Cambo: Colour of Spring

Following my residency at Cambo Gardens in March and April this year, documenting the arrival of new growth in the gardens and surrounding estate, I am now preparing for the exhibition of my work completed on site and in the studio. This opens on Saturday.

Open 10am – 5pm daily, free entry, in the stables next to the cafe and shop.

Open Day Saturday 17th 11am – 3pm – I’ll be there to welcome you and able to answer any questions, and probably paint too! I may be at Cambo at other times to paint during the exhibition.

Painting workshop in the Cambo grounds with me on 21 September – all the details coming soon on the Cambo Gardens website. Lovely lunch included! Cambo Gardens Website

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Coming up fast is my next exhibition, this time along with many others at the great Pittenweem Arts Festival, in Fife. You can find me just outside of the town at Ovenstone Brewery, along with a dozen or so other artists, a cafe. Perfect for calling in on your way in to the festival or on your way home as we are open a little later than the rest. For details, click on the link below. Here are a few of my new works that will be exhibited:

Poppies, Skylark and a Comma at Kingsbarns, 61cm x 61cm oil on canvas.
Peacock on May Blossom, 61 cm x 61cm, oil on canvas
Corncrake on Oronsay, 46cm x 56cm, oil on canvas
See the Sea Through the Trees, Cambo Woodland Walk, 120cm x 100cm, oil on canvas

https://www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk

East Neuk Open Studios 2019

My studio gallery space is all set up for the second weekend – 29/30 June from 10:30am – 5:30pm here in Crail. Last weekend was busy, and this weekend is set to be even busier with the East Neuk Festival on in the area. I am also adding new paintings to my on line gallery on this site, and the Saatchi Art Online Gallery.

 

Dundee Art Fair

Preparations are underway in my studio for this event. Labels, lists, bubblewrap, frames and lots of paintings are littered about the space. I will be exhibiting a number of bird studies and East Neuk landscapes, nearly all oils. I am sharing a stand with Christine Macintyre, who makes beautiful embroidered fabric collage paintings. We haven’t had a stand at an art fair before, so are really looking forward to it! If you are tempted to visit Dundee this weekend, there will be a lot to see.

Cambo Residency – second month

I continue working on the residency into May and the garden changes every day. The last remaining snowdrops gave way to the wood anemones, daffodils and grape hyacinths, then tulips and wild garlic, primroses… It comes in waves like the sea. The sound track is the garden birds, including the tree sparrows, loads of goldfinches, the buzzards, jackdaws and blue tits, and today an unidentified warbler. The trees are nearly all in leaf now although there are a few still at the bud stage. I have a lot of material in terms of sketches, plein air pieces and one or two finished oils. I have many paintings forming in my head and some preparatory sketches in my sketchbook. I’m a little distracted by the Dundee Art Fair looming on my horizon in two weeks time, although I have 3 weeks left of painting at Cambo, however my resulting exhibition doesn’t start until mid August, so I have -some- time!

My first oil from the residency at Cambo

 

Week 1 @ Cambo Gardens

Here are some sketches from my first week or so at Cambo – see previous post about my residency or in my newsletter number 6 – a link is attached on my About Me page of this website. The weather is everything when working outside because I sit still and look, and look, for many minutes or maybe even hours because that is what it is all about for me.  So I have been wrapped up in layers of clothes and even fingerless gloves. The bare winter trees, springing into life after the winter, and the bright spring bulbs are just looking fabulous at the moment. These mixed media sketches below may be developed further into new pieces or oil paintings in time for my exhibition at Cambo in the early autumn. I like the contrast between the greys of the dead wood and the fresh colours of new growth. I have seen quite a bit of birdlife too including tree sparrows, blue tits, jackdaws, buzzards, bumble bees and also a butterfly – flying too fast to identify.

Pittenweem Art Festival

Towards Kilrenny Kirk. 20 x 20cm, oil on canvas. based on a sunset observed over a field of winter wheat, on the Eastt Neuk coast.

I’m very pleased and excited to be exhibiting at the Pittenweem Art Festival in the lovely harbour town in Fife this year for the first time. Opening night is 4th August and it runs for nine days until 13th. If you haven’t been before, check out the website below to see what it is all about – well worth a visit. Less than 1 week to go!

Pittenweem Art Festival