Nothing new to show yet, as I’m currently working on 3 new paintings of Rosedale. It takes me about a month to finish a painting, working in oil paint, in layers so the colours don’t get muddied… So here’s one from a few years ago.
Thank you to all who came to see Ailsa and me (and all the other artists!) at Staithes Art Festival. As always there was a very good atmosphere, hundreds of artists and thousands of art lovers, mostly sunny, with a few showers only to give us stunning rainbows. The volunteers who organise the festival deserve great praise.
Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage is next weekend. Over 100 artists and their work, lots of food stalls, light shows and more. I’ll be in Cottage 4a, near the footbridge, on the way to the lifeboat, with the wonderful Ailsa Nicholson and her fabulous glass work. Preview is Friday 8 September, 7pm to 8.30pm. The festival goes on all weekend Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September. Artists venues are open from 10am til 5.30pm, or later.
This is one of the paintings I’ll be showing, if it dries by next weekend. It was finished weeks ago, but slow drying oil paint dries, as you might expect, rather slowly…
There was a magnificent field of red poppies near Loftus this year. Someone who could see it from their farm told me about it, knowing I would be interested… I love it. I think this is the first time I’ve used red as a pure colour in an oil painting. It will be exhibited at Staithes Art Festival (8 to 10 September 2017).
PS. This painting was sold at Staithes Festival. (I am so lucky that some people collect my work even when their walls are full. Thank you, J&J!)