Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
Leys School Fen Causeway Cambridge CB2 7AD
The Autumn exhibition takes place during half term at the Leys School.
Come along and see a whole variety of both framed and unframed artworks.
This year I have 5 pictures exhibited
A bright collage of eleven sheep shown here
a monoprint of Ely
and three oils on canvas.
Cambridge Drawing Society
Walking along Kings Parade recently I was delighted to see the Busker in the Bin.
Over the years Charles has been delighting and surprising visitors when singing suddenly starts in a litter bin. As the people turn to look at where the noise emanates you can see them smile and reach out for their cameras. He must be known far and wide.
The busker appears in my painting Tree of Cambridge with his Jack Russell on top though sadly the dog no longer accompanies his master.
Cambridge Urban Sketchers
Three sketches made on 13 August in Kings Parade Cambridge
I love going with a friend sketching in my beautiful city. Once a month I join other Cambridge Urban Sketchers and we go and sketch a place somewhere in the city.
On Saturday about 45 sketchers met at the very popular tourist centre of Kings Parade. We could draw whatever took our fancy. While most people drew the buildings I spotted a cycle parked on the railings in front of St Marys Church in front of an ad for the Cambridge Art Book in which I have two images.
After drawing this I turned my stool round and drew a very busy Tonis Ices van. As I completed my drawing a busker set up beside me so what else was I to do but draw him. He was very good.
Cambridge Open Studios
I shall be opening my studio for 3 weekends in July
I have several new paintings this year, many with gold or copper leaf that shimmer as you move and enrich my very detailed paintings of trees and folklore
I shall also be showing some of my new paintings based on my research into Medieval Illuminations at the Parker library at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge. I have been so impressed with the artists from this time and how beautifully they illustrated the text in Bestiaries and the Books of Hours.
Cambridge Open Studios
Cambridge Art Book
Published July 2017
I am so excited to have been invited to take part in the Cambridge Art Book. 50 Cambridge artists will have their work in this beautiful book and I am delighted to say 2 of my images will be there. I will have copies to sell during Cambridge Open Studios.
The Cambridge Art Book
Artists Makers Food Fun
10 and 11 June 2017
I shall be sharing a stall with Maureen Charles for the Haddenham Festival. This annual event is a real treat in June. There will be lots of artists and makers selling and demonstrating their wares in the lovely Sculpture Garden Meadow, bands playing both days, a kids zone with stories and messy play, Morris dancing, delicious Indian food, afternoon teas....
.... and the organisers have booked some sunny weather.
Drawing at the Parker Library
Corpus Christi, Cambridge
It is almost 9 months since I became a reader at the wonderful Parker Library which houses an exquisite collection of Medieval Manuscripts. I have drawn images from the Corpus Apocalypse, The Trinity Apocalypse and my favourite, the Peterborough Bestiary which is full of the most well observed animals both real and imaginary.
So far I have made two oil paintings on canvas based on images taken from the ideas of artists living in 1304 and updated them to a contemporary illustrative style.
This one is called Bird Bath.
This is the table where I teach art to small groups and individuals
My studio is not big enough or ever tidy enough to use it to teach my students, so I use my kitchen table. All my students love this area as it is full of interesting things to draw and the kettle is close by.
The table here is set up for my students to tackle self portraits. There is a tiny easel for the mirror and a larger one for the canvases. I cant say teaching here is like a normal job, it is more like drawing and painting with friends.
You can find out more about my classes by following the link. I put the work my students do onto the Facebook site for their moment of fame.
Cambridge Art Classes on Facebook
Drawing in the Cambridge Museums
Cambridge never fails to provide me with inspiration and the Museums are a real treat. I love the quiet, well I also love the exuberance of the groups of school children who appear, and how 3 hours can go by completely immersed in looking and drawing.
Here are two observational drawings made at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Downing Street. A pencil drawing of a musician toy figure from Mexican and an ink drawing of two Eskimo dolls.
Winter Open Studios
With Carmen Renwick and Diana Kazemi
Stuck for an original Christmas gift?
Come along to our Winter Studio at 5 Church Street, Cambridge CB4 1DT for a glass of mulled wine and see what these three artists have been up to.
Diana makes wonderful pottery, cups, vases, honey pots, cutlery drainers and a superb selection of ceramic jewellery.
Carmen has some beautifully illustrated cards and prints for sale.
I have painting, prints, scarves and cards and I am showing a new painting based on my research on medieval manuscripts at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Also my printer, who makes my limited edition prints, has just made a sample of my Tree of Cambridge on canvas. I love it, but before I get more printed I want your views.
... and still stuck for a present? How about an art voucher for a 2 hour session on acrylic or watercolour painting?
Winter Open Studios
Winter Open Studio
Fairy lights and mulled wine...
This year I am joining Diana Kazemi in her ceramics studio at the Dovecote, 5 Church Street, Cambridge CB4 1DT.
We would love you to join us for a glass of mulled wine and to chat about our work. Diana does the most wonderful ceramics and I must admit I bought three of her jugs as presents last year.
Alongside my paintings and prints, I have some hand painted scarves, baubles, handmade cards and a print of my Tree of Cambridge on canvas which I am hoping visitors will comment upon. I shall be bringing along my sketchbooks from the Parker Library and the Urban Sketchers group.
You can also buy a voucher for an art lesson as an extra special gift for someone who is interested in art.
Winter Open Studios