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Bluebell Carpet

bluebells, wood and water

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/

 

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Snowy images on a sunny Bank Holiday!

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 🙂

 

An Explosion! …and a commendation

orchid

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!

tree reflections in winter river

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.

Snow Compost

shed and compost heap on allotment in snow

Snow Compost (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend.  Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago.  Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!

Winter. Tree Reflections 2

tree reflections in winter river

Winter. Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series.  Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’  but there are some subtle differences.  I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!

 

 

Winter. Tree Reflections 1

river in winter with trees, reflections and river bank

Winter. Tree Reflections 1 (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

The next in my series of river paintings is the first of two.  I splashed out the other day (excuse the pun!) and bought some black acrylic ink and then had a Johnny Nice Painter* moment and went completely crazy with it.  Lots of fun!

Flotsam

mixed media painting of river and trees in winter with flotsam

Flotsam (40cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

This is the first in a small series of mixed media paintings I am making of my local river.  Sunny days have been few and far between recently but I did manage to catch the sun a week or so ago and was struck by how the lichens on the riverside trees seemed to  glow.  The river was high after a lot of rainfall and some small branches and pretty large twigs had washed downstream.  I was also treated to the sight and sound of a small flock of long tailed tits – always a bonus!