Saturday, 29 October 2016

'Cleaning Crabs' new owner

My 'Cleaning Crabs, Penang' has reached its new home in California and I've just received a lovely email from the customer:

"Cleaning Crabs arrived in fine shape yesterday. It is wonderful, just as I'd hope it would be and I LOVE it!!  Well worth waiting for. Boy, you really know how to wrap a painting. :)  I was a nervous wreck as I cut and prodded and tore, not knowing how many layers until the actual painting...but quite excited.  Like a kid on Christmas morning hoping it's the present they really wanted.  It was! Thank you so much.  I will enjoy it forever."

Friday, 21 October 2016

Sailing off to a new home

On the Mud (acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 8 inches (25 x 20 cm)
This small painting of Lizzie, Alice and Friend has found a new home as a result of the Private View last night of the Army Arts Society exhibition in Salisbury.  It was inspired some time ago by a day in Dartmouth.  Three 'girls' nestling in a corner at low tide on a comfortable bed of slime and squelch! What could be more pleasant!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

An exhausting week with highs and lows

Cleaning crabs, Penang, Malaysia (oil, 12 x 12 inches; 30 x 30 cm)
High point is that this painting is off to its new home in California.  It was painted as a result of visiting Penang in February.  The amazing colours of his shirt and the buckets attracted me but were difficult to paint.

Co-organiser of the annual Army Arts Society exhibition Salisbury with the Private View tomorrow night.  It runs to 5 November.  Very frustrating as the gallery we are renting is not yet fit for purpose (having been assured it would be), causing delays in setting up and days of extra work.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A reminder of warmer days!

Blue Shutter and Clutter is a painting I've been meaning to do for a few years.  I took the theme from a window I espied while in Gourdon near Grasse, France.  However, to improve on the title I added some bits and pieces and repositioned others that were actually there.  I was in two minds as to whether to make the wall fairly plain but decided gently-suggested irregular blocks of different shades of sandstone gave it more of a feeling of somewhere rustic and sun-soaked.

It is a reminder not to forget to look up as inspirational things are lurking up there!

Blue Shutter and Clutter (oil, 10 x 8 inches)

Thursday, 6 October 2016

'Gallery Girls' has a new home!

My 'Gallery Girls' is off to a new home but one where I'll continue to see it which is a bonus as I'm rather fond of it.  The paintings they are looking at are a suggestion of those done by a superb artist friend Sue Fawrthrop.

Gallery Girls (oil 10 x 8 inches, 25 x 20 cm)

A busy week away from the easel!

I had a reasonably successful time at the Art in the City exhibition in London and sold 2 originals (1 framed, 1 unframed) and a cartoon print.  Milna is an intriguing place and packed with wonderful things for artists to paint.

Rousay (the Great Island of the Dead) is a most historic iron age place - a fantastic treasure of a place.  I'm not sure whether I have painted an ancient slipway or it is the remains of a building where the sea level has risen.

Milna, Croatia (acrylic 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm)

Eynhallow Sound from Rousay , Orkney (oil 8 x 10, 20 x 25 cm)

Mildred, what do you mean "Go and bother the Cake Stall"?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Art in the City exhibition 3-5 October

Second day of the exhibition and I went up to London for the reception for Masters of the Livery Companies of the City of London.  Lovely surprise to find that I had sold a painting and a print on the first day.  My print of Mildred, exasperated by her husband, is always a popular one!

Milna, Croatia (acrylic, 8 x 10 inches)

Mildred, what do you mean "Go and bother the Cake Stall?" (print)

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