A Good Year – 2016

I know that 2016 has been a crazy year for so many reasons but I’ve spent some time going back over the year to reflect on where I started creatively in January and where I’ve arrived at in December.

So here are my highlights.

January to March 2016

What can I say – lots of painting. I really did begin with a bang and managed to keep this up for quite some time.  My favourite painting is this one of my son’s first pair of shoes which I have kept all these years.

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I had the pleasure of participating in the #TwitterArtExhibition which supported Foster Pride NYC New York, USA.  TAE had the biggest number of entries they had ever seen with close to 1000 cards from artists covering 35 countries around the world.  I’m pleased to report that my postcard sold on the first night raising funds for Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Programme, where young women in foster care learn to create and market a unique line of handmade goods.

If you fancy supporting this, click here to see this years event which is being held in the UK.

 

 

April to June 2016

Exhibiting at an Art Fair was a first for me and I took part in the Frome Art Fair in Somerset.  I enjoyed spending the weekend talking to people about art and I’m sure it’s something I’ll repeat again.

I joined Artists 303 in April and now enjoy being part of a formal artist community.  We’ll be exhibiting at the Round Tower in Frome, Somerset in May.

Remember the collaboration project I did with my printmaking friends.  Well, we turned this print into a tea towel and it has sold like hot cakes!  Such a good thing to do with others.

The end of June saw a return to Staithes and the production of my favourite painting of the year.  I’m not sure I’ve even given it a name, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it.

img_5111I started painting this one en plein air (outside) but I got so cold, I packed it in and came indoors.  I finished this at home using my sketches and a photo.  I was really pleased to say that all this painting outdoors is developing my visual memory and I was able to recall quite a bit of detail about the scene.

It sits in my studio to remind me what I can achieve with a limited palette and some good brushes!

 

 

July to September 2016

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#DrawingAugust came around again and although I didn’t get as many drawings done as I’d like, I was so pleased to see so many drawings on my twitter feed from all level of drawing ability.  Great fun!

I took part in Somerset Art Weeks again. This time I shared my exhibition space with two friends and I have to say, it was our best SAW yet.  Lots of visitors, tea & cake, sales, commissions and bookings for workshops.  A great result all around.

 

 

 

October to December 2016

After all the hard work of getting ready for Somerset Art Weeks and the exhibition itself, I flew off to Portugal for a painting holiday.  It was unseasonably hot which brought its own challenges.

I received a number of commissions for artists books during Somerset Art Weeks and these were mainly for Christmas presents.  Nothing like a deadline to keep you focussed!

deerparkAnother commission that meant a great deal to me was for a friend who married the love of her life in November.  They were married at Deer Park in Devon (such a lovely wedding) and so it only seemed natural to combine the name of the hotel with my love of nature.  The Deer Park commission was born.

This was an edition of 35 just for the guests on the day.

 

 

I realise that in doing this post, I have neglected to post so much throughout the year.  An indication of how much has been going on.  Hopefully this year I’ll be more disciplined about posting on my blog.

Happy New Year to you.  Thank you for your support through the many likes, shares, and comments/feedback that I receive.  It means a lot.  I hope that 2017 is a good year for you and that you have a successful year.

Somerset Open Studios 17th September – 2nd October

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It’s that time of year again when I get my head down and organise the open studios event of Somerset Art Weeks.  I enjoy this event as you get to meet people who have taken the time and trouble to find you amongst the rolling Somerset countryside and ask you lots of questions of your art.  

I’m joined in my studio, this year, by Ann Fagan and Liz Biesty.  We’ve exhibited before and it’s a pleasure to do so again.  I love their work.  Even though we are all printmakers, we are all very different in style and you’ll be able to see that with the work we will be exhibiting.  There will be prints, paintings and cards on display and for sale, as well as cushions.  If we get ourselves organised there might even be some artists books.

If you are in Somerset for these two weeks, it would be great to see you.  Even if you don’t manage to get to our venue, there are plenty spread across the county that you can visit.   Have a look at the http://somersetartworks.org.uk. There’s a digital guide here if you aren’t able to get a paper one.

I’d better get back to the long list of things to do!  I think a cup of tea might help with that!

Artists 303 Exhibition, Dulverton

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Hanging in Progress – Labelling underway

Today was hanging day at the Heritage Centre, Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset for the Artists 303 group.  As you can see from this small selection, the artwork is diverse in its style and media.    If you’re in Exmoor, why don’t you pop along and see the whole exhibition.  We’re open daily from 10.30am until 4.00pm, until Saturday, 6th August.  One of the group will be available each day to talk about the group and answer any questions you have.

Frome Art Fair

Just in case I haven’t mentioned this before, and if I have, I’m sorry for repeating myself.  I’m taking part in Frome Art Fair this weekend.  I’m looking forward to exhibiting my work in the Rook Lane venue on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd April.  We’ll be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm each day and the Frome Independent Market will also be available on the Sunday.

If you are close by and want to come and say hello, that would be great.  I always like meeting people who I ‘talk’ to on social media. It’s always great to put a face to a name.

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#TwitterArtExhibit

#TwitterArtExhibition

Rosa  Oil Painting  149mm x 118mm

I’m taking part in a postcard art exhibition organised by David Sandum called #TwitterArtExhibit.   This group believes that “Through art we can change the world” and it’s a very thought provoking statement when you take some time to think of how art (in it’s broadest sense) impacts our world.

If you are interested in taking part; it’s open to both amateur and professional artists, click on the link here to find out more. Even if you can’t do it this year, how about next year?

As I’m really into playing with my oil paints I thought I would produce a small painting of a rose.  For this I’ve used oil painting paper rather than canvas.  There are clear guidelines of what’s required so I’m hoping that my paper is stiff enough to go through the checking process.

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Here’s a photo of the painting varnished before posting.  I don’t usually post varnished paintings as the varnish creates a sheen which reflects the light, but the varnish also lifts and brightens the painting which gives it more impact.

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A very apt name for a group of printmakers, don’t you think?

I’m taking part in a group exhibition at the Strode Theatre in Street, Somerset from Tuesday, 22nd December all through January, until Saturday, 13th February 2016.

There are 7 printmakers taking part altogether and a great range of styles, so if you find yourself in Street with some time available, please take a trip into the Theatre to see some wonderful work.

Here’s a link to the theatre Strode Theatre, you’ll be able to find more information on the other events as well as contact details and directions.

 

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Here’s a little blurb on what Strode Theatre is all about!

Mid Somerset’s venue for the arts

Strode Theatre is a theatre and cinema with 343 seats, a part of the Strode College campus in Street, near Glastonbury in Somerset. We promote a mixed programme of live events on stage, both professional and amateur, mainstream and arthouse films as well as live transmissions of opera, ballet and theatre. The foyer is home to changing exhibitions of work by local and regional artists.