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).

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.

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.

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.

The lie of the land

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Lancashire Patchwork I, acrylic ink and pastels, 2017 (SOLD)

Such a good feeling – when something in a scene makes you want to paint, and then someone else gets it enough to want to buy it.

This was the first iteration of a view in Lancashire that I have since painted in acrylics –  Lancashire Patchwork II. That version is currently on show at Sandham Memorial Chapel with Open Studios. This one has gone to a new home.