Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Highlights of 2013

2013 has been an amazing year for me
As you probably already know

But just to count my blessings here are some/my highlights:

January, February
I painted a series of self portraits
I finished the very large Eurydice enters the Underworld
My Self Portrait with Lace Collar got accepted into the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2013
I received over 160 visitors over 3 days during my Open Studio
The BP Portrait Award Opens and I received the Travel Award
Self portrait with Blue Background got accepted into the RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition in Birmingham
July, August
I travelled to various lace-related places, read many books and studied early 17th century lace and portraiture for my Travel Award Project
The exhibition Women Painting Women UK opened at Art Exposure Gallery in Glasgow
I spent most of my time sewing; making props for paintings.
I exhibited with the prestigious Haynes Galleries in Nashville, Tennessee
I finished painting The Choice
I was now seriously painting for the BP Travel Exhibition
The RWA Autumn Exhibition started. This was my 3d year exhibiting with them.
Christmas Show at Art Exposure Gallery in Glasgow, exhibiting 4 of my paintings
The dates for the BP Portrait Award 2014 and therefore my Travel Award Exhibition were made public: 26 June - 21 September 2014
I revealed a new pastel painting Lace Lines which will feature in a 6-page article in the US Pastel Journal.

Bring on 2014!!
Happy New Year!!

Friday, 27 December 2013

The Fabric of Life

All subscribers the the Pastel Journal (USA) should have received their February issue now, and hopefully seen my article “The Fabric of Life”. Here is a picture of the opening spread. In the article I give a step-by-step demonstration on how the painting ‘Lace Lines’ came about, with lots of pictures and explanations. I also discuss technique, subject matter and much more, all illustrated with my pastel work. My technique for using pastel is quite similar to the technique I use with oil paints so hopefully the article will be interesting for oil painters as well as pastellists. The small hatching technique can easily be applied to both, and gives much control over details and shading. I hope you will enjoy the article. Feel free to let me know what you think of it.

A preview of the magazine:

Monday, 16 December 2013

Lace Lines

New pastel painting off the easel
Lace Lines

The ‘making of’ will appear in the February issue of the American Pastel Journal. A preview of which can be seen here.

and you can buy the Pastel Journal here

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas Show in Glasgow

Art Exposure Gallery is putting on their Christmas Show and 4 of my paintings are included.
Do go and see if you get the chance.
 G1 5RJ 
 Tel: +(0141) 552 7779 
 Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm 
Or by prior arrangement
White Dove, oil, 40x60cm

Child of Time, oil, 40x30cm
Silk & Lace, oil, 40x50cm
Enveloped, oil, 60x40cm

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Save the Date!

Save the Date! Save the Date!

The dates for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2014 have been made public. This exhibition will include my first ever solo exhibition of paintings created for the BP Travel Award which I won last year.
I am working very hard to make it a great show.
I am sure I will be around on the first day to welcome you.

BP Portrait Award 2014/ Travel Award Exhibition
26 June - 21 September
National Portrait Gallery
London (and then on tour)


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