Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A Painting has a life of it's own

Green background
Black Background
When I planned this composition I originally decided to have a green background.

In the first photo you can see the green background is in place. I was unhappy with it, I felt it would not highlight the plant the way I wanted it to.

Sometimes a painting has a life of it's own.

In the second photo you can see I have changed it. Lots of neutral tint. Much better.

I finished the painting and hated it. I could not decide what was wrong, so I put it away out of sight.

Reaching it out again, months later, I knew what was wrong. Too much neutral tint! I added more Sea Holly to the background.
More Sea Holly
Sometimes a painting definitely has a life of it's own.

Some paintings give you no trouble to paint, but then you always get one that is wilful, awkward, and puts up a fight.

Writers often talk about how their characters follow their own paths. Well who says plants can't do the same.

This painting is in the North Wales Society of Fine Art Exhibition which is being held at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH43 4UE.
The exhibition is open until 15th March 2020. Wednesday-Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

North Wales Society of Fine Art

Rain, Rain and More Rain, is a watercolour and gouache painting, that is one of five of mine that have been selected to be shown at the North Wales Society of Fine Art exhibition. 
The exhibition is being held at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH43 4UE.
Open 8 February to 15th March 2020. Wednesday 10.00pm - 5.00pm.
It is an excellent exhibition with a wide range of media, styles and subjects, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Grosvenor Open Art




The walls are crammed full of interesting art work at the Grosvenor 13th Open Exhibition in Chester. The show is open until 18th September 2019. In the last photo can you spot some raindrops? #Chester #watercolour #watercolourart #watercolourpainting

Thursday, May 9, 2019

SBA Mall Galleries

Cornus sanguinea, Dogwood

The Society of Botanical Artists are holding their exhibition at the Mall Galleries London this year. The gallery is spacious and well lit and is a perfect place for an exhibition. There will be 400 artworks by members and artists selected from open submission.

From botanical illustration to botanical art, jewellery to printmaking. I am so delighted to be part of this event. I have had five paintings selected, one shown above.

The exhibition is open Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 June 2019, 10am - 5pm (closes 1pm on final day). Admission £4.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Watercolour Exhibition

The day was very wet and gloomy, but the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 207th exhibition added the missing sunshine. The exhibition is open until Thursday 18th April.

Mike and I went to see it, travelling to London by train for the day. It is always a good exhibition but this year had an added wow factor. Such a diverse range of paintings in watercolours.
Every wall was covered in unusual concepts and compositions, from very traditional realistic paintings to modern abstract images. From the gentlest delicate paintings to images abounding in rich colour.

The exhibition was opened by Anthony J Lester, art critic and broadcaster, and Rosa Sepple the president of the RI, who both made interesting and informative speeches.

Sitting on the train on the way home I reflected on how amazing watercolour can be when so many different styles and effects can be achieved. An inspiring afternoon. 















Saturday, March 16, 2019

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

The joy of watercolour paintings: This is the subject for the RI exhibition in 2019. I have been lucky enough to have two paintings accepted this year, the 207th Exhibition. As previous years it will be held at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. 
The Exhibition is open from Wednesday 3 April until Thursday 18th April, 10am to 5pm. Works available to browse and buy online at Mall Galleries. There are a number of events, talks and artist demonstrations taking place during the exhibition.
This is one of my paintings 'Rain, rain and more rain'. It is painted in watercolour and gouache. I am very much looking forward to attending the exhibition, it is always a treat to see all the amazing ways watercolour is used.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Margaret Stevens Botanical Painting


I am so delighted to have had one of my paintings selected for Margaret Stevens' new book on botanical painting. The painting is 'Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesdon'. It is painted in watercolour and gouache.

Margaret's book is full of practical advice and a very interesting read. It also features the work of many SBA artists and students.  It is a book filled with beautiful art work.

Margaret Stevens is a Founder Member and Past President of the Society of Botanical Artists. She is also a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medalist.