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


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