Back in the UK again

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a good summer.

It seems pretty pathetic to be saying I have been really busy, as I know everyone has.  I do post more on my open Facebook page.  It just seems easier somehow and of course I don’t want to repeat myself!

The last two months did tend to revolve around my studio, kitchen and bed!  In the beginning,  I spent a fair amount of time in my garden, trying to get it into shape, but then suddenly realised I only had about five weeks left, so I spent most of the time in the studio after that.  Thank goodness for swamp coolers.

One of the things I had to work on as soon as I got to New Mexico was a demonstration article commissioned by Steve Pill, the editor of Artists & Illustrators, here in the UK.    Below is a nice mention  and if you are interested you can buy the magazine online here

Here is the painting that I produced for the demo.

The Bridge 12 x 16 Oil/Linen Panel

By the time the two and a half months were up I found that I had really loosened up and I seemed to be enjoying the paint a lot more.   I guess it’s an obvious progression.  I would love to hear if others find this to be the case.

I managed to get my pieces finished for the two Museum shows (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma and Albuquerque Museum), which was good, plus lots of paintings done for my galleries.  On my return I heard that I had two prints accepted into the Pushing Print exhibition in Margate in October, so that’s exciting.  

Barry and I spent a lovely three days camping in the Devil’s Garden Campground in Arches National Park just before I returned.  It was a full moon and quite beautiful.   I love that place and did some drawing whilst I was there.  There is something really special about climbing up rocks and finding a good place to draw!

Arches National Park – Devil’s Garden

I am off to the beach next week for a few days to sit by the sea and to make some decisions about my final MA Project… lots to consider.  At the moment I am ‘hovering’ (!) around dragonflies and rocks!

Flame skimmer – Male (I think)

Bye bye for now. 


R.K. Burt and some Paintings

Hello everyone, 
Things really got busy this last few weeks, with our R.K. Burt exhibition in London. We hung the work on 5th November, had our PV on the 7th.  I looked after the gallery on the following Monday and then we took it all down last Friday.  It was quite an exhausting and  educational experience to say the least.   Sadly, not much was sold, but I did manage to sell five unframed prints from the browser.  Obviously, I was very pleased about that.  What was absolutely wonderful about having our exhibition in London, was that many friends dropped in to say hello!  One old school friend visited whom I hadn’t seen since I was 16, one not seen for 19 years and one who actually lived abroad… it was really really fabulous!  Ahh, the power of the internet!  Thank you all who came by.  We so appreciated your support.
Here are a few photos from our private view.  That’s me in the first photo inside the gallery, refilling my glass I think!!  (Thanks Karin for the only photo of me at the exhibition!)   Plus some photos of my fellow students and tutors being silly!
Below are also a few paintings that I have also been working on.. (apologies for the sheen on the last photo).  This last Friday evening was the opening night for the Small Works, Great Wonders exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma.  Barry and I sold all four of our paintings!  We are so happy!  Thank you Oklahoma!
In addition to all this running around I managed to get to Tate Modern last Sunday, with my son, to listen to a talk by William Kentridge, followed by a visit to the Tanks to see his installation… absolutely brilliant.  Very powerful.  Do go and see if you are in London.
That’s it for now… 

Wicken Fen Summer Evening Oil/Panel 10 x 10
Summer Meadows – Oil/Linen 14 x 18
Summer Meadow with sheep 6 x 10 Oil/Panel

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

Small Wonders, Great Works

This Friday is the opening of the Small Wonders, Great Works exhibition at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma.  I was very honoured to be invited to send two paintings, shown earlier.

Fall Cottonwoods with pond 9 x 16 Oil/Wood Panel

Yesterday MA Printmaking first years went on a ‘school outing’ to the Tate Modern to see the Gerhard Richter exhibition.  I confess I was not very familiar with his work, but this exhibit was amazing and spanned most of his life.  What was so interesting was the mix of styles, often created within the same year or two.

  • Gerhard Richter
  • Betty
  • 1988
  • 102 cm x 72 cm
  • Oil on canvas
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Abstract Painting
    Abstraktes Bild
  • 1987
  • 225 cm x 200 cm
  • Oil on canvas

Back in Lincolnshire for a while

Wicken Fen Sunset
12 x 16 Oil/Linen panel

My Dad’s pond

My Dad’s apple tree

I am back in Lincolnshire for a few days having delivered my paintings to the Blackheath gallery, and Barry to the airport. It feels good to have got the paintings done, not so good to be saying goodbye to Barry though. Still, things have calmed down a little for a while. I am working on two pieces for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works Great Wonders Winter sale. I had hoped to give them to Barry to take back, but I just couldn’t manage to get them finished. I hate working under so much pressure that I feel totally panicked. Next week I become a part time student, which is quite nerve-wracking. I hope I am not the oldest in my class!

Before dinner last night I mowed my Dad’s lawn. Half way through I became quite weak with hunger!!!… so I picked an apple from one of his apple trees. There is nothing quite like the experience of plucking an apple from a tree and eating it right there and then!