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!