Tag Archive for: still life

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!

 

cherries, cherry pair, oil painting, still life

20cm x 20cm oil on canvasboard

 

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Stan

Hi all. I thought I’d send you this photo of ‘Stan’ painted as a birthday commission. He’s a cute little terrier with a slightly bent front leg so don’t think I don’t know! I enjoyed painting him and his owner is delighted….phew!
I wanted to let you know that I have packs of Christmas cards available. See below packs of 6 cards for £5.00 plus £2.00 p+p for up to four packs. If you’d like some do email me back as they’ll be here next week and I can send them out.
So, what else have I been up to? Lots of painting, naturally and I’m in the middle of organising next year’s workshops. If you’re interested, do let me know and I’ll put your name on the list. I’ll be heading up to London for the ROI pv on November 27th and then shortly after that I’ll be setting up for my exhibition in Hammersmith with Lesley Dabson from 3rd December. If you’d like an invitation for either of those pvs, do let me know.

Stan


Mistletoe Christmas card


Prints for Christmas

Hola,
Long time, no speak. Needless to say, I’ve been pretty busy and not really done many oil sketches lately, just larger paintings for my upcoming exhibition at https://hepsibahgallery.com/ in Hammersmith from 3rd – 9th December with Lesley Dabson. However, in the meantime, I just wanted to let you know that I have prints available for those ‘posting’ Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones in far-flung places. They come signed, mounted and cellophane wrapped and measure 13.5×14 inches all in. They are priced at £55 but as a little Christmas offer, I’m happy to post it out to you or your recipient, free of charge. Can’t say fairer than that!
I’ve got some figs staring at me from the fridge so hope to do some oil sketches of those this week. Watch this space!

Limited edition giclee print

Lemons and cherries

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.

1890 lemons and cherries

8×8 oil on canvasboard – SOLD

 

Lemons and bowl

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.

1889 lemons on bowl

20x20cm oil on canvasboard

 

 

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Carnaval de Nice

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.

1888 Carnaval de nice

20x20cm oil on canvasboard SOLD

 

 

Mussels and lemons

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.

1886 mussels and lemons

20cmx20cm oil on canvasboard – SOLD

 

 

 

 

Narcissi study

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.

1885 narcissi study

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard


 

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Figs 2

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!

1884 figs2

20cmx20cm oil on gessoboard – SOLD

Figs 1

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.

1883 figs1

20cmx20cm oil on canvasboard – SOLD