Remember the Redwings

Remember the Redwings
Remember the Redwings

Remember the Redwings, hand painted on silk, mounted to fit 40 x 40 cm frame

With recent survey showing that children spend less time outdoors than prisoners and words like wren and conker recently excised from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, the wonders of the British countryside are fading from our national consciousness. As a child brought up in the countryside I was familiar with the names of common bird species and wildflowers and looked with excitement for them as the seasons passed. As an artist, I want to give people back the simple joys of seeing our native British flora and fauna. So……remember the redwings!

The redwing is most commonly encountered as a winter bird and is the UK’s smallest true thrush. Its creamy strip above the eye and orange-red flank patches make it distinctive

The Dive

The-Dive-(Blue-Footed-Booby)

I was recently luck enough to be commissioned to paint from a clients holiday photograph of a Blue-footed Booby diving into the sea in the Galapagos Islands. It is a beautiful photo and I hope I’ve done it justice. He had captured the deep bluey-purple line of the mountains in the background which I wanted to preserve. I really wanted the painting to give the sense of speed so I composed the picture so that the bird is almost leaving the frame at the bottom hopefully giving the sense that I only just caught him 🙂

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle - Red Hot Pokers
Red Hot Pokers
Red Hot Pokers

Too Hot To Handle, original silk painting, 60 x 80 cm framed size

I’ve always loved the architectural quality of Red Hot Pokers and the beautiful gradation of colour on each and every petal. I’ve had absolutely no luck growing them in my garden though…..maybe I need to go and dip my fingers in some green paint 🙂

I used an extra layer of clear water soluble gutta around the edge of each flower/leaf on this painting to ensure the background remained pure white. Lots of work but I really wanted them to jump out of the painting at you. Hope you like it.

An Evening in Albi

An Evening in Albi
An Evening in Albi
An Evening in Albi

An Evening in Albi, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame size 60 x 80 cm.

Albi is a beautiful city in the South of France. The birthplace of the artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, it’s cathedral is amongst the finest in France. It certainly is a lovely place to spend a sunny evening!

This painting was done as a commission for my lovely brother who has a holiday home near to Albi and has very happy memories of this particular sunny evening.

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017

Winner of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017

Massive thanks to the lovely people at Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Magazine for making me their Landscape Painter of the Year 2017 for my painting ‘View Across the Thames from Cliveden II’. The breathtaking view from the woods at Cliveden across the Thames with its famous eyots has to be my favourite view in Berkshire and has been the subject of several previous paintings (and I suspect will be the subject of many more!). Technically I suppose the view is from Buckinghamshire into Berkshire which made it even more appropriate for the competition 🙂 Thanks to Jan Raycroft at Berkshire Life for the brilliant write up she did for the April Issue of the magazine (please see below).

Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life is a wonderful source of information especially for beautiful walks in the area. I’m hoping to use these to provide inspiration for future paintings.

Winner of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017
Winner of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017

View Across the Thames from Cliveden II  – Available to Purchase

 

View Across the Thames from Cliveden II - Winner of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017
View Across the Thames from Cliveden II – Winner of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2017

Simply Landscape – Berkshire Landscapes

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‘Simply Landscape’ Solo Exhibition Opening 2nd March in Maidenhead

Having spent the past few months beavering away in the studio, I am pleased to announce the opening of my latest solo exhibition at the 124 Studios Gallery in the Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead. ‘Simply Landscape’ is an exploration of the simple beauty of some of my favourite Berkshire landscapes.

The exhibition will be open from 2 to 4 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in March (except Saturday 4th) and by appointment outside of these times. Please contact me if you would like to make an appointment. The 124 Studio Gallery is in Unit 30 of the Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB – the entrance is just outside the doors to the shopping centre from King St (opposite Tesco).

Feathered Friends

bird-paintings

When I was young, my father used to take me out bird watching and as a result I have always loved our feathered friends. Here’s my latest series of bird paintings.

Caversham Arts Trail Demonstration

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see my silk painting demonstration at Caversham Arts Trail on the 7th May. Here is my completed painting ‘Showing Off’ 40 x 40 cm painted on chinese habotai silk.

Scenes in Silk – Whitchurch Silk Mill

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My latest exhibition ‘Scenes in Silk’ is now open at Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire. The exhibition is open 10.30am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday from the 28th June to the 24th July 2016. The exhibition features some of my work painted on silk woven at the mill (such as ‘Sunny Jays’ above) as well as work painted on chinese habotai silk.

The Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition

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I am delighted to be able to say that my painting ‘Quarrelling Gulls’ has been accepted for The Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. The exhibition is open 10am to 5pm daily from the 28th July to the 7th August.

The Twelve Months of Christmas – Day 12 December’s Shining Star

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December’s Shining Star, Original Silk Painting, Framed size 30 x 30 cm

£95 including P&P – Limited Edition Prints Available

What other flower could I possibly do for December but the wonderful hellebore. When everything else in the garden is looking pretty dull these little fellows pop up and show us their exquisite beauty. And there are so many different varieties all with their own special charms. For me this little plant really is the shining star of December. I decided to use resistad (a colourless resist) instead of gutta on these guys so as not to overwhelm their delicate petals. What do you think? 

I apologise for the poor quality photo today. I finished painting too late to take a photo in daylight.

I’ve really enjoyed my little 12 day project again this Christmas. It’s made me think a lot about the seasons and I’ve had a few technical challenges along the way. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the results and I look forward to seeing some of you over the coming year.

Best wishes,

Steph

The Twelve Months of Christmas – Day 11 November’s Indoor Imitation

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November’s Indoor Imitation, Original Silk Painting, Framed size 30 x 30 cm

£95 including P&P – Limited Edition Prints Available

I felt the need for more flowers today. It’s something I want to practice as I find composition difficult with flowers. Although there wasn’t much I could find that blooms in November outside that inspired me so I’ve gone for an indoor imitation. I’ve never had much luck with growing amaryllis myself but both my mother and my mother-in-law have grown some beautiful ones in the past. Such a lovely way to brighten up the house on dark winter days.

Last day tomorrow….

Best wishes,

Steph

The Twelve Months of Christmas – Day 10 October’s Cornish Dreams

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October’s Cornish Dreams, Original Silk Painting, Framed size 30 x 30 cm

£95 including P&P – Limited Edition Prints Available – Buy Now

For half term in October 2015 we took a trip down to Porthleven on the Southern Cornish coast. We stayed in a lovely cottage right on the seafront and were blessed with great weather. Quite out of character for me I was motivated to keep up my running training and ran around the edge of ‘The Loe’ Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake which is separated from the sea by the shingle bank of Loe Bar. I got hopelessly lost but was rewarded by this wonderful view of The Loe and the hills beyond. I loved Porthleven and am definitely dreaming of a Cornish October 2016…..

Best wishes,

Steph

The Twelve Months of Christmas – Day 9 September’s Apple Abundance

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September’s Apple Abundance, Original Silk Painting, Framed size 30 x 30 cm

£95 including P&P – Limited Edition Prints Available – Buy Now

Having done the plums yesterday, I couldn’t resist a little more fruit! The apple harvest from the tiny trees in our garden is never likely to result in the composition of an apple blues but provides enough for a few crumble and pie treats and they look so attractive when they are on the tree.

 

Best wishes,

Stephanie

The Twelve Months of Christmas – Day 8 August’s Plum Blues

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August’s Plum Blues, Original Silk Painting, Framed size 30 x 30 cm

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Happy New Year everyone!

A few years back when I didn’t have quite so many jobs and had a bit more time on my hands, we used to have an allotment with a plum and a greengage tree. Come harvest time I used to rope the children into a bit of character building hard labour. They were ok with this until the year of the bumper crop when we picked over 80lbs of plum and greengages. They actually didn’t complain too much about the harvesting, it was the rather heavy featuring of plums in our diet for the next few weeks which pushed them over the edge and led to the composition of ‘The Plum Blues’. This went something like…

Woke up one morning, there were hundreds of plums, We plucked and plucked ’em till we bled from our thumbs, And it took aaaaages and aaaaaages to pick those greengages….. 

OK, so the songwriting needs some work…….

Best wishes,

Stephanie