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An Explosion! …and a commendation

orchid

Orchid Explosion! (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

I was given an orchid a few weeks ago and felt  inspired to paint it before it died.  I don’t seem to have much luck with them once they’ve finished flowering.  This was painted mainly in acrylic inks and acrylic paints with some oil pastel and I had great fun with the splatters.  Much to my surprise the orchid is still happily flowering.  Maybe my luck has changed!

tree reflections in winter river

Winter.  Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

I have three paintings currently on display in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition.  It’s a great show and if you are local please do pop in and take a look.  I’ll be there stewarding on the morning of Wednesday 9th May if you want to say hello.The exhibition closes on Saturday 12th. I am pleased to say that one of my paintings received a commendation (see above).  Many thanks to the selectors and to the guest judge, Peter Barker – a very talented painter and owner of the Peter Barker Fine Art gallery in Uppingham.

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Red, Amber, Green

city street with buildings cars and reflections

Red, Amber, Green (35cm x 35cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

More collage and more rainy London!  I was initially attracted to the green reflections from the traffic lights on the wet surface of the pavement.  Then I noticed that the lights in the buildings were glowing yellow (amber?) as dusk was approaching.  Red brake lights completed the picture.  I had my own traffic light combo – no problems choosing a title for this painting!

Winter. Tree Reflections 2

tree reflections in winter river

Winter. Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series.  Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’  but there are some subtle differences.  I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!

 

 

Winter. Tree Reflections 1

river in winter with trees, reflections and river bank

Winter. Tree Reflections 1 (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

The next in my series of river paintings is the first of two.  I splashed out the other day (excuse the pun!) and bought some black acrylic ink and then had a Johnny Nice Painter* moment and went completely crazy with it.  Lots of fun!

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

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

Thanks to those who took part in the quiz (see last post).  The first painting was in acrylic and the second in oil. The acrylic was marginally more popular than the oil and this seems to have been because people preferred the colour.  Thanks for your feedback, whatever your preference!

Here’s another Chester piece, again inspired by the Winter morning light that so impressed me a few weeks ago.  My vantage point was the suspension bridge, which gave me the opportunity to get a novel view of the River Dee from above – and include the fantastic reflections in the water. I hope you like it.