It’s all happening!

Hi everyone,
It seems ages since I posted last but such a lot has been happening that I haven’t really had time. I’ve had a holiday to Greece which was stunningly beautiful and a paint out at Flatford Mill with the Brit Plein-air group which was great fun. It was an occassion to meet old friends and make new ones and I made paintings of the iconic Willy Lot’s cottage as well as a door (yep, really!) and some cows (yep…….I have some in the field behind my back garden but went all the way to Flatford to paint some??).
I’ve been doing a few oil sketches lately to take with me to the next couple of events I’ll be in including……..
this coming weekend, Childwickbury Art Fair. http://childwickburyarts.com/. Always a great weekend with plenty of great art, wonderful food, music and happy people so 5-7th I’ll be there demonstrating and would love to catch up if you’re around.
After that, I’ll be exhibiting at the Aldeburgh Gallery with my old pal and talented artist Lesley Dabson from 18th-24th July. We’d love to see you if you’re in the area. Leave your bucket and spade on the beach and pop up and see us.
After that, I’m going to have a little downtime. I say that but of course I’ll be painting as at this time of year, nature’s bounty makes me a little restless.
Catch you next time. Enjoy the weather – here’s a taste of what’s in my garden at the moment, and plenty of them!
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Wollerton Old Hall

I’m back in the studio after a lengthy but enjoyable trip to the USA. It was great fun, being ‘Granny’ and the weather was fabulous for the most part. I did end up regretting not taking my paints but……….next time.

So here I am trying to get back into the swing and fending off the jetlag. I thought I’d start with a study of this lovely rose in my garden since I’ll be painting them once they’re out in full force.
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NEWS
This afternoon, I’m gathering work together for an art event this weekend. It’s called Art in the Countryside and
it’s taking place in Newton Purcell, Bucks. Let me know if you are in the area and would like to go.
Other things I’m busy with…….finishing off a painting for the Chelsea Art Society – hand in on Monday so cutting it a little fine. Sorting out my next workshop which will be in November. Getting work ready for Childwickbury Art Fair (July 5-7th) and an exhibition with my painting pal Lesley Dabson in Aldeburgh (July 17-23rd). So you see, I’m not idling my time away. The garden is a jungle and the house is a tip but hey-ho……..painting comes first.

Have a wonderful, if soggy weekend.

Lemons

Hi everyone,

Just to keep you updated…….I’m still in USA in ‘Granny’ mode and enjoying every minute. I find myself with a bit of time on my hands this morning whilst Freya is at toddler group with Mummy.

I met a plein-air painter yesterday evening as Jobbers and I were walking into Bethesda to go to the cinema.  Had a great chat with him and I kind of wished I had my paints with me so that I could join him.  He’s told me about a lot of plein-air events locally and on the east coast so I might just have to come back!!

Incidentally, we went to see Red Joan starring the inimitable Judi Dench.  Highly recommend it.

In the meantime, just for your entertainment, I thought I’d show you a step-by-step of some cornishware and lemons I did a while back.  The sketch is long gone but it will be a couple of weeks until I get back in the studio.  I’m just hoping the peonies are still going then……..they’re everywhere here!

When I get back I’ll be straight into Art in the Countryside (details available) followed by handing in paintings to Chelsea Art Society an getting stuck into those peonies.  Happy days.

 

Primrose

Good afternoon. I’m running around today like an idiot trying to pack for a painting trip to France tomorrow but thought I’d stop to post. I thought you’d like to see my working process so here’s a few snapshots of the stages (scroll down to see). I know a lot of you also paint so think it’s good to share. For this piece I used the following palette: Cad yellow/lemon/raw umber/yellow ochre/french ultramarine/titanium white and for the background, unbleached titanium and a bit of Kings Blue. Brushes used are Shiraz series by Rosemary & Co and painted on a Gaerstakker canvas board because I’ve got too busy to be prepping boards!!
You’ll see that I only draw in the subject quickly at the start but can make adjustments as I go along. Hope this is of interest and you’re not yawning your socks off! Will hopefully post from France and show you what I’m up to………so exciting!

primrose,

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primrose,

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Garlic

Well, I’ve just about recovered from Surrey Art Fair which was great fun with good sales but boy…….exhausting! Loved being in a little ‘enclave’ with painting pals. We did a lot of giggling and sharing of all things chocolate and were able to watch each others’ stands when the obligatory wee was required. I stayed in a sweet little airbnb up the road which I had to myself so at close of day didn’t need to speak………not that I could!
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’ve just been out to buy painting subjects for the weekend from the wholesaler so that’s me – holed-up for the next two days whilst you all enjoy some R&R. Not sure I thought it through properly so I’ve got a job on my hands to paint them before they die. Still, Jobbers is away so the house is empty bar me so I can make a rare old mess in the kitchen prepping panels and eating when I like. Bliss.
So, before I hit you with my flower bomb, here’s some good old garlic – always a great subject, panders to my obsession with whites and doesn’t wilt. Have a lovely weekend.

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Cherry blossom

I’ve been a little bit captivated of late by Monty Don in Japan. I’d love to see the cherry blossom but having to make do with a gorgeous tree in our village which heralds the very beginnings of spring each year. The owners kindly let me pinch a bit so I did this little oil sketch and then worked on a larger one for Surrey Contemporary Art Fair which is next weekend (let me know if you’d like a complimentary ticket).
Anyway, happy International Women’s Day to all you lovely people, regardless of gender (or not?)

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Snowdrops 1

It’s that time of year. Everything coming thick and fast and me in a rare old panic. Love Snowdrops though don’t you? Waiting for the warmer weather tomorrow………what a treat!

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Cherries

It’s getting flippin’ cold and, since I’m not a great fan of the chill, I’m holed up in my studio.  Things seem to be bursting forth in the garden all out of sync.  Daffs before Snowdrops – what on earth is going on?  At this time of year I get a bit manic trying to paint anything and everything…….not enough time.  Also, I’m busy trying to get two collections together eeek!  One for the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea in March (c/o John Noott Gallery) and one for little old me to take to the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair in ………….yep, March.  So much for planning things out.  Anyway, it’ll all come out in the wash as my ole Granny used to say.  I bought some cherries to include in a couple of large paintings so did this study beforehand to get me in the mood.  I have to say, it’s taken a while to get my mojo back after the Christmas break but think I’m getting there finally – fair leapt out of bed this morning!

 

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Happy New Year!

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Albeit a little late . . . .

After a long sojourn across the pond with family for the festivities, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Pop the kettle on and put your feet up and let’s have a catch up.

It was great fun in the US where I spent most of the time chasing my gorgeous granddaughter Freya round in circles – her favourite game! At 2 1/2 she’s a ball of energy. At considerably older – I’m not! Since being back I’ve been working on my new website. Hope you like it! https://pennygerman.com/ but let me know if you spot anything iffy.

One of my (many!) NY resolutions (apart from the obvious weight-loss, teetotaling nonsense which generally lasts no more than a week) is to do more small oil sketches, so you should be hearing from me more often with some paintings to peruse. I’ve missed these little fellas but was caught up with gallery and exhibition work all of last year. I still am but am resolved to get some more small oil sketches done as they are a great discipline and keep me connected to you all. I also miss the cyclical nature of seasonal subject matter so will be following mother nature through the year as she definitely feeds into my creativity.

It’s important for me to always paint with passion and doing ‘dailies’ was beginning to feel like a chore……..just getting one done to blog or a commission. ’Authenticity’ is a bit of a buzzword among artists at the moment and I’m on it! It’s the most important route to producing good work, staying true to oneself and constantly evolving.

So, I intend to paint small ones when and where I can and offer these up via my blog along with plein-air work and, since many of you paint, my working process. I’ll also have offers from the studio. Thought that might grab your attention :). Sometimes, I need a clear-out in the studio so I shall be offering you the chance to buy larger works at a much-reduced price. In the meantime, the small oil sketches will have to see an increase, more in line with what I sell for elsewhere. I hope you will understand that I have to eat! There are so many huge costs and outlays in an art business, people often look at the finished painting price and don’t realise the hidden costs involved they just imagine it’s time alone and a few bob on materials. Hmmm.

If you’re not already subscribed to my blog, hop on over to https://pennygerman.com/blog/ and sign up to see offers and small paintings as they are finished. Here’s one to get the ball rolling

If you’re interested in workshops, I’m pleased to say I’ll be holding a three-day (optional days) still life boot-camp! This will take place from 1st to 3rd April at Yardley Arts Centre, in Northamptonshire. It’s a fabulous venue and my course is designed to introduce you to oils. If you’re already familiar with oils don’t worry you can just do the second and third day if you prefer but it will really be a good grounding. Hop on over to the link above and see the details.

So, I look forward to keeping up with you in 2019. It’s always nice to hear what you’re up to (painting or otherwise) so do feel free to respond to my emails. Other ways of keeping up with me are Instagram: @pennygerman, Facebook: Penny German Art or Pinterest: Penny German ARBSA. I also do a less frequent newsletter and you can sign up via my new website here https://pennygerman.com/

Merry Christmas!

I’ve just come to the end of another lovely week in the Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith, London and thought I would quickly post my best wishes to you before I head off to spend Christmas with family across the pond next week.  I would like to thank you all for your support in 2018 – it means so much to me.

When I come back, I’m going to be kicking off the new year with a brand new, updated website which is currently a work in progress.  I’ve also got some workshops lined up as well as a couple of exhibitions so busy, busy, busy.  I’m hoping to find time to keep up to date with my blog and do some more small oil sketches to put on.  I don’t quite know how I managed to lose sight of those………

So, as the website is under construction, I have no idea how to add an image to this post!!  It just remains for me to wish you and yours the warmest, loveliest Christmas and a productive 2019.

All best wishes

Penny

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