Monday, 20 March 2017

Wymers & Co

My sister Lyn Wymer has recently opened a new shop in Witney which is just a wonderful place to visit.  It's hard to describe really, but Lyn is passionate about all things wool and fleece and she is an expert spinner.  So this is a dream come true for her - to have a wonderful space (designed by talented son James) that is devoted to fleece and wool, where she can work; teach workshops; sell specialist yarns; and pass on her wonderful knowledge.  It really is a feast for the eye and has attracted enormous interest already for passersby.

I will post more photos when I'm visiting again myself next month.  But in the meantime, Lyn is displaying a few of my paintings in the shop and this is a new one I did specially.... can you spot the bit of fleece that's in there?

Wymers & Co
14A West End, Witney, Oxfordshire
01993 402468

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My 2017 Workshops

Fresh from the printers... my new leaflet giving details of the workshops I will be offering this year.   Some of them are new and I'm also offering a couple of half days too.
I'm really looking forward to some creative and sharing teaching sessions in my beautiful new studio at the bottom of the garden.  Photos of this will follow shortly!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

St Ives Society of Artists

It's great news that I've been accepted as a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and currently have three paintings in their member's exhibition which opened on Saturday.  

The painting below has one of my favourite quotes in it:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places 
where other people see nothing".

It's a very exciting time to join SISA.  In recent years they have been raising funds for major repair work that has been needed for the roof and fabric of the building and this was finally achieved last year.  There is a very positive energy about the whole place at the moment with lots of plans and projects for the future and I'm delighted to be able to be a part of it.

I was also asked if I'd like to show some of my jewellery... so there are some lovely new pieces on display.

Friday, 20 January 2017

This week I have been mostly....

This week has been a bit of a strange one.  I'd promised myself to keep the diary clear for the first three days at least so that I could have some uninterrupted time in my new garden studio and start to some new work.  I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, and so many projects on the go.

Well, that worked brilliantly on Monday.  I put Coldplay on the CD player, did a bit of tidying and sorting and finally got to get the paints out.  I decided to alter a painting that I had on the wall next to me that was finished last year, and had been framed, and been in an exhibition - and yet every time I looked at it, it didn't feel right.  So I set about changing in and I'm finally delighted with the result.

It's called "All That Glistens" 
and I think if you scroll down the postings below you'll find the original version before I altered it.

Sadly, it all went downhill from there.  Tuesday and Wednesday unexpected things cropped up that I had to attend to and sort out and somehow my studio time just eroded.  I also realised that I had a lot of admin work that I'd been ignoring and needed sorting out and that until that was finally tackled I couldn't really relax and be creative.
I'm nearly there... one more day of bashing the computer and sorting the accounts and I should be ready for a fabulous creative time in the studio next week!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The End of the Exhibition...

My solo exhibition 'Homecoming' at Chipping Norton Theatre has been a success in so many ways.  Since it was the first time I'd had a show in Oxfordshire since moving to St Ives in 2000 it was a wonderful opportunity to contact all my old customers, friends and contacts and invite them to come along - or simply remind them that I'm still out there... working away... and now have a stylish website where they can see all my new work.

The pantomime at Chipping Norton is one of the best in the country and over the Christmas period it has a huge footfall of people coming through.  But would they take time to come and look at the work in the gallery?  They did!  I've sold a lot of paintings; had a great feedback from people;  and had good coverage in the local papers and on social media.
 So I'm glad I made the decision to commit to doing an exhibition over 18 months ago.


Today I drove up to Witney to stay with my sister, and tomorrow I go over the theatre to take the remaining work down and away with me to Cornwall.

This is one of the large canvases coming home with me.  It was only finished just in time to be included in the exhibition and I think I might live with it in my cottage for a while before putting down at Back Road Artworks for sale.  It makes me smile.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

The First Day Of The Year 2017

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year which I hope will be full of hope, good health and a good dose of creativity! 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

I hope you have a merry and happy Christmas... better late than never I suppose!

Life seems to have been a bit of a roller coaster the last few weeks, months even.  One minute you're enjoying a late and glorious summer and the next you're up to your neck in Christmas decorations and mince pies!  Where did the autumn go?  Maybe it's an age thing. But life is certainly not dull.  It's been a strange and disturbing year in many ways and I'm looking forward to a shiner new and hopefully less dismal year in 2017.

So belated seasons greetings one and all

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Oxfordshire Exhibition

It's all systems go for my solo exhibition 'Homecoming' for which there's a PV in the Theatre Gallery on Sunday 18 December 6-8pm.

This is the first time I'll have shown my work back in my home of Oxfordshire for 14 years or more!  So I'm really looking forward to catching up with friends and customers I've not seen for a long time... let's hope we all recognise each other!

Friday, 2 December 2016

St Ives Society of Artist's Exhibition

I'm delighted to have had my painting accepted in the St Ives Society of Artists Christmas exhibition.  This one has been hanging on the wall in my cottage for some time as I just love it - and the words - but I thought it was about time it had an airing.

Life is measured
not by the breaths you take
but by the moments
that take your breath

Glad tidings!

Hooray!... At long last I've managed to get my blog app to work on my phone, so I'll be able to post more often! The typing might be a bit dodgey on this tiny keyboard, but I feel quite excited. 

Layout could be a bit random, but heyho. Here's a new winter painting that's off to my new exhibition soon...

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Altered Painting

A Touch of Aubergine

I painted this large 100x 120cm canvas on spec for a customer a couple of years ago.  She'd seen a painting in my studio that she loved, but she wondered if I could do something along similar lines, but larger and in these colours.  It features a lot of applied papers and Thai text.  Sadly it wasn't quite right for her, but I really liked it and have shown it in Back Road Artworks and St Ives Arts Club a couple of time.

But I eventually decided (as I quite often do with paintings that I've lived with for a little while) to repaint the canvas in a calmer, blue/grey colour way.    Here's the result.  I'm loving it all over again and have now titled the work 
"No Longer a Touch of Aubergine"!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Floral Grey

'Floral Grey'...
has just been sold, but is a nice image to share on this sunny Friday - the start of the summer holidays when St Ives will be invaded by happy holidaymakers!