More and Different

Took some pictures into the Grosvenor Open Art Exhibition today: don’t know whether they’ll be accepted but we live in hope!  Quite pleased with my slightly wind-tousled Mallard however!

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Mallard, oil, pencil and gesso on canvas.  45 cm x 45 cm

Also my inquisitive Canada Goose ….

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Canada Goose, oil, pencil and gesso on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm

I went to Slimbridge Wetlands Reserve the other day for a day of sketching to recharge the batteries, fell in love with the West Indian Whistling Ducks, expert pictures shortly.  Meanwhile, quite pleased with this photo of a damp Canada Goose.

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Well here is one..

Following my ‘new impetus’ decision at the start of the year, here is the first painting, not completed yet.  Although not a completely new approach, nevertheless it represents a  development in terms of mark making ….

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White Fronted Goose, oil, gesso and pencil, 30 cm x 30 cm

Also I now have my own stall at the Craft Centre at Bodnant Gardens, the beautiful National Trust property in the Conwy Valley, North Wales – am going to miss sharing with Susie but I’ve so much stuff it was hard to fit into a half stand.  Here is a preliminary photo – it’s a work in progress!  Some new mini bunting on a seaside theme needed next, I think!

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My Bodnant Garden Stall

 

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New Year, new projects …

One of my New Year resolutions was to further develop the bird paintings into more dynamic directions.  These are two Christmas commissions: I enjoyed painting the male and female eider ducks…..

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Christmas Shopping!

dsc_0317-1With a frightening 5 weeks to Christmas, frantic painting of robins has been happening at the Sea Holly studio.  There are stars and bauble-shaped tree decorations (on papier maché) and images on lovely honey coloured slices of leylandii wood, provided by my super son-in-law, Jeremy, who is based at Crumps Barn Studio – press here to investigate their website.

dsc_0325Very excitingly, I now have a Christmas Shop on my website.  Consult the page for decorations and stocking fillers….

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Good start!!

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Well, I sold three pictures before the exhibition at Galeri Betws y Coed even opened!!  They make a nice triptych, I think!  Check out the gallery here:

http://www.galeribetwsycoed.co.uk/home/

Still reeling with the pleasure!  Three black headed gulls flapped off to a new home, and I received a phone call to bring something extra to fill the space.  I had another black headed gull, but it was still wet, so framed it in a white box frame this time, rather than just presenting it on an unframed block canvas.  It actually looks really nice, am going to do this next time also ….

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Betws y Coed bound!

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‘Thoughtful’: Oil, pencil and gesso on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm

Going to the lovely town of Betws y Coed this afternoon to take my paintings to Galeri: check them out here:

www.galeribetwsycoed.co.uk

for the new Helfa Gelf exhibition:

www.helfagelf.co.uk

I am putting in 4 canvases, here is another:

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Black-headed gull: oil, pencil and gesso on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm

Sketched these two handsome chaps during a recent visit to Slimbridge Wetlands reserve, very productive day, intending to go again soon! (except that the black-headed gull wasn’t in breeding plumage, of course!)

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À l’Europe!

dsc_0007Bound for a short stay across the channel: view from the Eurostar window(with husband and waterbottle!).  A long train journey is a good time to reflect on past practice – I’ve just completed three 60 cm x 60 cm pictures for an exhibition with the North Wales Artists’ Cooperative – here is one, but not very good quality as taken from my phone:

Black headed gull, oil, pencil and gesso on linen, 60 cm x 60 cm

Black headed gull, oil, pencil and gesso on linen, 60 cm x 60 cm

And three for Y Capel, Llangollen, these are 30 cm x 30 cm:

Black headed gull, 30 cm x 30 cm, oil, pencil and gesso on linen

Black headed gull, 30 cm x 30 cm, oil, pencil and gesso on linen

I love to work in this virtually monotonal way, but a recent visit to the Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy, London, makes me wonder if I should incorporate more colour? Enjoyed the exhibition more than I anticipated, and found it interesting and educational – I love the controlled technique of Jackson Pollock, which makes the picture at first look chaotic and random, but in fact is planned in detail.  And Arshily Gorky, with whom I haven’t previously been acquainted, was also worth a detailed look …

 

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