Goose for Christmas!

We three geese, small card with envelope: £3 (2 for £5)

I’ve been busy recently with fabric and wadding making things for the craft fair coming up in Hungerford Hub & Library (12-14th December) and it sparked an idea for a series of Christmas cards. There are four designs and all of them will be on sale in the Hub but in the meanwhile you can buy them direct from me via my contact page here or from my Folksy shop (link below).

20% of the proceeds of any sales up to Christmas will be donated to Hungerford Library & Community Trust, working hard to keep a roof over our library.

https://folksy.com/shops/backtothedrawingboard

Electric hue!

Vibrant and warm, tulips from another season when you didn’t need a light on by lunchtime!

This is a new card in the rack, and would usually be on sale at Hungerford Hub & Library. Unfortunately, the current COVID lockdown means there is restricted access to the library right now (click and collect only) but you can always buy my cards here.

£4 each (or 3 for £10); free postage in the UK

A patch of sunshine

So long ago, I was standing in a forest of sunflowers, listening to their leaves rattle in the breeze as they basked in the sun. Tournesol. Follow the sun. As the season stretches they dry and turn brown, until they droop their heads like wizened old men, forlorn in autumn’s damp. But in high summer, they are still vibrant and flashy, green and gold against a blue Poitou-Charentes sky. Their golden heads stretch as far as the eye can see in this part of France. Along the verges are smaller strays that struggle to thrive in the parched ground, but they are joyful nonetheless. I can’t wait to be there again, one day.

Spread the sunshine. This image is available as a greetings card – handmade in limited quantities, left blank inside for your own message. £4 each, three for £10. Free delivery.

Go to Contact me to place an order.

Marking the Page

Sketchbook messing – Winter Light from The Road Ahead series. 2019

Such a lovely day chatting to people about drawing and making art!

I’m exhibiting alongside six other artists at TheCurve at Hungerford Hub & Library* and although it’s a small space, the curators have put together a beautiful and eclectic collection of drawings and sketchbooks. Each artist has something different to show and the range of media and ideas is inspiring.

This piece is an ink and wash exercise from one of my landscape sketch books. I work with themes in my books so I have one where I focus on still life, one for landscapes and more than a few with drawings of people when I’m urban sketching or just stuck for something to draw. So don’t sit still for too long – you may be next!

Marking the Page is open 10am-4pm, Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22, Wednesday 25, Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.

*Hungerford Hub & Library, Church Street, Hungerford RG17 0NL.

Hungerford Summer Festival Exhibition

Monet’s Window No 1 (bottom centre)

Lovely to be showing with other artists in TheCurve@Hungerford Hub & Library. Sponsored by Hungerford Summer Festival, the exhibition is open 10am to 4pm every weekend throughout the festival, closing on 14th July.

I’m also selling cards and a few of my drawings, mounted and ready to frame. Hope to see you there!

Stepping back

pastel and ink wash

After the frenetic activity of Open Studios and art-working for Hungerford Summer Festival, it’s good to be just drawing again. It’s so easy to lose the basic skills because of other projects – for me this is where it all starts so I am now visiting life drawing workshops whenever possible, as well as trying to keep my sketchbooks active.

Working it like Seurat

Light out of dark; charcoal lifted

Went to a new life class last night at RAW in Wiltshire. The evening started by looking at some sketches made by Seurat. No lines, tone only. Then we had a go.

We worked positive then negative; graphite on to white paper, followed by charcoal lifted using finger, sponge and putty rubber, gradually revealing the form of our model as we put back the light. Hard! But good to shake up a few predetermined concepts.

Nearly there!

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Lost Horizon, mixed media

Five days to go and the show is getting on the road — paintings are delivered to their various exhibitions and cannot be tweaked or tinkered with any more !

You will be able see some of my work in the Open Studios flagship exhibition at The Base, Greenham Common Business Park, Newbury – open daily from this Saturday and throughout May, 11-5pm.

My studio space is a shared one with Rock Paper Scissors at 26 The Croft, Hungerford. This year the collective features the sculptor Janet Ford, and painter and printer, Shirley Cartey. The studio will be open every weekend, including bank holidays, 11-5pm. Entry is free and there is no obligation to buy, but we would love you to come along and have a browse.

Getting ready for OpenStudios 2019

The countdown has started – only a handful of working days before the start of this year’s Open Studios on 3rd May and there is still lots to do.

I am very pleased to be exhibiting again as part of the Rock, Paper, Scissors collective. You can find us at Studio 67 in Hungerford (details in the Open Studios programme).

You will also be able to see my work at the Open Studios flagship exhibition at Greenham Business Park throughout May, open daily 11am-5pm (8pm on Thursdays) and in TheCurve at Hungerford Hub & Library which is showcasing some of the Hungerford artists involved in OpenStudios (open Friday 3rd May, 12-4pm, Saturday 4th May 10-4pm and Sunday 5th May, 10-2pm).

Monet’s Window

Several summers ago I visited Monet’s house in Giverny – it was jammed with other pilgrims and as we snaked our way through the garden in a sluggish fashion because it was too hot and too crowded, any notions of seeing what Monet might have seen were dashed. It was the same inside the house, except for one little quiet spot I found, cool and shady, with an open window looking out onto the riotous garden.

I am still working out the painting I want to make of that scene but this is something in between. It was initially painted in acrylics, quickly and intuitively, and without the usual painstaking planning (which often leads me nowhere anyway), then finished more leisurely in oils. I might tweak it more but at the moment it feels ready.

Who knew it would take so long to get an initial thought on to canvas?

Sunlight racing across the downs

Yesterday I stood on the Ridgeway where it carves through Oxfordshire by Wantage and watched the sun chasing shadows across the fields below. It was so windy the trees were roaring like 747s ready for the off. The light changes with the moving cloud formations were dramatic and fast. This is one of the watercolour sketches drawn with a large wet brush trying to capture the scene before the cold drove us indoors.

28 January 2019

Storm Warning

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Another scratchy painting. Paint it on then scrape it off to reveal the textured under-painting. This is a re-work of my original watercolour sketch of Shanklin Bay at the end of a spring day. I used the original composition for the structure, but referenced another sketch to convey (I hope) the heaving, weighty movement of sea and air as a storm gathers at the end of a hot day.

Painted in water mixable oils on board.

October 2018

On show this weekend

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Very pleased to be exhibiting some of my work this weekend at the Old Bluecoat School Art Experience Exhibition in Thatcham. The exhibition is one of many events taking place during Thatcham’s Arts Festival running until 19th October and will be open this weekend, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, 10am-4pm.

This is one of five pieces I have put into the exhibition. It’s a mixed media painting entitled ‘Clear Vase’ painted in the spring when there was colour and light in abundance.

 

Hanging on a different wall

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So pleased to say this little painting has sold – it was one of several produced when I was at a painting workshop in Sidmouth during the summer. The memory of it is filled with sun baked days, screaming seagulls (who can steal a sandwich at lightening speed!) and meeting new artists. We were working with acrylic paints and inks, using 4” brushes and old credit cards!

The painting was sold during the regular Newbury Art Group exhibition in West Berks Community Hospital, with a percentage of the sale going to the Friends of the hospital. The exhibition changes every six weeks and there is always something worth seeing there.

September 2018

New work on show

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Just put several pieces of my work into Kintbury Art Exhibition, including this one, as yet unframed, painted when I was in Sidmouth this summer. It is a mixed media piece, worked with acrylic paints, inks and oil pastels.

The exhibition is raising funds for The Friends of St Mary’s Church in Kintbury and is open Saturday 8th September, 10.30-8.30pm and Sunday 9th, 10.30-4pm.