Paintings: The Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

I have painted Oxford quite a lot through the years, but I always go back to painting the dreaming spires there. I think it might be the name that draws me in! The name was coined by poet Matthew Arnold and Oxford is known as the city of the dreaming spires.

This time I really wanted my city scapes to have the same soft or blended look as my bird paintings. Several break downs and urges to throw my painting away I managed this..

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….and I felt really pleased with it. The composition went through many configurations but sectioning areas in the foreground seemed to be successful for me. This painting is approximately 50 x 60 cm and is £765.

I hope to tackle some Yorkshire landscapes next!

Here are the rest of the paintings I did, all at the beautiful Sarah Wiseman Gallery now.

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Sheldonian Theatre, 25 x 25 cm, £155

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Dreaming spires and flight, 25 x 25 cm, £155

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Dunneck, 15 x 15 cm, £94

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Greenfinch, 15 x 15cm, £94

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Nuthatch, 15 x 15 cm, £94

I hope you like them!

Commission : Signs and postcards.

This is another commission I did a while a go…I have been a bad blogger and not put it on here!

The commission was to make a sign and postcards for the very talented Sarah Mason. Her beautiful photographs reflect nature, light and magical walks in the woods. The artwork was for her wedding photography stand at the Brides up North wedding fair.

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Screen print on wood.

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The same image on water colour paper.

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Postcards on water colour paper.

It gave me a chance to experiment with printing on wood and I was really happy with the results!




Painting and drawing workshop in Hebden Bridge

In March I taught a painting and drawing workshop in central Hebden Bridge.It was a lovely sunny day and the large windows in the studio let the light in. The aim of the day was to create a picture of a tree in pencil or charcoal with painted acrylic birds in it; learning new drawing and painting techniques.

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The workshop began with making observational drawings of trees (looking out of those windows!) in charcoal. The drawings were timed and we explored a variety of approaches, such as; using the side of the charcoal; just using the charcoal dust; not looking at the paper and using continuous line. We then did some quick charcoal drawings of birds.

I did a painting demonstration and everyone experimented with acrylic paints.

Lunch was homemade sandwiches, tea, brownies and flapjacks

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The results were really beautiful!

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