Watercolour’s in AIPS Show 2017

Two of my watercolours which I exhibited in the AIPS exhibition in the Menier Gallery, Chocolate Factory, London last week.

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AIPS 86th annual Exhibition 2017

I was pleased to participate in the 86th Annual exhibition of the Artists in Public Service (AIPS), at the Menier Gallery, Southwark, London last week. The selection of work by the members were a diverse and interesting mix of oil, watercolour, mixed media, pottery and printmaking. The chair Andrew Cooper made the opening speech for the awards  with the judge Artist Mark Pearson presenting the prizes.

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Phare-des- Baleines, France

The garden’s around the Phare-des-Baleines and the lighthouse were interesting and the trees lovely shapes. I painted a small section of the area in the garden one afternoon when the sun was strong and shadow’s were deep purple blue. The area of Phare-des-Baleines is situated in the far north of the Island Ile-de-Ré and is the most western point in France.

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Sketchbook watercolour of the lighthouse where I was staying in Phare-des- Baleines. The wind was particularly strong, it was stormy too, it was a challenge to hold onto my sketchbook! Here is the finished painting below.

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While I was staying on the Island I visited a paper restoration studio in  Loix,  “Atelier Quillet”  for a guided tour of the process of repairing paper in books that had deteriorated over time. The training for this skill is at least three to five years. There were various stages which involved such technical skill, especially lifting of pages out of the books which almost disintegrated before our eyes! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which lasted an hour. The photograph below is of some of the equipment that is used.

 

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SOCK Gallery, Summer Open Exhibition 2017

I am delighted that one of my watercolours was accepted to be exhibited in the SOCK Gallery Open Exhibition at Loughborough Town Hall  LE11 3EB,   Exhibition Dates:  5th August to 9th September 2017.

The preview evening was a great success with a marvellous response from everyone.  Here are some photograph’s  below  from the PV  and presentations.

 

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Puffins on a ledge

Watercolour sketch from my recent trip to the Farne Islands. Three puffins on a ledge standing there together having their conversation, looked so amazing!

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Cragside Northumberland

Exploring Cragside Estate especially the vast gardens, woodland and walks was a marvellous experience. During my stay in Northumberland, I visited Cragside three times  and I am tempted to return there! Below are some of the studies I made there.

Nelly’s Moss South Lake.

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Nelly’s Moss North Lake.

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Nelly’s Moss South Lake, it was hot and sunny a beautiful light for painting. Rhododendron’s were growing everywhere,  around the Lake and in the forest.

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Visit to Farne Islands & Northumberland Coast

It was a very interesting visit to the Farne Islands watching the wildlife, a world of sea birds and seals in their natural habitat. I did wear a protective hat as the nesting terns were pecking,  fortunately, I did manage to escape their warnings to stay at a polite distance!   Here are a couple of sketches in watercolour and ink of Puffins which I made during my time there.  I really enjoyed seeing the Puffins they are so curious and comical, so beautiful to experience especially in flight.

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Norfolk: Sketch Book Study

Sketch book study of vast open space’s stretching  for miles along the coastline of Norfolk. It was a very pleasant time spent walking, exploring the beautiful landscape and coastal views around this unspoilt area of wild and natural beauty. I shall definitely return!

 

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Recent Watercolour

Recent watercolour from a series,    A walk down the lane and what do I see!

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Spring Flower series

Part of my study from  “Flower series ” which I painted yesterday. I am hopeful that it may develop into something which will be more abstracted. I was thinking about the work of Agnes Martin and of her words “Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not just in the eye, it is in the mind, it is our positive response to life”  (1912-2004).

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