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.
My small paint box (pochade)
Pink Geraniums (8″ h x 6″ w acrylic on board)
And popped into a frame…
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.
Grabbing time at the Rutland Open Studios taster exhibition
First of the Bluebells (6″ h x 8″ w acrylic on board)
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!
I’m pleased to have just finished hanging 21 paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/ which is very exciting 🙂 The photos I’ve taken are not the best so why not pop down and see them in the flesh if you’re local and contemplate them over a coffee? That way you can get up close and have a good old stare at the way the paint has gone on (…or maybe it’s just me that does that?!)
The exhibition runs throughout November so if you get the time to look do let me know what you think. With prices starting at £80 they might make someone very happy on Christmas morning (and many years to come). You can also see better images on my website here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_743081.html
I’ve noticed that the exhibition has a trees and allotment theme which was not a particularly conscious decision. I guess you paint what you enjoy. I’m off to hug a tree…….
It’s been a busy couple of weeks since my last post.
Family trip to the RI exhibition (well part family..my husband and son not photographed)
On 5th April I took a trip with the family to the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (the ‘RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries. The show was packed and the paintings displayed were seriously impressive. The artists showing had worked in every conceivable type of water based paint (inks, watercolours, gouache, acrylics) sometimes combined with collage too and I’ve got lots of new ideas for future projects! I was also able to meet for the first time artists who I had only previously got to know through social media. My painting, The Old Shed, is on display in the North Gallery and I am pleased to report that it has sold. A small part of a Stamford allotment will be finding a new home when the exhibition ends this Saturday!
No sooner is one exhibition closing than a new one is opening. I hope to have paintings selected for the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition, which opens at Stamford Arts Centre on 30th April and runs until 12th May. More on that to follow.
More colour studies!
Finally, I was lucky to spend a few days last week at Norfolk Painting School on a course specialising in colour. it was very instructive and lots of fun and I am sure this is all going to feed into future work. The couple of rough oil sketches above give you a flavour 😉
It’s been a long old time since my last post. Many apologies! I’ve not been idle.
My award winning painting ‘The Winding Road. Yorkshire Dales’ appeared in the October issue of Leisure Painter magazine, which was exciting!
An appearance in October’s Leisure Painter magazine
On 22 and 23 September I took part in ‘The Great Stamford Brush Off’, a plein air painting event organised by Welland Valley Art Society. The event coincided with Stamford’s Georgian Festival this year and the weather was very kind. Completed paintings were exhibited in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre for the following week and I was fortunate to sell two of them. Rather stupidly I forgot to photograph the paintings before they were framed under glass – so you will see reflections from the camera flash in the images below. I was working in mixed media and the paintings were great fun to do. They represent a celebration of a lovely warm Autumn weekend. I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Autumn Morning. Stamford (25cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Apples by the Door. Rutland Terrace (25cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
I am exhibiting 4 paintings in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of Welland Valley Art Society’s Autumn Exhibition, which opens today and runs until 14 October. Here are the selected paintings.
California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)
The Old Shed (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Allotment Greens (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Forest pool,Loch Morlich 2 (10″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)
Welland Valley Art Society have put on a great exhibition and it’s well worth a visit. There are paintings, prints and sculpture on show – see the Arts Centre website http://www.stamfordartscentre.com
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…….
Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8″ x 8″ acrylic on mountboard)
My first post of 2017 after a busy Christmas break. Happy New Year!
As I’ve been studio based recently I have been having fun experimenting with colour. This small piece is the companion to a mixed media painting I made of roughly the same location and which I posted on Facebook and my other social media pages on New Year’s day (see below).
Late afternoon. Winter (8″ x 8″ mixed media on paper)
The challenge was to try to recreate the atmosphere of light fading on a bitterly cold Winter’s day.
One of the advantages of daily painting is the opportunity to experiment. I can try something new each time I paint. Quite often I paint on a board that I have pre-tinted. It helps to unify the image and means that I am not confronted at the outset with the terror of a white canvas! I deliberately experimented here with painting on a board which I tinted a strong orange colour. When it came to painting the trees and their reflections I did this by ‘negatively painting’ the sky/water around them. I rather like the effect. The trees are stylized and the orange and blue play off against each other. Fun!