Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year!!

In 2011 I decided I was going to try out some of the prestigious open exhibitions held by the societies of the Federation of British Artists, held at the Mall Galleries on The Mall in London. It would boost my cv if I would get in one. My first try was the Pastel Society and I painted a portrait of my son. Alas, on the handing-in day I was ill and could not submit. So I submitted it to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. And shock and behold! It got accepted. I am still very proud of that. My year was made. 
2011 turned out to be my year as what followed was acceptance and an award at the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal West of England Academy of Art. I still cannot believe it all.
To make the year complete I was recently informed that my submission for the 2012 Open Exhibition of the Pastel Society was accepted. Got there in the end.

So 2011 was a fantastic year for me. I could not have wished for greater success.

I will try to build on this in 2012 and continue to push myself. Textiles still hold my interest so I will continue to play with those.

I hope the new year will  be fantastic for all of you. Thank you very much for reading and commenting on my blog. It is great to interact with you all and share and chat. I am grateful that you stop by once in a while on my blog and hope to see you in 2012!

Here’s a sneaky preview of what’s currently on the easel, still at the underpainting stage.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Love Pastels 2012

Flowerbed, pastel, 65x45cm

I am happy to share that my painting ‘Flowerbed’ has been selected to be exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society. It went through two stages of selection by a panel of expert judges who saw hundreds of entries.
The exhibition, Love Pastels 2012, will be on display at the Mall Galleries in London from 14-25 February 2012.

Mall Galleries
Pastel Society
An image from the Pastel Society exhibition, with thanks to Making a Mark.

My fellow pastelist Svetlana Cameron will also exhibit a wonderful piece

Attitude by Svetlana Cameron

Monday, 19 December 2011

Highlights from the ROI Exhibition

Highlights from the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition

On his blog, Adebanji Alade gives us his highlights from the exhibition at the Mall Galleries. I so wish I could have gone to see it. David Curtis, Nick Verrall, Combes...just some of my favourites. Happy to see Adebanji gave me a mention too! The exhibition is now finished, my painting sold and is off to the US, and I believe many paintings were shipped off to new homes.

David Curtis, Deep Snow Mission 2011

Nicholas Verrall, Still Life on Slate Table
For Verrall also check out his wonderful book Colour and Light in Oils, which is beautiful, interesting and useful.

Detail of my painting Dream

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Work in Progress - fabrics

Currently on the easel
More fabrics in a pile. An exercise in whites or neutrals, a challenge of textures and a whole lot of fun to do!
It hasn’t got a title yet, but its oil and 60x40cm.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Pastel Painting

After a long break I took out my pastels again. The last pastel painting I did was ‘In the Rainbow Underpass’ (the one that got in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters!) which was a while ago, back in the early part of the year. Now we’re already rushing towards Christmas! High time to get ‘dusty’ again. I wasn’t planning on doing such a big painting, but here we go:

Flower Bed, pastel, 65x45 / 25x18”

As good as finished, just a few tweaks here and there.
15 Nov: I have updated the image with the finished piece.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

ROI Exhibition


My painting Dream has been selected for the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. I am delighted to be included in this great show. I hope you can go and visit to enjoy the world of oil painting.

The only major national art society that is devoted exclusively to oil painting, featuring a wide variety of contemporary landscape, figurative and still-life paintings by some of the finest established artists working in oil today, alongside work by non-members. During the annual exhibition a number of prizes and awards are on offer, including the Phyllis Roberts Award of £2,000 for a promising young painter. Other highlights include the Winsor & Newton Under-35 Oil Painting Awards.

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, also known as the ROI, is an association of painters in London and is the only major art society which features work done only in oil. It is one of the 9 member societies that form the Federation of British Artists and holds its meetings in the Federation's Mall Galleries, next to Trafalgar Square. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, was founded in 1882, and was granted royal status by King Edward VII in 1909. The Institute is confined to about 65 elected members and includes many of the leading artists in the country. It encompasses all styles and techniques which is a tradition that goes back to its inauguration. Work for our annual Exhibition was selected on Monday 31 October and just under 700 non member works were considered for the show which opens at the Mall Galleries on 7th December .

When and where: Mall Galleries, London, 7-18 December 2011
Mall Galleries
the ROI

(text info from the ROI website and blog)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

RWA Autumn Exhibition

RWA 159th Autumn Exhibition
Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol

My self portrait has an excellent spot right beneath an amazing painting by Alan Kingsbury

The show features 500+ works by Academicians, other established artists as well as emerging talent. The variety is enormous and it is a great show. I still hope to go back soon and take photos of all the works that stand out to me.

Other posts on the RWA Open exhibitions:
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

RWA Autumn Exhibition

159th Autumn Exhibition
My pastel Self Portrait has been selected for the autumn exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy of Art in Bristol. The show features a huge variety of the best of contemporary art and I am proud to be part of it. All works will be for sale and I hope you can visit to have a look!
The Exhibition runs from 30 October - 31 December 2011.

Royal West of England Academy
Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX, 0117 973 5129,,
Opening Times: 09:30 - 5:30pm Monday - Saturday. 11:00 - 5:00pm Sunday
Last admission half an hour before closing

Friday, 23 September 2011

Art at Client’s Home

Always nice to see one of my paintings on someone’s wall!

Big Hat, oil on linen, 50x40cm / 20x18"

More blog posts about this painting can be found here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Why do I paint?

A lot of people ask this question...why do artists paint? Some have the feeling they ‘must’, some do it for relaxation, others just because they enjoy it.
Why do I paint, I wondered.....of course because I enjoy it, and
to add a little bit of beauty to our lives and make it more tangible than just the fleeting moments it usually appears in.

Detail of a work in progress.
Dream, oil, 30x40cm

Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Veil

The Veil, oil on linen, 70x60cm

A very big work for my standards, but such fun to do. Got the frame ready, just need it to sit for a bit and to dry...
This one piece of lace is providing me with quite a few paintings! More to come!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Veil in Progress

Its been a while since I posted here, I am sorry! I’ve been busy with this one, fairly large for my standards:

Work in progress, 70x60cm, oil

Saturday, 2 July 2011

SWA images

Here are a couple of images taken at the SWA exhibition in London.
Thank you Claire, for sending me some pictures.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Winsor & Newton Choice Award

I am happy to announce my painting ‘Yellow Scarf’ has won the Winsor & Newton Choice Award at the Society of Women Artists 150th Exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London !
Thank you SWA!

Yellow Scarf, oil on linen, 40x50cm

Monday, 13 June 2011


SWA Society of Women Artists 2011
150th Celebratory Exhibition
Thursday 30 June - Saturday 9 July 2011
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Friday, 27 May 2011

The Big Hat

The old lace I got from a friend was too good to resist. As soon as I had it in the house I started playing with it. It is just beautiful. I try to evoke nostalgia and beauty in my fabric paintings. A hint of cultural things past. A timeless beauty that can easily delight in the 21st century. Feminine but not too pink, female but without the cleavage. It is a technical challenge to paint lace and silk but the technical aspect is always inferior to the vision I want to portray.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Big Hat

A friend’s mum has lent me some gorgeous ancient lace to paint. 
Work in Progress, currently on the easel:

oil on linen, 40x50cm


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