Fun postcard of a watercolour that I finished today and posted off to #TAE19 @twitrartexhibit the title is “Over the fields and far away No 2 ” This year the charity supported is @artinhealthcare The details are at twitterartexhibition.org for those of you that are interested in participating; either buying in the sale online or making a fun postcard for the project to raise money for a good cause.
Here is one of my photographs below that I took earlier this year on a visit to Sweden and Finland. I would like to thank you all for your support it is very much appreciated and wish you all,
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019
I recently submitted three watercolours to the East Midland Open 29 Exhibition who support artists that live within the region. There were over 900 works submitted, 250 were accepted to be exhibited in “The Peoples Exhibition Open 29”
I am very pleased to announce that all three of my watercolours were accepted for the exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery from 15th December 2018- 2nd February 2019.
The Peoples Exhibition Open 29
New Walk Museum& Art Gallery
53 New Walk, Leicester LEI 7EA
Again the AiPS members were back at the Menier Gallery for the 6th consecutive year. It was our annual exhibition where we came together to showcase our work. I was very pleased to be a part of this very exciting and diverse exhibition. Andrew Cooper Chairman of the Society made the opening speech and introduced this year’s Judge Artist Tom Cox who presented the awards. Artists in Public Service
Some of the photographs taken on the evening
Inspired by the lovely autumn colours, the natural environment, seasons and the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire.
A new series “A line of Trees” View looking over the landscape at sunset.
Watercolour I made inspired by a walk along a pathway leading into a forest and woodland around Charnwood, National Forest, Leicestershire.
I was looking through some old sketch books and came across these two watercolours from 2014. The watercolours were painted en plein air on Bryher which is one of the Isles of Scilly. The painting on the left in my sketchbook was painted from the beach on Green Bay Bryher, looking across to the Island of Tresco. The other watercolour left side is a view of Tresco from Green Bay a little further along the coastal shoreline. It was a lovely time spent on Bryher, almost a month that year which gave me the opportunity to paint many of the beautiful areas on Bryher, Tresco and Samson.
The watercolour below of a landscape in Les Aspres Normandy has been accepted in the Open Exhibition 2018 at the Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough LE11 3EB
Exhibition dates : 4 August- 8 September 2018
I am delighted to have three of my watercolours accepted in the Open Summer Exhibition at the Cank Street Gallery 6 June- 4 August 2018.
Please see the link below for more details, you can view the catalogue on line.
I always enjoy my visits to Les Aspres a small village in Normandy where family live. There is a view at the bottom of the garden that is so beautiful, the fields roll on for miles and the landscape is breathtaking. Especially when there is dramatic light after a storm which dances over the fields and trees making the colours in the landscape come alive. We seem to have experienced plenty of storms, rain, mist and fog during end of March and beginning of April; making the ground very waterlogged but also creating good subjects for atmospheric paintings!
The watercolour below is the view of landscape at the bottom of the garden.
“Is it the silence of the wilderness that so enchants me?” Asksei Gallen-Kallela (1886).
Last year in November, I went to see an exhibition at the National Gallery London. The exhibition was called “A Vision of Finland” the artist was Finnish Asksei Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) and a plein air painter. I was impressed and inspired by his work, particularly Lake Keitele (1905) also, Clouds above Lake.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Sweden and Finnish Lapland in the Arctic Circle. It was a very exciting and inspiring journey which enabled me to see the vast expanses of wilderness of the Arctic Tundra.The location where I stayed was in Karesuando, Norrbotten, Sweden, near to the Muorio river and border between Sweden and Finland. This was excellent for exploring the northernmost part of Sweden and traversing across into Finland.
When the night came it was time to venture into the forests, to be amazed by the Aurora Borealis magical displays across the sky. There is silence in the wilderness, beauty in the forests and landscapes of this icy tundra. All of this inspired me to paint a series of watercolours relating to my experiences in the wilderness of the Arctic Circle, which will probably be ongoing!
Winter terrain, Lapland, Artic Circle
Karesuando Sweden, Artic Circle
Wilderness Finnish Lapland
Walk in the Forest Finnish Lapland