This painting of Portland Bill will be making its way to the gallery on Wednesday. Prints will be available, as the original Portland Bill has almost reached the end of it's print run. Looking forward to another day out to gather more images to use, and weather permitting I can do some sketching too. look out for me around the harbour. PORTLAND SUNSHINE 40cm x 40cm - acrylic on box canvas. The Cove Gallery Trinity Street Weymouth Dorset
just been sorting out some artist info for The Cove Gallery, Weymouth, where you can read about the artists and find out who and what inspires them. It is a really interesting read and helps you get more of an insight into how their style evolved, including mine. pop over to the gallery, and see some gorgeous work by so many artists. https://covegallery.co.uk
While I was waiting for my tea to cook, I decided I would do a little bit of pen sketching practice. I am sure there will be many of these interior paintings and sketches at the moment. Stay inside and stay safe if you can.
this is a bit gorgeous if I do say so myself. having had two coats of gloss varnish now it really is zinging with the irridescent medium like mother of pearl.
It makes me think of those oriental black lacquered boxes with shell and pearl inlay.
All it needs now is wire and D rings on the back and a jolly good title.
( uh! the hard part!)
I think on an earlier post I called it marvelous Convulvulous.
measures 60cm x 60cm
my artist friends will be a bit surprised at this, as I vowed not to do another Gold hill painting. obviously it gets done to death in these parts capturing the tourists hearts! Someone mentioned they would like to see a snowy one painted by me, so I rose to the challenge and here it is - not quite finished but nearly there. I have added 2 as I am still trying to get the colour just right. A bit tricky photographing it.
an image of this painting has now been forwarded for concideration as a charity christmas card for the Shaftesbury tourist information centre. if it doesnt get a yes I think I will probably use it as one of my own. at least being grounded by these storms makes me a bit more productive. there's always a silver lining!
Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival is in preparation for a visit from BBC's Countryfile no less! I have not had time to enter a painting into the annual art exhibition this year as we have had so many exciting things in the pipeline. Having won the visitors choice prize first year - 2012 and 2019 (as you can see if you scroll down through this blog a bit further)I have decided to leave it to someone else. But I have just been asked to supply the Tourist Info centrewith my cards, and it looks quite impressive to see all 4 images together. my 4 images in greetings cards along with gift card packs are still available at tourist info, bell street, Shaftesbury. I also noticed that they do still have a few of the mugs left from 2012 so grab one of those quick as I am sure there cannot be too many left! https://shaftesburysnowdrops.org/
I would like to wish everyone a Happy new year, and best wishes for 2020. Also to thank everyone for your support and custom in 2019, may there be many more! At the moment I am working with the Creative Chameleons as a group to create an Etsy Page, with the aim to make buying from us a smooth transaction. So lots of images to sort through. Of course you are still very welcome to contact me through this blog page, as I will still be here showing tips and techniques, and current projects.
Here's a quick update on the painting I am working on at the moment. These were in a poly tunnel at a local garden centre and I just loved the colours, and it looks like a blue sky in the background, its plastic! Convulvulous flowers.
They really were that blue with the stripes!
I must admit I am finding it hard to get anything done at the moment as I have been struggling with numbness in my arms and legs. ( had tests yesterday for nerve damage.) I'm told it is possibly to do with my Fybromyalgia but I actually think its an old spinal injury from many years ago, but they are still looking into that. Hence I am being a bit slow.
Anyway onwards and upwards, trying to do a bit here and there, and this one is going to stay with a black background, to accompany the other larger one, "Woodland Oriental"
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 owneven 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!
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.