I spent yesterday am ( Sun 18th Aug ) helping at Handing In Day for the PACS exhibition , there was some absolutely stunning work being handed in . I always find it very difficult to resist the work of the local ceramicists ! I will be entering 8 paintings in total , 4 framed paintings and 4 unframed that will be available in the browser . Very much looking forward to the exhibition . Below are the paintings / giclee prints I will be entering . The exhibition starts on Wed 21st Aug , do pop by if you're local .
These are the four paintings that I will be exhibiting at TWASI at the wonderful Nature in Art Museum starting Sat 25th to Sunday 2nd June.
Working on some new paintings for several upcoming exhibitions, quite pleased with this one so far . Just a few more details to add as yet . This one is based on sketches and photos I took whilst holidaying in Cornwall last Summer . One of my favourite places to visit.
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 .
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 !