Snow on the first day of March and settling in a sparkling white blanket! Luckily my studio is at the bottom of the garden, so not far to go to work.
Along with Jason Nosworthy I am preparing for our joint exhibition upstairs in the Wells Museum with the Preview on Tuesday 13th March 6.30-9pm. We will be exhibiting local landscapes including one of my small favourites ‘The Visitors’. We both have a love of landscape and colour, hence our exhibition ‘Colourscape’ which runs from 14th – 24th March excluding Sundays.
Currently I am working on the last of 4 paintings for the Artists 303 group exhibition ‘Route to the Sun’ at ACEarts in Somerton, 17th March – 14th April. The Preview is on Friday 16th March 6-8pm.
This is the packhorse bridge in Bruton which used to be known as Bow Bridge – it is one of 16 remaining single span packhorse bridges in Britain. I liked the idea of journeys along old routes near to the A303 so have found some packhorse and other ancient bridges as subjects.
Courses & Workshops
From mid April I will be running two courses in Oil Pastels at Trowbridge Town Hall on Thursdays and Fridays – see link for more info. And from June a course on the Nuts & Bolts of Colour at the new Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge, which will be open from the beginning of May to coincide with the start of the Cloth Road Arts Week. Then planning some one-day workshops for August at the Court Street Gallery too.
Meanwhile, I am running workshops for art groups in Warminster, Silton (near Wincanton) and Wareham during the Spring. Plus helping with the running of the Frome Open Studios in July. Somehow I will find time to paint for the Cloth Road Arts Week and the exhibition in May at the East Lambrook Manor Gardens Gallery with Jason Nosworthy.
much to do
After a good end of year break attending to other areas of my life I am now starting on a number of new projects.
I have been asked to run Art Demos and workshops locally, which I enjoy preparing and doing. They add to my experience and often challenge my approach to my own paintings and I intend to inspire and encourage the creativity those listening or taking part.
Last year my step-daughter put me in touch with a friend who has asked me to prepare designs and images for her forthcoming wedding which are to be done by the end of January……..
In February I am helping out at the Art Extravaganza in Frome. The event is to help fund RAISE (Refugee Action in the South East).
Meanwhile I have been researching for my next few paintings which will be part of the exhibition ‘Route to the Sun’ by the Artists 303 Group. The exhibition will be from 17th March to 14th April at ACEarts Gallery, Somerton. My work will be focussed on packhorse bridges near the A303. So far I have been out for some lovely walks and photographed five bridges. So enough to be getting on with!
‘Leaf Litter under Willows’, Biddulph NT, mixed media, 30 x 21cm 2016
During March I am also exhibiting in the Wells Museum, upstairs in the beautiful large room which is flooded with natural light and excellent new spotlights. I am exhibiting with landscape artist Jason Nosworthy: ‘Colourscape‘ will feature our work drawn together by a love of colour, running from 14th – 25th March with a Private View on 13th March 7.30-9pm
We will exhibit again for most of May at the East Lambrook Gardens Malthouse Gallery.
In Frome I continue with being part of the Frome Open Studios team preparing for the annual Art Trail during the Frome Festival.
November has nearly ended with December signalling the end of a busy year!
Two paintings sold at the Castle Cary exhibition: ‘White Dog’ (Archie)
and ‘Towards Keilder’
My next exhibitions will be in the spring so I am starting to find reference material for one in April – called ‘Look to the Sun’. I am now a member of the Artists 303 and this will be the first exhibition for me as a member. My work is often around journeys and water so I will see what transpires!
In March and May I will be exhibiting alongside Jason Nosworthy in Wells Museum then the Mulberry Gallery at East Lambrook Manor Gardens. More details next year…
And in case that’s not enough to keep me busy I am part of the Frome Open Studios team again for next year. So it is time to consider opening the house/studio for July 2018. and sending out the Call for Artists.
Meanwhile, I will be selling brooches and cards in Bradford on Avon at the Made in Bradford outlet. Some of these will be available at the Bull Mill Christmas Bazaar from 2-10th December too.
Brooches from ‘Pure Rooster by Kate Cochrane’
Dachshunds sitting pretty brooches
Elegant Dachshund brooches
Exciting news!! My painting ‘Orange Rocks’ has been selected and hung in the RWA Open 3rd October – 3rd December! So off to the varnishing Day on Saturday.
The last few months have seen me busy preparing for two exhibitions: the first one is now up and running at The Market House, Castle Cary. Now til 8th October -Venue 110 in SAW open 11-5pm, closed Monday and Tuesdays.
A selection of landscapes and trees on the theme of Anticipation – Thoughts of Growth.
‘Towards Keilder’, acrylic on board, c 30 x 40cm, 2016
Then on the 2nd October I will be hanging the next exhibition at First View Gallery. ‘Quartet’ will be showing works from Olivia Clifton-23cmBligh, Tanya Hinton and Tim Rose.
Past Reflections, Oil pastel on Board 2015
23 x 23cm
Runs from 3rd October to 19th October, open every day and always a good opportunity to go round the beautiful gardens at Stourhead too!
In May the exhibition ‘Capture the Castle’ opened in the Southampton City Art Gallery with one of my pieces showing by invitation! An excellent selection of paintings and probably the only time I will be in the same room as Turner! – on until 2nd September and well worth a visit.
Laugherne: The Courtyard
Over the last few months I have been concentrating on the garden ready for the Hidden Gardens of Frome. A great way to finally motivate myself to tidy up, plant loads, order an overdue new lawn and spend a lot of time watering! – alongside helping to run the Open Studios, part of the annual Frome Festival. The team had decided to use the WHY (We Hear You) Gallery in Frome to display a selection of work from the Open Studios, so I transformed the walls into a varied yet coherent exhibition which continues til July 16th.
Meanwhile, the Open Studios are in full swing with around 30 venues showing varied and eclectic work from nearly 80 artists.
I have included a few of my castle paintings as well as my latest large landscape.
‘Heatherhope’, Cheviots, oil on canvas 3′ x 4′ 2016
March has flown past giving a number of Art Demos and a workshop, painting and helping behind the scenes of the Frome Open Studios 2017.
I have enjoyed giving the Art Demos helping to enthuse and inspire members of local Art Societies. It was especially rewarding to watch people’s work develop during a workshop I ran in Trudoxhill with the theme of castles in pastels.
On account of the demos I now have 5/6 half-finished paintings waiting for attention. One I have completed is ‘Glastonbury Tor from Chalice Hill’
‘Glastonbury Tor from Chalice Hill’, 30 x 30cm, gouache on canvas 2017
Meanwhile the three works at Glastonbury Abbey are still on show in the ‘Footprint of the Abbey’ exhibition until 21st May.
I have finally decided which group of paintings to put into The Why Gallery (formerly The Good Gallery) starting 1st May. The Gallery will show around 10 of my paintings as well as have a selection of greetings cards for sale. A % of the sales will go towards the charity We Hear You.
Laugherne: The Courtyard
From the 26th May – 2nd September I have been invited to show one of my castle paintings at the Southampton City Art Gallery. I am feeling very honoured and looking forward to visiting to see the exhibition – Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun
So much to do as I prepare for the Wylye Valley Art Trail at the end of May, the Open Studios and Hidden Gardens in July, and working towards ‘Quartet’, an exhibition with Olivia Clifton-Bligh, Tanya Hinton and Tim Rose at the First View Gallery, Stourhead. Followed by, and slightly over-lapping, I will be putting paintings into a group exhibition in Castle Cary for SAW.
Somehow 4 months have passed since exhibiting in the Round Tower in Frome. It was a successful event and I sold some paintings as well as lots of cards. Quite a number of people visited and enjoyed looking at the range of work I had on show. This included a selection of childhood drawings, college work, Pure Rooster home accessory designs and paintings over a number of years.
Over the last year I have been working with the Areté Visual Art Group producing work for ‘Footprints of the Abbey’, an exhibition starting at Glastonbury Abbey on 10th February. There will a great variety of work from a number of artists including icons, relics, paintings, scrolls and paintings done in response to the Abbey and its environs.
I have submitted 3 pieces including ‘Abbey Kitchen’ plus, during January I finished an embroidery based on medieval floor tiles ‘Abbey Tiles’. The exhibition runs til 21st May
The ‘Angles & Aspects’ exhibition is now underway in the Round Tower at the Black Swan Arts in Frome. There is a variety of work starting from an early age to the present. One artist I met when staying with my grandma was Jean de la Fontinelle who kindly gave me 4 caran d’ache oil pastels with which I did my first abstract. I kept them for a long time! I think he must have quite an influence as I do remember watching him work and being quite awe-struck.
The collection includes college projects from the Graphic Design degree course at Canterbury College of Art I attended, some dolls’ house furniture made and sold in East Sheen, painted pots from 20 years ago, dachshund brooches, plus many paintings, prints, cards and household accessories.
Dark Red Silhouette, Tasmania 2012. 21 x 15cm
The Open Evening on Friday 18th at 6pm will feature a talk by poet Rosie Jackson and short films by Alan Campbell showing Annette Burkitt and myself producing art in response to a poem. All welcome and should be fun!
The ‘Colour in the Landscape’ exhibition was a success and well received at First view Gallery, Stourhead, with sales for all myself, Annette Burkitt and Geraldine McLouglin.
Now I am concentrating on exhibiting a selection of work at the Round Tower at the Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome. The exhibition ‘Angles and Aspects’ will have pieces of work from an early age to the present, some sketch books, portfolios, home accessories, cards, prints, brooches and paintings! I will spend my time there working on paintings of castles.
During the Open Evening poet Rosie Jackson will give her thoughts on 3 pieces created in response to her poems, They are by myself, Annette and Geraldine, plus Alan Campbell will be showing a short film of me working on ‘No Colour’, a pastel on paper. All welcome!