Thursday, 19 September 2019

PEN & WASH SKETCHES


Whenever I am participating in an art trail, or an exhibition I usually try to show my sketch books.  I gave up drawing in pencil some years ago, as looking back on older work, it smudged and became very faded and untidy. I love the way I can just wash a little water or watercolour paint into them and they come much more alive.



So after having such good feedback from all the visitors, and also some of them trying to bribe me into ripping them out and selling them!!
  I thought I should do some larger ones and frame them and this is the result. 
So the middle one is still with me waiting for a frame, while the other two have gone down to the gallery in Weymouth, where they are now for sale along with my other acrylic paintings.





Cove Gallery 
9 Trinity Street
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 8TW

Email: cove@covegallery.co.uk
Tel: 01305 767025





Wednesday, 19 June 2019

NEXT EXHIBITION NEWS



This is our new venture into group exhibitions. Finding it a bit of an eye opener, and
a learning curve, but most of it is all in place and we are looking forward to it. 
Please do come along and visit us where we hope it will be equally as enticing to 
buy as our last one at Hindon village hall which was very successful. 




Tuesday, 11 June 2019

ART FAIR NEWS

Make a note for your diary as this will be the last art fair for a little while. Hopefully resuming
again for autumn.
I will not be able to attend the September and October months, but I will be back in November and December. See you then.

SO WHAT NEXT?


Well I can have a rest now after all that art trail excitement, very successful both in sales and attendance figures. it only makes us as a group want to have a gallery of our own    even more!
So many people came in and told us that the word was going around to check out the exhibition at Hindon village hall, and it seems that we have finally acquired the reputation    of being a very interesting exhibition to visit. 
 Lets hope our next one is equally as popular!

The studio 
Spreadeagle courtyard,
Stourhead Gardens, 
BA 12 6 QD
17th August - 26th August 2019. 

Thursday, 30 May 2019

FREE PRIZE DRAW WINNERS






I have just had great pleasure in delivering the first of our prizes, in our usual free draw we hold each year during art weeks. 
Congratulations to Jillian Taylor, who chose to own my signed and numbered Print of Winn Green.

second prize goes to Daniel Powell, and third prize goes to Andrea Constable, who have now been contacted. 

Sunday, 26 May 2019

WYLYE VALLEY ART TRAIL 2019

 Here we are then for the next ten days then....







 Setting up in Hindon village hall has been such fun watching them cut all that black material for the tables while I was trying to get all the paintings hanging in line! 
You have to agree it is looking pretty smart! 





I must just thank my son for helping to get the screens set up, they have had a lot of comments about how modern and smart they look,
 also of course,  thank you to the MENU SHOP, WARMINSTER,  for the loan of them once again. I don't know what we would have done without them!
Everyone has commented on our lovely exhibition again this year and the word has
 been going around to come and see us which we really do appreciate. 
We have had a lot of really good sales for everyone, and been quite busy.
I also enjoyed feeling a part of something special, and of course the artists from Fern cottage  - just up the high street, who brought us cake on the day we were taking everything down, thanks guys!
See you all in 2 years time hopefully!

















Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Varnishing time



It's been a busy few weeks with varnishing and finishing off artwork for the art trail, also making cards and mounting prints!





This painting measures 80cm x 80cm as is called Autumn Carnival. Currently at the framers, being framed in grey along with its sister painting Hedgerow Heaven.






Also this painting which I varnished yesterday, was probably the most difficult I have ever had to do.
 The amount of empty black shows up every mark, but I think it is doing what I had hoped, and is looking like an oriental lacquered panel. 
I am really pleased with its effect, and it is very different from anything else I have done. 


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

NEW WORK FOR THE ART TRAIL 2019


Just look at the standard of work you can find at our venue this year!
we are all preparing and working really hard to get everything finished for this years art trail - Wylye valley 2019. You can find all the info in our brochures.
Hindon village hall  -  venue 46.  or go to the website - www.wvat.co.uk 
Below is a taste of things to come...

Claire waters   -    glass set into wood and stone

Jason Fermor  -    locally sourced wood made into the most beautiful things

Jo Lilly             -    wool sculptures - just look how cute those hedgehogs are! 

Pippa Hill         -    animal sculptures - lovely bronze resin and ceramics.  
Oh and of course there's me!!





Wednesday, 13 March 2019

art fair dates

art fair news.
here are the dates for the next four art fairs to put in your diary.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Visitors choice winner 2019

Imagine my surprise when I just went to collect my painting from the Snowdrop exhibition,
 in Shaftesbury earlier this afternoon.
 They said that I had sold all 25 of my cards, and this little beauty was voted visitors choice!  I am a little embarrassed to have won it for the second time, and I really entered just to feel a part of the Dorset Artist's scene, but feel very honoured and blessed that people took the time to vote for it. Thank you again. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

SNOWDROP WALK







This painting called "Snowdrop Walk" measures     20" X 16"  and depicts the footpath running down into the hamlet of Milton, not far from where I live in East Knoyle.This is my entry for the Snowdrop festival exhibition held every year in Shaftesbury art centre.                             
  As you will have seen if you read much further down into my older posts on here, you will know that I was the first artist to win the visitors choice prize and have my image printed on mugs, Since then there have been some very talented artists who have won this competition.
 If you would like to know more about the festival please go to the links below.                                                                                                                               www.shaftesburysnowdrops.org                                                                                                                 

 http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/snowdrop-exhibition-2019/                                                                                                                            

Cards will also be available at the venue but are limited to 25 per artist. So if you would like any more, or any other image in greetings card form please feel free to contact me. 
                                                                







Friday, 1 February 2019

Central Park, New York.

I finished this a couple of weeks ago but had to wait to post it on social media, as it was a surprise for my oldest son and his partner. He proposed to her in New York. 
He has been nagging on at me for ages to do more New York Paintings, but I was not convinced there was much call for it round here!
His younger brother emailed me some photographs that he took during his own visit there with his wife, so that I had something to work from, as I have never been there. 
Apparently this is very close to the spot that means so much to them, and now I have presented it, they are so pleased and surprised by it. I know they love it. 
It doesn't even have a title yet!  I wanted something romantic! 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Winn Green



A bit of a local landmark in our area, this is Winn green, which is on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset.
Situated high on a chalk down, you can see it for miles around and it offers a complete 360 degree view, which is superb. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Needles on the isle of Wight. 


Working from sketches and photographs, I think I have finally captured that mystical feeling it seems to give off when you stand in the middle of these majestic Beech trees.

My sketchbooks are really popular during exhibitions, particularly art weeks, as they give the viewer more of an idea of how my paintings evolve.  I have been asked to rip images out and sell them in the past!
This will not be happening I am afraid, but the sketchbooks will be there again at the Wylye valley art trail May 2019 for all to look at, and there will be some pen and wash sketches available to buy. 












I wanted to have another go at the gilding flakes as I have sold a couple of pieces straight away with this effect. They really do shine in the light, and are really good fun to play around with even if it is a little messy. 


I think I have successfully managed to make the sun shine through the trees, added some grasses, and that's it. The one on the right shows you just how much the colour comes up even more once the painting has been varnished. 
 this one will also be available for the art trail. 



Sunday, 11 November 2018

SHAFTESBURY GROUP November art fair.









Here we go again, another early start for the November monthly art fair with The Shaftesbury Group. 
Setting up in the town hall for another busy day, and yes it was such good fun, as everyone in the group is so friendly. I really enjoyed it, as I love meeting new people and chatting about all sorts of things, not just art!
Was also an opportunity to have another go at a Gold Hill sketch as you can see below. 
Another successful day with over 300 visitors!
Make sure you catch the next one in December, as that's it then till Easter!


My table at the art fair. 

My sketch while occupying a prime location by the window,
overlooking gold hill. 

My view for the day