Field Edge (Autumn) (40cm x 30cm acrylic on panel)
Blue Rocks (30cm x 30cm acrylic on panel)
River Bank (Pink) (30cm x 30cm acrylic on panel
I’ve been enjoying working in series recently. One idea seems to suggest others and it can be interesting to work on several paintings at once. The warm low light on fields and a river near to my home was the inspiration for a recent series of 5 paintings, all in acrylic, in which I tried to push the colours in an effort to express warmth. I hope that this comes across 🙂 Click on the thumbnails to see a larger image.
Article in The Artist magazine (March 2019 issue)
I was delighted to be informed a few weeks ago that my mixed media painting ‘A Glimpse of St Paul’s in theFebruary Rain’ had been selected by the editor of The Artist magazine for a small prize and a write up in the magazine. The magazine article appears in the March issue, which is currently in the shops ,and the prize will buy me some lovely new art materials. I can’t wait to choose!
I’m pleased to have just finished hanging 21 paintings in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/ which is very exciting 🙂 The photos I’ve taken are not the best so why not pop down and see them in the flesh if you’re local and contemplate them over a coffee? That way you can get up close and have a good old stare at the way the paint has gone on (…or maybe it’s just me that does that?!)
The exhibition runs throughout November so if you get the time to look do let me know what you think. With prices starting at £80 they might make someone very happy on Christmas morning (and many years to come). You can also see better images on my website here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_743081.html
I’ve noticed that the exhibition has a trees and allotment theme which was not a particularly conscious decision. I guess you paint what you enjoy. I’m off to hug a tree…….
I am pleased to report that not only were the four paintings I submitted to The Welland Valley Art Society Autumn Exhibition selected and hung – but one of them won the top prize, the Gladys Teesdale award! I’m delighted – and was rather surprised when I found out, as this photo will attest.
The three other paintings on show include a new one I put up on my social media pages a few days ago called ‘Water’s Edge’. A slight detour into semi abstraction, which I am enjoying.
Water’s Edge (20″ x 20″ mixed media on canvas)
Here’s a photo. Blues never translate well to photographs (although I’m no great photographer). The version on the wall looks better. If you are local, why not pop down and take a look? Lots of other lovely artworks there too 🙂 The exhibition is now open at Stamford Arts Centre until 13th October. See https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/
Above the Red Rocks (10″ x 12″ acrylic on mount board)
Steps to the Beach (10″ x 12″ acrylic on mount board)
Open for Lunch (20cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)
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’.
‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ hanging in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre
A rather belated update on the exhibition of one of my paintings at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.
I popped over to see the exhibition on 15th July on the last day of the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival. Now in its 25th year, the festival is always a lovely event. There are lots of art materials to tempt the pocket and it’s great to see artists demonstrating their painting in the marquees – although I confess I was pleased not to be one of them. It was boiling hot! (hence, incidentally, the image above of me looking rather red and weary :))
My painting, ‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ was one of only 70 selected for exhibition in an open competition run by The Artist magazine so I am very pleased to be included, as you can imagine. Although the Festival is now over the exhibition continues until 12th August so there is still plenty of time to visit. You will find a mix of high quality, mostly figurative, work in a variety of styles and media – and a coffee shop next door too!
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/
From the Hill Top to the River (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
Snow on the Tops. More on the Way. (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
Just in case you are feeling a little too hot on what may be the warmest Bank Holiday since 1978 here’s a reminder of snow! A couple of small mixed media paintings from sketches made over the last Bank Holiday weekend at Easter – snow still lying on the higher hills in North Wales and a freezing cold wind 🙂