The first person who arrives today and tells me they saw my blog entry about the launch of my new pack of greeting cards wins one!
Doors open today at 11 am. Closing at 6 and then open for the last day tomorrow - 11 - 6 pm. Pimms will be out nearer the end of each day.
This week has seen the launch of my new range of a boxed set of 8 greeting cards. If you like bikes, punts and Cambridge then you'll love them. They have flown out the door and you won't find them anywhere else except at my next Open Studio weekend 20/21 July. Yes, that's this weekend!
The first person who arrives at my Open Studio at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge, on Saturday 20th July to say that they have seen this blog entry on my website wins a box! Doors open at 11 am.
Currently retailing at £11.00.
The show is ready and waiting. New prints, new boxed greeting cards, new oils on canvas. Come along and take a look. I am open from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 and Sundays 14/21 July. I am looking forward to the feedback on the new prints.
It looks like the weekend is going to be sunny too so you can enjoy a glass of elderflower juice in the garden.
The City and Beyond
One of my favourite quotes is by Andy Warhol - “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
So this is what I've been doing. Since my last Cambridge Open Studios in 2011 I have been busy exhibiting my landscape oil paintings, completing a year-long certificate of Advanced Printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre, challenging myself physically with a trek in the Sahara, and visiting some of my favourite cities in the world for inspiration. And of course, then returning to the studio to produce the work.
Since learning how to print with polymer plates, an exciting fine art original printing technique that I have fallen in love with, my head is full of new possibilities. The start of my collection based on Cambridge City uses this technique and they will be on display at my Open Studios. I also have a body of landscape oil paintings on wood and canvas too. You will also find hand-pulled and printed greeting cards, including the launch of my new collection of boxed cards, etchings on perspex, unframed prints and a few original oils on paper in the browsers.
I will be opening my studio and gallery space at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge CB4 2BQ from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 July and Sundays 14/21 July. Elderflower juice, coffee, teas and biscuits will be served. I will also be around during the week in between the Open Studio weekends, so if you would like to come outside of these times then email email@example.com or call or text me at 07765 563908.
I can now accept both credit and debit cards during the Open Studios exhibition.
Resting. Polymer plate print with chine collé.
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.
This is the last week of the exhibition at Over Gallery, 25 High St, Over, Cambridge.
You will still be able to see a small selection of work after the end of this week along with my greeting cards.
It is a lovely gallery space run by Helen Taylor. For opening hours please email Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have lots of exhibitions booked in until March 2014 so I am hard at work creating in my studio. I work on several paintings at the same time and while paint is drying I concentrate on unique fine art prints. Here are a couple of new pieces. The oil on wood panel is still work in progress. I am trying to keep it simple and not over paint it so it comes inside the house every time I add a new thin layer.
Oil on wood panel - work in progress
Summer Punts. Hand painted solar plate print.
I am now venturing back into the studio as the snow has cleared and it is a little warmer. Work will begin for exhibitions at Cambridge Contemporary Art. The theme is Besides The Sea. Having just returned from a weekend away with friends on the Norfolk coast I have some inspirations to start with.
I also have a commission that has just come in for a series of Cambridge City solar plate prints. So I'll be out and about with my camera during the next few weeks.
My work is still on display (apart from the ones that have sold) at Over Gallery. For more information please call Helen Taylor on 01954 230997.
Last night I visited our lovely elderly neighbour who had been admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital. We took the stairs as it was just one flight up. And there they were. Content, Ebullience and Expect. I really love the fact the large, oil on wood paintings are tucked away so people are surprised when they come across them.
I am delighted to be the solo artist at the brand new gallery in Over, Cambridgeshire. The exhibition runs from 1 December until 23 December. My oil paintings, prints and cards are available to purchase along with other leading contemporary ceramicists, jewellers, furniture makers and glass artists.
Every year I organise a Christmas event at the Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria St, off Emmanuel Road, Cambridge. I started the event at my house and studio in 2008 but since 2009 it has been held at the Church Hall. It is a small, quirky venue, and a lighting challenge - but we love it.
There is only space for a limited number of exhibitors and I have often thought of looking for a new venue. However the reason I started the event in the first place was to create an intimate, quirky and fun event for one night only and I want to keep it real and close to its roots for as long as I can.
So if you are free on Monday 26 November 2012 from 4 until 8.30 pm then come along and see what all the fuss is about. For more information please go the Cambridge Christmas 2012 website.