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/
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
A small oil study from sketches made on a walk around The Meadows in Chester a few weeks ago. The gorse bushes were glowing in the sun and with the warmth came the coconut smell of the gorse flowers. Lovely!
Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)
Thanks to those who took part in the quiz (see last post). The first painting was in acrylic and the second in oil. The acrylic was marginally more popular than the oil and this seems to have been because people preferred the colour. Thanks for your feedback, whatever your preference!
Here’s another Chester piece, again inspired by the Winter morning light that so impressed me a few weeks ago. My vantage point was the suspension bridge, which gave me the opportunity to get a novel view of the River Dee from above – and include the fantastic reflections in the water. I hope you like it.
Here’s an experiment. We all love a little quiz, don’t we?
I thought it would be fun to paint the same image twice but in two different media. Each is about 8″ x 8″ and painted on board. However one of them was painted in oil and the other in acrylic. But which is which? And which do you prefer? Is your preference based on colour or texture – or something else?