At the Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA) in Bristol there is a drawing fest going on. The curators have cleverly brought together 3 exhibitions: a contemporary exhibition of drawings selected from open submissions (Drawn), a collection of drawings from the RWA's own collection (Beyond the Sketchbook) and a selection of drawings on loan from the Royal Collection (Lines in a Landscape). The three exhibitions (each in their own connecting rooms) provide a fabulous whole, wandering as it does from contemporary, back in time to the 60s and 70s, and further more to the 17th century. It all works together wonderfully.
Last night I went to the very busy private view of the Bath Society of Artists Summer Show. It was packed! It is a record breaking exhibition in that it has never contained more art works before. From the 700+ entries around 400 works were selected for the exhibition. Members as well as non-members can submit work and the exhibition was selected by a panel of artists, the president of the society and the director of Victoria Art Gallery. A separate panel of judges decided on the many prize winners. Agree with them or not, the show is varied and the quality high.
Busting the Myths of Oil Painting
Often I hear people say that they were told never to use black in their oil painting practice. Now I probably missed some vital education, but I am at a loss why anyone would say that. Some say it is because “there is no black in nature”, which makes little sense to me as I can see plenty around me and art and nature are not the same thing. Another reason might be because it is a difficult colour. Now there might be a point worth considering. Lets explore black a little bit.
Well, maybe a top 11 or 12. And that's not counting the ones I don't know about and you do. There are a lot of books on painting out there. And I mean a lot. They range from simple beginners books to technical tomes for the advanced. Some are full of nonsense, others full of pearls of wisdom. So how do you choose if you want to know a bit more? Recently some of my students asked this very question and I thought I'd share my answer.
The Figurative Artist's Handbook by Robert Zeller: I found out about this brand new publication via social media. I follow many American figurative artists on social media, including Robert Zeller, and admire much of their work. I like to explore books on drawing and painting not only for my own work, but also to find new ways to help me teach my workshops. This book looked promising!
I post regularly on Instagram. Not only pictures of my paintings, but also studio pictures, exhibitions I've been to and my dog. Instagram is a haven of stylish images for any art, fashion, interior and style lover. To share some of my images I have gathered a few with a common theme of 'Red'. Hope you enjoy.
The Fashion Museum in Bath has an exhibition on titled ‘Lace in Fashion’. If you know anything about my work you would have guessed I had to go and see this one. What bigger and more interesting topic could there be! Lace in fashion has been huge ever since the Elizabeth I set the trend in the late 1500s.
Spring is bursting out of the ground in our garden. The cherry tree is in full blossom and the tulips are coming out. I am busy preparing for my next round of workshops, due in May. It will be a busy month packed with activities. Please read on to see what I have planned:
It is Mother's Day in the UK today. Yesterday it was my birthday. So what better time than to make a blog post full of gift ideas?
So many oil painting myths are still going around. Do not use black, use a medium, oil paint is toxic; the list goes on and on. Here I try to demystify oil painting once and for all!
A question I hear very often is which brushes to get when you start out in oil painting. The number of different types of brushes is endless at any art supply store! There is bristle, synthetic or natural hair, there is round, filbert, bright or flat, long handles or short handles and the list goes on. In this blog post I try to suggest some starting points as well as my favourites.
The art world is full of competitions. Competitions for amateurs, professionals, competitions for oil painters, pastel painters or portrait painters. Do you have a competitive side?
2016 has simply flown by. It has been an incredibly busy year with lots of high notes! Now that Christmas is near, it is a good time to look back. What did 2016 mean for me? There were exhibitions and blog posts, videos and politics, a dog and an article. Below I list the best bits.
One of the most recognisable and iconic fashion statements of the 17th century surely is the cartwheel ruff. The fancier and bigger the better. I love the sculptural and slightly crazy qualities of a ruff. Here are ten of them, the maddest and craziests ones I could find.
My solo exhibition at The Harley Gallery opened this weekend with a ‘Walk & Talk’ which was very well attended. I am very pleased with the exhibition and the many lovely comments I have received so far. I hope you get a chance to see it but here are some images, a magazine article and a short film to give you a taster.
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