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Patchings, small flower paintings and my next solo exhibition

It was lovely to welcome visitors to my Open Studios events over the weekends of 22/23 and 29/30 June.  Many thanks to those who came, chatted, made purchases and generally put up with the antics of our enthusiastic new puppy, Bramble!

As I currently have the job of ‘chief puppy carer ‘I am having to grab time to paint at the moment and I have been enjoying making some small ‘pochade’ sized paintings (6″ x 8″) inspired by flowers in my garden.  It is just as well that I was able to record them in paint as Bramble is doing a good job of digging holes and eating the flowers that remain!

All three are available to buy for just £50 (unframed) from my website here should you be tempted  https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

I currently sell my paintings from the website unframed as this helps to reduce the cost of delivery.  I would of course be happy to assist or advise on framing, should this be of interest.

My work in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre

I popped over to The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre this weekend to see the selected works and have a look at the hang of my mixed media painting ‘Three Palms’.  It is lovely to have had my work chosen again and find it hanging with paintings from professional artists and art tutors whose work I admire.  The exhibition runs until 11th August (with free entry and a lovely tea room and art supply shop…..) but if you can’t make it you can see images of the selected works here and vote for your ‘People’s Choice’.  There are some great paintings on show https://www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/PatchingsGallery.htm

My next solo exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

On the subject of tea rooms, Stamford Art Centre cafe has just had a refurbishment which is well worth checking out and if you visit in September you will see my work hanging in the ‘anteroom’ (the bottom section of the cafe adjoining the rooms for hire and the main gallery).  If you are local do take a look and let me know what you think.  It is always lovely to get some feedback!

I wish you all a lovely summer in the meantime.  As always do get in touch if you have any queries, about my paintings or otherwise.  I am frequently posting on my Facebook and Instagram pages too.

Summer? Where’s the sun?

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Summer sun at Open Studio 2018

I’ll be opening up my studio to visitors this weekend and next (22/23 June 10 am – 4 pm  and 29/30 June 11 am – 4.30 pm) with Rutland Open Studios   https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/ and Peterborough Artists Open Studios http://paos.org.uk/  – do come if you can!   Preparing this year has been rather a challenge, due in part to the extremely wet weather but mostly because we have a new puppy at home.  He is adorable but of course rather time consuming!

When I have managed to find a little time this has been to create some small paintings, each measuring 6″ x 8″,  in my little ‘pochade’ paint box.

The first was a small study of some pink geraniums which I was supposed to be planting out in the garden.  I couldn’t resist painting them first 🙂

The second was completed during my stewarding session at the Rutland Open Studios taster exhibition which took place in Oakham between 25 May and 1 June.

I am hoping to do a few more small ones as and when I get the chance.  These two will be available at my open studio unless they are snapped up first from my website where they are currently for sale unframed along with some other little ones for £50 each – https://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

Do keep in touch either here or through my social media channels.  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated….(apologies to Mark Twain)

I am still alive and painting.  Very many apologies for leaving it so long to post here.  Memo to self – get organised!

What have I been up to since February you might ask?  Well..

I’ve been playing around with mixed media and trying out some unusual painting formats (very long landscape and very tall portrait), which has been fun to try.

I’ve been painting some square ones too – in a slightly larger size then usual (16″ x 16″) and on canvas rather than board – and that’s been interesting (see below)

I’ve been exhibiting some allotment paintings at Rutland County Museum, a mix of landscape and abstract paintings at Stamford Arts Centre as part of the Welland Valley Art Society’s Spring Exhibition (winning a commendation along the way, which was nice :)) and I have had paintings selected for and exhibited at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Vivacity Open 2019 competition.  It’s been a busy time!

The Vivacity Open exhibition is still on until 26th May so if you are local do pop in and take a look.  Here are the two paintings that got in (see below).  It’s a fun, contemporary exhibition with lots of lovely artwork and sculpture on show –https://vivacity.org/heritage/visiting-the-museum/

Patchings again!

Three Palms (30cm x 30cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I am really pleased to have one of my paintings, Three Palms, selected for exhibition in The Artist magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre again this year. As you may know, this is a very popular open competition which draws hundreds of entries from the UK and overseas.  It’s exciting and lovely to know that my work will be on show with some of the ‘household names’.  This is the fourth year in a row that my work has got through which feels great.  The exhibition runs from 11 July to 11 August (coinciding for the first few days with the Patchings Art Festival)  – see https://www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk/patchings-festival/

Open Studio time

I am excited to be taking part in both Rutland Open Studios and Peterborough Artists Open Studios events this year and opening up my garden studio to visitors on

  • Saturday/Sunday 22/23 June 10am – 4 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday 29/30 June 11am – 4.30pm

Do come along if you are free (and bring your friends and neighbours!).  I can’t guarantee we will have the fabulous weather we had last year but I can assure you of a warm welcome.  I will have original paintings on show (and for sale) with some prints and cards.  For more information see https://www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk/and http://paos.org.uk/visitors/

Phew!  A very quick round up – and thanks for sticking with it.  Do get in touch with any comments or queries.  It would be lovely to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Memories of Summer

 

Not long until Christmas now and it’s been a bit chilly today.  Thanks to those who came to my Christmas Open Studio and sale.  It was lovely to see you and share art, mulled wine and mince pies.

Before summer becomes a distant memory I thought I would share with you some more mediterranean inspired paintings.  I had meant to post them here a while ago but it was all go with exhibitions.  You might have seen them already if you follow me on social media.  If so, here they are again (sorry).  If not, let’s feel the warm summer sun!

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Life’s a Beach

 

Inspired by my trip to Spain over the summer I have completed a small series of (well, three!) paintings of beach scenes.  You might have seen them already if you follow me on social media but here they are all together.  They are also now on my website http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html

I’ve got plenty more ideas for future paintings so watch this space!  It’s been interesting how the Mediterranean light has caused me to change my colour mixes.  For instance I’ve used Cerulean Blue a lot more than I would in the UK.

I am handing in paintings today for selection for the Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition which starts on Monday 1st October and runs until 13th October at Stamford Arts Centre.  I’ll be reporting back on that next time but if you are local and free that day please do come along to the Preview event this Sunday, 30th September from 11.30am – 1.30pm.  It would be lovely to see you! I’ll also be on stewarding duty at the gallery on Friday 5th October from 10am to 12.30pm so please do say ‘hello’.

 

 

 

Feeling the heat at Open Studios

In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends.  There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come.  It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!

In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin.  Fun!

I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting.  I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition.  More on that next time……

Trail through the Pines

Trail through the Pines (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

I’ve not given up on summer yet.  Trees remain a bit of an obsession still and this is based on a small sketch I made in August.  I was attracted by the shadows and the wonderful shapes of the pines.  Pure acrylic rather than mixed media this time.