Onwards and upwards!

Well here we are in 2017 and I am looking forward to getting started on paintings for the Derbyshire Open Arts in May and later in the year a solo exhibition at Leabrooks Arts Complex. Experimentation has been my main focus recently, which I find helps me to move forward on my art journey.  Lots of painting outdoors planned, getting out and about in my neck of the woods Derbyshire, rugged and beautiful at this time of year.

En Plein Air

Last week I went to Leabrooks Gallery to the monthly artists` meeting, where local artists get together and drink coffee and eat lovely homemade cake. Oh and we have lively discussions about anything art related (and cake).  Today we talked mainly about painting en plein air, so now I am really fired up to get out there now the weather has warmed up again, and will be joining the Midlands Plein Air painting and drawing group at Cromford.  Fingers crossed for good weather!

May Exhibition at Leabrooks Gallery

I was so happy to have such a wonderful space for my solo exhibition at Leabrooks Gallery, Somercotes, Derbyshire.  John and Carol Carnell are wonderful hosts and you would be warmly welcomed for a browse and a coffee, and IF the weather is good you can wander the lovely Japanese garden and take tea outside.  I am looking forward to the next event at Leabrooks in July for the NSPCC - more on that later.

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New Pastel Painting – From Chatsworth Farm Shop

Finished this painting this afternoon.  This is the view from the terrace at the back of Chatsworth farm shop and each time I go it looks different, depending on the weather.  I love the colour of these cows, they are the same as my usual underpainting.

View from Chatsworth Farm Shop in August, pastel

Art and Makers Festival Cromford Mill

This coming weekend (7th and 8th July 2012) I will be exhibiting at the Art and Makers Festival at the Arkwright Mill at Cromford.  It is to be a celebration of local artists and their work, with lots to see and do for the whole family.  I will be upstairs in the Derwent Room, hopefully warm and dry away from the forecasted rain (really?? – Rain??)  So come along, have a cup of tea in the tea room and we will all be very happy to see you!

This painting is from a photograph I took a couple of years ago in Bodnant Gardens, Wales.  I loved the way the light just caught the ground between the trees and highlighted the trees in the background.  I put lots of colour into the shadows to bring them to life, and I feel that I achieved the feeling I had when I was in that place.

Bodnant Gardens in acrylics