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Just a quick update on what’s happening.
I am now represented by the Wey Gallery in Godalming, Surrey. So if you are down that way pop in and say hello to Julie & Clare and have a look at their wonderful place.
I have a few pieces of work in the xmas exhibition at the Wood End Gallery, Pertenhall. MK44 2AS
On from the 29th October – 18th December 2016
There will be all sorts of art work and craft work for sale with prices ranging from a few pounds to over a thousand. Something for everyone.
Angela will be happy to greet you with coffee and cake (ok, probably only tea and biscuits but it’s a good exhibition)
My painting ‘South Kensington station‘ having won a Derwent award in the summer has gone on to be placed 6th in Impressionism Landscapes – American Art Awards and 2nd place in the Innovative category of American Art Awards
I went off to the Tate last week to see the much awaited and anticipated Georgia O’Keefe exhibition.
I only have the full catalogue raisonne of one artist and I got that as a xmas present over 25 years ago and it is my most treasured posession. Today I saw some of the paintings in the flesh and I wasn’t disappointed.
I have a Tate membership so I made the most of it today. There was also 2 other exhibitions on so I saw them as well. I was never a big Mona Hatoum fan and my stance hasn’t changed after seeing her latest works. I don’t really understand installations, it must be said.
The 3rd was an artist I’d never heard of, Bhupen Khakhar. I liked a lot of his work although if your of a nervous disposition you may want to give it a miss. There is also a sign warning that it may not be suitable for children. I would not want to take children in and have to explain some of the later paintings.
I walked up the 10 floors to the new viewing gallery. Not by choice I would add but after walking to the fourth floor the lift was full every time I stopped on the way up hoping to get in. It is worth it though. Go outside and walk all the way round. Some terrific views.
Some new paintings in the offing from that I’m sure.
I then wandered next door to Bankside gallery who just happened to have the Annual Summer Exhibition for the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Some lovely works but was quite stunned by the prices. Then again this is London !
I went on up the Southbank and popped my head in the Roger Hooper’s Focus on the Wild exhibition, nice to note that all profits from sales at this exhibition will be shared between WWF and Hoopers Africa Trust.
I went up to the viewing platform of the Oxo building and took a few photos. Coming down the lift I was thinking the day couldn’t get any better when I received a Congratulations email from Artfinder saying they had sold one of my paintings.
I next found myself at Gabriels Wharf. I had never noticed this place before. Then again that might be because it is the first time I’ve actually been in London and it’s been warm AND sunny. I have walked from the Tate up to Westminster many times so I have no idea how I missed it. A little gem is Skylark Gallery 1. The artist Colin Ruffel was on duty and having been a long time fan of his I ended up purchasing one of his acrylographs.
I was hoping to see David Hockney at the RA but it was getting on for 4.15pm by the time I had walked up to Piccadilly so I decided to call it a day.
Day 2 of my Art exhibition fest and the backs of my legs were sore before I set off so I got the tube from Liverpool street up to Green Park Station. If I had been earlier I might have had a stroll into Fortnum and Masons which is situated across the road from the RA but I was on a mission and it was already getting on for twelve o’clock and I hadn’t booked a ticket.
I needn’t have worried, one of the joys of going on your own is they can usually fit you in on short notice.
It is an impressive building. I have to confess I have never visited this place before and I really should have.
I booked in for the next available time for the David Hockney exhibition which was only ten minutes from my arrival and I got a ticket for the Summer Exhibition while I was at it. Which didn’t need a time allocation.
I have been a fan of Hockney since he did the photo collages in the seventies. I also visit Salts Mill nr Bradford regularly to see his work. THIS was something different. Was it three or four rooms? I’ve lost track but the paintings are brilliant. Each of the portraits finished in the space of three days. Each the same size with the same background and each sitter on the same chair. Absolutely stunning.
Then there was the Summer Exhibition. Why I have never been to see this before is a mystery. There are so many rooms you can get lost.
If I thought the prices were steep at Bankside, this is jaw dropping. Prints from about £350 going up to the thousands and the paintings. Well. If you’ve got the odd 5 or maybe even 155 thousand pounds spare you could probably pick something up. Actually you couldn’t because the majority have already been sold.
The size of some of these is also breathtaking. All I can think is the logistics of actually getting them delivered there must be a nightmare.
I was going to pop my head in Mall galleries but it was crafts and I was tired.
I walked up through St James park to Buckingham palace and was totally underwhelmed by the place. Yeh, it’s a big house but I’ve seen a lot nicer and architecturally I don’t really rate it. Probably got some nice bits inside though!
By the time I reached Victoria station I was totally done in. I obviously looked it too as a young guy gave up his seat on the tube for me. I also didn’t realise that your shins could hurt so much.
So that’s it. My head is buzzing with so many ideas. Watch this space.
Its that time of year again and there are bargains to be had.
I will be opening my house and studio up to the public for the weekend 21st -22nd May for the annual #OSNotts event.
I have been busily preparing it all and turning each room into a mini gallery.
Donations are also being made to the Linc and Notts Air Ambulance.
A 50% donation will be made on the purchase of the Air Ambulance painting and for this weekend only the price will be lower than advertised on the website.
A letter of Thanks will be sent to the recipient of the painting from the LNAACT
(Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Charitable Trust)
There are also prints, art cards and greetings cards with 30% going to the Air Ambulance charity.
If the weather is nice I will also be opening up The Shed.
If you love a bargain then The Shed is the place to go. Abstracts and Figurative paintings at never to be repeated prices.
As I will be moving from my current property later this year no reasonable offer will be refused.
A very short note just to keep you all up to date.
I picked up my paintings from Custom frames at Bulwell last week and they have done a cracking job. Thanks lads !
They have all been framed in a lovely black frame ready for the exhibition at Focus gallery, Nottingham.
We will be busy setting this up on Thursday, with the preview night this Friday, 15th April from 6pm.
Everyone is welcome and I would love to see you there.
On a more personal note, we now have a little princess. I am sure she is going to be well looked after by her older cousins, my two little princes.
Tommorrow I will be delivering some other paintings, mine as well as those of my friends Nancy and Jonathan, to Patchings for the Open Studios Notts Exhibition – Open to 30 May 2016
It’s all go at the mo !
Yet again my newsletter is running late.
It’s that late that it really should have been written in the Autumn.
I was busy making sure that I would have enough paintings for the forthcoming exhibition in Nottingham and I was having the new studio built. As below.
This is a wonderful space and it would have been perfect. In fact for all of the 6 weeks I used it, it was. This had been built so I didn’t have to rent a space away from home because my Mum, who lived down the road, was worried if I wasn’t close by. Her health was deteriorating rapidly.
My Mum was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given 6 – 9 months to live. That was 6 years ago. Three years ago I moved back to the village to help support her.
Just before Christmas she went into the hospice for a few days so they could monitor her and sort out pain management. She was due to come out before the New Year.
Unfortunately she never did. She died at the end of January.
The funeral took place three weeks later.
When my Mum was in the hospice I was visiting morning and afternoon and doing very little in between. Since she died I have done even less and now my brother and I have the daunting task of clearing her house. I feel as though I should be painting but cannot at the moment. It will come back I’m sure.
I promise that my next post will less personal and more upbeat. So for now I bid you adieu.
This newsletter is very late and I really have no excuse other than I had little to write about.
Or more to the point nothing to report that I thought would be of interest to anyone other than myself.
I have been busy painting Nottingham scenes for an exhibition in Spring 2016 at Focus gallery, Nottingham.
I will also be producing a range of art cards that will complement the paintings shown.
I am still painting London scenes and have been down to the Capital a few times on photo shoots.
Of course this summer has been less than kind in regards good weather. Grey skies do not a good photo make.
Grey skies do not a happy artist make either.
I did go and have a look at Art in the Gardens in Sheffield. It was a really good day and the sun shone too. A brilliant array of work on show. I am tempted to participate at this event next year.
I will be applying for a stand at Patchings festival for next years event when they send out the invitations.
I have been looking at a few other place too.
In a couple of weeks I am going to check out The Other Art Fair in London as a possible venue for next year.
In the meantime my small studio is bursting at the seams and encroaching too much on my personal house space.
I have decided I really need a bigger space so a garden studio seems the way to go.
That sounds rather grande but basically it’s a big insulated shed with electrics.
I hope to remember to take photos of the build.
So folks until I have more news I leave you with a new but slightly different painting.
It’s been a busy time yet again.
This year for the first time I joined the Open Studios Notts.
Open Studios Notts, supported by the Arts Development Service, is a series of linked events organised and run by artists and makers across the county over 6 weeks through May and early June.
There is also a Central EXHIBITION AT RUFFORD CRAFT CENTRE running from 3 May to 7 June.
I have 3 paintings in this exhibition along with a number of mounted prints.
I turned my home into an Art Gallery for the weekend of 16-17 May.
Not knowing any other artists in my village. I went solo on this.
It was a great success.
Many people came to have a look at what I do and how I do it and some also came to buy which was fantastic.
Visitors stayed for at least 30 minutes, many stayed for a lot longer chatting and drinking tea and coffee which flowed
freely all day.
Some even came back for a second visit over the weekend.
I made short quick video before everyone came for those that wanted to see the exhibition but weren’t able to attend.
This I have now uploaded to YouTube if you’d like to have a look.
One of my twin daughters and her husband had come up from London to help out at the event.
(Having persuaded me to do it in the first place.)
And then her twin sister surprised me on the Saturday evening by turning up to give her support as well.
(Her husband having offered to look after the boys at home for the rest of the weekend.)
Thank you girls (and boys) love you loads and I wouldn’t have got this far without you.
Yesterday I dropped off a painting to Patchings for inclusion in their exhibition.
Patchings Open Art Competition 2015
This will run during and after the Art festival.
Have I got time to put my feet up for a break.
Well, no actually.
I am in the middle of doing some more New York paintings and as soon as the rain stops and the weather brightens up I will have to get on down to take photos in Nottingham.
More on that in the next installment.
Prints are now being stocked at Focus Gallery, Derby road, Nottingham
Pop along and have a browse.
My first London exhibition was a resounding success.
The 2 day event arranged by Will Trump of Swiss re went down exceedingly well.
25% of monies raised through the sale of paintings and prints is being donated to Alzheimers Society, which is Swiss re’s charity of choice for this year.
So far just over £500 has been raised from the event and for this week only 30th March – 5th April
25% of the purchase price from sales on the website on all paintings and prints will be donated to Alzheimers Society .
Lets see if we can raise some more.
New Painting – Trafalgar in the rain
24″ x 36″ (91.4cm x 61cm) Acrylic on canvas
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