Saturday, 26 November 2011

Christmas Exhibition

Since becoming a full a time  artist. just over a year ago, my work output has obviously increased.. Unfortunately, the storage in my studio has not increased in size so THROUGHOUT DECEMBER  I'm having a major sort out by having a STUDIO CLEARANCE SALE at Leabrooks Gallery, Somercotes, Derbyshire. There is a good selection of both framed and unframed work... All of it has been reduced in price to give you the opportunity to either treat yourself or buy affordable Christmas presents for friends and family.

Leabrooks  Gallery is open every day but is closed all day Wednesdays.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Painting in the New Forest.

As I am currently producing a body of work with working title of 'If you Go Down to the Woods Today' I decided to make a return visit to the New Forest. Having been there for 4 days in June, I decided to go back to paint the Autumn. It seems that I probably went a month early... as most of the leaves are still green, with only the bracken showing real autumn colour. Unfortunately  most of the camp sites, if not closed already will be closed within the next two weeks ;-(

As I wasn't camping in Hollands Wood (it was closed) I decided to concentrate on Whitley Wood and spent all 5 days immersed in this amazing ancient wood, surrounded by Ponies, Deer and the occasional family of pigs...  by the end of the week, some of them had names... Tantric Ted, the Rutting Deer being one of them...

I was very pleased with how my work developed throughout the week. After the first two days I began to loosen up in an attempt to capture the atmosphere rather than being too representational. Lots of artistic licence in terms of colour to try and create an autumn feel to my work. The reason I was there.

Whiteley Woods

Only the bracken looking autumnal.

Love the Light in this photo

Studio for the day.

Snow White came to see me most days

Whitley Woodland Light

Tantric Ted kept me awake every night. He was a very noisy 'rutter'