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.

Happy holidays

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Just spent two lovely days at a mix media workshop in Sidmouth, Devon. Splashing around acrylic paints and inks, letting accidents happen and become integral to the painting. #chrisforsey #eastdevonartacademy

Art in the garden

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Jane in the garden; watercolour and inktense art bars

Looking forward to next weekend – putting on a pop-up exhibition of my work as part of an open day at 87 High Street, Hungerford, supporting Noreen’s Kids charity. I’ll be selling cards and prints from my work, plus a few paintings. £2 entry to the open day with music, plants for sale,  face painting, food and more – plus the amazing secret garden to wander through. Saturday 7th July, 10am to 5pm.

On show now…

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“Deco Rose”, acrylic inks and Derwent watercolour art bars.

…at The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, in their annual open art exhibition running from 3 – 26 May 2018. Opening times of the shop can be found here.

Movement

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Just dropped off another painting for show, this time with Newbury Art Group’s exhibition at West Berks Community Hospital in Thatcham where they have a gallery.  As part of the Open Studios initiative, the theme for the exhibition was movement.

This is my entry; Evening Swell, oil on paper. It is worked up from a water colour sketch I made some time ago of Shanklin Bay on the Isle of Wight.

Open Studios 2018

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Today was handing-in day for Insight, the flagship exhibition organised by West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios. This is my piece – Pilgrim Path, oil on board. Insight opens next weekend (12 May) at Arlington Arts Centre and runs to the end of the month.

A little bit of therapy

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I’ve spent the week sorting work for exhibition and sale which in itself is a dreadful business and so time consuming – several hours ruminating on what to submit is the greatest consumer of time. Then there is the mounting and framing when the tiniest speck of something always manages to find itself between the mount and the glass – even if you check it a zillion times. Where does it come from? And the pricing of everything  – another minefield! This is punctuated throughout by spikes of doubt about the work – is it actually worthy of framing and putting in front of people?

But here is my therapy. What started out as a not very satisfactory acrylic painting of a view on the Dorset-Wiltshire border has turned into a satisfying colouring-in project! As the week has progressed I have added and subtracted acrylic paint using scalpel, palette knife or whatever tool was to hand, added chalk pastels and soft crayon, de-structured and re-arranged,  thoroughly working out my angst with a satisfying result. You can probably see some of my week’s frustrations in the more random marks. It’s all part of the learning curve and more fun than trimming and mounting work.

So where am I?

Exhibiting with the Newbury Art Group in the Town Hall, Newbury, until Sunday 3rd December, 9.30-4.00pm

Selling some of my work – cards, prints, originals – at City Arts Christmas Fair, also in Newbury, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, 10-4pm

A snapshot of summer

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A watercolour sketch from my fleeting visit to the Poitou-Charente this summer.  In our part of France, when the fireworks go off on Bastille Night they also mark the close of the summer harvesting for most of the farms around us.  By the time I was there the fields had been laid bare to reveal the characteristic chalky soil, creating a landscape bleached-blonde by the sun.

Hanging on another wall…

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Yellow Iris, acrylics

On this dismally grey August day I am missing the brightness of this painting. It was sold at the HADCAF art exhibition and now hangs on someone else’s wall. Better unpack the acrylic inks and get cracking!

On show this weekend

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Dutch Rose, mix media, acrylic base.

Getting ready for an exhibition this weekend in East Shefford. I have three pieces in this showcase of local artists being held at St Thomas’s Church, Saturday 15 July, 10-6pm. There is also an Open Garden and concert in the evening – proceeds to the church fund.

Beneath our feet

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Portland Bill 3, acrylic inks, coloured pencils, watercolour

A commissioned painting for someone who also has a love of rocks and pebbles. It was inspired by a visit to Portland Bill some time ago and this is one of a series on the same theme. The first was purely a study, a drawing exercise using graphite and coloured pencil. This version is more detailed yet also more spontaneous in its treatment, using both wet and dry media (plus a little bit of chemistry) to get where I wanted it to be.

 

On show in July

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Looking into Dorset, acrylic

Opening this week, as part of Hungerford Arts Festival, 22 Local Artists is a multi-discipline exhibition being held in Chilton Foliat. It is open Saturday/Sunday, from 10-4.30pm, from 1-16 July. My work on show includes this new piece, inspired by the wandering landscape of Wiltshire/Dorset borders.