Just about settled back on my perch after the trip to Patchings. Always such good fun with lots of new artists and old friends to catch up with plus lots of lovely customers. A big welcome to all my new subscribers. It was lovely to meet you all. I did a few oil sketches whilst I was there and here is one of them. I can’t quite believe our luck with the weather and am just waiting for the stooks in our village to be cut and stacked so that I can go and paint them. In the meantime, I’m still busy catching up on gallery work and trying to fit in a few painting trips in between. I have workshops on Monday and Tuesday in Yardley Hastings, Northants at their gorgeous new art centre. There’s room for one more if you’re interested.
Long time no post! It’s been a bit of a hectic summer so far so forgive the lack in blogging. I wanted to let you know, I’ll be at Patchings Arts Festival, near Nottingham this coming weekend, Thursday-Saturday inclusive and would love to see you if you’re coming. I will have ‘not so dailies’ and also larger works plus info on workshops, painting holiday etc. In the meantime, I’m working on that newsletter!
Enjoy the weather, the tennis and the football.
Hi there. I know, I’ve been very sporadic with these oil sketches but I am really busy beavering away for my upcoming exhibition at Snape Maltings (Quay Gallery 7-13th June) as well as running workshops. I thought I’d post this littl’un to remind you I’m here and also remind you that you can unsubscribe any time by just replying to this email with “Unsubscribe” in the subject box……..yawn, just covering the GDPR bases. If you’re in the Aldeburgh area in June, I’d love to see you at the exhibition which I’ll be manning each day. Here’s the one beautiful Carnaval de Nice tulip that flowered in that first heatwave. The rest didn’t bother and who can blame them. That’s the trouble with ready-potted ones I think. They’re quite tempemental.
Hi there. Long time, no speak. I’ve been really busy painting like a madwoman for an exhibition at Snape Mailtings in early June. A long way off do I hear you say? Well yes but that doesn’t take into account for the fact that I’ll be locking my studio next week for a fortnight whilst I indulge my visiting grandaughter. She’s an absolute joy and I don’t see nearly enough of her. There isn’t much that will distract me from painting but she does!
So, enough of that. I’ve been enjoying the primroses in the garden and somehow just alighted on these two little blooms in this shallow bowl. Little things like this just speak to me.
I was painting these for a gallery and thought I’d do a quick sketch first to sort out my yellows. It seems as though summer is here (not sure what happened to spring) so it’s, I hope, a taste of things to come bringing thoughts of eating seafood in the balmy sunshine by the sea somewhere. We had a fishy supper following the completion of said painting. I was a little nervous as the mussels had been in the studio all day but I managed not to kill anyone.
Enjoy the sunshine.
I hd a lovely morning at Coton Manor yesterday giving a demo. It was, of course, miserable and wet so we had to be indoors and resort to a jug full of magnolia as so few blooms are appearing in this gloom. Anyway, it was great fun and I met lots of lovely new people. I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you that I have workshops coming up in the summer at Yardley Arts Centre. Still life on 23rd July and flower painting on 24th, all levels welcome so do email me if you’re interested. I also have just a couple of places left on the painting trip to France – again all levels welcome.
Here’s one I made earlier plus a sneaky peak at the magnolia from yesterday which still needs a bit of tweaking.
I had great fun at the studios of BBc Radio Northampton on Sunday morning. It’s all quite fascinating in there and I was able to chunter on about my work and exhibition.
I’m going to be working on a few big ones this week so oil sketches may be sporadic. Here’s one to be going on with. Figs yet again!
I think it may be here!! Spring, that is. Definitely warmer so that’s a good thing right?
There’s only one week left to see my exhibition at 78 Derngate, Northampton with paintings of the gardens and its produce. Speaking of which, I’ll be on Radio Northampton on Sunday morning around 10.35 speaking to John Griff about the exhibition, my painting journey and all sorts. Maybe even mention the theft!! Two paintings were taken off the wall and snuck past the desk. I know! Outrageous. Luckily all my facebook friends and the police are on it so I may get them back, you never know. Not quite Ocean’s Eleven but a big loss to me all the same. I do hope you’ll pop in and see the exhibition anyway. Also, I’m doing a demo at Coton Manor next Tuesday. If you’d like to come and watch, go to their website and book yourself on via their garden school. Fab lunch included and I can recommend their cakes…….sadly.
Well, here we are…..it’s Easter. Feeling a bit chilly but will be lovely to have Flora home and Joe will be coming round too plus extended family. Hoping for a nice walk at some stage and supper with friends tomorrow.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter.
I love it when spring arrives and you can fill your house with flowers. Every container in the house gets used! I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a painting demo at Coton Manor gardens on April 10th as a follow up to my exhibition which still has a week or two to run. Exhibition is at 78 Derngate https://www.78derngate.org.uk/ and the demo sign up is http://www.cotonmanor.co.uk/garden_school_programme.php. Here are some daffs to be getting on with.