at my open studio unless they are snapped up first from my website where they are currently for sale unframed along with some other little ones for £50 each – https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

Do keep in touch either here or through my social media channels.  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Patchings exhibition 2018

‘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!

Should you feel inclined to vote my painting your ‘People’s Choice’ (thank you!) you can do so here http://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm  

From that link you can also see the other works on show and you can find directions to Patchings Art Centre via their website  http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk

I plan to post some new work soon.  There are a few things I have been working on which are a little different.  Touch and go at the moment whether they work…….!

 

Feeling the heat at Open Studios

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……

Patchings 2017 – and an award

Patchings exhibition 2017

I am delighted to have been chosen to exhibit again this year at The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings Competition and exhibition – and excited again to be a prizewinner (£250 worth of materials from Caran D’Ache)!

The exhibition opened in conjunction with the start of the Patchings Art, Craft and Photography Festival (which took place 13 – 16 July) and continues to run at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire until 20 August.  If you are in the area, do pay it a visit.  If you are unable to get there all of the exhibited works and prize winners can be seen on the following website – where there is also the chance to vote for my painting as your People’s Choice, should you wish https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/TALP/TALP_Exhibition/gallery_view.php?Ref=?d&Entrant=?LP0411

 

The Great Stamford Brush Off

I have just spent an enjoyable couple of days plein air painting with other artiists from the Welland Valley Arts Society.  The weather was fabulous and of course there were plenty of wonderful views in Stamford for us all to paint.   Our event also coincided with the annual Stamford music festival, providing additional interest.

These are my three ‘bijou’ works from the event.  They and the paintings made by other participating artists are currently on exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre for the next two weeks.  Do take a look!