Bluebell Carpet (16″ x 20″ acrylic and oil on canvas board)
The bluebells at nearby Rutland Water put on a good display this year and prompted me to produce another largish (for me) painting. Creating the ‘dribbles’ was especially fun 🙂
This painting, along with others, will feature in my Open Studios event on Saturday/Sunday 23 & 24 June and Saturday/Sunday 30 June & 1 July. This is part of Rutland Open Studios – follow a trail around beautiful Rutland and Stamford and see lots of lovely artwork. What’s not to like? You can see and download the Rutland Open Studios brochure detailing participating artists and studio opening times here http://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/
Please do pop in and see me at my open studio if you in the Stamford area. I’ll have cards and prints for sale as well as original paintings and I ‘d love to chat about my inspiration, how I create my paintings and the materials I use. I’ll be open between 10am and 4pm on 23, 24, 30 June and 1 July at 71 Exeter Gardens, Stamford PE9 2SA. Open by appointment at other times – just give me a call to check I’ll be in on 07887 403054
An exhibition of paintings by some Rutland Open Studios artists (including me) is currently taking place at Rutland County Museum, Oakham. It’s a great show and entry is free. Check out the Museum’s website for opening times – generally open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The exhibition runs until 16 June. See http://rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk/
Blue Sky Magnolia (16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas board)
I’ve been enjoying the recent warm, sunny weather and so have the plants and trees in my garden. The blossom on my magnolia tree was especially good this year and I couldn’t resist painting it. At 16″ x 20″ this painting is larger than my ‘usual’ – and a rectangular format too – but somehow the subject matter seemed to merit it. Well it is a tree, after all……..
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!
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.
The bluebells seemed to be fantastic this year and a few weeks ago I took sketchbook and camera out with me to record them before they disappeared. I actually created these two oil paintings shortly afterwards but it has taken me a little time to post them here. Hope you like them! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
This is the second of my allotment pieces. The combination of the blue shed and pots and the vivid spring green grass was something I knew immediately that I wanted to paint. Lots of fun! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
I’ve lots more recent paintings to share that I have not yet found time to put here so expect a flurry of posts over the course of the next few days.
A few weeks ago I started visiting local allotments with the idea of painting the growing season and general allotment life. All I managed at the time was to make a few sketches and take a few photos. This is the first of two paintings based on the sketches. I was attracted by the empty chair and wondered how many times it had been wearily sat upon for that well-earned mug of tea. I plan to go back with my paints next time and know that given the recent weather the scene will have completely transformed!