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
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.
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!
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…….
Bend in the road, Yorkshire Dales (February) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)
The winding road, Yorkshire Dales (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
Here are a couple more pieces inspired by my trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Variations on a theme but both in mixed media this time (a mix of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and acrylic inks). I loved the dry stone walls and had fun trying to create an impression of these.
Walking towards Janet’s Fosse (8″ x 8″ oil on board)
I spent a couple of days walking in the Yorkshire Dales a few weeks ago, including the must-do trail from Malham to Gordale Scar and then over to Malham Cove, with its cliff edge and fabulously preserved limestone pavement. To say the route is well trodden would be an understatement. There was a steady stream of walkers most of the way, especially from Malham village to the waterfall delightfully named ‘Janet’s Foss’. The sun was shining that morning after rain overnight and the views were magnificent. I’ve tried to capture in this small painting my experience of walking into the sunlight – the glare on the path, the walkers ahead and the cloudy mist on the hills ahead.
Mistletoe-laden trees and sunlit arch, Burghley (February) (10″ x 10″ oil on board)
Another Burghley piece … and more trees! Many of the large trees in Burghley park have mistletoe and this is all the more obvious in Winter/early Spring before the trees come into leaf. The shapes are fantastic and rather surreal. The early Spring light is pretty special too. A joy to paint!