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The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated….(apologies to Mark Twain)

I am still alive and painting.  Very many apologies for leaving it so long to post here.  Memo to self – get organised!

What have I been up to since February you might ask?  Well..

I’ve been playing around with mixed media and trying out some unusual painting formats (very long landscape and very tall portrait), which has been fun to try.

I’ve been painting some square ones too – in a slightly larger size then usual (16″ x 16″) and on canvas rather than board – and that’s been interesting (see below)

I’ve been exhibiting some allotment paintings at Rutland County Museum, a mix of landscape and abstract paintings at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society’s Spring Exhibition (winning a commendation along the way, which was nice :)) and I have had paintings selected for and exhibited at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Vivacity Open 2019 competition.  It’s been a busy time!

The Vivacity Open exhibition is still on until 26th May so if you are local do pop in and take a look.  Here are the two paintings that got in (see below).  It’s a fun, contemporary exhibition with lots of lovely artwork and sculpture on show –https://vivacity.org/heritage/visiting-the-museum/

Patchings again!

Three Palms (30cm x 30cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I am really pleased to have one of my paintings, Three Palms, selected for exhibition in The Artist magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre again this year. As you may know, this is a very popular open competition which draws hundreds of entries from the UK and overseas.  It’s exciting and lovely to know that my work will be on show with some of the ‘household names’.  This is the fourth year in a row that my work has got through which feels great.  The exhibition runs from 11 July to 11 August (coinciding for the first few days with the Patchings Art Festival)  – see https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/

Open Studio time

I am excited to be taking part in both Rutland Open Studios and Peterborough Artists Open Studios events this year and opening up my garden studio to visitors on

  • Saturday/Sunday 22/23 June 10am – 4 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday 29/30 June 11am – 4.30pm

Do come along if you are free (and bring your friends and neighbours!).  I can’t guarantee we will have the fabulous weather we had last year but I can assure you of a warm welcome.  I will have original paintings on show (and for sale) with some prints and cards.  For more information see https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/and http://paos.org.uk/visitors/

Phew!  A very quick round up – and thanks for sticking with it.  Do get in touch with any comments or queries.  It would be lovely to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn/Winter Light and a magazine appearance

I’ve been enjoying working in series recently.  One idea seems to suggest others and it can be interesting to work on several paintings at once.  The warm low light on fields and a river near to my home was the inspiration for a recent series of 5 paintings, all in acrylic, in which I tried to push the colours in an effort to express warmth.  I hope that this comes across 🙂  Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.

The Artist magazine article march 2019

Article in The Artist magazine (March 2019 issue)

I was delighted to be informed a few weeks ago that my mixed media painting ‘A Glimpse of St Paul’s in the February Rain’ had been selected by the editor of The Artist magazine for a small prize and a write up in the magazine.  The magazine article appears in the March issue, which is currently in the shops ,and the prize will buy me some lovely new art materials.  I can’t wait to choose!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

As I am writing the sun is shining and the weather is feeling more spring-like.  I am looking forward to painting allotments and the changing landscape as the months progress.  Watch this space….

Abstract Experiments

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.  Spending time with the family meant that I didn’t get much painting done but it is always a useful time to reflect and make plans for the year ahead.

I’m back at the easel and will be posting new work soon but in the meantime I hope you will indulge me rounding up here a selection of abstract paintings I made towards the end of last year. I posted them on my social media pages and forgot to post here.  Oops!

Inspired by the landscape of North Wales I experimented with the simplification of shapes and colour.  In the purple series further texture was added with the addition of paper collage.

Having had fun abstracting shapes from the landscape I went a step further and created a series of completely abstract paintings concentrating on texture and colour.  These are in mixed media (acrylic inks, acrylic paints and oil pastel) and I particularly enjoyed playing with the use of orange and blue (so-called complementary colours on the colour wheel).  The paintings are only small (each image measures 5″ x 5″) and the only photos I have of them show them framed up but you get the idea!

I’m not sure where I am going with these recent paintings but I guess that’s the fun of creating!

As always, you can  find all of my available paintings on my website https://sarahjenningsartist.com/

From my website you can find links to my pages on social media (where I post most often) and you can sign up to my mailing list on my website home page  – or here! http://eepurl.com/dNxYMQ

I am very much looking forward to a creative 2019 and many thanks for joining me on my journey!

Spring and Autumn

A couple of small paintings with not very imaginative names…..!

I’ve had a bumper crop of apples this year so an Autumnal still life was not hard to set up, although I have tried to add a little more interest by adding collage too.  My little Spring painting arose from using up some paint left on the palette and was really fun to do.  It is based on my favourite bluebell wood at Rutland Water.  Both paintings are now for sale at £45 each from the mini paintings section of my website http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

This weekend I will be hanging some paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre where they will be on show throughout November.  More to follow on this.

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……..

Rainy Day London

River Thames in London.  Rainy Winter afternoon.  South Bank

Rainy Winter Afternoon. South Bank from The Thames (30cm x 30cm acrylic inks and acrylic on paper)

I don’t often paint cityscapes  but was inspired to do so this time after a February trip to London to deliver my painting to the Mall Galleries in preparation for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition.

The weather was exceptionally wet.  After trudging down the Mall followed by pizza to warm up (!) we decided to take a river trip up the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Visibility was fairly poor but, oddly, that added to the quality of the experience.  The resulting painting is really a tonal one interspersed with the occasional spot of colour. I was interested in trying to recreate the dampness of the day and the flat light.  Watercolour might have been the obvious choice but I decided to give it a go in acrylic inks on quite a textured watercolour paper.  Somehow it seems rather calming….

Snow Compost

shed and compost heap on allotment in snow

Snow Compost (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend.  Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago.  Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!