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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watercolour sketch from my recent trip to the Farne Islands. Three puffins on a ledge standing there together having their conversation, looked so amazing!
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.
Nelly’s Moss North Lake.
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.
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.
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!
Recent watercolour from a series, A walk down the lane and what do I see!
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).
This pencil sketch which I did the other day is of a view from Beacon Hill, looking down and across into the landscape of distant trees. Maybe it will be a basis for other work developing into abstract paintings.