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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Last four exhibtions of 2016

Lanchester Thursday Art Group Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016.
8 paintings but only 6 fitted on to the board and other two I was kindly allowed to exhihit on the front stage.
Chester le Street Autumn Exhibition 

Last four are my entries. 
The exhibition from 5th November 2016 for a week in the Durham County Library in Chester le Street.
Low Fell - Brush with Art on the 19th and 20th November 2016 at St Helens Church


Durham Botanic Gardens for 3 weeks from 1st December to the 23rd December in the Tea Room.

30 paintings hung in less than an hour- all previously strung and labelled. 

A busy couple of months. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year 2016

I took part in the competition as a wildcard entry on 22 June at Wray Castle on the banks of Windermere in the Lake District. We met with for registration at Waterhead Ambleside and then travelled by boat to Wray Castle.

I positioned myself at the top of the designated painting area to view the Langdale Pikes and the Castle. Nearly all the 50 wildcard entrants painted across the lake to the Fairfield Horseshoe. Eight selected artists were positioned in the pods looking towards the Castle with three judges artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan. .

The four hour painting period started at 9.30 and I started two paintings of the same view to Langdale Pikes- one on Saunders Waterford and one on Bockingford- this was to stop me fiddling with a wet wash.

 Saunders Waterford


After the lunch break I did a collage of the castle using newsprint, coloured tissue paper and acrylic. I even stuck some of the buttercups on to the foreground.
The winner of the wildcards who chosen by Tai Shan Schierenberg was James Cope who I had met while waiting for the boat and he introduced me to his girlfriend during the lunch break who was painting in the pods.
James Cope winning picture show the artists painting with Fairfield Horseshoe as a backdrop.

All three judges passed comments on my work and commentator Joan Bakewell also commented while we saw little of Frank Skinner.

 Kathleen Soriano did a piece to camera with me painting the Langdales- well actually two as the first missed out the bling she had on her wrists.

Weather stayed sunny but cool all day and while waiting for the bus back to Ambleside I did sketched the view to Windermere from the picnic tables at the Castle. Filming was still going on to choose the heat winner when we left.

Back in cottage at Staveley, where we were staying for the week, surveying the days work with the wristband on the fireside tools.

Overall an excellent days painting and I met some interesting painters both amateur and profession.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Chester le Street Autumn Exhibition 2016

Beth Wyer and Peter Robbins

George Levitt and Malcolm Coils

Olive Norwood and Michael McManus

Jan Graham, Maria Harland and Hazel Clark

Exhibition at Chester le Street Library runs from Saturday 5th November to Saturday 12th November showing work from most of our members in watercolour, acrylic, pastel and graphite. The Exhibition is open most days.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Staithes Art Festival 2016

Friday 9th September
Drove from home to Staithes and set up my art display in Trig Point, the former dining room at the top of the village.
Exhibiting with 6 other artist clockwise from the main entrance:-
  1. Anne Ward
  2. Jane Mercer
  3. Dennis Rodall
  4. Malcolm Coils
  5. James McGairy
  6. Sarah McKenzie
Ready for the preview night so we went to the cottage where we were staying at the former railway station waiting room at Liverton Mines near Loftus.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Tissue dress patterns as substrate

Random lines using dress making pattern glued on to canvas board  then watercolour added.

Drawing added then white acrylic 
Whitby East Bank

Robin Hoods Bay

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Tony Montague workshop with Chester-le-st Friendly Art Group

 Tonys workshop involved painting tissue then cutting out shapes and sticking them on to watercolour paper. He also was developing the style of the American artist Gerald Brommer. These are examples of Geralds work.

Tony shares a joke with Maureen


My paintings using tissue paper on watercolour paper :-
 Lindisfarne Castle
Tissue added with PVA glue to rocks below the castle then sky painted. After drying the castle added and continuing into the rock. Some lines  where lifted on the rocks as the paint is sitting on the glue and will easily move.

 Tissue added in ramdon lines from a focal point and White Knight watercolours added and cling film for texture.

 Nchanga 'C' Shaft
   This was developed later at home with the shaft drawn freehand with grey markers sitting on a lounge chair looking at the image on the laptop and trying to keep the drawing loose. This is one of the two hoisting shafts at Nchanga Mine in Chingola Zambia where we spent almost 20 years at the start of our marriage.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Sunday, 7 August 2016

New Unison Patels

I bought a set of Unison landscape pastels from the art shop in Corbridge plus 4 extra colours.

Delight and Wisdom Art Shop in Corbridge Northumberland

Two new pastel drawing on quarter imperial Saunders Waterford HP paper.
Misty Morning at Chapel Stile Cumbria

Helvellyn from Red Tarn.

Still not happy with the paper must get some proper pastel paper.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

First pastel with Claire Money on 200 lb Bockingford HP paper. Banburgh Castle


Coquet Valley

North Shields

Glendale Skye

Abereiddi Pembrokeshire

Goose Barn Farm Kentmere Cumbria

Great Langdale from Lingmore Fell.

All pastels done with an old box of Inscribe pastels.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Monday Art Group Lanchester-One demonstrator and one workshop

Jim Bradley - Raised balsa wood on oil paintings

Jim demonstrated his technique for tracing the shape, cutting out and gluing using araldite resin.

Some of his excellent watercolour paintings on display.

Painting for mining book

Clare Money - Pastels

 Clare works large scale, full or half imperial or larger using Unison Pastels on 140 lb HP Bockingford paper and she demonstrated a beach scene looking into the sun.

Clare at work and one of her painting.

The class chose a photo she supplied to work from. More next week.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Ndlovu paintings- African Bantu word for elephant

Elephant painting with Andy Taylor at Lanchester Monday Art Group.

Elephant with baobab tree
Cornwall paper pad 400 gsm by Hahnemuhle. Very soft

African dawn.
Initial wash textured using a sheet of perspex placed over a wet variegated wash. Egrets and tusks added with white acrylic. 200 lb Bockingford not paper.

Ndebele tribal designs with zebra skin marking added to elephant painting with baobab trees. 200 lb Bockingford not paper.

All paintings are quarter imperial (15 x 11 inches)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Watercolours May 2016

Boulmer Vista.
 View to Coquet Island from the beach at Boulmer which shows the black rocks that have been washed down from the will sill.

Portsoy harbour
Watercolour on Cornwall paper

Langdale Pikes Great Langdale near Oak Howe. Introduced a wall to break up the green field. Previously done plein air in acrylic.

River Wear at Frankland Lane Durham part of the recession paintings  with Deerness Art Group May meeting. As is the one above.

Staithes Bank from the beck.