Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Light Wood and Reservoir

Light Wood and Reservoir Buxton

Here is my Buxton Spa Prize entry for this year I had a great pleasure painting this one and again discovering a new part of the Buxton outskirts. this is my fourth year entering and I really love taking part.

I like that from this vantage point I could see the Corbar Cross and Solomons temple in the distance.

I am looking forward to viewing all the entries together when Purple and Grey have there networking event at The Green Man Gallery July 12th. I will miss the open night as I am delivering a workshop at the National Stone Centre. I wish all the entrants every success.

My next event is The Great Dome Art Fair Buxton July 21-23

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How I use Reference Material in my Art.

Im always asked how do I paint am I sat outside or do I work from a photograph but I think its more complicated than that.
To create my artwork it is a combination of many things, being a landscape artist involves a lot of watching of the seasons seeing the changes that the weather brings. I'm always interested in how the sky effects the colours seen on the land how the position of the sun determines the length of the shadows and the overall atmosphere of the image.
I do believe being out in the landscape will improve my work and this month sees the start of an intense month of field work.
I have been lucky to be asked to lead a couple of extremely interesting workshops the first is with Fleet Arts and Derwent Wise taking an art group to the National Stone Centre as part of their Anatomy of the Landscape Project, to work on describing the geology of the landscape of the lower Derwent Valley, by drawing and painting.

The second is a Day of Reflection a workshop on Birdswood the canal boat on Cromford Canal July 4th, there are only 8 spaces available, on this workshop I will be encouraging artists to look at reflections and learn how to describe them as we cruise the canal, and after lunch also use reflection to improve their painting by being able to look back at what we have seen and think about how to use the imagery collected to create a painting. This will certainly be a very relaxing day. Please email or call 07552 055455 to book.

 Purple and Grey have also organised two plein air trips for June one is Monsal head June 14th and the other is Trent Lock June 28th both are free and start in the car parks at 10.30 am for a day of non directed painting, drawing and photographing and of course socialising.

All this being in the landscape will help inspire new work and I may or may not use the sketches and photographs. Much of my work is based on memory especially my ink paintings which are purely from memory and use colour to describe a fleeting feeling.

Obviously my street scenes are much more based on representation but even those I change and if you place the photograph next to any of my paintings you will see the divergence. Below is a photograph I took a couple of years ago of Bakewell the first painting I did I added figures and made it a night scene and the second one that I painted as a demo piece for an art group I made more of a rainy afternoon. Obviously if you prefer photo realism this will not be for you!

My next show will be at The Great Dome Art Fair Buxton with the Peak District Artisans, on the Saturday I will be doing a demonstration about Aerial Perspective. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

On being a Friend.

I am a generally happy person but I have my own issues like we all have and occasionally I am reminded of the past by hearing a fleeting comment or a song on the radio and I can be in floods of tears just as I am driving to an appointment! This week I was reminded of my son I lost and it hit me like a wave, but I have some amazing  friends that prop me up friends who give you a hug unexpectedly when they know you just need one.

Any of you that are my virtual friends I am glad you are still with me and at the end of the day we are lucky in this day and age to have a mix of real and virtual. Online friendships can be just as rewarding as offline ones and sometimes the two cross over.  I never have any high expectations of others because I believe we are all doing our best in this fast paced world but it never ceases to amaze me the high expectations some do have, but that is their issue not mine.
 So if I haven't seen you for a while or you haven't seen me for a while be sure to know its all OK life is like that sometimes we cant always be available.

As life carry's on I seem to have less and less time to see real friends my family are growing and they take up all my spare time in the evenings with their clubs and sports. I know that those who truly care will understand as its just the phase of life I'm in at the moment when they grow up and leave home there will be less of that. I work most weekends too so I rarely see my husband so if I get a weekend off I like to just spend it with him watching motorbike racing and listening to heavy rock :)

So what am I saying? I don't know but I suppose I'm saying time is precious at the moment and I feel I have not seen everyone I want to see for a while and I'm possibly in that modern trap of feeling guilty of not having been able to do this and that or give time to that person who has unfriended me on Facebook! (ugh we have all been there)

Many working people are in the same boat. I have spent the last few weeks preparing for shows and writing articles and painting along with the PR that goes with it all. My sisters and brothers have probably been running around after their kids and full time jobs, my mates have also been up to their neck in it exams, job hunting,new projects life! I don't hold any grudges against anyone life has a way of bringing you together when the time is right and if it doesn't then so be it.
Real Friends Understand xxx

heres some of my latest work all available at Derbyshire Open Arts,

Saturday, 29 April 2017

New Work King Street Belper

King Street Belper 

Just finished in time for the Belper Art Trail see you at Venue 1, Number 28 Market Place 1030-4 Sun Mon

Friday, 28 April 2017

May News

Over Easter I made a start on a new series you could call this a branch project! More of that to be revealed as I make progress, more imminently its Buxton Spa Prize time and I will endeavour to create a piece of work worthy of this great show I’m excited to see what venue I will be given each year sends me off to new parts of Buxton to explore with varying results!
Currently I am showing work at Derby Teaching Hospitals as part of their 10 exhibition I also have work in an exhibition at Framework, The Old Red Bus Station in Leeds.
I’ve been finishing off a few projects that I intended to do before Christmas and one of the projects was my photo book of my series Views from the Derwent Valley, within the book is a short explanation of how the series came about and full colour images of all the artworks. It is square, 7×7 in, (18×18 cm) and 44 pages. If you know of anyone who loves the Derwent Valley World Heritage site it would make a great gift for them. The book is available  here as an e-book on iTunes or as a softcover or hard cover. You can also preview the images from my book in the video at the bottom of this blog.
I will have my proof copy of the photo book with me at the events listed below along with order forms for it or for any prints from within it. By ordering direct from me you will save on the postage charges.


My home town of Belper is running its very successful arts festival all through May kicking off with the art trail Sunday April 30thand Monday May 1st  10.30 am – 4 pm there will be over 140 artists located across the town centre in shops and various venues, I will be showing in venue 1 of the trail this year at Number 28 Market Place along with 5 other artists and the art cafĂ© where you will be able to get the trail brochure/badges and grab a coffee and cake.
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At the end of the month its Derbyshire Open Arts weekend where you will find me at Fritchley Congregational Church, Chapel Street, Fritchley, Belper DE56 2FR with the outstanding talented group Medley we all use different medias so there will be a variety of work to look at. Please join us for a preview event 5-8pm Friday 27th May. Then we are open Sat – Mon 10 – 5pm.
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The following week June 3rd and 4th I will be co-hosting Derbyshire’s first Fresh and Unframed Event Purple and Greys new concept for selling affordable artwork. This will take place at Tansley Village Hall just outside of Matlock.
All the artwork is original and between £10 and £100 all artwork is new work and all is unframed allowing the public to purchase good quality work at an affordable price. We have some fabulous artists signed up already, if you are an artist there is still time to submit expressions of interest please look at the website.
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Views From The Derwent Valley. 

I look forward to hopefully seeing you at the above events.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Views From The Derwent Valley Book

I've been working on completing a few intended projects over Easter in between family commitments etc.. and one of those projects was my Views from the Derwent Valley I always intended to publish the images as a book so that all the images are in order of the valley from Matlock Bath to Derby.

Below is the link to it in a variety of formats soft, hard cover and also e-book you can also request a book directly from myself I can order it for you if you prefer not to pay online.