Friday, April 08, 2016

What is it with Roads?

Under and Over Moleskine sketchbook
I love roads, motorways are even better. I have been trying to work out what it is about them that I like and I think it is this: They are such brutal things, so completely man made, they are peopled yet lonely and they are ugly and therefore there is a sad beauty in them.  Anyway I am drawn to paint them, have been for years.  This is one from a sketchbook about London that I am making, doing these sketchbooks is making me fall deeply in love with watercolour again, just cant get enough of it.
 Here I am sketching on Primrose Hill, working on the London sketchbook while spending five days up in London.  I also had a great time at the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  Here I am looking proud beside my painting!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Watercolour Plein Air Painting Board

Traveling and painting,city or rural, how do you set up your watercolour equipment?
It is not always possible to sit down so I made a thing, I am quite proud of it.
Measuring 50 x 42 cm and with a strap that clips on it is a watercolourists plein air painting table.
Here is a picture of the finished glorious item, it is a bit like a cinema ice-cream tray but better because its for painting with.
You wear it and then you can stand, almost unnoticed, in a doorway or by a tree trunk, or in a muddy puddle, with your painting table resting on your tummy.  Because it has a strap over your shoulder your hands are free to create.  The water jar is held on with blue tack.  I like using glass jars, that's just me though, I suppose you could use a plastic container. Everything else is held on with bull dog clips.  It is made from MDF and painted black for two reasons, to help when painting in bright light and to protect the MDF from sucking up water.
Its mine and I made it myself from start to finish.  I will stick a QR code on the underside so that when it is slung over my shoulder I will still be advertising my web site.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour



I have my painting “French Kitchen” in The Royal Institute for Painters inWatercolour annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries from April 6th to the 16th.  
It is always a bit special for me as my great great grandfather E M Wimperis was Vice President back in 1895 - 1900. I secretly wear his RI medal under my coat when I go to see one of my paintings there.  I think soon I must make an application to try and become a member, then I might get my own medal!  He was also a member of the ROI and the RBA. 
Back to the RI:  On Tuesday 5 April, from 12 noon to 8pm, there is the Private View. At 3pm guest opener Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) will officially open the exhibition and present the awards & prizes. This is a very busy and enjoyable day when invited guests and regular buyers are present, together with many of the RI members. 
I will have two special invitations to the Private View to give away, if you would like to meet up outside the Mall Galleries at 2:30 please let me know.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Little Red, an update on Bear Creation.

Little Red is a new bear just finished.
He is a little beauty, measuring 33 cm tall and with "Lara's Theme"playing on a wind up musical box inside him.  Very traditionally built, stuffed with wood wool, with shiny English Glass eyes, black waxed nose,  articulated with wood and metal cotter pins and made from "Port Wine" mohair. He joins the other bears, all completely hand built with the makers label on their bear bottoms!
Of course I have a cunning plan for my bears, I always have cunning plans, which will be revealed very soon, but for now you can see some of them here.
Le La Lu
Teddy Bears Picnic

Fur Elise


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Me and my Mobile Studio

I am really excited, my van is taking shape, all kitted out with what we need for a "grand tour"  This year we plan to travel through France and then down one side of Italy and up the other. Painting and plein airing all the way. As usual this is a working trip and I will be taking commissions. Filling sketchbooks and making larger paintings.  I plan to take "bear making supplies" just in case I need to fill the Italian evenings!
The trip is still in the planning stages but the van is getting better and better as the days go by.  Today it got sign written, so now I wont forget what my job is or which van is mine!  There is plenty of storage inside to take all my kit, easels, paints, oil and watercolour, canvas and boards, dry media and lots of sketchbooks.  The van has an eight foot awning so painting in the shade will be possible wherever we stop. It will have bikes on the back for forays into tiny hidden villages and trips to markets.
The trip should take about three months.  Details to follow but if you know of anywhere that you think would be great for an artist to visit please let me know.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paint it Black

BLACK
I am setting myself a bit of a challenge, all about colour.
I have been planning some still life works and I firmly believe that we all need to learn and train and study all of the time and as I like to stretch myself out of my comfort zone I came up with a cunning plan.  I am collecting together things of one colour group, just things that I have in my home, putting them all together then painting them.
starting with a drawing
Starting with a drawing, just to loosen up, then I shall paint, I think I shall attempt watercolour as well as oils.  I have a feeling that they will make a very interesting collection.  I might even devote a whole sketchbook to each colour.  Now that would be interesting.
Anyway, for now this is the start of  ebony, inky, jet, jetty, onyx, pitch, pitchy, sable, sooty, kuro, lelia, Black.
spot the Aubergine!
Other colour collections to follow, as well as a series of beautiful colour paintings!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

"Black and Blue", keeping out of the Storm

Black and Blue, charcoal on paper 5 x 7 inches or 12.7 x 17.7 cm
Bid Here
Staying safely tucked away in my studio, away from the horrible storms outside its the perfect time for some still-life work.
These are blueberries on my very hefty oiled wooden chopping board, so oiled and so old that it looks black.
I had them out for breakfast and sitting in the bamboo bowl on top of the old board they just begged to be drawn!  So I did, then I ate them.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Putting in the Hours

"Early Morning", watercolour 5 x 7 inches or 12.7 x 17.7 cm.
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I am feeling the need to put in the hours, to practice my craft.  I know that I love the fluency that plein air painting brings, No pressure of painting to order, for a collection or for any other reason other than to hone my skills, practice, practice, practice and to speak in the language that I know best. Never underestimate the benefits of practice.
I like the hour or two of complete solitude, the meditation of painting, or drawing.  With all that in mind I am getting down to work.  I have a big trip planed later in the year, a bit of a grand tour and I want to paint all the way, so I am getting into training.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Collection at Beside The Wave


" Night and Day" is the working title for a new collection of my work that has gone up on the walls of Beside The Wave gallery in Falmouth.  It is always one of the rewards of months of hard work to see everything perfectly framed and beautifully hung.
 It is like seeing it all through new eyes and every time it reminds me of how important a good gallery is.  Having people who really understand how to display everything to show it at its best is worth its weight in gold.
 If you are near Falmouth please do go and have a look and tell me what you think!
 For details of all the paintings you can visit the gallery web site Beside the Wave or have a look through my web site Sarah Wimperis


A Cornish Winter sketchbook, 29 double page paintings in one opening frame.

French Roads sketchbook, 29 double page paintings in one opening frame.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Every Now and Then

Every now and then I reveal another side to the things that I do, its not just painting, there are the long Cornish winter evenings to fill and even I find that painting for every hour that I am awake a bit difficult so I need something to do that is relaxing but still creative...
So I make bears, I design them, make the patterns and then find beautiful materials and construct them.  Each one is a unique creation, completely hand made and as traditional in construction as I can make them.  They have English glass boot button eyes, they are fully jointed with cotter pins and stuffed with wood wool which is a traditional teddy bear stuffing and gives them a lovely scrunch.  They are made of mohair or vintage faux fur.  The ears and pads are either faux leather, raw silk,wool felt or silk velvet.  I am trying to use lovely materials throughout.

 Some of them have musical insides, this hairy fellow, who is called Withell ( a Cornish name) and he plays the Teddy Bears Picnic.  I am making little cloth signature tags and they will have calico storage bags because...

They are "Collectors" bears.  They are not allowed to be sold as toys as very small people love to eat glass eyes and apparently will chomp right through to the metal cotter pins, because of that unfortunate tendency of small people I am designing a "dangle" or "walking" bear, one that can be eaten, sucked, sicked upon and put into the washing machine.
Because everyone must want a very special handmade, unique, one of a kind bear for the newest tiny person in their lives...dont they?
I have started an ETSY shop for this kind of thing so please encourage your friends to buy a bear or order one, I will make commission bears.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Night and Day" a new collection

I have an exhibition of brand new work opening at Beside The Wave in Falmouth on January 29th.
The title of this show, "Night and Day", as well as being a fantastic Cole Porter song, captures absolutely everything that I am motivated to paint.  Light seen at different times of the day or night, life and lovely times captured and celebrated by the act of painting; The sun shining through glasses on a thick white linen table cloth.  Mist slowly clearing in the early morning.  The heat of an afternoon wandering through a garden in a foreign land, senses alive to new scents and sensations.  Visiting the city and enjoying the colour of a rain soaked sky.
Early Morning in the Garden 40 x 80 cm oil on linen



 As keeping sketchbooks are fundamental to my practice as an artist I have celebrated this aspect by  including two little sketchbooks, “French Roads” and “A Cornish Winter” both complete with 29 little paintings and housed in a special opening frame so that it is possible to enjoy each painting and then to have a new one every day.  Like a slow time slide show!
French Roads, complete sketchbook 29 paintings, 9.5 x 29 cm, watercolour


A collection of new work that I think sits very well together.  I will put all the work on my web site after the 29th, in the meantime a preview can be requested from Beside The Wave.
Morning Table 60 x 40 cm oil on linen

Monday, December 07, 2015

"Quick Draw", not a cowboy film...

Recently I have been writing and illustrating on a couple of books working with Salariya Publishing, with the working title of "Quick Draw" 

The first of which is "Urban Landscapes" They include a lot of step by step drawings and paintings in as many different media as I can imagine. Watercolour, oils, pencil, pastel, charcoal, ink and even digital are all covered.

As well as hard work it has been a great deal of fun to be able to explore and play and has made me realize, yet again, how important constant practice and experimentation is for any artist at whatever level.

One of the results of all this work is that I have equipped myself with a mobile studio (Muddy Red Wheels!) and intend to travel the UK and Europe painting, drawing and holding workshops, giving talks and demos wherever I can.

The world is my oyster and I intend to paint it!
You will be able to follow my exploits on Facebook, Twitter as well as here on my blog.
Stay tuned for more news.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2015

An image rich post with some scale images as well as some images of a selection of the work that I am showing at Battersea Affordable Art Fair with Beside the Wave, stand G4.  It opens tonight and is on until Sunday evening. So if you have the chance pop along, the Art Fairs are always interesting.
I have a several pieces of work some large like this one as well as some tiny gouaches.
Have a look:
Sunday Morning in the Correze, oil on canvas 120 x 150 cm


Study for Sunday Morning. oil on board 20 x 30 cm

Little Courtyard Bargemon, oil on board 30 x 20 cm

London Studio

Sit a While With Me

Through to the Dining Room

Arles Roofs

Cat on the Terrace

Falmouth Cafe

Green Shutters

Little Sweet Peas