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 now the snow has gone.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
A BIG thank you to everyone who came along to visit my solo show and to everyone for all of your support – it was very well received with lots of sales and interest in my workshops for 2018. I’d like to express my deep gratitude of thanks to Laura who made everything run like clockwork.
‘Reconciliation’ This latest painting is now showing at The Tess Aniley Gallery in Holt.
PAINTERS – at the Black Barn, Cockley Cley, Nr Swaffham, PE37 8AN. The PAINTERS exhibition curated by Hugh Pilkington. Opening times Sat 19th 20th 26th 27th Aug times 11am – 1pm A stunning collection of artists including Mari French, Ann Allanson, Kate Giles, Elaine Banham and Michael Horn. Well worth seeing if you love paint!
I’m now taking a short break to be STILL before beginning a new body of work. Time for some peace and to enjoy the August light with lots of slow walks along the coast.
Busy getting everything finished off, framed and ready for my solo show at Pocock’s the Artmonger Gallery in Burnham Market. For those who enjoy seeing sketchbooks I shall have mine on display showing how I use mixed media in my sketches giving an insight into the process of creating the finished paintings. The show opens on Saturday 22nd July until Sunday 6th August. Open daily Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm. All welcome.
I’m holding a one day workshop at Norfolk Creative Arts in Grimston, in west Norfolk, on Saturday 1st July.
Enjoy a day to loosen up and explore abstract florals. The workshop will teach you how to paint abstract flowers start-to-finish. To begin you will explore flower drawing using contour lines and compose some thumbnail sketches. Then you will discover exciting colour schemes using mixed media to create your bold expressive floral painting. Develop your painting skills and learn different techniques with confidence and a lot of fun!
10am – 4pm The workshop includes a 2 course lunch. For more information or to book a place contact Hans on the link below.