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Beside The Sea

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.

Cambridge Walkabout

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.

Cambridge Drawing Society

The Annual Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition starts today at The Guildhall, Cambridge.

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.

Sketch and Trek Sahara

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.

Funds raised:

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.

Over Gallery - last few days

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 yes.helen@gmail.com

What's new for 2013

Oils

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.

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Prints

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.

Over Gallery

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.

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So nice to see again...

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.

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Brand new gallery!

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.

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Cambridge Christmas 12

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.

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Alongside

The exhibition 'It's All About The Paintings!" at Cambridge Contemporary Art finishes on November 25th. Go and take a look at Alongside, oil on wood panel.  It is part of my new collection of wood panels and using a new technique.  Let me know what you think.

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