Well, the Gwynngala exhibition finished yesterday 14th June, but the Camel Art Society starts today (15th June) in the memorial hall, Padstow. This exhibition runs until 28th June and is open 10 till 6 every day with free entry. I have three paintings on display, so if you will be in Padstow between 15th June and 28th June then it’s well worth a visit. I will be stewarding the morning session on the 28th. Hope to see you there.
Tomorrow is the start of the Gwynngala exhibition at Padstow. As I’m now a member of that group I will have a few paintings on display. I’ll also be stewarding on Wednesday morning. If you are in Padstow next week, then the exhibition starts in the morning and is on until Friday 14th 17:00. Please pop in and say hello. Here’s the details.
The first watercolour for June is ‘Hide and Seek’, a combination of two refernce photo’s that I thought would make an amusing study. This was painted on my favourite Arches paper.
I have a 3 day workshop with one of my favourite artists, Steve Hall, next week. I just hope that the weather is kind this year, although the forcast isn’t brilliant. I have done workshops on this particular week in June for the last two years and have not had decent weather on either one. Last year was mostly dry, but it was cold and windy and the year before is best forgotten about! I’ll be publishing my efforts here (always supposing I manage to paint anything at all). In the meantime a belated happy weekend.
Continuing on from my last post, here’s another painting in my Owl series. This is ‘The Twilight’ Hunter, Watercolour on Arches CP paper. 140lb. 1/2 Imperial. These birds are so graceful, and deadly if you happen to be a mouse. This is a beautiful specimen of a Barn Owl and the photo reference is from Nick Hursts marvelous photography, used with kind permission. Thanks Nick. He has quite a lot of birds on his website so I won’t be stuck for subjects anytime soon!
It’s been a great week for broadening my horizons on the exhibition front. My membership of the Camel Art Society has been upgraded to full member, which means I’m now able to exhibit at Padstow and Tintagel exhibitions. I’ve been on the waiting list for just over two years as an associate.
Also, I’ve been invited to join the Gwynngala Art Group that is based in Launceston. Gwynngala is a group of local professional and semi-professional artists. They hold various exhibitions throughout the year in locations like Padstow and Rock and also in Launceston. You can view their website at http://www.artofgwynngala.co.uk and they are also on Facebook
I will update the exhibition details closer to the time. In the meantime I’d better get painting!
This is ‘On Silent Wings’ a watercolour on Arches CP paper. 1/2 imperial. I adore Owls and this wonderful photo of a Tawny Owl in full flight popped up on my twitter feed this morning. What a great photo and I hope I’ve done it justice The photo was taken by Nick Hurst @bearprintsphoto on twitter.
After successfully selling an oil painting at the exhibition last year of a rainy scene with lots of reflections, I thought it was high time that I painted another. This time it’s in watercolour. Painted on my favourite Arches paper, it’s a rainy evening scene, I have a few more photo’s with a similar theme that I’ll be painting soon, possibly in acrylic.
Tomorrow (Friday 19th April) is the start of the Bude Art Society Easter Exhibition which is taking place at the Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent, Bude. It runs until close of play on Monday 22nd April. Opening times are 10am to 5pm. If you are in the area why not pay a visit? I’ll be stewarding on Monday morning and I might even be painting!
Here’s what I’m submitting this year:
Saint Michael’s Mount – Marazion. Acrylic on Galeria paper. 20″ x 16″.
Golitha Falls In Autumn. WAtercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial
Raging Storm At Botallack. Watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial – SOLD
Night Time in St. Ives – Watercolour on Arches NOT. 140lb. 1/4 imperial
Golitha Falls in Winter. Watercolour on Arches rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial.
I am hoping to stage my own exhibition at Bude Castle next year, but that’s a blog for another day.
Whilst trawling through Pinterest yesterday, looking for inspiration, I came across this beautiful specimen. I knew then that I had to paint it. I usually use pastels for any animal studies that I paint because you can get amazing fur effects by blending. However, I decided to capture this beastie with watercolour. So an afternoon session at the Art Club produced this. It’s titled ‘The Poser’. Hope you like it.
Today I returned to a favourite subject. I’ve painted this abandoned mine three times now, and each time I find another way to portray it. The heritage of Cornwall is summed up in these iconic reminders of Cornwalls past and I’m fascinated by them. This is called ‘Raging Storm At Botallack’ and I painted it with my usual watercolour in a portrait composition to try and emphasise the scale of the cliffs and the isolation of the mine (Crowns Mine by the way). Hope you enjoy looking at it. I’ll be listing this for sale on my ‘Paintings For Sale’ page, along with a few other new additions.
This is ‘Epitaph For A Fallen Giant’ a watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. When I moved to Cornwall 22 years ago this tree became a special landmark for me. Standing majestic alongside the A395, it bore the brunt of what the westcountry weather could throw at it. Then one fateful day Storm Erik arrived. It took a Viking to fell it. I was really sad when I missed it dominating the skyline. That’s when I decided to remember it by painting it. Fortunately I took a photo of the tree about 10 years ago. I’ve replaced the road with a river… more fitting I think.
I thought it was about time that I painted again. As I said in my last blog, I don’t seem to have had much time to paint lately, and it is so easy to let things slide, so I finished this off today. It’s a painting of a Boathouse and boats somewhere in the Lake District, although I’m not sure where exactly, as I didn’t take the photo. The photographer is Sandie Bell and the Lake District is her favourite haunt. She takes such inspiring photos. I’ve called it ‘A Quiet Day At The Boathouse’ and it’s painted on Fabriano Artistico paper. Hope you like it.
I have a workshop tomorrow with Colin Pethick, who is a superb artist and tutor. We’ll be painting a moonlit harbour scene in oils, so watch this space.