I have just finished this large 100 x 100 cm canvas. It is all about current turbulent times and looking up and out to calmer waters, crossing the land to get there. It has a strong blue sky full of hope and promise.
I have been spending the week making hand-pulled cards. Here are a few samples. Soon I will be launching an on-line shop so my print range can be purchased where ever you are in the world.
Passed Cambridge Contemporary Art yesterday and there was Contemplation Bay in the window.
Contemplation Bay is an oil on canvas of 120 x 80 centimetres.
The new exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art starts today 1 June 2013.
I have seven new paintings available to purchase. Prices range from £350 - £1300.
Beside the Sea
01 Jun 2013 - 23 Jun 2013
As Cambridge is so far from the Coast, we've brought the Coast to you!
A few weeks ago I was approached to donate a whale for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
The campaign is helping to support children diagnosed with kidney cancer. A number of celebrities, TV and Radio presenters, local and national artists and designers have customized the outline of a Whale, drawn and donated by the Daily Mail cartoonist Pugh. The whales will be auctioned, with the help from Jeffrey Archer at Clarendon Fine Art, Dover Street London on the 6th of June. All proceeds will help make sure that all the children have access to the best possible care and professional support.
Whales have also been donated by Sir Quentin Blake, Mel C, David Cameron, Mayor of London, James Whale, Lord Jeffrey Archer and Mark McLaughlin.
For more information go to the website.
Contemplation Bay is one of two 100 x 80 cm canvasses that will be available to purchase at Cambridge Contemporary Art from 1 June 2013.
Both the large canvasses were started at the end of 2012 and challenged me continually. Sometimes I have layered paint for an entire day only to remove it all at the end because it wasn't right. This can be very frustrating but it is all part of the process of painting. It can't be hurried.
The collection of coastal work for the exhibition is about what being by the sea means to me. It makes me feel contentment, joy and wonder.
At the end of May I will be delivering new oil paintings to Cambridge Contemporary Art for the opening of the Besides The Sea exhibition. So if you are in Cambridge from 1 until 23 June 2013 pop in and immerse yourself in my new work. The inspiration for the collection has been Northumberland, Devon and Norfolk.
I am often asked how long an oil painting takes to complete. To give you some idea the collection of nine paintings (7 wood panels and 2 large canvasses of 120 x 80 cm) were started in December 2012. Two are yet to be finished. I did take a few weeks off to complete my Sahara trek and indulge in a 4 day cheap break to Paris in April, but other than that it has been endless layering of oil paint for months. Enjoy.
A recent commission for prints based on Cambridge scenes has resulted in a new body of work entitled Cambridge Walkabout. This is still work in progress but I hope to have the new collection ready to be seen at Cambridge Open Studios in July.
The mixed media collection is a new departure for me. I would love to have feedback on the new work so please let me know what you think.
The Annual starts today at The Guildhall, Cambridge. Exhibition
I have two original hand painted solar plate prints on display. One of them, Summer Punts, is from a new body of prints, entitled 'Walks Around Cambridge' that I am currently working on.
The exhibition is open from 13 - 20 April from 10 am until 5.30 pm.
I spent last week sketching in the Sahara Desert. The challenge was to trek 100K in five days raising funds for my chosen charities - The British Heart Foundation and The Joe Herrington Memorial Fund. My sister-in-law also kindly donated to the American Heart Association in my name. We actually walked 112K in sometimes 39 degree heat. I will be writing a fuller account, with photographs on my trek page.
BHF - £7,405
JHMF - £2,245
AHA - $100
Along the way I sketched as much as I could. It was a challenging environment to work in and I could only sketch when we stopped for a break or back in the camp. Here are a few of the sketches.
I have several work deadlines during the next twelve months but I will be working on a body of work from the trip alongside other commission and exhibition commitments. I will be participating in Cambridge Open Studios this year so if you would like to see the sketchbook, and work in progress visit me in my studio then.