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Patchings, small flower paintings and my next solo exhibition

It was lovely to welcome visitors to my Open Studios events over the weekends of 22/23 and 29/30 June.  Many thanks to those who came, chatted, made purchases and generally put up with the antics of our enthusiastic new puppy, Bramble!

As I currently have the job of ‘chief puppy carer ‘I am having to grab time to paint at the moment and I have been enjoying making some small ‘pochade’ sized paintings (6″ x 8″) inspired by flowers in my garden.  It is just as well that I was able to record them in paint as Bramble is doing a good job of digging holes and eating the flowers that remain!

All three are available to buy for just £50 (unframed) from my website here should you be tempted  https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

I currently sell my paintings from the website unframed as this helps to reduce the cost of delivery.  I would of course be happy to assist or advise on framing, should this be of interest.

My work in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

I popped over to The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre this weekend to see the selected works and have a look at the hang of my mixed media painting ‘Three Palms’.  It is lovely to have had my work chosen again and find it hanging with paintings from professional artists and art tutors whose work I admire.  The exhibition runs until 11th August (with free entry and a lovely tea room and art supply shop…..) but if you can’t make it you can see images of the selected works here and vote for your ‘People’s Choice’.  There are some great paintings on show https://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm

My next solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

On the subject of tea rooms, Stamford Art Centre cafe has just had a refurbishment which is well worth checking out and if you visit in September you will see my work hanging in the ‘anteroom’ (the bottom section of the cafe adjoining the rooms for hire and the main gallery).  If you are local do take a look and let me know what you think.  It is always lovely to get some feedback!

I wish you all a lovely summer in the meantime.  As always do get in touch if you have any queries, about my paintings or otherwise.  I am frequently posting on my Facebook and Instagram pages too.

Summer? Where’s the sun?

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Summer sun at Open Studio 2018

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.

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.

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!

 

 

 

Solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

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…….

A sur’prize’ ing exhibition!

Looking rather surprised…

I am pleased to report that not only were the four paintings I submitted to The Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition selected and hung – but one of them won the top prize, the Gladys Teesdale award! I’m delighted – and was rather surprised when I found out, as this photo will attest.

The three other paintings on show include a new one I put up on my social media pages a few days ago called ‘Water’s Edge’.  A slight detour into semi abstraction, which I am enjoying.

water rocks and trees

Water’s Edge (20″ x 20″ mixed media on canvas)

Here’s a photo.  Blues never translate well to photographs (although I’m no great photographer).  The version on the wall looks better.  If you are local, why not pop down and take a look?  Lots of other lovely artworks there too 🙂 The exhibition is now open at Stamford Arts Centre until 13th October. See https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/

 

Feeling the heat at Open Studios

In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends.  There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come.  It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!

In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin.  Fun!

I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting.  I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition.  More on that next time……

Pre-Selection for RI Exhibition

The Old Shed (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

I am thrilled that this painting has been pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London this April.  I won’t know until next month whether it makes the final selection but to have even got this far feels amazing!  Very many thanks to the selection panel and to those of you kind enough to support my work and offer encouragement.  I’ll keep you posted – fingers crossed!

Black-Eyed Susans

black eyed susans allotment

Black-Eyed Susans (25cm x 25cm mixed media on paper)

Something cheerful on a cold, dull day.  I think the proper name for these colourful daisies is Rudbeckia, but Black-Eyed Susan somehow sounds more homely.  They certainly brightened up a dull corner of a local allotment recently  and I loved the fantastic little shed with recycled guttering on the roof.  My fondness for sheds is now starting to rival my tree obsession……!