Category Archives: June

Bluebell Carpet

bluebells, wood and water

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/

 

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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.