Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Limited Edition Prints


Provencal Doorway, Limited Edition Print
giclee 38 x 26 cm or 15 x 10 inches

Prints, lovely prints, in an edition of only 50 and a good size, printed on Bockingford 190gsm Inkjet,mould made watercolour paper with certified archive ability and 100% archival inks. Each print is signed and numbered.  This size, unframed is £75 including postage and packing.  They are also available framed for £120.
Framed Print.
There are smaller prints as well, also limited to an edition of 50, 10 x 16 cm or 4 x 6.25inches, unframed £25 and framed £50.

These are all available from my web site as well as a shop on my facebook page.

Monday, June 29, 2015

New Work at the Gallery

Overlooking the Terrace
oil on linen
80 x 60 cm
The four new paintings that are with Beside The Wave, I am pleased with how spending more time painting is bringing benefits.  Practice, practice, practice is so important, I have got used to my head not switching off, seeing in paint must be a common ailment for artists!
Garden Table
oil on linen
40 x 60 cm
I have also been working on my web site and now have a "shop" section with limited edition prints, framed and unframed, for sale...go shopping!
Scots Pines at the Mouth of Frenchmans Creek
oil on linen 60 x 40 cm
Summer Morning Helford Passage
oil on linen 60 x 80 cm


Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Cornish Boat Trip

 Instant sketches, about as fast as a camera, done from the boat as we sail up the river the other evening. These probably take under two minutes each, its more about looking and thinking in shapes.
 Leaving Helford River, these little cottages are at Helford Passage under some large Scots Pines, iconic Cornwall
 Its Wednesday evening and the 707's are about to race, they jockey about waiting for the start.
 There were two boats here but moving, us and them so the scale changed too fast but the shapes of the sails are interesting.
Looking back into the sun, sparkling water, the trees make solid shapes and the oyster boat is a shape in the white light.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Painting a Table

Garden Table, 40 x 60 cm oil on linen
Thought I would post up one of the new paintings that I have been working on plus, for added interest, some pictures of the stages of a painting I have got a bit obsessed with recording how paintings develop.  I find it is really helpful to analyse why and what decisions are made...
Its my garden table so painting it poses no difficulty with the usual problems, like the availability of cups of tea or glasses of wine as I paint!



Thursday, May 07, 2015

In The Frame



I love this bit, going to the framers to collect framed and ready to hang paintings. It is the final bit, the presentation, the signing off.  
Next time I see them they will be hanging on the gallery wall, looking all grown up!  In that respect they are a bit like your children, this is the moment when you see them in their first suit, or across a room and you suddenly realize that your little kid is grown and about to be flown.  That is kids but equally, the feeling is the same at this point with paintings, you see them as others might see them, and they look ok!  
They are off up to London with Beside The Wave who are opening a branch in Primrose Hill, 41 Chalcot Road, its very exciting!  Opens on Wednesday 13th May, if you are London based, pop in and say hello.



Monday, May 04, 2015

All the World's a Stage...

  1. "Through to the Dining Room"Oil on Linen 120 cm x 80 cm or 47.24 x 31.50 inches
A complex mixture of patterns, colours, textures and temperatures made this interesting for me. With such defined foreground, middle and background it reminded me of a stage set, which is often how I think of paintings.  As with a stage set my paintings are telling a tale.  This is a story of objects, found, gathered and collected, displayed with care and love and although it is not my living space it is one that I recognise, a family home.  This is the stage where the passion play is enacted and re-enacted and these are the props that are used to help tell the tale. As Mr Shakespear said:
  1. "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms..."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time to Experiment

I used to work with the figure a lot, in fact painting from life was my passion long before plein air, Gardens, Landscape or Interiors took hold.  As I now have time to experiment I am working on a series of "selfies." Self Portraits, its a way of taking yourself seriously, at least that's how it feels. A kind of honest examination of not only what you look like but a trawl through your emotional response to your world...its illuminating!
I wont post up anything until it is finished but here are a few details of some beginnings.

I love the drawing part of oil painting, actually I love all of it but the beginnings of a painting are always exciting.

There are rather a lot of exciting projects on the horizon which, when I can tell, I will.

Until then...watch this space!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Kitchen Chair

Oil on linen, 80 cm x 60 cm (or 31.50 inches x 23.62 inches)
Just taken this painting, along with a few others to the framers, I always love the moment when I see them framed, its the final finishing flourish.
This painting is my kitchen chair, its my chair, where I always sit, in my kitchen.  It is surrounded by love!  Photographs of my family throughout their lives, are speckled all over the walls, so that I can see them every day.  My favorite mug and bowl (Mary Rose Young) are on the table along with a little metal jug that is simple but very pleasing. There is usually a large jar of flowers, tulips here but often just a wild bunch.  Plus an open cookery book, I don't do much cooking but I love good food and am lucky enough to have my own live in chef, so I like to request delights for the table! So it has become a kind of self portrait, with out the self!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunshine over Treath


Another big painting 120 cm x 150 cm, oil on canvas.  "Sunshine over Treath"
Treath is a little tiny collection of houses with a small grassy quay on the Helford.  This is the early afternoon of a hot day, the sort of day when the heat shimmers in the air and the water is glassy, sparkling and limpid. When you look into the sun and then can see everything etched on your closed eyelids like a strange negative. This is the view that I have spent many hours painting in all weathers, looking down the river which flows out to the sea.
This painting and the previous large one are now at the framers, being beautified before they make their way up to London with Beside The Wave to their new space in Primrose Hill.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Getting Organised

So here we go, picking up where I left off with a great big dollop of renewed enthusiasm and a big bank of knowledge. One of the first things that I am doing is installing ArtLook, having taken it on at the gallery as the best data base system that I have ever used I am very excited to now be able to use ArtLook for Artists.  I know already that it will be an invaluable tool for keeping track of what I am doing This is ArtLook  I am so impressed with it and am really enjoying cataloging my work.  It is an exciting time of big new developments.  I am not the only one moving forward, Beside The Wave are about to open in London in glorious Primrose Hill...very soon.

Lots of doors are opening, this one isn't finished yet, its on the easel, but I like an illustration!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to my Roots

Early Morning Sky, Bar Beach, Helford.
120 cm x 150 cm oil on canvas
After a very happy and successful time working as manager at Beside The Wave Gallery in Falmouth, I have decided that it is now time to get back to my roots.  I am packing my posh clothes away, finding my walking boots and painting jeans ( and painting genes) slinging my easel on my back and stomping off into the distance, with a spring in my step and a glint in my eye. Spring is in the air, Cornwall is looking beautiful and this brand new painting is going to be making its way up to Primrose Hill in the very near future. More about that exciting prospect very soon.
So, basically...I am back, doing what I love best!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Memories of Provence and a new Exhibition

60 x 40 cm oil on board
A Provencal Morning

 New paintings just gone on show at Beside The Wave in an exhibition called "The Art of Romance" just in time for valentines day.  For me it is the romance of memory and the delight of beautiful places and things.  Two are from a trip to Provence last November. Obviously the rumpled bed is a romantic image but the whole of Provence is romance for me.  I went with Big Dave and we stayed at the most beautiful Hotel Crillion Le Brave  and had a very lovely time.  The above painting was our room with gorgeous French windows, a balcony and a glorious view!  I had been there before with Katherine from Making a Mark when we all went painting in Provence but we only ate and sketched, we didn't stay.
Autumn in Provence
 There are also paintings of a beautiful house, close to where I live.  The owners very kindly let me look round and plunder it for rich visual treats.  It is like a time capsule, quiet and calm, smelling of furniture polish and leather, it so reminded me of my grandmothers house that I had to do some paintings...
The Diary Shelves

The Stillness of Time
China and Earthenware
I shall pop the rest up over the next few days.  I am sharing the exhibition with another of Beside The Waves artists Anne-Marie Butlin who paints beautiful still life and flowers. You can see everything on the brand new web site Beside The Wave of which I am enormously proud as I have had quite a bit to do with the building of it.  Go and have a look and let me know what you think.
All the Letters I wrote

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Work at The Gallery

Little Metal Jug
 A bunch of little oil paintings that will be for sale at the gallery from Thursday.  I am looking forward to seeing them framed.  All I have to do now is hang the exhibition and make a million mince pies.
Old Colander and Wooden Rice Paddle

Petit-Four Moulds

Plates on and Old Table

Sake Cups

Tea and Roses
Gold Lustre

Sunday, October 13, 2013

London Paintings

Some new paintings heading to London very soon

 

 

 

 

Just a few of them, two have sold already, which is a good start, I am extremely happy about the framing!

 

Monday, July 08, 2013

Cornish Light.

These are the paintings that I have in the mixed exhibition which runs all summer long at the gallery. 

Another Door Opens
610mm x 420mm, oil on board

Blue Sky Thinking
400mm x 300mm, oil on board
SOLD


Cornish Garden Shed
420mm x 610mm, oil on board

In the Garden
680mm x 570mm, oil on board

Late Afternoon in a Cornish Kitchen
300mm x 400mm, oil on board
SOLD

Roses by the Back Door
800mm x 610mm, oil on board

Roses in the Raspberries
230mm x 280mm, oil on board

Wind Chimes in the Secret Garden
610mm x 415mm, oil on board

Washing Drying in Cornish Sunlight
520mm x 440mm, oil on board
SOLD
An exhibition of historic and contemporary works, exploring artists’ fascination with Cornwall’s ‘quality of light’. Held in conjunction with Falmouth Art Gallery the exhibition spans 120 years with works exhibited at both venues.
Curated by Ingrid Heseltine, Director of Beside The Wave Gallery and Louise Connell, Director of Falmouth Art Gallery, works have been selected to represent the significance of ‘Cornish Light’.
Paintings by Henry Scott Tuke, JT Richardson, Ray Atkins, Danny Markey, Frank Jameson, Martina Thomas, Sir John Arnesby Brown, Anne Killigrew, Thomas Cooper Gotch and Ralph Todd have been chosen from the Falmouth Art Gallery permanent collection.
Contemporary paintings from Beside The Wave include works by Paul Lewin, Miles Oxenford, Andrew Tozer, Chris Rigby, Miles Heseltine, Richard Stanley, Amanda Hoskin, Andrew Giddens, Richard Thorn, Sarah Wimperis, Richard Stanley and Benjamin Warner.
So you see, fine company indeed!