Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The End of the Exhibition...

My solo exhibition 'Homecoming' at Chipping Norton Theatre has been a success in so many ways.  Since it was the first time I'd had a show in Oxfordshire since moving to St Ives in 2000 it was a wonderful opportunity to contact all my old customers, friends and contacts and invite them to come along - or simply remind them that I'm still out there... working away... and now have a stylish website where they can see all my new work.

The pantomime at Chipping Norton is one of the best in the country and over the Christmas period it has a huge footfall of people coming through.  But would they take time to come and look at the work in the gallery?  They did!  I've sold a lot of paintings; had a great feedback from people;  and had good coverage in the local papers and on social media.
 So I'm glad I made the decision to commit to doing an exhibition over 18 months ago.

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Today I drove up to Witney to stay with my sister, and tomorrow I go over the theatre to take the remaining work down and away with me to Cornwall.

This is one of the large canvases coming home with me.  It was only finished just in time to be included in the exhibition and I think I might live with it in my cottage for a while before putting down at Back Road Artworks for sale.  It makes me smile.



Sunday, 1 January 2017

The First Day Of The Year 2017



Wishing you all a very Happy New Year which I hope will be full of hope, good health and a good dose of creativity! 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Seasons Greetings


I hope you have a merry and happy Christmas... better late than never I suppose!

Life seems to have been a bit of a roller coaster the last few weeks, months even.  One minute you're enjoying a late and glorious summer and the next you're up to your neck in Christmas decorations and mince pies!  Where did the autumn go?  Maybe it's an age thing. But life is certainly not dull.  It's been a strange and disturbing year in many ways and I'm looking forward to a shiner new and hopefully less dismal year in 2017.

So belated seasons greetings one and all
Cheers!!


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Oxfordshire Exhibition

It's all systems go for my solo exhibition 'Homecoming' for which there's a PV in the Theatre Gallery on Sunday 18 December 6-8pm.


This is the first time I'll have shown my work back in my home of Oxfordshire for 14 years or more!  So I'm really looking forward to catching up with friends and customers I've not seen for a long time... let's hope we all recognise each other!

Friday, 2 December 2016

St Ives Society of Artist's Exhibition


I'm delighted to have had my painting accepted in the St Ives Society of Artists Christmas exhibition.  This one has been hanging on the wall in my cottage for some time as I just love it - and the words - but I thought it was about time it had an airing.


Life is measured
not by the breaths you take
but by the moments
that take your breath
away

Glad tidings!

Hooray!... At long last I've managed to get my blog app to work on my phone, so I'll be able to post more often! The typing might be a bit dodgey on this tiny keyboard, but I feel quite excited. 

Layout could be a bit random, but heyho. Here's a new winter painting that's off to my new exhibition soon...

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Altered Painting

A Touch of Aubergine


I painted this large 100x 120cm canvas on spec for a customer a couple of years ago.  She'd seen a painting in my studio that she loved, but she wondered if I could do something along similar lines, but larger and in these colours.  It features a lot of applied papers and Thai text.  Sadly it wasn't quite right for her, but I really liked it and have shown it in Back Road Artworks and St Ives Arts Club a couple of time.


But I eventually decided (as I quite often do with paintings that I've lived with for a little while) to repaint the canvas in a calmer, blue/grey colour way.    Here's the result.  I'm loving it all over again and have now titled the work 
"No Longer a Touch of Aubergine"!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Floral Grey


'Floral Grey'...
has just been sold, but is a nice image to share on this sunny Friday - the start of the summer holidays when St Ives will be invaded by happy holidaymakers!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Duck Egg Blue...


I was teaching a mixed media workshop down at Back Road Artworks on Friday, and my student brought in this gorgeous duck egg that she thought she might use (but didn't!).

It was so incredibly beautiful and set me off thinking that it would be a lovely project to sometime do a serious of work based on birds' eggs.  It sparks off so many ideas, I just need time to devote to it.  There's far too much going on at the moment to do this - not least of which having a new studio built in my garden - so it's going on the back burner for a while.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

My Exhibition at Morvah

Time to post a couple of photos from the opening of my solo exhibition 'Etcetera'
 at Morvah Schoolhouse.


Despite awful rain and low fog, it was a busy afternoon and it was such a relief to finally see all the new work hanging on the walls of this stunning gallery.  It is such a light and sunny space, with breathtaking views across the fields to the sea.  


It's such a joy spending my days over there stewarding - working in my sketchbooks, watching the cows and foxgloves and the changing skies across the sea.  
And the homemade soup and cakes in the cafe downstairs is a bonus too!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

New Paintings for 'Etcetera'

As promised, here are a few images of new paintings ready to be shown at my solo exhibition opening at Morvah Schoolhouse... Only FOUR days to go!







... and I'm still frantically finishing things off to be in time.
Situation normal then!


Friday, 10 June 2016

'Etcetera' Solo Exhibition at Morvah Schoolhouse

Just over a week to go until the opening of my solo exhibition at Morvah Schoolhouse.  So I'm busy finishing off lots of new work and am looking forward to hanging it all in the beautiful gallery.



I'll try and remember to post some images of the new paintings here - but they are all on my website if you want to pop over and have a look.
And if you are able to come along and see the show for yourself and say hello - even better!