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/
Reclaimed (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
A glimpse of sunlight (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
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/
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 small oil study from sketches made on a walk around The Meadows in Chester a few weeks ago. The gorse bushes were glowing in the sun and with the warmth came the coconut smell of the gorse flowers. Lovely!
Field edge near Mill Farm, Empingham (May) (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
Ploughed field near Mill Farm, Empingham (May) (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
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…!