More preview evening news and a BP portrait connection

Last Friday I went to the Clifton Arts Club exhibition where I got a range of little pictures in, my first full house, taking no chances I cycled! It’s next door to the RWA at Bristol Drawing School so why not combine it with a trip to the Harbour Festival this weekend? It’s on until the 20th and you’ll also see a painting by Laura Robertson who has a self-portrait hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in the BP portrait prize. It was great to bump into her, recognise her face from the BP and have a chance to congratulate her. Well done again.

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If you have been put off the BP by it being focused on photo-realistic portraits recently then give it another visit this year as there’s a much wider range of styles this time around.

I particularly liked this one too by Stanislav Buban.

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Watch that parking out there.

Preview evening news and travel advice

I had a great time at the Bath Society of Artists preview evening a few weeks ago and had a chance to speak to some other artists I’d not seen since the Holburne as well as the very talented Tom Hughes.

I unwittingly ended up talking to one of the judges too and getting some top framing feedback too.

All this made up for the parking fine I got for accidentally parking in the hotel part of a public car park which was capped off by a further fine in the post a few days later for spending 3 seconds in a bus lane in my hot, Bath one-way addled state!

The exhibition is in the Victoria Art gallery in Bath all Summer and is crammed full of inspirational work.

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It’s pretty high up but at least it shows up well from the other end of the room!
Enjoy if you visit, watch your driving though.

I’ve had 3 works accepted for the Bath and West Show including this new Somerset Coast scene, Steep Holm

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It’s 16 by 24 inch and was painted freely from a plein air painting of the same scene, which incidentally was the first Plein air I painted.

I’m also pleased to also have “The Patriarch” (banner picture) exhibited there; Helen’s grandfather was a Somerset farm manager so he’s in familiar surroundings. I’ve never been to the Bath and West show previously (Royal Welsh show many times yes!) so will be excited to see it. I won’t see them until picking up day so let me know how they look there. From 29th May to 1st of June.

A great cake eating final push from all my #artsweek visitors raised £194.64 for the lighthouse. Burp.

The meagre cake leftovers… really that was it. Cue belly rumble.

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For the mathematically minded that’s 0.46 large cakes per visitor. Well done all, especially Helen and the kids for cooking, icing and slicing efforts.

Oh yes and thanks for all the painting and card sales too as well as commission enquiries!

Fantastic, positive response from NSAW #artsweek visitors

I’ve had some really great feedback from visitors so do come along tomorrow if you’re thinking about it; between my eclectic mix and Richard’s imagination there’s something for everyone.

Plenty of cake sales too and people enjoying the sun, views from the garden and wandering down to the lighthouse which we are raising money to maintain.

I got out before the start to paint this view from green 7 (I think) on the golf course before the sun came out. Here’s hoping for plenty more sun tomorrow, I enjoyed my mid-afternoon cider in the garden after having 11 in the house at once! Clarification! That’s 11 visitors not ciders.

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Go large at NSAW…

Here’s a four foot wide painting of Kilkenny bay in Portishead I’ve recently completed for NSAW (only 12 days to go). I’ve spent the evening framing it in a sea weathered garden gate frame I beachcombed, complete with a rusty bolt, it’s been in the basement with this in mind for at least four years, it makes it a whopping 5 feet wide. I think it suits it though, you’ll have to come and visit to judge for yourself.
In the bottom left is a misty little cargo ship I painted on a small board too. The large painting was certainly more fun, lots of splashing turps around outside and chasing dribbles. Hopefully I’ll get time to do another, I’ll need a wet paint sign.

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Flood of brochures for North Som. Arts Week have arrived #artsweek

Only a month to go. Here’s Richard and my entry right at the start.

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Slightly lazy opening hours (well work as well) will allow us to see other fab venues though.

Just laid out my pictures today. Really happy with how they look all grouped and framed. I’ve got thirtyish framed works, mostly landscapes of the local area. Quite a few portraits and plenty of unframed life studies and sketches too. When I totted them up I realised that all but 6 have been painted in the last 18 months. I didn’t realise I’d been so prolific.

Will have tea and homemade cake there too! Hopefully I’ll see lots of you here.

Showing at the Cornucopia Exhibition at the Grant Bradley Bedminster in Feb

I’m really looking forward to showing with some other people from the Bristol Grammar Life Class next month from Feb 9th. I’ll be exhibiting portraits as well as life class sketches. There’s some great talent in the class and I’m looking forward to seeing their other work, it’s a mixed exhibition hence the name, here’s a preview page. Details of the gallery here.

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I entered some pictures into a Nailsea Arts Week festival exhibition this weekend. It was at the Tythe Barn which is a great building. Thanks to Bee and Anne for organising it. I took a picture from the bedroom wall of some Sunflowers which was a bit of an exercise in oil pastels and someone bought it. It took me by surprise as I realised I hadn’t taken a photo of it when I found it was gone. There’s a lesson there.