Last Gasp of Summer

There has been a great deal of toing and froing this last month.  I attended the Bite exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London and it was full to brimming at the Private View  and as a consequence I had to return in order to see the work.  I was taken by Gillian Thompson’s dry point and Jane Waterhouse’s Hare from her Wayfaring series.

Wired – Gillian Thompson – Four Colour Dry point

Hare – Wayfaring   Jane Waterhouse – etching

The wonderful and fascinating thing about Printmaking is that although there are ‘rules’ many Printmakers manage to continually break them and find innovative ways of creating their images.  I am fascinated by the two Printmakers above and wonder at their techniques!

Having finished my two paintings for the Oklahoma Heritage Museum, and a few others, I decided to go off on a little ‘drive about’ visiting old friends and family, sketching and taking photos on the way.  I drove from Lincolnshire to Kent, to London, then down to Somerset.  Briefly visiting Devon and Cornwall on a quest for wind swept trees for a commision and to Dorset because I just wanted to sit on a beautiful beach.   Glorious weather made it possible to get some great photos and to sit outside on the ground to sketch and get bitten in places I would have preferred not to have been!

Below are some photos.  The two paintings are for the Oklahoma Heritage Museum Small Works, Great Wonders exhibition in November. I have posted the Cottonwood painting before, but I was advised… (by my darling husband) to change the lines of the middle parts… and of course he was right..  you can compare with the image below… also this photograph was taken by a professional.

Autumn Cottonwoods and Pond 12 x 12 Oil/Panel

Early Snow 12 x 12 Oil/Panel

My daughter lives just outside of Glastonbury and I found a perfect spot for painting and sketching the Tor.  I would love to teach a workshop in this area because it is so very beautiful.   Please contact me if you are potentially interested for 2013 or 2014 via my website email.  I am thinking May time because the wild flowers are particularly lovely, but early September would also work.

That’s all for now folks!!

From Eype clifftop, Dorset

From Walton Hill Somerset
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