Category Archives: May

Blue Sky Magnolia

magnolia blossom and blue sky

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……..

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Snowy images on a sunny Bank Holiday!

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 🙂

 

An Explosion! …and a commendation

orchid

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!

tree reflections in winter river

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.

Still feeling blue

…..bluebells this time!

The bluebells seemed to be fantastic this year and a few weeks ago I took sketchbook and camera out with me to record them before they disappeared.  I actually created these two oil paintings shortly afterwards but it has taken me a little time to post them here.  Hope you like them! Available to buy here  http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

 

Allotment Blues

Allotment Blues (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

This is the second of my allotment pieces.  The combination of the blue shed and pots and the vivid spring green grass was something I knew immediately that I wanted to paint. Lots of fun!  Available to buy here  http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

I’ve lots more recent paintings to share that I have not yet found time to put here so expect a flurry of posts over the course of the next few days.

Sunshine and showers – good for the flowers…

and good for vegetable growing too, no doubt.

A Place to Sit (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

A few weeks ago I started visiting local allotments with the idea of painting the growing season and general allotment life.  All I managed at the time was to make a few sketches and take a few photos.  This is the first of two paintings based on the sketches.  I was attracted by the empty chair and wondered how many times it had been wearily sat upon for that well-earned mug of tea.  I plan to go back with my paints next time and know that given the recent weather the scene will have completely transformed!

Available to buy here http://www.sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html#!

 

Exhibition news

Where has the time gone?  Nearly a month has passed since my last post, although I have been busy.  Mostly busy preparing for exhibitions rather than painting if truth be told.  However paintings have been selected and framed and now hung.  As of 1 May I have paintings in two exhibitions running concurrently at Stamford Arts centre.  My own exhibition of 24 paintings hangs in the anteroom and a further 3 paintings are hanging in the main gallery as part of the Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition.  The Spring Exhibition runs until 13 May but my anteroom exhibition runs until 31 May – plently of time to pay a visit.  My photos don’t really do the paintings justice.  The Arts Centre does a fine line in lunches and cakes. Just saying…….