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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Now I’m loving sorting the garden for opening my studio at the end of May.
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.
After the reflections during the Easter break, it’s back to the studio happily creating new work for the annual Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018. I really enjoy taking part is this event as it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new and regular visitors. The free brochures are out and should be available in lots of shops, libraries and galleries around Norfolk as well as online. This year I’m enjoying working on several small scale 15x15cm paintings as well as showing a new selection of prints and greeting cards – everything is for sale! 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’.
It’s March and a dramatic weather front called the ‘Beast from the East’ brought deep snow and freezing cold winds. Trying to keep the studio warm enough to work in was challenging as even my paint water froze! Despite the cold there were work deadlines looming to complete four large scale paintings 104 x 104 cm for a new gallery called the Corte Real Gallery in the Algarve, Portugal. As you can see from the photographs most of my inspiration for this month has come from sketching at Holkham beach, well known for its vast skies and sandy beach. I spent a wonderful morning sketching the horizon watching the clouds drifting by and the tide flowing in. These sketches were used as a reference to create two of the artworks which are wrapped and ready for shipping out to Portugal.
It’s been a very enjoyable journey but also frustrating at times when things just don’t seem to flow and work up how I want them! but I guess that’s part of being an artist….
More about the exhibitions on my exhibitions and news page –
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to my summer workshops, they are now both fully booked and if there is enough interest then I’m considering holding another one, so do get in touch if you’re looking to try something new!
February is here, the snowdrops are out and I’ve been walking along the North Norfolk coast for some quick sketching sessions.
Since the middle of January I have been enjoying working on several large scale coastal paintings. These mixed media artworks measure 100 x 100cm and shall be available at various new outlets, galleries, exhibitions and Norfolk Open Studios. Some of this new collection will be on display during my two solo shows this summer:
‘LIGHT’ shall be taking place at Salthouse Church along the North Norfolk coast 14 – 29 July
‘Norfolk Horizons’ shall be at Creake Abbey Cafe 13 June – 11 September
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Expressive Coastal Art Workshops with artist Tracey Ross
Saturday 30th June & Saturday 7th July 2018 – 10am-4pm
at Burnham Overy Staithe Village Hall, New Road, PE31 8JD
This year I am running 2 exciting workshops called ‘from sketch to painting’. Enjoy a day using mixed media techniques, suitable for beginners and the more experienced artists who want to develop their work further.
The idea is to spend the morning sketching along the coastal path and around the harbour of Burnham Overy Staithe and to gain some hands on experience with sketching out in the open. If it is too wet to sketch we shall use this time working in the village hall.
Then after lunch everyone will choose one of their sketches to work up into a final painting using mixed media. There will be tuition and demonstrations throughout the day with useful tips on how I work as an artist. The aim is for everyone to have a fun and enjoyable day learning lots of new ideas about the challenges of sketching and how to take a sketch into a painting.
The cost for the day is £50 per person.
Please bring your own art materials for the day and a packed lunch. A materials list will be provided once your booking has been confirmed.
Tea, coffee, cold refreshments and biscuits will be available.
All workshops need to be paid in full beforehand and any fees will not be refundable in the event of a student’s non-attendance.
If you’d like to book a place do email me email@example.com or call me on 07786 401396
Just a few ideas for some last minute gift ideas – these original small scale artworks measure 15x15cm square and there’s free postage and packaging during December. Price £95 each or £165 for two. I also have a selection of professionally printed giclee prints and a wide range of greeting cards available.
Alternatively, why not enjoy treating yourself or someone else to one of my mixed media art courses next summer where I shall be running two art workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe village hall on Saturday 30th June and Saturday 7th July 2018. Time 10am till 4pm. £50 per person. Please do contact me for more information
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the studio and a Happy New Year.
Norfolk is famous for its vast skies and stunning light and the winter season has so much to offer even on a very dull day! Mixing tones of various greys using Paynes grey, Ultramarine blue, Titanium White and a hint of purple does wonders for capturing the coastal light over the marshes. This painting ‘Salty Marsh Sky’ shows how I’ve used these colours to depict a winter sky over the marshes at Stiffkey. By working quickly and applying layers of thin paint either with a brush or palette knife an interesting sky effect can bring the drama of the sky to life!
Autumnal inspiration – the golden seasonal changes of autumn are here –
October has been mild and sunny and the vibrant kaleidoscope colours of autumn are having an impact on my recent sketches and paintings. The stunning plum and blackberry colours contrast well with the spectacular shades of moss and golden greens. One of the best ways to mix greens is by using two colours: Paynes Gray and Yellow, I love using a Lemon Yellow. See below for a quick demonstration showing the various colours achieved using just Paynes Gray and three yellows. All the colours used are acrylics.
‘Soft Tidal Creeks’ is now on show at Pocock’s the Artmonger Gallery in Burnham Market – I loved painting this one.
These recent paintings are influence by my inspiring stay at the Watch House at Blakeney Point. The soft tones and tactile elements of the mixed media reflects the mood and ambience experienced whilst sketching the creeks.
Below ‘ Samphire & Sea Lavender’ available though Pocock’s Gallery, Burnham Market- http://www.theartmonger.co.uk/