I will be exhibiting these four paintings and prints at Petersfield Art Exhibition - Festival Hall Petersfield , GU31 4EA
I am taking part in an Exhibtion with TWASI, at Hanbury Hall, Droitwich Spa from 1st - 12th Aug . These are a few of my paintings that are available at the exhibition .There are loads of fabulous paintings / sculptures etc do pop by if you are in the area. Full details in the poster below.
I have been using some 24 carat gold leaf recently in my work , and trying to find ways to gently add it , as it is such an over powering medium , it can easily overwhelm your artwork .
I've been working on a series of nest studies . Bird's nests have always fascinated me , I think it is just amazing how birds manage to weave the intricate structures with their beaks .
Below are a few photos of both finished works , works in progress and sketches .
I should say the sketches were done from nests that were set up at a local museum , you shouldn't disturb a nesting bird .
I have sketched for as long as I can remember , and if I'm truly honest I get a lot of pleasure from going out and sketching outdoors . I used to paint 'plein air ' , but now find I feel too much pressure to produce a finished painting on the spot , especially if I get onlookers about me . Sketching in a sketchbook , doesn't have the same same pressure , after all it's only a sketchbook !
Whilst out sketching with a local art group , it struck me , that although we were all sketching , we were all also taking photos . With out exception everybody's sketches were more interesting than their photos .
A photo captures the entire scene in front of you , and often dulls the shadow areas , although it can be a useful reminder , the sketch captures something else .
This is a sketch I painted of a view of East Harting Hants and a photo of the same view .
I was thrilled to win the Christopher Parsons Award for Artistic Excellence at the TWASI Exhibition this year ( 2018 ) . Particularly as two of the judges were artistic heroes of mine - Mandy Shepherd and Pip McGarry. The award is for a series of paintings that have to fit a particular set of categories, as I am so fond of painting the Coast , it seemed natural that I chose that theme for my work.
The winning paintings were :-
Evening Tide , Ringed Plover, Surf and Sanderlings and Low Tide
I will be exhibiting at the wonderful Nature In Art Museum , Twigworth , Gloucestershire. The exhibition runs from 26th May - 3rd June. I will be there demonstrating along with some other very talented members of the TWASI Art Society on Sat 26th May - do pop along if you're in the area.
I am thrilled to be taking part again in this years 'Coast' Exhibtion at the VK Gallery in Cambridge. I have two paintings in the exhibition this year .
This was a recent commission - my largest painting so far ! 100 x 40 cm of one of the Farne Islands - I've not visited this part of the world - but it looks absolutely beautiful and is now on my 'to do ' list .
The brief was to paint a view of the Island from the beach and include oystercatchers and Eider ducks . Absolute joy to paint .
Absolutely thrilled to find out that one of my favourite paintings 'Low Tide', has been published as a Christmas card for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, this year. I feel that this in some way completes a circle ! As a child I went on a day trip with my parents to Slimbridge WWT, my Dad bought me book of Tunnicliffe's illustrations in the gift shop . I loved the book and the beautiful sketches of birds , decades on I still have it . The book inspired me to study Natural History Art, and become a wildlife illustrator/artist.
Now years on I find that my artwork has made it's way to the WWT gift shop !
I grew up in Denmead and entered the annual exhibition as a child, I still continue to enter and support the Exhibition , these paintings will be exhibited there over the weekend ( 23rd and 24th Sept in the church Hall .)
Hope to see you there - will add a link for details.
My daughters have been nagging me for some time to do a blog , to be honest I'm not very 'techy' and wasn't really sure what a 'blog' was ! "just write about what you do" my eldest said - so from time to time I'll pop some WIP on here and try to show you my work process !