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Art festival buzz

There was a lovely buzz about the towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester during the festival over the weekend and it was great to meet so many local people with an interest in art and crafts.

My work was displayed in the assembly room at Huntingdon Town Hall alongside permanent work by the likes of Gainsborough! I enjoyed the juxtaposition of old and new.

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The Bridge Arts Festival this weekend

I’m looking forward to setting up some of my paintings in Huntingdon Town Hall for the Bridge Arts Festival this weekend, and seeing the other exhibits. The festival involves local artists, performers and crafts people from in and around Huntingdon and our European twin towns. A huge effort has been made by Huntingdon and Godmachester Twinning Association so I hope everyone enjoys the weekend’s displays!

The full programme and a map of venues can be found here. I’m in venue number 1!

Variations on a theme

Further developments on the theme of ‘impressions of the ouse’. This series of work has evolved from direct observations, including sketches, photographs and immersing myself in the moment while out on walks. The preparatory work has enabled me to then experiment with form, colour, and materials to produce abstract pieces which, I hope, convey something of the original experience of taking in the landscape.

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50 x 50 cm

Emulsion paint on canvas

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40 x 40 cm

Emulsion paint, watercolour, pencil and charcoal on canvas

Impressions of the ouse

Some of my work is more purely abstract, whereas some pieces are developed more directly from observations and impressions. This pair of paintings – worked on together and designed to be shown individually or together – are an example of the latter. Ongoing work is similarly influenced by the local landscape which is a rich source of inspiration, colour and form.IMG_1457 crop

Pint sized paintings

Now that the sale is over here are some images of the postcard sized paintings that went to the John Hughes Arts Festival event. I enjoy the challenge of working to a brief, which can encourage me towards new directions for my work. In this case it was liberating working to a sketch book scale but outside of a sketchbook format and allowed me to test out a format and palette for a pair of paintings I’ve been mulling over for some time but hadn’t yet started (which are now being worked on). The small format also allows me to easily play with displaying them in different configurations relative to one another. IMG_1432IMG_1434IMG_1437IMG_1439

Secret Postcard Sale tomorrow

The Secret Postcard Sale at John Hughes Arts Festival will take place 6.30pm – 8pm on tuesday 12 February in the Bawden Room at Jesus College Cambridge. I’m looking forward to seeing the show which will be a great opportunity for punters to pick up miniature art works with price tags to match. I love this accessible format which removes people’s fear of making a ‘mistake’ when buying art. See it, like it, buy it!51752253_2714001418625069_4963168373652324352_o

John Hughes Arts Festival

I will be donating work to this year’s John Hughes Arts Festival, taking part in their Secret Postcard Sale. As the sale is to be anonymous I won’t be sharing images of the work until after the sale.

The festival sale is a lovely opportunity for me to gauge interest in recent developments that I’m working on which the small pieces I’m donating are representative of. It’s also great to be making a contribution to the festival events alongside other local artists. gallery1

Featured on COAX publicity

I’m delighted to learn that my image has also been chosen for COAX printed materials. Here’s a detail of my painting ‘one in four’ looking great on an official poster (with thanks to Andrew Oliver the COAX designer.)

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COAX exhibition in 1 month

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition (COAX) 2018 will be taking place at Swavesey College this year. With one month to go the brochure is now available – you can take a look online here.

There will be refreshments available throughout (raising money for charity) and hundreds of art works to view, including 3 of mine… one of which I’m delighted to notice has made the front cover of the brochure!

Exhibition Dates:
Preview Friday 12th Oct 6.30-9pm
Saturday 13th Oct 10am-5pm
Sunday 14th Oct 10am-4pm
at Swavesey Village College CB24 4RS

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Changing displays

And for the next couple of weeks at the Oxfam Bookshop Huntingdon this is the work that’ll be brightening up the High Street.

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