Marina Painting this Weekend (5-6th Aug) and my Summer Painting Tour of Britain

This weekend I’m really excited to be taking part in the Marina Arts Trial in Portishead, I’ve had a small part in organising it along with the other Portishead Arts people and will be doing a demo on Saturday, wish me luck. Saturday is all about people coming along and joining in to do something arty. We’ll be supplying acrylic paint, boards and brushes, there’ll also be felting workshops and a pastel demo by Michelle Lucking. We’ll be hanging all the work around the Marina ready for Sunday which will be a day of celebration and relaxation for me as I won’t have to do a demo. I’m really looking forward to Paris, a renowned graffiti artist, painting a 25 foot yacht! I might do a painting of him painting. There’ll also be some skateboard trickery, the whole weekend is also raising money for youth projects in Portishead, you can pledge to buy one of the created art works online here, get in quick to bag a bargain, there are a limited number left.

Here’s a Marina painting from June.

Sunset catching Marina

Apologies for it being such a long time since the last post. I’ve been doing plenty of outdoor air painting all around the country, I only realised how much while writing this.

I had a quick trip in June to Lyme Regis on the South coast to paint with the very talented painters Maria Rose and Tom Stevenson.

Pink Flamingo, Lyme Regis

 

I’ve long heard about the Buxton Spa Prize competition and this year I had an opportunity to take part. I spent a warm, sunny day painting outside in the most gorgeous market town. The visit coincided with a farmers market that kept me well fed for the next few days too.

Buxton

 

I spent a weekend at Priddy folk festival at the start of July, a chance to paint and sketch some performers as well as the crowds.

I went from there to a one day course with artist Richard Pikesley NEAC and by contrast painted some arable farm scenes in Wiltshire and picked up some tips too, mostly look harder!

Farmyard and Barley

 

I then had an opportunity to paint on the Gower with a load of other artists. The weather was so changeable I was oblivious to a red sunburnt neck until it was too late, the drizzle was deceptive. Apparently it’s not enough to have sun-tan lotion in your bag at your feet, you need to put it on your skin.

Worm’s Head, Gower

 

Last weekend I took part in Pintar Rapido, Europe’s largest outdoor painting event that runs annually in the Chelsea area of London. I did a little painting of the Albert Bridge in Chelsea on the day before that I was pleased with despite having left my turps at home.

 

Albert Bridge Chelsea

The prize ceremony on Sunday was a great opportunity to meet up with artists that I’ve previously only known through social media, one of whom Adam Ralston I’ve admired for a long while and I was very pleased when he was announced as the ultimate winner. Congratulations Adam.

More painting trips are coming up, look out for a bit of Cornwall followed by a bit more Wales. I can’t wait and I hope to see some of you this weekend.

Also don’t forget the Clevedon Art Club Open exhibition which opens and I’ll hopefully get some work selected for, perhaps some of these.

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Group Show at the Lido Cafe in Portishead & more

I’m excited to be taking part in the inaugural show of a new groups of artists and painters in Portishead that go under the banner Portishead Arts. We  have a
website where you can find details of the other artists involved.

Portishead Lido flyer

There’ll be a great range of work on show including painting, photography, jewellery and illustration so come along and enjoy a slice of cake and perhaps even have a dip in the Lido.

The show will be on for over a week from Thurs 22nd to Friday 30th of September the lido is open 9.30 to 6.30 every day (later on Monday mornings I think), I’m planning on stewarding on both the Fridays, I might take my painting kit along to paint the estuary in any quiet periods, so come and say hello.

For this show I’m focussing on local scenes, pretty much all painted within a mile of the Lido. My painting of the lido is the top right image on the flyer above.

Here’s a recent one painted after a last minute decision to walk down and catch the last light at Black Nore lighthouse. I’m so pleased I did, once again I was painting over a failed painting so it was doubly therapeutic, I’m so lucky to have this on my doorstep.

Last Light Black Nore

Last Light Black Nore 10 x 12 inches

As well as these outdoor paintings I’ll have a couple  of larger works that were painted back in the studio, such as Winter Wave.

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Ian Price Winter Wave 24 x 24 inches

The Autumn is always an exciting period with so many shows on, I’m lucky enough to have had a painting selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London which is coming up in November. More news in the next post!

I hope to see you at the show. Don’t forget you can also follow me on twitter and now Instagram @ianpriceart as well as Facebook.

In Bristol, Clevedon and Wells this month…

I’m in three places at once currently.

You’ve got until Sunday the 21st of August to catch my six works at the Clifton Arts Club exhibition, sorry for not posting earlier (hols). This exhibition holds a soft spot for me as I won their Prize of Excellence last year and this year was very pleased to receive a Selector’s Choice from Malcolm Ashman RWA.

Dusk, Battery Point – a selector’s choice at Clifton

 
I’ve got four paintings on show at the Clevedon Art Club Open exhibition. Their sixtieth anniversary exhibition  will be held in the Science Atrium of Clevedon School from Saturday August 20 to Monday August 29 2016.  Daily from 10.30am – 6.00pm. Sundays 2.00pm – 6.00pm.

Red Barn, at Clevedon Open

 

My painting Red Barn (above) was selected for the A2 open but not hung, so I’m glad to say it’s been selected for the Clevedon Open.

I’m still exhibiting in the A2 gallery in Wells for the rest of August, there’s more info in my last post. Here’s one of my paintings on show which was based another smaller painting I made following a long walk up there.

Quantocks Copse 2, at A2 Gallery

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ROI and the Taylor Wessing Exhibitions

I feel so lucky to have got into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and be back at the Mall Galleries so soon after the ING exhibition. I went to the private view yesterday and it felt very grown up.The ING was a real range of ages and styles, here at the ROI were serious, established oil painters, faces familiar from all those painting DVDs, painters of serious oil paintings, no playful modernism here.

It was a  great chance to meet some Twitter acquaintances in real life too including Andrew Farmer who was the runner up for the W&N Young Artist prize, surely being young enough to be categorised as a young painter is reward enough?

The selected painting was the prizewinner from the Clifton Arts Club exhibition from the Summer. Here it is (and me) hanging out with (under) a Lachlan Goudie painting (off of the telly).

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Here are a couple of paintings from the work on show that caught my eye by David WalkerClive Burnell and Michael Ashcroft  as well as work by Mo Teeuw which I didn’t snap, given the terrible photos below this is no bad thing.

It runs until the 13th of December 2015 and admission is £3. If you get a chance to go then do take advantage of the great location by visiting the National Galleries off Trafalgar Square as well. On a random wander I found a painter called Boltraffio  near some humbling Moronis. The snap doesn’t do the quality of the modelling and colour justice. 

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Boltraffio at the National Gallery

Also go and visit the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Amongst the refugees and bleak locations this portrait “Norma” caught my eye, there as a counterbalance to the negative representation of older people in the media.

If you get a chance go and enjoy any or all of it.

Exhibiting in Bristol and Portishead

I’m pleased to say that I’ve had a couple of paintings selected for the New Visions V exhibition at the Grant Bradley Gallery

They’ve selected a variety of exciting work from the Bristol area and I feel very edgy being in such company! The preview evening is Friday the 5th of June do turn up if you’d like to meet a variety of local artists in various states of inebriation. They put on a good bash there. If you can’t make it or can’t remember having attended here’s the very professional Exhibition magazine that shows a piece by each of the artists.

I’ve also got 8ish paintings of local scenes hanging in Café Gosh at the top of the Portishead Marina for the month of June. It’s one of the top rated places to eat in Portishead too, see their TripAdvisor page.



The Sun has set on N. Som. Arts Week 2015

Thanks to everyone for making it a success again this year. Numbers were up on last time which was great given the other attractions on.



Thanks to Bill Shier for opening up Black Nore lighthouse which you could walk to via the garden. It was great to see how much people enjoyed climbing up inside it, including me, it was like a tardis. The exhibition or the lighthouse was a pleasant surprise depending on whether people arrived by the road or via the coast path.

Card sales went well after expanding the range but cakes sales were down I think due to the Great British Bake Off effect causing lots of full up visitors to arrive! Despite this I’m pleased to say that we still generated £197.80 for the Lighthouse trust. Visit the site to find out more and donate. Thanks to Helen for the cake baking as well as the Folk music last Sunday. Next time simultaneous live baking and fiddling.



Fact of the day: Nore means the line where the sea meets the river. Thanks Bill.

Clevedon pop up gallery is going well and a new spot in Bristol

The Clevedon pop up gallery is going really well, many thanks to the volunteers manning the shop for their efforts. I called past over the weekend and was chuffed that my “Steep Holm” painting was in the window after a few weeks in the store room. It all looks great and the North Somerset Arts week committee are considering how to take advantage of the venue following the planned end just before Xmas.
I’ve also got a painting in the Bristol Harbourside exhibition at the Harbourside Gallery near Millennium Square in Bristol which is also running until Christmas. It’s a great spread of work with established painters alongside some lovely work by lesser known people but every bit as good.
My painting is called “Welcome to the S.S. Great Britain” (it’s what you can’t read on the banner in the middle!). It started as a rainy view of Cabot tower but I couldn’t resist adding in a primary school trip walking past to the S.S. G.B. with it’s accompanying contrasting hi-vis jackets. Excuse the glare, it’s facing the window (which is good!).

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