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Exhibitions and fun with colour!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since my last post.

Family trip to the RI exhibition (well part family..my husband and son not photographed)

On 5th April I took a trip with the family to the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (the ‘RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  The show was packed and the paintings displayed were seriously impressive.  The artists showing had worked in every conceivable type of water based paint (inks, watercolours, gouache, acrylics) sometimes combined with collage too and I’ve got lots of new ideas for future projects!  I was also able to meet for the first time artists who I had only previously got to know through social media.  My painting, The Old Shed, is on display in the North Gallery and I am pleased to report that it has sold.  A small part of a Stamford allotment will be finding a new home when the exhibition ends this Saturday!

No sooner is one exhibition closing than a new one is opening.  I hope to have paintings selected for the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition, which opens at Stamford Arts Centre on 30th April and runs until 12th May.  More on that to follow.

Finally, I was lucky to spend a few days last week at Norfolk Painting School on a course specialising in colour.  it was very instructive and lots of fun and I am sure this is all going to feed into future work.  The couple of rough oil sketches above give you a flavour 😉

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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….

Selection for the RI exhibition at the Mall Galleries

‘The Old Shed’ framed for exhibition at the RI

I was absolutely delighted to discover today that my mixed media painting ‘The Old Shed’ has been selected to be shown at the 206th exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) at the Mall Galleries in London.  I am extremely grateful to the selectors for choosing my painting from the over 1,100 works submitted this year.  To have my work exhibited alongside those of the extremely talented members of the RI will be an absolute privilege (albeit rather daunting too!)

The exhibition opens on 6th April and runs until 21st April and the Mall Galleries are on The Mall (you’d guessed it), just off Trafalgar Square and down the road from Buckingham Palace.  All the makings of a grand day out!

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!