Midsummer Show and a prize exhibition for Bluebell Woods…
Another Other Art Fair…
It was a hectic 3 days at The Other Art Fair in London’s Bloomsbury at the beginning of April. Lots and lots of visitors and a huge amount of interest in my perspex paintings which made their debut at the fair. It was also the first showing for October Wood, one of my largest works, which has now gone to Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in South Kensington.
The Other Art Fair is always a fantastic barometer – a chance for me to gauge the response to new work. The last year has been particularly challenging as I work with a mentor to push my painting in a slightly different, more painterly direction. This April I was able to use my stand to hang a complete collection of new work all together, something I cannot do in my small studio in Winchester. The response was tremendously encouraging.
Meanwhile the Correspond Roadshow moves on to Rye in Sussex this week. It is a touring exhibition involving work by artists who have all taken part in the Turps Correspondence scheme – a programme which matches artists with mentors who review their work every few months. I have swapped in a new Rollercoaster painting which I finished last month. Much bolder and freer than the first, this painting is my interpretation of a stomach churning ride which I endured (rather than enjoyed!) with my daughter last year. Glimpses of sky, track and cart in luminous colour on aluminium.
Bluebell Wood selected for Prize exhibition
I am delighted that my painting Bluebell Wood has been selected as a finalist in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists annual prize exhibition. The painting will be on show until 4th June at the RBSA Gallery in St Paul’s Square.
at The Winchester Studio & Gallery
In June I am throwing open the doors of my studio for an entire weekend and spreading across the road into a neighbouring garage so that I can display all my work. I don’t often get everything back from galleries simultaneously and having my paintings all in one place is a great opportunity to show people what I do and how my work has changed as I explore new ideas and processes. This show is also a chance for me to give something back and I shall be donating 24% of each sale to the charity Contact the Elderly.
This is the time of year when I suffer from sensory overload! The glorious show of bluebells followed by two weeks of stunning greens, pinks and reds as the trees reveal their colours. The deep dark red of the copper beeches, the cherry blossom and the extraordinary variety of different bright bright greens that are starting to bring the South Downs back to life. I have taken to walking the dog along a path with spectacular views and simply stopping to drink it all in. Today I sat in the studio with a blank panel of aluminium and pondered on a new painting. I find it very hard not to try and paint the landscape as it presents itself to me. But that is not what I am about. My paintings are a celebration of colour and movement so I have to use those views simply as a reference and paint from inside not outside!