Wallington Poster design 1

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I’ve been working in a larger size than previously, moving up from 4″square to 12″ and using slightly more abstract compositions. The first one is called ‘Bell flower’ and the second is ‘Pink Petals’.  These are both on thick canvasses.

Bell Flower

Pink Petals

The next two are in greys, on thin canvas and a little more abstract. I will probably mount them  in a white frame with a grey mount.

Grey detail 1Grey detail 2

I’ve started another group of four small paintings, also in greys.I really like adding small amounts of colour to slightly change the balance of the black and white. After that I may try to increase the scale to 24″ square, but I need another visit to the greenhouse at Wallington for some photographs and sketches first.

I’ve completed another set of Daisy paintings with some geranium leaves from the plants that happened to be alongside them on the greenhouse shelf. The canvasses are a little larger this time, 8 inches square. The previous ones were 5 inches.

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I’ve enjoyed painting the geraniums. I might go back and look at them when they’re in flower later in the year.

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I’ve also gone back to lilac coloured flowers, but in more details this time, and on small rectangular canvasses.

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ImageSarah and I have signed up with Network Artists for the Open Studios in June. We’ll probably be open for three of the weekends, not certain of the dates yet.

ImageI’m still busy with my flower paintings on a variety of small canvasses. They’re mostly square and in groups. They are nearly all on box canvasses, but I’m staring to paint some on the normal slim type of canvas too.

ImageI’ve used quite a lot of purple, mauve and lilac colours, so I’m moving into yellows and orange at the moment.

Visited the Gallery at Berwick with Sarah to see the exhibition of work submitted by friends and contacts of Katie Stephenson and her late husband the abstract painter Ian Stephenson. Katie has made such an impressive art gallery from the old temple building near the bridges in Berwick. The Open Exhibition has a large number of pieces, mainly paintings but also textile pieces and 3d work, very well displayed together.   The watercolour ‘Waves’ is by Maggie Teremetz, and the triptych of the Quayside is by Richard Yeomans, both friends of mine from our Newcastle art student days.                          

Kate Stephenson has opened a wonderful new gallery in Berwick on Tweed, and has  started with an Open Exhibition from Saturday October 13th until November 2nd. The Watchtower is open from 12.00pm – 4.00pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Richard and Maggy (friends from  art student days) and I have all got paintings hung there along with many other artists who had connections with Kate and Ian Stephenson and art education in the North East.

I was so happy to manage to complete my ‘Purple Petals’ group of four canvasses, and to fix them together so that they lie quite flat.

I’ve got lots more plant type paintings in mind to finish ready for the next Open Studios in June.

I’ve completed another set of four small canvasses, daisy type flowers, from the greenhouse at Wallington, so I went back to the garden with my camera and took several more. I’m going to prepare some more  images for a few more groups of flower paintings using some slightly larger canvasses this time.

I’m still happy with the various different ways of displaying the paintings, almost as though they are 3D objects.

Alison, Val and Kathy worked with loads of enthusiasm and filled their sketchbooks with samples, descriptions of the methods they used as well as developing their own ideas into mounted pieces.

They all managed to produce every technique in the list I gave. Their sketchbooks need to be finished  at home, and their final pieces  framed.

The blue one is one of a set of four inspired by ideas about the sea and sky, while the green piece shows a very different style with a contrast between hard edged shapes and soft textures as well as a sense of depth.   It was good to see that all three had strong individual ideas of their own and produced very different pieces in spite of using the same techniques and materials.                                                 

I’m still working on a set of quite small canvasses based on some of the greenhouse flowers at Wallington. They relate to this larger Purple Patchwork set of four canvases that is almost complete now.

 

 

 

 

I’ve discovered that the small ones can be displayed quite successfully in several different ways. I’ve been stacking them one on top of another vertically as well as placing them at slightly different angles in a row side by side. I like the way they catch the light differently that way-though this doesn’t show up well in this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve painted 12 of them now, and most are in purples, greens and greys, so I decided to increase the colour scheme by painting some flowers that were in yellows and orange.

 

 

 

 

I’m also starting to work on sections of stems and leaves to give variety to the shapes when they are seen in a group.

I began by painting them all the same size (5 inches square) but I’ve started to use a rectangular canvas and to vary the sizes of the canvasses.

Three ladies emailed me for a mixed textile workshop so we chose a date that suited us all and had great fun experimenting with various textile techniques and producing lots of samples.

I was very impressed by the strong individual ideas they each had, especially in their choices of colour for their work.

As well as glues like PVA and bondaweb we used angelina, vanishing plastic  and lots of different types of fabrics, ribbons, beads and sequins, wools and embroidery threads for machine and hand sewing and also an embellisher for felted techniques.

Working to a list of possibilities and demonstrations, the samples were recorded in brief notes in the sketchbooks for future reference.

After our usual lunch of homemade soup and bread in the house, we returned to the studio and made final pieces  using a selection of the techniques and materials that had been sampled in the morning.

At the end of the day there was some discussion about other samples that we could do, so there may be a follow up day to come for some of the ladies who were there.

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