It’s the last day of the month, so time for number 6 of the canvas prints. This one is ‘Blue Calm’, and like the others is released in a limited edition of only six copies – and one has gone already!
It can be purchased on the Canvas Prints page of the website, and costs £25 including postage to any UK mainland address. If you are local to Colchester, you might be interested to know that I will be selling all my canvas prints on my Art Stuff stall at St Leonard’s Summer Fete, at St Leonard’s Church, Lexden, Colchester, CO3 4BL this Saturday, 4th July from 11am – 2.30pm. I’m selling lots of other things too – I’ll tell you all about it properly tomorrow!
Yesterday afternoon I finished painting one of the dinghies that I found at Heybridge Basin a few weeks ago – I have never seen a bright red dinghy before, and this one was clearly named ‘Poppy’ on her stern. Maybe someone will recognise her, as she is so distinctive! She is destined for the Geedon Gallery in the Autumn, I think.
I have just ordered frames for the four paintings I’m showing in the Haylett’s Gallery’s mixed exhibition over the summer, and I’m also busy getting everything ready for my ‘Art Stuff’ stall at St Leonard’s Summer Fete next Saturday! More details about that in a few days time!
Hope you are enjoying the weekend! 🙂
I can’t believe I’m half way through this ‘From my Garden’ project! – but here is the sixth one.
Two ‘Buff Beauty’ roses from the back garden, which have apricot coloured buds and gradually open to a parchment colour – it is a huge straggly bush which is rather overshadowed by a black bamboo, but still beautiful, with a wonderful scent. And one white ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ from the climbing rose which goes up the front of my house, a lovely old fashioned white rose, again with a wonderful scent.
They are in a little Emma Bridgewater spotted jug. I have just been reading her memoir, ‘Toast & Marmalade: stories from the kitchen dresser’, which was published last year. If you want a light cosy summer read I would recommend it. The story of how her pottery business came into being is quite astonishing and it is really funny in lots of places!
Happy weekend 🙂
A bit late, posting about this – it’s been a busy week! Last Saturday I met my niece, Claire, at Piccadilly and we went to see the RA Summer Exhibition. As soon as you enter the courtyard the show starts in a big way with the astonishing metal installation by Conrad Shawcross – it really was like walking under trees, and we both loved it.
Once we entered the building there is another big surprise, as the whole of the main staircase is covered in stripes! – an installation of coloured vinyl tape by Jim Lambie called Zobop. What an impact it had! It was very disconcerting to walk up – and even more so to walk down . . . .
The whole show this year was full of surprises, some good, like the courtyard and the staircase, some not so good. I loved the stunning turquoise walls of the central hall, and the wonderful deep pink walls of the first main gallery on the left. We both were really impressed with Norman Ackroyd’s set of 25 etchings of ‘Galapagos’, and the other larger etchings he was showing. I really liked Olwyn Bowey RA’s oil paintings ‘Fallen Tree’ and ‘Fallen Tree in Blossom’. We both loved the quality of light and dreamy atmosphere in Rose Hilton’s ‘Morning’ and Claire was very taken with Dawn Fishing and Noon Fishing by Mick Moon RA. I always love Ken Howard’s paintings, and this year was no exception. ‘Bacini Quartet’, four little paintings of Venice, the same view at different times of the day, was a wonderful lesson in painting light and shadow with minimal detail but to beautiful effect.
One of the not so good surprises was the hanging. It struck me as particularly perverse in some of the galleries, with huge paintings hung at eye level, and tiny paintings hung so high up the wall that a smudge of colour was all we could see. Some were not only very high but squashed so close to the work below that it was impossible to see the item number and find out what we might have been able to look at if it had been a bit lower! As we went round the galleries this became really quite irritating, and I couldn’t help feeling very sorry for the artists who had been ‘skied’ so badly.
So, as usual, a very mixed bag, some work we thought was wonderful, some we thought was ugly and pointless, but, also as usual, well worth going to have a look at to make up your own mind. I shall probably go again with Graham in a few weeks, and I always find on a second viewing that I notice things I missed the first time.
Hope you’re having a happy Thursday. The sun is shining here and it’s REALLY HOT!! Maybe we are going to have a summer . . . . . . 🙂
A new painting finished yesterday afternoon – another dinghy, called ‘Dinghy on the Yellow Rope’. This one will be going to either the Haylett’s Gallery in the summer or the Geedon Gallery in the autumn, as they have both asked for dinghies!
So today I’ve made a start on ‘From my June Garden’. There are roses everywhere, so this painting has two Buff Beauty roses, which are a lovely apricot colour, and one large ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’, an old fashioned white climber which scrambles up the front of my house, and trails down in a mass of blooms over the sitting room window. They are in a small spotted Emma Bridgewater jug which should be fun to paint . . . . .
Hope you are enjoying the sun, wherever you are 🙂
I’m busy working on a new dinghy painting at the moment – which will be called ‘Dinghy on the Yellow Rope’. But I took a break this afternoon to make some raspberry jam. The kitchen smelt wonderful – and what a beautiful colour!
It has been a damp, drizzly Saturday here, after a very hot day yesterday, but I’m hoping for better things tomorrow! Hope you are enjoying your weekend, whatever you are doing. 🙂
Last year I painted Cymbeline Meadow, with the River Colne flowing through it, and this year I just had to paint it again, as it was looking so summer-y and beautiful with the swathes of bright buttercups.
So this becomes the third in my Summer afternoon on the River series, the first two being Summer Afternoon on the Blackwater, and the second Summer Afternoon on the Stour, both of which can be seen in the 2014 Gallery. This one is painted using a mix of acrylics and oil pastel.
I’ve just started a new dinghy painting, and when that is finished it will be on with ‘From my June Garden’ – roses, of course! 🙂
Last weekend I took one of my friends, artist Stella Brand, down to Wivenhoe to meet up with our mutual friend, the sculptor, Shirley Morrison and her husband, David. Shirley had some of her cold cast bronze sculptures in the Sentinel Galleries current exhibition, ‘Have I got nudes for you’, which is a mixed show of 2D and 3D work. There is a huge variety of media on show, including jewellery! on the theme of the nude. Shirley’s sculptures looked very well in the gallery, and I also liked some of Di Humphrey’s work, the wild colours of Emma Cameron’s large paintings, and a small drawing by John Wilson. The show is on for another week, until Sunday, 14th June – full details on the website www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk . While we were there Pru was busy putting handles on mugs, and popping in and out of her workroom to greet people. I bought one of her mugs – here it is!
Yesterday I went down to Maldon, to the Haylett’s Gallery to see the exhibition of screen-prints and paintings by Albert Irvin, who died in March aged 92. The gallery space was lit up by his amazingly colourful abstract works. Sally Patrick, who runs the gallery, was having a day off, but Jacquie said how much she had enjoyed working surrounded by them – they are so immensely cheering. She was telling me that Irwin sometimes mixed colours as much as 64 times to get the precise shade he required – the impression of spontaneity was underpinned by a great deal of planning and disciplined work. This show is also on for another week, until Saturday, 13th June – details of opening times from www.haylettsgallery.com
When I left Jacquie I went round to All Saints Vicarage to drop in on my friend Stephen Carter, who is Rector of All Saint’s church in the High Street. While I was there another friend of Stephen’s dropped in, bringing her new puppy, a miniature wire-haired dachshund called Pipkin, who couldn’t have been any more cute!
After a mug of tea sitting in the sun in the Vicarage garden, I drove down to Heybridge Basin in search of some new dinghies to paint. I walked along the top of the sea wall with my little bag of drawing stuff and my camera, and found some beauties, including one bright red one, with a turquoise blue interior – very striking!! Walking left along the river bank brings you round in a big curve, going up river, until you are opposite Maldon Hythe, and can see the Thames Barges all lined up against the quay and the town tumbling down the hill.
If you look carefully you can spot the dark reddish brown sails of the barges, and on the sandy coloured spit of land on the right of the picture you can just make out the statue of Britnoth, Saxon leader against the Vikings in the Battle of Maldon, in 991. The spire in the very centre of the sky line is Stephen’s church, All Saints.
How can it be Friday again! The time flies by – hope you have something nice planned for the weekend. We had thunderstorms and torrential rain this morning . . . . . . . . . . 🙂