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painting a still life

painting a still life

Hello again,

While it’s cold and windy outside, it is a good time to review my activity last year and to make plans for the year ahead. In 2016 I painted just over 100 works mainly in oils, ‘en plein air’ but a few large (1/2 imperial sheet size) watercolours, just to keep my hand in.

I travelled to Wexford, Ireland again in late July for Art in The Open which is 150 approx. artists, amateur and professional, working together in picturesque locations, with prizes awarded for the best work, and demonstrations and workshops available if required. Best of all, the Irish know how to enjoy their evenings, and a BBQ and several impromptu social gatherings were also enjoyed.

In August I opened my studio, and welcomed many visitors to see where I work, when at home, and displayed over 100 paintings framed and unframed, so plenty of variety and choice. I enjoy the chance to meet up with fellow artists and enthusiasts, and to chat about everything art related and otherwise.

In September I travelled to the Norfolk Broads, for four days of painting in the glorious lakeside scenery they have to offer. This was about 80 artists, and it’s now the 3rd time I have attended this most enjoyable event.

painting of boats at Broadstairs

painting of boats at Broadstairs

Now for 2017 I am considering a week long trip to Cornwall as it is many years since I have painted in Cornwall, and I just love their small quaint seaside harbours and villages, and rocky headlands. I like to paint where the Newlyn and St Ives school artists used to paint, at the Lizard, Kynance Cove, Sennen, Lamorna, Newlyn harbour, etc.  I’d also like to paint somewhere warmer this year, if finances allow. In between these visits are day trips to London, and west Kent and Sussex for changes of scenery, urban views, or an abundance of trees and Oast Houses, and rolling downs.

 

 

painting of boats at Queenborough, Sheppey

painting of boats at Queenborough, Sheppey

I also plan on painting more frequently in 2017 and hope to achieve 200 approx. fresh works.

In between painting trips, there are Exhibitions in Margate in April Three Points of View, with two artist friends, in Whitstable in June with Locus Arts, in Margate in July with Broadstairs Arts Group, at home in Broadstairs in August with my Open Studio and in Ramsgate in October for my 3rd Solo Exhibition at York Street Gallery

I also help with a Sketch Group, in Ramsgate encouraging people to sketch regularly, and I also help create a programme of plein air paint outs in and around Thanet, and East Kent in the Summer. In the Autumn I’ll present another six session sketching course for begginers in Ramsgate. I’ve forgotten to mention framing, mount cutting, cellophane wrapping, certificates to be produced etc, and posting off sold works. Last but not least – writing occasional blog posts.

Busy? Yes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

News – from the artist’s Studio

It will soon be Exhibition time again and I have been busy ‘preparing’ new works for the various exhibitions I’ll be taking part in. See the list of exhibitions here.

exhibition display

some paintings from a previous exhibition

The first and hardest task is to select the works which would best be displayed in frames, and those which would suit being mounted and wrapped in cellophane for the browsers. Then there are all the mounts to be cut cleanly and bevelled, and I prefer to make double mounts, with a thin slip of a suitable coloured mount showing behind the top cream board. The framed works then have to be set in their frames and sealed, and those for the browsers are backed with board and wrapped in cellophane. Everything then needs to be labelled, and priced, ready for each exhibition, and finally, the hanging cords are fixed.

“I can’t draw” ! When I’m out painting and sketching in the countryside, or the town, I am frequently confronted with people who say, “I can’t draw” or “I wish I could Draw” or sometimes “I used to paint, but was’nt very good”. So this winter, I decided to do something about it, so the next time someone says this, I can do something useful to help them confront these issues.

Shoppers and visitors in Westgate Canterbury

Shoppers and visitors in Westgate Canterbury

 

So – I have compiled:  Sketching & Drawing – My 10 Top Tips.

If you have always wanted to paint and draw with confidence, and for those who say “I can’t Draw or sketch” this is for you. It is a FREE   pdf file giving my 10 top tips to help you get started, from the beginning, with step by step guidance. So If you think I’m talking to you, and you would like to have a go, go on! Put your name and e-mail address in the box below, and I’ll send you the link to get the file. It’s as easy as that!

I have often thought that sketching and drawing is the least expensive, yet the most worthwhile hobby to have. You can start for under £5 and its fun and enjoyable too.

 

Suddenly – Its the Exhibition Season again!

Folkestone Spring Art Exhibition 2014

Folkestone Spring Art Exhibition 2014

Yes – It’s here again.

That means artists up and down the country are madly charging about trying to get a load of different tasks done in order to prepare themselves. So in my studio, that means taking stock of recent works and deciding which will be exhibited where, and when. What exhibitions or competitions should be entered, shall we have an ‘Open Studio’?

How many works will be needed at any one time? Then its on to mount cutting and framing the watercolours. For convenience, I buy in ready-made frames of specific sizes, so I know that my mounts only have to be those sizes, to fit the frames. I do like to double mount watercolours setting a coloured board between the painting and the top cream coloured board. All these have to be accurately marked up and bevel cut with neat corners. Presentation is so important, I have seen many excellent works, ruined by poor presentation. Consequently they have little hope of selling. Then I have to clean the glass, both sides, insert the painting and mount board assembly, securing and sealing the backs, fitting the hanging cords and lastly, printing labels for the backs and sales labels, as required, for the faces.

Walkers at Kingsgate Bay, Kent

This is very near to my studio, an inspirational place to visit!

Some works will be displayed unframed, in browsers or on table tops, these will be mounted as before, backed with a board and wrapped in cellophane, for a neat presentation. My Acrylic paintings are mostly painted onto stretched canvases, of various kinds. I usually paint the edges of these, so they don’t have to be framed, saving on cost to the buyer. I do varnish them however, to protect the paint surface from dirt etc, and they still need hanging cords and labels fitted. These tasks are In addition to the task of drawing and painting new works for future exhibitions etc. A busy time of the year, but the warmer weather means I can soon start to go outdoors and do some ‘plein air’ painting again! For me, a ‘warm weather plein air painter’ – that is my reward for the extra work!

To see an example of presentation, click on this photo, it will lead you to my online gallery, where it is shown, double mounted and framed and an example, already wrapped in cellophane. Enjoy!