February 2019

 

Mood boards

My February mood board came about from de-cluttering my studio and finding lots of hidden photos, odd prints and drawings that I just couldn’t throw away. I really do feel that it’s a mistake to chuck out all of this inspiring stuff – hence the idea came to turn one corner of my studio into an inspirations board.

This month has been about learning new techniques and I’ve enjoyed using what’s known as a Gelli Plate. A Gelli Plate is made out of clear gel – they are easy to clean and ideal for creating monoprints. A monoprint is a single ‘one off’ print. Best suited for use with acrylics paints there are endless possibles and the outcome is quite a surprise! This month I’ve been experimenting with a different colour palette of muted grays and Prussian blue. I tried various different types of paper, such as banana paper and tissue paper with pleasing results.

Gelli Plate

Having produced lots of prints the next thing was to try using them in a collection of semi-abstract ideas on paper. This is a brilliant way to learn without the pressure of creating a ‘finished’ painting. Play time should be encouraged and something I try to build into my art practice every so often.

These mini abstract landscapes are the results from tearing bits of printed paper and scraping through with the end of a paint brush. 

Being inspired by the graphic black and white tones on the mood board I explored the Gelli Prints further by making several abstract pieces on paper using the torn magazines, white acrylic paint and added accents of rust orange and teal blue to give a pop of colour. The results were urban edge and are quite different for me and I’ve even surprised myself with the results.

Excited by this progress I then went on to create a more contemporary piece using bits of torn tissue paper and collaging them into the painting. I’ll be demonstrating several of these techniques on my Art Workshops this year.

Above ‘Second Nature’ 45x45cm

More monthly inspirations to follow…

January 2019

It’s January and I’ve been thinking over the Christmas break just what do I want from this year? Here are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself : 1, How to keep my faith and prayer life fresh? 2, How to keep my studio in order? 3, Where to exhibit and find new opportunities? 4, Mentoring – who and how do I find them? These are things I aim to address during this year…. I don’t ‘blog’ as such but this year I aim to keep more of a written journal/diary about what it is I love doing and to be more ‘open’ to sharing these things with you.

For my workshops please see under workshops

Looking around my studio I can see it’s holding far too much stuff so I’m using the inspirational Marie Kondo method of tidying up and having a good declutter. Starting with my brushes! as you can see many have been well used and seen better days. This insightful method is all about sparking JOY and as my work is about creating uplifting and joyful artworks then I aim to have this feeling all around me as I continue painting. Well that’s definitely one goal to master this year. https://konmari.com/

In need of buying more of these Inktense blocks by Derwent

Art tools – keep trying new things

Tools I love to use for creating new marks
Colours of Norfolk – much of my art is about Creation and capturing the beauty of the North Norfolk coastline

Artworks in Progress

New works in progress – creating lots of marks and textures in the
under painting

Sanding back paintings that are not really working all helps to create something new!

Tip – if you are not sure about where a piece of artwork is going then try sanding it back a little with sandpaper

Try mixing Triadic colours – very interesting and you can learn so much from this exercise

Tip! Try mixing your own colours from the three primaries: Cadmium Red, Prussian Blue, Cadmium Yellow . Try adding a bit of white to half of the mixed colour to lighten – then in the other half add a touch of Paynes Grey to darken. Remember to mix enough of the original mixed colour to do this. Keep a note of the colours used in your sketchbook for future reference.
New work in progress – here I’m using oil paints to mix the light soft Norfolk colours as seen along the coast.
Oil paints
View from the studio

Sketching at Holkham beach North Norfolk

Beautiful Holkham beach – always a great source for inspiration – just caught this slip of light on the horizon before the heavens opened
Fast and expressive sketch on Holkham beach – I forgot to bring my clips so luckily I found an elastic band in my sketching bag to hold down one page of the sketchbook!

Thank you for visiting my website, to sign up for occasional information about exhibitions and new artworks for please click link below or use my contacts page. More inspirations to follow next month…

Great ways to keep in touch

December 2018

£95 each - small scale original paintings for sale

My creative workshops are already filling up but there are some spaces left – so if you’d like to enjoy a day of creative play along the North Norfolk coast then get in touch. More about the dates are on my Workshops page  :http://tracey-rossart.co.uk/creative-art-workshops-fun-mixed-media-norfolk/ 

Have fun learning about using mixed media on one of my workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe along the Norfolk coast 2019

Thank you to those who came to visit my Advent Open Studio event – it was very well attended with lots of friends, fellow artists and visitors.  I really appreciated it, especially those who came from far away and made such an effort to make it. Thank you. These latest mini artworks make delightful  gifts at any time of year. Each one measures 15x15m and are £95 each. http:// http://tracey-rossart.co.uk/tracey-ross-artist-great-ways-keep-touch-join-mailing-list-for-news-of-workshops-and-exhibitions/

Just love creating these mini artworks – if you’d like to buy one or two please contact me

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR THE COMING YEAR 

November 2018

Christmas Open Studio Event

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December. Time 10.00am till 3.30pm

This will be my first ever Christmas open studio. Lots of fresh artwork on display together with prints and cards. Offering a warm welcome, mince pies and hot mulled wine. More details about this exciting event is on my News section…

Bright crisp November days are here and there’s a chilly nip in the air. However, in keeping with the rich autumnal hues I have been inspired by the beautiful views around my studio and coastal walks, creating several new paintings for galleries here and abroad. Top tip! with shorter days it’s always challenging to keep ahead of the fading light during my painting sessions and it’s never a good idea to mix paint under artificial lights, mainly as they completely change the tonal values, so always mix enough paint to see you through!

£2,000 Mixed media on canvas. 104 x 104cm. Framed
‘Tidal Creeks’ – available Holkham Hall gift shop

Mixed media on canvas. 104 x 104cm. Framed
‘Sea-worn Rocks’ available at the Corte-Real Gallery in Portugal

Studio shot of the creative process!

If you’d like visit my studio to view my paintings please get in touch:

info@tracey-rossart.co.uk

 

 

 

October 2018

Autumnal sunny October – a season of changing colours bringing fresh inspiration. The warm weather has been a delight to sketch in, especially after my sketching holiday on Patmos – a small Greek island where Saint John wrote ‘Revelation’, the last book in the bible.

Since coming back I’ve been walking and sketching in the dunes at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea, capturing the light and exploring different mark making ideas using Inktense blocks and pencil. Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve been working on finishing two new pieces for the Corte-Real Gallery in Portugal – more about this and other galleries on my News post. Enjoy the rest of this glorious sunshine!

 

If you’d like to make an appointment to visit my studio and view my artworks please get in touch: info@tracey-rossart.co.uk

 

 

September 2018

 

£550 Mixed media on board. 45 x 45cm. Framed
Sold ‘Coastal Curve’ 45x45cm

Above are just two of my paintings available at Creake Abbey Cafe until the 16th October. Featuring large and medium sized paintings, plus great coffee & cakes!

September New artworks in progress

A busy start in the studio preparing these large canvases for the Corte-Real Gallery in Portugal and for the gift shop at Holkham Hall. If you would like to make an appointment to visit my studio and latest artworks then you’d be very welcome. Tel: 07786 401396 or email: info@tracey-rossart.co.uk

Studio workshops 2019! – new dates are on my creative art workshop page but here they are again. Please do contact me by email or call me if you are interested in enjoying a day of create play: Tel: 07786 401396 or email: info@tracey-rossart.co.uk

Saturday 18th May, Saturday 15th June, Saturday 6th July, Saturday 7th Sept.

More to follow…..

August 2018

£2,000 Mixed media on canvas. 104 x 104cm. Framed

 

‘Summer Vision’ 104x104cm is available thorugh Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill in Norwich. 

Thank you to everyone for coming to visit my exhibition at Salthouse church in July. It was a great success in terms of visitors and sales.

My solo show ‘Norfolk Horizons’ continues at Creake Abbey cafe until the 16th October with lots of large and smaller works to see.

Here I am working on a large scale painting in the studio – what a summer we’re having and how challenging it has been working in a hot studio!

July 2018

After months of preparation, I’m so looking forward to hanging my largest exhibition to date. ‘L I G H T’ is at Saint Nicholas Church in Salthouse, NR25 7XH. This magnificent church is the perfect setting for an art show and will feature my sketchbooks alongside an eclectic mix of over thirty spiritual and coastal artworks exploring the theme of light, faith and art. 14th – 29th July. I shall be there everyday 10.30am – 5.00pm. Free entry. All welcome.

June 2018

SOLD

What an exciting time the month of June is turning out to be! Thank you to everyone who visited me during Norfolk Open Studios. I’ve so enjoyed meeting lots of new visitors this year and I do appreciate how much effort it takes travelling all over the county seeking out the studios taking part.

In-between Open Studios I’ve been busy adding the finishing touches to the paintings and getting ready for my second solo show at Creake Abbey Cafe in North Creake, NR21 9LF.  ‘Norfolk Horizons’ openings on the 13th June and continues all through the summer until the 16th October. This exhibition features several  large and medium scale artworks exploring the theme of coastal horizons.

Tracey Ross exhibition – Norfolk Horizons from Tuesday11th June to Tuesday 16th October

‘H20 The Art of Wet’ 5-29th June is now on, featuring 18 artists exploring the theme of water. This diverse show is well worth seeing and my recent painting ‘Tear the Heavens Open’ has been a key piece for taking my practice further with regards to the marks, textures and tension I’ve created within the work.

Mixed media on canvas. 157 x 107cm. Framed
‘Tear the Heavens Open’ 150x100cm Seascape

Just about ready for running the first of my art workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe village hall. Both my workshops are now full but I aim to hold some more if I have enough interest – so do get in touch if you’d like to explore mixed media.

Art workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe

May 2018

Lovely visiting this special place

The month of May is here and I’ve been on a wonderful trip to the Algarve, in Portugal visiting the Corte-Real Gallery who are now selling my artwork and to sketch the beautiful coastline.

Since I’ve been back I’ve enjoyed several hot days sketching the light, sea and sky at Holkham beach.

Holkham beach North Norfolk –

Now I’m loving sorting the garden for opening my studio at the end of May.

Norfolk Open Studios
Tracey Ross opening for 3 weekends 2018

My studio is open 26/27/28 May 2/3/9/10 June. Time 10.00am till 5.00pm. It is listed on page 33 of the yellow Open Studios booklet and my ID number is 113. Please come along and say ‘hello’. Recent paintings, prints and cards as well as my sketchbooks will be on show. Lots of refreshments available – free entry.

There is more on the Open Studios website:

www.nnopenstudios.org.uk