September 2020

Oh… September is here and nearly over! Thank you to everyone who came to visit my solo show at Salthouse Church is was an incredible experience with lots of sales and now I’m looking forward to getting back into the studio to start on my new collection of paintings inspired by walks and sketching out on the Norfolk coast.

Since Salthouse I’ve been busy arranging having several artworks framed for an up and coming show at Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare, Suffolk which opens on the 1st October until the 31st.
After delivering them I had the pleasure of visiting the home of one of my collectors. It’s such a pleasure to see where my paintings find their forever home and they looked stunning. If anyone would like to email me any images of their homes with my artwork in I’d be truly thankful.

More inspirations about my new collection and ideas for an online art course coming soon..

August 2020

 

NOW EXTENDED TO THE 6th September.
Now open! –  It’s been a busy few days hanging this exhibition at Salthouse Church and I’m thrilled with the results. With over forty artworks on display this is my largest show to date. A lot of the artworks can be viewed and bought online under the ‘Buy Art’ section on my website. So if you can’t visit in person and there’s a painting you’d like to enquire about please contact me via email: info@tracey-rossart.co.uk or call me on 07786 401396. The exhibition continues until the 6th September.

St Nicholas Church, Church Lane (off Cross St), Salthouse, Norfolk, NR25 7XH.

Just before setting up Salthouse I drove to the Peak District to enjoy a three day art course with abstract painter Lewis Nobel. It was a really hot weekend and it was wonderful to experience the Peaks and rivers with a group of like minded painters.

 

July 2020

This month is all about dreams and desires and one of them is to show my artwork in spiritual places, nothing makes my heart sing more. Things are falling into place for my solo exhibition at Salthouse Church and I’m thrilled with how this collection is coming together.

I’d like to say a special thank you to Tony Rothe at Network Norwich promoting the show on their online Christian network and to graphic designer Jonathan Stoulger at J.S Creative for designing my new logo, business cards and flyers.

Lots more to do before the opening on the 14th August such as organising the framing in plenty of time. The two framers I use in North Norfolk have furloughed their staff so they’re working even harder during this time.

In the studio things are busy with getting the artwork finished and photographed. I like to make a spreadsheet and list each painting as it helps to keep track of how many paintings I’ve made each year.

After days of hot weather, this month has been mixed, but I’ve enjoyed several sunny days sketching sea at Cley and the sea lavender at Stiffkey in North Norfolk. As with many places I’m finding the roads and beaches are getting busy again!

I’m in the process of creating an online course all about bringing ‘art and faith’ together. If this is something you’d like to know more about, please get in touch.
Yes I’d like to know more.

More news to follow….

Opening 14th August – 06th September ‘Heaven & Earth’

Art exhibition by Tracey Ross Salthouse Church

Delighted to hold my second solo show at Salthouse Church on the glorious North Norfolk coast. Opens on the 14th August – 06th September. Opening times: 10.00am – 5.30pm daily. Sunday: 11.00am till 5.30pm. Free car park and entry. All welcome. Social distancing measures will be in place.

St. Nicholas Church
Church Lane (off Cross Street)
Salthouse
Norfolk
NR25 7XH
UK

Interview with Norwich 20 Group

Delighted to have been invited to answer five questions by Frances Martin the secretary of the Norwich 20 Group of artists. I’ve been a member for several years and look forward to exhibiting with them once again.

  1. I know that you have a studio at your home, and I’m guessing that it is a
    welcome sanctuary at this time. I wondered if you have some advice
    to anyone who cannot use their studio space, how to make a place for
    creating?
    Yes having a studio at the top of my garden is something I’ve been thankful
    for, especially during the lock-down. When I lived in Norwich I rented an attic
    studio which leaked just off Duke Street! But I’ve not always had a studio and painted for many years on the kitchen table working on large one metre
    canvases. I had a selection of art materials on a trolley that I could wheel into a corner and some sheeting on the floor, however, it was hard work especially with three children and having to put everything away to cook. So I can really relate to those artists having to manage with a home studio during the lockdown.

2. How do you motivate yourself, or find inspiration?
It’s been hard, as my inspiration comes from sketching the North Norfolk coast and with COVID-19 I can’t visit all the beaches I love as some are still closed. Also with so many exhibitions and events being cancelled one feels like saying ‘What’s the point of making art or creating anything?’ There’s a podcast I can recommend called ‘Art Juice’ by two artists called Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher on episode 69 they discuss this almost guilty feeling about creating any art. Artists are usually sensitive to the world around them and the journey can feel uphill and dry at times then there’s a time of awakening, spring arrives with fresh colours to explore, finding the beauty in nature never ends.

3. Have you found anything has changed recently with your practice?
Yes, I’m making smaller affordable work and selling them through the Artist
Support Pledge on Instagram. The pledge was set up by artist Matthew
Burrows. Matthew says ‘Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have
found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work,
exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some
of this I instigated the #artistsupportpledge.’ The concept is a simple one. You
post images of your work to sell for no more than £200 each (not including
shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach £1000 of
sales you pledge to buy another artist/s work for up to £200’. This initiative
has been such a financial support to lots of artists and makers.

4. Your work is very much rooted in place, within our county of Norfolk. Could
you say a bit about your connection to the landscape?
I grew up here and feel rooted in North Norfolk, to know a place one needs to
explore it. The coast holds many special memories. I love walking and
sketching at Morston and Stiffkey and taking students out to sketch and paint
at Burnham Overy Staithe. I love the salty scent of the sea air, the muddy
creeks and the skies. My work is mainly about exploring the thin layers between heaven and earth. It’s a spiritual journey, one of art and faith and a
consistent moving forward which is exciting.

5. Who has been the biggest influence on your work?
I couldn’t name just one as it’s an eclectic mix of many influences.
Artists such as Peter Lanyon, Kurt Jackson, Sonia Delaunay, Turner, Barbara
Rae and several artists in the Norwich 20 Group are to name a few. Sparks
come from seeing how other artist’s work, seeing their struggles. As we can’t
meet as a group, other influences come from watching artists paint and
discuss their concepts on YouTube. Another way I’ve felt inspired during the
lockdown, is by flexing my creative muscles through reading art books and
enjoying the televised painting and drawing shows and virtual exhibitions. I
really enjoyed visiting the Bonnard at the Tate last year, it was so colourful
and vibrant.
Thank you Frances for inviting me to take part in this interview.

 

 

Interview with the Norwich 20 Group

Delighted to have been invited to have an online interview with Frances Martin the secretary of the Norwich 20 Group. This went out in June 20 in their monthly newsletter.
1.
I know that you have a studio at your home, and I'm guessing that it is a
welcome sanctuary at this time. I wondered if you have some advice
to anyone who cannot use their studio space, how to make a place for
creating?
Yes having a studio at the top of my garden is something I’ve been thankful
for, especially during the lock-down. When I lived in Norwich I rented an attic
studio which leaked just off Duke Street! But I’ve not always had a studio and
painted for many years on the kitchen table working on large one metre
canvases. I had a selection of art materials on a trolley that I could wheel into
a corner and some sheeting on the floor, however, it was hard work especially
with three children and having to put everything away to cook. So I can really
relate to those artists having to manage with a home studio during the
lockdown.

2. How do you motivate yourself, or find inspiration?
It’s been hard, as my inspiration comes from sketching the North Norfolk coast and
with COVID-19 I can’t visit all the beaches I love as some are still closed. Also with
so many exhibitions and events being cancelled one feels like saying ‘What’s the
point of making art or creating anything?’ There’s a podcast I can recommend called
‘Art Juice’ by two artists called Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher on episode 69
they discuss this almost guilty feeling about creating any art. Artists are usually
sensitive to the world around them and the journey can feel uphill and dry at times
then there’s a time of awakening, spring arrives with fresh colours to explore, finding
the beauty in nature never ends.

3. Have you found anything has changed recently with your practice?
Yes, I’m making smaller affordable work and selling them through the Artist
Support Pledge on Instagram. The pledge was set up by artist Matthew
Burrows. Matthew says ‘Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have
found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work,
exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some
of this I instigated the #artistsupportpledge.’ The concept is a simple one. You
post images of your work to sell for no more than £200 each (not including
shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach £1000 of
sales you pledge to buy another artist/s work for up to £200’. This initiative
has been such a financial support to lots of artists and makers.

4. Your work is very much rooted in place, within our county of Norfolk. Could
you say a bit about your connection to the landscape?
I grew up here and feel rooted in North Norfolk, to know a place one needs to
explore it. The coast holds many special memories. I love walking and
sketching at Morston and Stiffkey and taking students out to sketch and paint
at Burnham Overy Staithe. I love the salty scent of the sea air, the muddy
creeks and the skies. My work is mainly about exploring the thin layers

between heaven and earth. It’s a spiritual journey, one of art and faith and a
consistent moving forward which is exciting.

5. Who has been the biggest influence on your work?
I couldn’t name just one as it’s an eclectic mix of many influences.
Artists such as Peter Lanyon, Kurt Jackson, Sonia Delaunay, Turner, Barbara
Rae and several artists in the Norwich 20 Group are to name a few. Sparks
come from seeing how other artist’s work, seeing their struggles. As we can’t
meet as a group, other influences come from watching artists paint and
discuss their concepts on YouTube. Another way I’ve felt inspired during the
lockdown, is by flexing my creative muscles through reading art books and
enjoying the televised painting and drawing shows and virtual exhibitions. I
really enjoyed visiting the Bonnard at the Tate last year, it was so colourful
and vibrant.
Thank you Frances for inviting me to take part in this interview.

June 2020

We seem to be having April’s showery weather in June! My goodness what a difference, I’ve even lit the wood-burner.
UPDATE: My solo show at Salthouse has been given permission to open!  New dates are 14th – 28th August. Opening daily. The open times are 10.00am till 5.30pm. On Sundays the exhibition opens after the church service 11am – 5.30pm.

Art workshop on Saturday 4th July is being rearranged.  Due to the Coronavirus  I’m rearranging several of my art workshops with my students, so please let me know if you haven’t heard from me and I can email you an e-voucher to use either later on this year (September 2020) or next year. All the new dates are listed under workshops and I can’t wait to get teaching again.

While the weather was hot I’ve been making the most of to walking and sketching on Scolthead Island. It’s a long walk and my husband Robert always picks the best days to head over there. Although it’s a beautiful place the sweeping tide completely cuts it off, and it’s easy to get stranded there unless you’ve a boat.

Sold at the online Open Studio event to a subscriber

OPEN STUDIO
As my subscribers will know I’ve been running an online Open Studio and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been in touch, bought or commissioned me. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and your support is so much appreciated. Thank you.

This month I’ve been taking part in a 30 day sketchbook challenge run by artist Cherly Taves on Instagram. #insightcreative30daychallenge. I haven’t kept up with posting everyday but I’ve lots of ideas for exploring Gelli printing again, so we’ll see what happens…

More inspirations to follow…

May 2020

Tracey Ross Artist studio visits

May has been warm and sunny with just the odd cold snap of north easterly gales knocking the garden plants around. How quickly this month has come around. At this time of year I’m usually sorting and decorating my studio to welcome visitors for Norfolk Open Studios, but sadly due to the COVID-19 I’m unable to open this year.

Instead I’m getting ready to send out my May newsletter with details about hosting an online Open Studio event with the release of two new collections. I have really enjoyed creating these especially for my subscribers. I shall send out the link to view the artworks on Friday 22nd May. My subscribers shall have the first viewing, so if you’d like to see them first feel free to sign up to my monthly newsletter, just click the ‘Sign up here’ link below:
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'Sea Lavender' 20x20cm
The new ‘Sea Lavender’ Collection. Size 20x20cm especially for my subscribers.
Special Open Studio offer just for my subscribers.

Due to COVID-19 the Artist Support Pledge was set up by Matthew Burrows. The idea is along these lines. Artists post images of their work to sell for no more than £200. Anyone can buy the work. Some pieces of my work will be offered on the Buy Art page for sale under this initiative and each time I reach £1000 of sales I agree to buy a piece of artwork from another artist for up to £200. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and other artists during this time, the ‘Sea Light’ Collection sold out in record time! THANK YOU.

Tracey Ross Artist Support Pledge
Sold out to my subscribers first

 

April 2020

Spring has sprung! I hope you have received my latest newsletter?
Life is somehow feeling slower and I’ve been creating a series of smaller artworks especially for the artist’s pledge that has been set up by artist Matthew Burrows on Instagram. This little piece called ‘Tide Times’ was one of the first to sell – here it is in it’s new home. I was really thrilled to receive this image. Just click on the ‘Buy Art’ page to see a variety of painting with more being added every week.

 

The new ‘Cockle Path Collection’ has just been released to my subscribers and is available on my website. You can take a look at them on the ‘Buy Art’ page where you’ll be able to see them under ‘Medium Sized Paintings’. I hope you enjoy them. If there’s a painting you’re interested in then please let me know.

I’ve been getting fitter – or trying too! by turning half of the studio into a mini gym to keep up with the Pilates classes I started in February but due to COVID-19 everything has naturally had to stop.

 

Below:Something of the latest paint palette and a detailed shot of a painting called ‘April Showers’  from the new Cockle Path.

Wishing you a blessed and Happy Easter!