It’s time once again to consider applying to the wealth of art competitions and open exhibitions accepting entries this winter holidays. Why not try the Society of Women Artists? We are a professional and friendly group of female artists creating a large body of work, some of which is on show at our annual exhibition in London’s Mall Galleries each year. This year’s exhibition runs 4-9 July 2017 and opens first thing in 2017. Good luck!
Waterfalls of watercolour: Spring Workshops Programme – a perfect gift this Christmas. Workshop gift vouchers available, please email. spring-2017-a5-workshop-flier.
Combine powerful watercolour techniques with art-filled conversation in a perfect venue on the edge of the heritage city of Bath. Mix wet-in-wet waterfalls of colour directly onto board to loosen up and brighten your paintings. The landscape courses are an ideal way to kick start your painting and suitable for beginners or more experienced painters. The portrait day is more technical and will help more experienced painters explore tone and control more complex areas of watercolour.
Preview Evening: Thursday 15th September 6-8.30pm with live music from Las Tordas. At 44AD, 4 Abbey St. Bath BA1 1NN (http://www.44ad.net/). Exhibition continues Thursday 15th-Saturday 17th (12-6pm) and Sunday 18th (1-4pm) September. Workshops 13 & 14 September during exhibition week Email me for details/bookings or an invitation to the Preview evening.
“Body of Water” is a collection of my newest works. The first exhibition space contains my flowing watercolours, inspired by the vertical landscapes of Bath’s reflecting waterways and cascading terraces. The second contains recent oil portraits, including my studies of the students of Bath Dance College.
I mix pure pigment upon a wetted canvas, promoting the natural running and mixing of paint. I use minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst which granulate and channel like rivers across the painted surface. I have also begun to grind and paint my own ochre pigment from Bath’s own Oolitic limestone. These new experiments at local paint production will be on display.
I am giving two workshops at 44AD where participants are invited to share my painting methods. The painting subject matter will be based around the exhibition themes and participants will draw on these for inspiration. My techniques are also shared in my articles for The Artist Magazine.
I use my “gravity painting” methods in my portraits too. I have painted portraits internationally for twenty years. They contain intricately varied tones to represent the play of light over faces. My work has sold at regional and national exhibitions including with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour. I am an Associate of the Society of Women Artists.
I have had four works accepted into the Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition where I am an Associate member. Held at Mall Galleries, London SW1, the exhibition commences with a Private View on Wednesday 27 July 2016 when HRH Princess Michael of Kent will be presenting the Awards and Daphne Todd OBE PPRP – an Honorary SWA and renowned portraitist – will be opening the show.
EXHIBITION DATES Open to the Public Thursday 28 July – Sunday 7 August 10am – 5pm daily (closing 3pm final day) Special Charity Evening Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30pm Guest of Honour Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Diversity is our strength and in 2016 our exhibitors have provided an eclectic range of works including bronze sculpture, pastels and oil paintings. President of the SWA Sue Jelley writes “we are a modern tradition and are proud to celebrate the work of female artists past and present. Our aims to encourage and nurture tomorrow’s artists is of paramount importance to us and … we are now probably more popular as a society than we have ever been”
These stand-alone, day courses explore my approach to watercolours which I have called “gravity painting”. Try them out and take away what you find useful! The landscape courses are an ideal way to kick start your painting and suitable for beginners or more experienced painters. The portrait days are more technical and help you explore more deeply your control of watercolours.