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.
More colour studies!
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 😉
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
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!
Where has the time gone? Nearly a month has passed since my last post, although I have been busy. Mostly busy preparing for exhibitions rather than painting if truth be told. However paintings have been selected and framed and now hung. As of 1 May I have paintings in two exhibitions running concurrently at Stamford Arts centre. My own exhibition of 24 paintings hangs in the anteroom and a further 3 paintings are hanging in the main gallery as part of the Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition. The Spring Exhibition runs until 13 May but my anteroom exhibition runs until 31 May – plently of time to pay a visit. My photos don’t really do the paintings justice. The Arts Centre does a fine line in lunches and cakes. Just saying…….
Mistletoe-laden trees and sunlit arch, Burghley (February) (10″ x 10″ oil on board)
Another Burghley piece … and more trees! Many of the large trees in Burghley park have mistletoe and this is all the more obvious in Winter/early Spring before the trees come into leaf. The shapes are fantastic and rather surreal. The early Spring light is pretty special too. A joy to paint!
I quite often get asked how I approach making a painting and as I remembered to take some photos of work in progress on this one (which is rare!) I thought I would share.
The approach varies depending on the medium I am painting in but this is fairly typical for paintings done in oil.
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) – stage 1
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) – stage 2
My painting surface here is 3mm MDF which I have primed with several coats of household primer and then a coat or two of artist’s ‘gesso’. I then stain the white surface to a cool or warmish grey, either with diluted oil paint rubbed in with a rag or sometimes with acrylic paint.
I start by roughly drawing out the main shapes with diluted oil, taking note in particular of where the darks will go (stage 1). The next stage is to mix up the colours I will be using and to ‘block in’ the main areas of colour, trying to get the lights and darks and the colour mixes approximately right (stage 2).
Stage 3 then involves refining the block in until the painting is finished. There are lots of mini stages here and what amounts to ‘finished’ is often hard to gauge. Some people like a very detailed, refined image. Personally I strive not to fiddle and to try to achieve a ‘painterly’ work, which hopefully has interest to the viewer.
Here is the finished piece. I hope you like it.
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) 10″ x 12″ oil on board