My latest painting is different from my other landscapes, an impression from memory rather than a studied representation. A rougher, more immediate painting style. The image started as an abstract, then became a sunset over a frozen broken land, then as paint layers built up, I realised I was painting Glaisdale. It feels good sometimes to start with just marks and colours and discover where the paint takes you. Glaisdale Dale. Oil on thin edge stretched canvas, 50x70cm.
An unexpected present at the beginning of January has been brightening and colouring my Winter. (I have lovely friends). The tulips arrived by post and flowered until March. I couldn’t resist painting them, lined up on my kitchen windowsill… It was an inspired and inspiring gift! I wondered whether to cut off the bulbs and plant them, but I loved seeing the whole plant. I assume they were grown hydroponically, as they arrived with flower buds and clean roots. So I put them in glass vases, and I put some diluted liquid feed in the bottom of the vase. Now the faded petals are falling, so I have cut off the flowering stem and I’ll let the bulbs rest and dry. I’ll plant them in the garden so they can delight me again. I put one in a clay pot, as I love that deep purple colour, so it doesn’t get lost in the garden.
Westerdale, near Castleton, is a very special place for me, and I often return there. It inspired my first two paintings of the year. The first one is currently exhibited at “Inspired by… gallery”, in Danby Moors Centre.
I’ve been selected to take part in the North Yorkshire Open Studios 2023, and all selected artists have been asked to exhibit one artwork in Danby. This preview, which runs until mid May, may help you to decide which artists you will visit in June. With over 140 artists in our vast county, the two open studios weekends may not be long enough to visit them all!
It’s that time of year! My new calendar for 2023 features my most recent painting of Robin Hood’s Bay on the cover. If you would like to order or reserve one (or more!) of my calendars, please contact me by phone or email. Thank you.
Edit. 6 December. I did do a second edition in November. I have now run out, but there are copies available from Wold Pottery in Loftus, and from the Brigantia exhibition at Inspiredby Gallery in Danby Moors Centre. Thank you to everyone who bought one!
Still at the same price as the last few years (£12.50), with free postage if you order 2 or more (UK only). If you order just one calendar, or calendars to be sent to separate addresses, please add £2 towards postage, as both postage and printing costs have risen. Unless you’re struggling, in that case please let me know and I’ll waive the postage.
PS. 3 November 2022. I have no calendars left in stock, but I could get more printed. So if you missed out but you would like one, please let me know. If I get at least 25 orders, I’ll get more printed in mid November. 🙂
Each page features a different painting. This year the locations are not named on the calendar, so you could play a “guess the location” game, or come back to this page for the answers:
Calendars. Trad tech, re-usable, recyclable. Printed on SFC certified paper (mix from responsible sources). Paper and ink technology: works without need for power or signal, to remind you of important appointments or birthdays. Re-useable: each page is blank on the back, so you can cut out the pictures and use them as stationary or frame your favourite images. By buying a calendar, you get a new image on your wall every month, and you help an artist to carry on creating. Thank you for supporting a local artist!
Some prices don’t change as quickly as others. While sorting some old paperwork, I realised that the retail price of my cards is still as it was twelve years ago! To celebrate this little oasis of tranquillity in our changing world, let me introduce my Robin Hood’s Bay Collection. Please contact me by phone or email, if you want to order or reserve cards. £15 for 6 cards (+ £2 postage, but if you’re struggling, please tell me and I’ll send them free postage), or £30 for 12 cards (2 of each).
I’ve been so lucky this year: a commission every month, from January to July! I’ll be open to new commissions from September. My latest commission, for a lovely couple, to celebrate her 75th birthday, and to have sunny days on their wall everyday: Ebbing Tide Revisited, Robin Hood’s Bay. oil on canvas, 50x70cm.
I love bluebells and in May, between commissions, I painted this sunset. My only painting of bluebells this year, it is rather dark and moody. Someone said his mother used to live in a cottage in these woods, and had to walk to school along those paths. It could feel a bit scary if you were a little girl and, with the Little Red Riding Hood story in your mind, you imagined that a wolf may be hiding amongst the trees… Someone was very interested in this painting, so I told him I would reserve it for him for as long as he needed to decide (I really like it, so I was happy to keep it on my wall). A couple of months later, he has decided that he definitely really likes it. (happy little dance).
The weeks do fly by, and especially in Summer. Between time in the garden, re-sourcing and re-grounding, I’ve been painting commissions, including the one above, to bring a bit of North Yorkshire to a charming couple’s southern garden room.
This weekend, 25 & 26 June, it’s Whitby Art Fair! There hasn’t been one since June 2019, so artists are looking forward to it. For many of us it will be our first exhibition since our lives became more reclusive… It’s happening in Whitby Pavilion, on Whitby West Cliff, and over 40 artists are taking part. I hope to see you there!
Here is a finished commission, now in its new home. For his wife’s birthday, someone wanted a painting of Robin Hood’s Bay, with a fox! It was kept as a surprise and revealed today. She wrote:” if I was to paint a picture in my mind of my favourite view from one of our visits to RHB, including my love of foxes, your painting would be it! I absolutely love it.” Commissions can be a bit daunting, but it’s such a good feeling…