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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……

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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……!

Last of the Dahlias

Last of the Dahlias (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

A week or so ago I took advantage of the Autumn sunshine and popped down to my local allotment .  I do think it’s lovely when people grow flowers as well as veg.  I gave this the mixed media treatment as a way of trying to reflect the different textures in the scene, which was a bit of fun.

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield

Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield (25cm x 30cm mixed media on mount board)

This mixed media piece was inspired by the amazing colours I experienced when out walking over the summer.  It was early evening and the sun was low.  The cornfield was bathed in a warm glow and the clouds took on a bluish- purple.  It was all rather surreal!

Exhibition news and other updates

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.
  • 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.

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

Allotment Greens

Allotment Greens (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

I thought that it would be fun to revisit an allotment I painted in the Spring and this is the result.

My original painting was titled ‘Allotment Blues’ – https://sarahjenningsartist.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/allotment-blues/

The plot has since greened up dramatically and I have tried to emphasise the enclosed feeling by purposely excluding the sky.  I was particularly attracted to the way the white flowers of the hollyhocks contrasted with dark shed on the left and the splashes of orange in the distance.  Still love the blue shed too!