Friday, 11 September 2020

Sketching outdoors - connecting with nature - holding onto my sketchbook and hat before they blow away


A welcome trip to the coast. 

I like the struggle to keep my hat on and to get some marks on the paper as my sketchbook blows in the wind. I'm capturing impressions and memories as I sketch.

A letter in Mind 2020 Everyday Things, Oxo Tower - artwork for the National Brain Appeal - intriguing and exciting project

 Do you know about the National Brain Appeal? It funds advances in neurology and neuro surgery.

This year, artists have created artwork anonymously on envelopes on the topic of Everyday things. They will be exhibited in the Oxo Tower in London between the 5-8 November, 11am-6pm and entrance is free.   All artwork is for sale and is priced at £85.

It's an exciting and intriguing project as you have no idea who created the artwork.  The artists names are revealed after the exhibition is finished.

I will publish the link to view the artworks online towards the end of September, when it is available.

I don't think you will guess which artwork I created...or will you?

I'm delighted to have my new etching 'Red by night' selected for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize Exhibition

 I'm delighted to have my new etching, 'Red by Night' selected for the RBSA Prize exhibition which takes place 8 October - 21 November 2020.

Here's the etching and the metal plate the etching was printed from.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Exhibiting as part of Broadway Arts Festival, Costwolds, UK

Broadway Arts Festival - The competition and on-line selling exhibition is on now and until the end of the year.

There were over 700 entries from across the UK and mainland Europe and I was very pleased to be selected to take part in this exhibition.

I have 3 etchings on display in this on-line exhibition until the end of the year.

You can view and purchase from the online exhibition. You can also vote for your visitor’s choice once you have logged into the site.

Voting for the ‘Visitors Choice Award’
You can vote for your favourite pieces by clicking on ‘Details’ for an individual artist and then clicking on the small heart where it says ‘Vote for this piece’. Once you’ve voted for a piece the heart shape will be filled in red. You can vote for as many of the ‘Main Entries’ as you like, but you can only vote once for each artist.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

My first trip into an art gallery since lockdown

 I visited the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' gallery in the Jewellery Quarter today. It was my first venture into a gallery since lockdown.  It felt safe, spacious and both other visitors and the staff were wearing masks.

Celebrating 20 years at the RBSA’s current location in the Jewellery Quarter, the RBSA Anniversary Exhibition brings together Collection Acquisitions from the last 20 years alongside artwork by current RBSA Members and Associates.

In April 2000, after being based at New Street in Birmingham since 1829, the RBSA relocated to the current gallery just off St Paul’s Square.

It's an exhibition well worth visiting if you can, or it is available to view online.

Outside the RBSA today in lovely sunshine.  People were stretching out and having coffees sitting in St Paul's Square opposite.

With Garden of Wisdom woodcut in Gallery 1.
In Gallery 2 with my etching Homed and Homeless - I took my mask off for a moment for the photo as no-one else was in that gallery at that time.

There are two solo shows on the ground floor as well as a range of stylish, inexpensive jewellery, greetings cards, ceramics and other small pieces which would be ideal for gifts.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

RBSA Remote Access - A Virtual Exhibition You can see this until 15 June 2020

As you will know, galleries are closed at the moment due to Covid-19 but The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is still very much active.   

Currently there is an online exhibition of elected Members and Associates's artwork entitled Remote Access - A Virtual Exhibition and you can view it until 15 June 2020.

These etchings and drypoint are on show and for sale through the RBSA

This Way (drypoint print)

From Hedgrow to hillside (etching)

Through the trees (etching)

Moon and Magnolia (etching)

Standing there (etching)

Welsh Cottages (etching)

Thursday, 30 January 2020

RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, in the StArt 2020 exhibition until 15 February

I'm exhibiting 4 etchings in this exhibition - here's one of them 'Follow me'.

Summary of the exhibition

For over 200 years the diverse practices of the RBSA's Members and Associates have been displayed in this annual exhibition, including the work of those newly elected this year.
All work is priced at £300 or under. The exhibition is displayed over three floors and includes artwork in a wide range of media.
The exhibition ends on 15 February 2020.