Category Archives: June

Reclaimed by nature

Inspired by the ’30 days wild’ campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts every June, I visited my local nature reserve a couple of weeks ago on a lovely sunny morning and these mixed media pieces are the result.

The reserve is Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve, which is run by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. As the name suggests, the reserve is what was originally a working limestone quarry and I found it absolutely fascinating.  Some of the original stones remain and these are very much being colonised by nature.  The place was a quiet oasis of wildflowers and butterflies.  I’ll definitely be visiting again.  If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, here’s a link http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/ketton-quarry/

 

Bringing the outside in

California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)

I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks.  They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark.  It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!

A couple of plein air sketches

Now that summer is officially here I am hoping to spend more time painting ‘en plein air’ (out in the field).  To get me in the mood here are a couple of paintings I made in early May using my small 6 x 8″ pochade painting box. Not only were the paintings made ‘in the field’, they WERE of a field….on a sunny morning…!

News from Patchings

Me with my prize winning painting at Patchings

Me with my prize winning painting at Patchings

I am very pleased to announce that I have received an award from Daler- Rowney at the Patchings Open Exhibition for my mixed media painting ‘ Spring Stream, Barnsdale Woods’.

Although the festival has now finished the exhibiton of paintings continues at Patchings Arts Centre until 24 July.  Please take a look of you can.  There are some great paintings both in the Leisure Painter and The Artist categories.  If you can’t visit in person you can take a look online –  see http://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/TALP/TALP_Exhibition/gallery_view.php?Ref=?1520_4&Entrant=?56ebb9061976e and vote for your favourite.

If you are interested in buying my painting you can do so via Patchings Art Centre.  The price seems to have gone amiss on the website but is £145 for the original framed painting.

Wicken Fen continued….

Here are the remaining two paintings of the series recording Wicken Fen in March.  As with the first painting, these are both mixed media works on paper.