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
I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks. They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark. It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!
Tree study. February morning. Burghley (6″ x 8″ oil on board)
Here’s the second of the small plein air pieces I painted at Burghley last week. There must be thousands of old trees in Burghley Park, many of them adorned with mistletoe, so it is easy for me to find subject matter everywhere! However last week I only had a short amount of time and a small board so I concentrated on trying to capture a small stand of trees which was being lit by the low sun. There were fantastic shapes – a couple of fallen trunks and some amazing twisted branches. I was also treated to deer grazing in the field! The best I could do that morning was to capture an impression of shape and colour. I may work this and the first painting up a little larger to explore the subject further.
Waking up to a frosty but bright Monday morning I took my paints and pochade box out to the parkland surrounding Burghley House. The light was lovely, the dog walkers were out and the parkland deer were quietly grazing. A pretty magical time. This is the first of two small oil sketches I was able to make before the cold got the better of me!
Stamford riverside life (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
Stamford music festival from the Meadows (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
Sunny Sunday morning at the Rec (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
I have just spent an enjoyable couple of days plein air painting with other artiists from the Welland Valley Arts Society. The weather was fabulous and of course there were plenty of wonderful views in Stamford for us all to paint. Our event also coincided with the annual Stamford music festival, providing additional interest.
These are my three ‘bijou’ works from the event. They and the paintings made by other participating artists are currently on exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre for the next two weeks. Do take a look!
Field edge near Mill Farm, Empingham (May) (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
Ploughed field near Mill Farm, Empingham (May) (6″ x 8″ acrylic on board)
Now that summer is officially here I am hoping to spend more time painting ‘en plein air’ (out in the field). To get me in the mood here are a couple of paintings I made in early May using my small 6 x 8″ pochade painting box. Not only were the paintings made ‘in the field’, they WERE of a field….on a sunny morning…!