I'm really firing on all cylinders at the moment - it feels fantastic to be so inspired and I am making the most of it by painting as much as possible! This month I have been mostly painting cars, which is a subject I'm always returning to. I love the shapes and curves of the old cars (new cars just don't have quite the same attraction)! I must say I do love driving and I am sure this is another reason that I paint cars; they represent freedom and exploration.
I'm also still working on the Fowey River Gallery show and have started a small series for The Mulberry Tree Gallery which will be part of a larger mixed show in the summer.
On top of all this I'm planning on doing a small painting show on my website for the first part of April. This will consist of 30 small, framed paintings and instead of putting one on a day the whole 30 will go online at the same time. I'll be sending out more information nearer the time, so watch this space..
So here we are in January once again and the start of a new working year. I am currently working on a one man show for the Fowey River Gallery this summer. The weather has been so utterly awful that I'm happy as Larry to be holed up in my cosy studio painting images of the summer!
Once the show is done I have a few more commitments and then finally I'm going to crack on with illustrating my book.
I am also hoping to do an little online painting exhibition of 30 paintings at some point between now and the summer so watch this space...
Here are a few sneaky peaks at some of the paintings in the show. As ever, if you are interested in a catalogue let me know and I will make sure one gets to you when the time comes.
My exhibition at The Richard Hagen Gallery is starting on Saturday 15th June. As per usual I will be in attendance, along with a selection of my sisters and my husband! It is such a lovely gallery, I always look forward to the private view and a chance to mooch around the beautiful village of Broadway.
The show is a little smaller than I had hoped, but I'm thrilled with the paintings and hope for a good response.
There is a catalogue available - if you'd like one please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pop one in the post.
In the meantime I am cracking on with a backlog of commissions and then I'm planning to paint for my website, so watch this space...
I've returned from my epic seven week walk along the South West Coast Path... and now the hard work begins!
It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, and my plan now is to write an illustrated book of the whole walk. I've started on the manuscript - it's odd writing instead of painting, but I am really enjoying it. I want this book to be a labour of love and so I'm going to take my time and do it right. If I can't find a publisher I may self-publish, but I'll look into that nearer the time...
Next month I'm going to start work on a show inspired by the walk, which will be held in Broadway next summer. So, all in all it's a very busy time!
I've mentioned my upcoming show at The Mulberry Tree Gallery in Swanage a few times here in the last couple of months... well the private view is just around the corner now (Saturday 21st July from 12pm), and I thought I'd share the details here for anyone who'd like to visit the exhibition or find out more about it.
At the start of this month I had the Private View of my show at Fowey River Gallery – it was a lovely evening and a great success!
I have also completed 20 acrylic paintings for a show at The Mulberry Tree Gallery in Swanage this summer. I wanted it to have a range of methods to create interest and richness, so with this in mind I've started a series of watercolours and sketches to be shown alongside the acrylics.
The revelation is that this change of medium has given me a huge creative injection. I'm having to think in a different way and slow right down and really plan every wash of colour.
The subject matter hasn't changed but the transparency of the paint has added a freshness and delicacy to the images. I'm very excited about it, and I hope my enthusiasm for these new paintings makes for a dynamic exhibition.
I have finished the show!
After a rocky start this has been one of the most enjoyable exhibitions ever, it has flowed really well. The show runs from the 7th - 21st April at the Fowey River Gallery (in Fowey). I'll post more details here nearer the time.
I'm still feeling pretty inspired so I will take a couple of days off for some hard core gardening and then dive into the next paintings.
This month I have started work on a show for Fowey River Gallery. It's quite a small show - just 25 paintings - but I was a bit daunted by it. Normally I have a big show every other year and the rest of the time is spent painting to replace work that has sold in various galleries. But this year and into next I have agreed to two shows.
I had a total blank at the beginning of the month, and had no idea how to start the show. The first painting is so important - it sets the tone and if its a cracker everything just falls into place after it.
So, I spent a few days just walking with my dog and notebook, writing ideas as they slowly came through. Then one morning I was feeling much more positive and made a start, and once the first painting was done it was happy days!! Now I'm on a roll and making the most of it by working as much as possible, aware that at any moment I might lose the momentum.
When it is going well painting is an utter joy, but when I get stuck it's the worst feeling and I it seems as if I will never get out of the rut (although I always do). It becomes obsessive and I can't think of anything else and yet normally if I do just switch off for a day or two the ideas come flooding back. Its a real rollercoaster!
Walking is my saving grace, and nearly all my ideas come from a walk - either from something I've seen or a random thought. So, right now every thing is good and I am really enjoying it, I don't want to speak this soon, but I think this might be my best ever show!
I want to thank everyone for making this month such a success. I've loved doing a painting a day. It's been a real learning curve, not so much with the paintings themselves but all the other things - the website, uploading the images, even wrapping the paintings!! Being an artist can be quite a solitary occupation but this month has really felt like a shared experience. Every day for 30 days I have been immersed in these tiny images. Having to come up with an idea is brilliant for focusing the mind, and my morning walks with my dog Jess have given me the space to do this. I might well do it again next year if I get a free month. I have a feeling I may go the other way now and start work on some larger more complicated paintings, so watch this space!
For the final painting I took photos at each stage and here is the resulting animated picture showing how its done (if the image doesn't change within a couple of seconds you might need to refresh your browser):