January 2020

Happy 2020 and we’re halfway through January already. Today was one of the first really cold mornings, the primroses were all frosty and Saint Giles Church stood shrouded in mist.

 

Burnham Overy Staithe, sunset
Watching the sunset at Burnham Overy Staithe

As mentioned in last months inspirations I’ve taken several online courses and this year is about setting intentions and putting them into practice. Developing the business side of an art career is ongoing and I’m enjoying learning more about it. Those of you who have been following my work here or on social media have seen things evolve… so far I’m enjoying

  • Being an international artist with my paintings on show in Portugal
  • Enjoying one to one mentoring sessions
  • Running and teaching mixed media workshops on the Norfolk coast
  • Learning IT skills and developing my website
  • Being more of a risk taker!

A wonderful year of exhibitions is planned for the year ahead and I’m excited to announce my second solo exhibition at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast opening in July.

Tracey Ross Artist, exhibition at Salthouse Church July 2020
‘Heaven & Earth’ exhibition at Salthouse Church 18th July – 2nd August 2020

Snippets from the studio

This year is about developing a different approach to how l work, although it’s far too early to share these techniques at the moment. Here’s one tip for developing a richer body of work – try mixing colours such as Naples Yellow and Dioxazine Purple – now that’s an interesting combination of complementary colours. Try it and see!

Tracey Ross Art classes, Art workshops, Art tutor, painting classes
Want to take some risks with your art?

Five new dates for my art workshops and they’re filling up fast. If you’re interested in joining me for a day of creativity click here to see more.
More inspirations to follow next month…

 

 

 

 

December 2019

Winter Open Studios came and went in a flash! Thank you to everyone who came to visit and as this last month of the year draws to a close it’s time to reflect on what went well this year and how to make 2020 one of my best art years to date!

During this year I’ve taken three online courses and I must be mad as I’ve found it so time consuming trying to keep up with the content. So if you’re looking at taking any online course then it’s best to probably just take one at a time and really enjoy it. The first one I signed up to is by Matt Tommey called  ‘Created To Thrive’ CTT’. I really enjoy the community feel of this course and Matt is very good at marketing and engaging with his audience during the Facebook calls. The second one is called CVP which stands for the ‘Creative Visionary Project’ by an American artist called Nick Wilton. Nick opens this program once a year in the early Spring and it is for those artists who feel ready for a change in their art practice. This is why I took it as I felt the need to move myself forward and to take more risks with my art. This course helped me to try abstract painting with some great results with one of them being chosen for the Holt Art Prize. The third one is an online group called the ‘Connected Artists Group’ run by London based artist Alice Sheridan. It is mainly for supporting artists with the business side of running an art practice and Alice offers lots of support and tutorials which I’m finding very useful. So if you’re looking to try something new then I recommend taking a look at all of them for yourself.

Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve been creating and exploring new ideas from my walks and sketches along the coast. These photos are all works in progress for my up and coming solo show at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast in July 2020. If you’re already on my monthly mailing list then you’ll have first insight about it, and if you’re not already on there then feel free to sign up to hear about my events, workshops and experimental projects. Lots more about this in the New Year….

Chaiya Art Awards in London
Delighted ‘Summer Vision’ is through to the next round for the Chaiya Art Awards in London.

Wishing you all the joy of the festive season and a Happy and Creative New Year.

Tracey x

 

November 2019

 

The studio floor has been painted ready for Winter Open Studios! This year I’m opening my studio to celebrate the beginning of Advent and fellow still life artist Nick Elliot is opening his studio in Fakenham. All welcome to come and enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies.

The Christmas lights are up! ‘Path to the Sea’ 46x46cm
Here is Mr Ross enjoying some late November sun on Wells beach.
What I love about my job is getting some sketching done at my nearest beach. Here I am sketching on a bright and sunny November morning at Wells in North Norfolk.
Inspirational – love the colorful beach huts at Wells

Delighted to be showing with Norfolk by Design at Art Fair East at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Norwich. Opening Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December. 10.30am – 5.00pm. £3.50 entry fee (under 14s go free). Lots of interesting artists take part, making for an eclectic mix.

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The winner of the ‘giveaway’ painting went to Rosanna Scott. Thank you to everyone who took part. I really appreciate it and hope to hold another subscriber winner event in the future. To be in with a chance of winning something original and created by me please join my monthly mailing list for news of up and coming events and workshops. Click on the link below-

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October 2019

October and I’m in the mood for a studio tidy up and refresh. It’s been five years of happiness since my studio was built at the top of the garden. And to celebrate I’m having a special ‘give away’ of an original piece of artwork.

It seems some of my newsletters are being sent to spam and I don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to win so if they are not coming into your in-box you need to check your spam box/promotions box or junk box/folder.

The draw will be done at random from my mailing list so if you’d like to be in with a chance of owning a framed piece of my artwork then do subscribe to my mailing list. To do that either click on the link below or scroll to ‘Contact – Great ways to keep in touch’ and add your name and email address to receive the occasional newsletter. Good luck!

The draw will take place on Monday 4th November.

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Free gift ‘Bright Blue Reflection’ 30x30cm mixed media on board.

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As part of this celebration I invited photographer Charlotte Bromley Davenport to take some photographs of me in the studio. It was a wonderful fun experience and I’m delighted with the results Charlotte managed to create.

https://www.charlottebd.com/

Just one of the shots taken in my studio by Charlotte

In the studio I’ve been focused on working in a series of four paintings at a time so when displayed they will compliment each other. This seems to be a lot harder than it sounds as I’m a bit impulsive when creating and spring from one colour to the next. Although my colour palette is mainly blue I do love to experiment with sunset colours. Working as a painter there is never enough time to discover all the beautiful colours one can find just by using a limited palette.  I recently went on a colour day workshop with artist and tutor Martin Laurance at Anteros in Norwich, it was a great day and I learnt so much from his knowledge of colour.

Colour mixing workshop

Having taken the Creative Visionary Project (CVP) course with Nicholas Wilton I feel my art is continuing to develop and is moving towards abstraction. I don’t really consider myself as an abstract painter but I  do find it engaging and meditative to do.

Working in a series – adding post stick notes as reminders of what to try next
A new series – creating some abstracts

Out and about this month in-between the rain showers!

Lifting clouds as the sun set at Brancaster

 

Floats and nets found on Cley beach – great ideas for new work

Thank you to Reverent Rachel Alexander for inviting me to speak about Art & Faith at  St. Mary’s Church in Snettisham. Public speaking really does require a leap of faith!

Inside St Mary’s with Reverent Rachel and two of my paintings
Delighted to be a member of Norwich 20 Group. Here I am at their Autumn show in Norwich. At the Undercroft Gallery 4th – 19th October.

September 19

September inspiration comes from sailing around the Greek islands. My husband Robert and I had were invited to join some friends on their yacht. It was a wonderful adventure sailing the blue Ionian sea, however, I’m not too sure where this trip will take me regarding my artwork but that’s the point of exploring new places – you never know!

Below: Delighted this latest painting called ‘Sea Bright’ has found a new home. Thanks to ‘Sea Pictures’ Gallery, in Suffolk.

Below: Such a great day for the last of this year’s mixed media workshops at Burnham Overy Staithe.  Ten students enjoyed the challenge of sketching outside in the elements, before working up one of their sketches into a painting using acrylics and mixed media. I’ve just booked some dates for my 2020 workshops so if you’re interested in learning how to use mixed media in your artwork then you may like to join one of my classes. Just click on the link below to find out more.

Creative Art Workshops on the North Norfolk coast

Mixed media art workshops in Norfolk
Enjoy creating your own individual artwork
Art workshops in North Norfolk
Student sketching the Norfolk coast

Meanwhile back in the studio I’ve had a fabulous photo shoot with the highly talented photograper and artist Charlotte  I’m having a bit of clear up before creating a new series of artworks for various exhibitions and galleries representing my work.

Tracey Ross sketching Scolt Head North Norfolk
Enjoying the last few days of warm weather, sketching on Scolt Head, North Norfolk
A new series medium sized painting getting underway for various shows

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July August 19

It’s all about play! I’ve just finished an online course called CVP (Creative Visionary Project) with Artist Nick Wilton which has taken over most of my life for the last three months. Now I’m in the process of letting what I’ve learnt sink into developing my art practice. Every artist,at some point, has that urge to progress, take more risks and to push themselves out of the boat and into the deeper waters. For me, I normally do this through setting my self some ‘play time’ that is getting into the studio and work in my sketchbook or directly onto 30x30cm boards, once set up I make different marks using various brushes, scrapers and palette knives. I’m also trying out different colours to the ones that I’d normally use. As you can see below I have used a limited palette of just three colours Amsterdam ‘Kings Blue’ Winsor & Newton ‘Lemon Yellow’, Daler Rowney Systems 3 ‘Process Magenta’ plus Paynes Grey and Titanium White. The brush used to apply the colour samples is by Jackson’s art supplies. S.5551 No.6 PROCRYL. The sketchbook is by Seawhite of Brighton 19.5×19.5cm.

 

Above: experimental work in progress, adding torn bits of paper for creating a sense of composition and ideas

Below: my evolving style from taking the CVP art workshop, here I’m using a brighter colour palette!

   

Above: Top Tip – try cropping areas of your paintings using a cardboard framing mount. Quickly maneuver it over areas of interest to find intriguing shapes, colour and design. Remember to take a quick photo for future reference

Above: ‘Fisher of Men’ painted ‘live’ during worship at the New Dawn Christian Conference 2019. This is something new and I’m inviting lots of other artists who’d like to join me in 2020 to contact me and get involved

 

Student’s work: from a recent  workshop I gave to a local art group

Above: Student’s enjoying a fun morning painting at a recent art workshop I gave for a 60th birthday party 

Feel free to get in touch if you’d like me to deliver an art workshop for you or your art group.

More inspiration to follow…..

 

June 2019

SOLD Mixed media on board. 75x75cm. Framed

Above ‘Sea Bright’ 75x75cm mixed media on board

£700 Mixed media on board. 70x40cm. Framed

‘Stormy Day’ was selected by the Sea Pictures Gallery who came to take away 5 paintings for their Summer by the Sea show opening 5th July, in Clare, Suffolk.

 

Almost a the end of June and my monthly inspirations have been a bit slow this month! Lots of gardening, walks and running workshops have been a joy.

More to follow ..

May 2019

NORFOLK OPEN STUDIOS

Pick up your copy of the yellow brochure from most libraries in Norfolk

Looking forward to opening my studio doors for Norfolk Open Studios starting over the Bank Holiday weekend. I shall be opening my work space for three weekends:   25/26/27 May 1/2/8/9  June. Opening 10am till 5pm. All welcome –

A big thank you to everyone who came to the first of my art workshops – it was a very busy day and the rain held off so we could enjoy walking and sketching around Burnham Overy Statithe harbour.

Enjoyed giving this demonstration – showing how I work with mixed media

 

April 2019

Tracey Ross artist- seascape painter, workshops

Welcoming Spring light in the studio and brighter days…

I’m holding an extra workshop on Saturday 29th June  – sign up here!

http://tracey-rossart.co.uk/tracey-ross-artist-great-ways-keep-touch-join-mailing-list-for-news-of-workshops-and-exhibitions/

Trial and error

In the studio this month I’m trying out cold wax medium as it’s textural and interesting to use.  I’m hoping to go on a course at some point to learn more about the process but for now I thought I’d try it and see what effects I could create and learn from making lots of mistakes. Before starting this process I first read a good blog by Nicki Heenan  http://nickiheenan.com/ and recently found some informative videos by Lisa B. Boardwine on Youtube. As I’ve used Zest It products before I thought I’d try their version of cold wax. Cold wax is mixed with oil paint  and as I normally paint with acrylics the feel of oils is quite different. It’s a vast subject and my first results are painful to say the least – so I’m allowing myself time to play and see what happens.  These images are the results so far, some pieces are on mounting card and the two blue abstract ones are on MDF board – coated with three layers of Gesso first. For the sake of health and safety it’s important to wear a protective face mask, gloves and work in a well ventilated studio with the doors and windows open.

Tracey Ross, art workshops, mixed media, cold wax
Trying out ‘Zest It’ cold wax materials

First attempts at using cold wax and oils on board 15x15cm
First attempts at using cold wax and oils on board 15x15cm

Framing – new styles

This month I’m trying out some new framing ideas – the one below is called a St Ives/Nicholson frame by Ashcraft framing. Ashcraft Frames are an online framers and this is the first time I’ve tried using an online company. The only problem with using an online framer is that all the frames need to be assembled, taped on the back and strung by you! so you’ll need to feel confident enough to do this before ordering any frames.  To finish off the frames why not have some sticky labels designed to add any extra information about your painting and to promote your website, wish I’d designed some ages ago…

http://www.ashcraftframing.co.uk/home

Liking this new look
Liking this new style of framing
Sticky labels for attaching to the back of each painting

Sketching update…

Loving taking time out of the studio to sketch the views at Wells-next-to-Sea. I use Seawhites of Brighton sketchbooks as they are sturdy and the pages seem strong enough to take whatever materials I like to put on them or scrap off! I’ll be demonstrating how to use a sketchbook at my one day art workshops coming up soon. Due to lots of interest I’m holding an extra workshop on Saturday 29th June  – sign up here

http://tracey-rossart.co.uk/creative-art-workshops-fun-mixed-media-norfolk/

Tracey Ross, sketchbook art workshops
Sketching – using paint and crayons to add expressive marks

Studio Lighting –

Studio lighting is a big topic and one I spent ages researching and asking advice on. Finally I choose a set of studio lights by RALENO. I found them on Amazon, the reviews were good and the quality of the stands and lights seemed good enough for my first set. After seeking the help from a photographer friend I realised my old Nikon Coolpix camera was quite capable of taking some decent images for printing cards and giclee prints.

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More creating news coming soon….

 

 

 

 

 

March 19

Nearly finished

As February ends with temperatures higher than average  March blows in with storms, high winds and plummeting temperatures.

Too much plastic
Jackson’s art suppliers –  nearly everything is wrapped in too much plastic , however, I ‘ll recycle everything  for future wrapping.

However, the need to create work goes on and this month I’ve treated myself to some new art materials from Jackson’s Art, who are an online art supplier. Buying art materials is an expensive business and I get over excited by the thrill of seeing the array of delicious new colours and stuff on offer. For the first time I’m trying out using Cold Wax medium. Cold wax contains beeswax mixed with Linseed stand oil and Gum. It is used cold straight from the tub and is not to be heated. More on these experiments later…

£550 Mixed media on board. 45 x 45cm. Framed
‘Raw  Ocean’  a  new piece for sale 45x45cm  £550. Below a great little reminder to help to leave things alone and not to over work them.

New work  in progress inspired by my sketchbooks, acrylic on board using texture gel
My sketchbooks are a source of endless inspiration all year round!

Over the last few weeks I can see an exciting change in some of my recent paintings.  I’m abstracting the horizon, seeking the thin places between heaven and earth. Most of the new work will be heading to galleries and my Open Studios event this year – where I shall be opening my space for three weekends:   25/26/27 May 1/2/8/9  June. Opening 10am till 5pm. All welcome.

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More ideas to follow …….