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'A Splash of Red at the Field Edge and Sun'
Acrylic on board. 23.5 x 15.5 in (60 x 40 cm)
This poppy painting comes from several sketches I made last year in a field
near where I live in Aldbury in the Chilterns. The field was edged with poppies. They are there once more this year. When the early morning sun, or the late evening sun edges through the red petals of the flowers it makes the field look as if it is in flames, the light through the petals is so intense. This is the brilliance I want to portray in my painting.
‘Ancient and Modern’
Red, green and white fused glass, size 80 x 80 cm
Caroline and her family were on holiday at a children’s home in Kenya that had a magnificent old tree outside the bungalow in which they were staying. The interaction of the bark and the creeper around it inspired her to create the set of three panels for a commission.
26 x 36 cm, watercolour and ink
Susan E Ash
This painting was produced by Susan after a number of walks and exploration of this ancient woodland and taking photographs of as many angles as possible to catch the 'sense of place' there. “This wood struck me with its energy and power, and fabulous and strange combinations of granite, sessile oaks and numerous unique and rare lichens. This amazing and old place has plants literally growing on stony ground!”
‘Blue Jug by the Window’
St Ives, Cornwall, oil on gesso panel, framed size, 25 x 30 cm
It was the start of a holiday in St Ives with the anticipation of a whole week of looking, drawing, painting and absorbing the atmosphere of this place. Jenny sat watching the early morning light change, the blues of the sea deepen, and the town and harbour come to life. Sketchbook to hand, not a moment to be wasted; A little blue and white jug sitting quietly on a shelf in the dark corner by the window... a drawing... and later a painting was born.
‘Boatyard in Hotwells Bristol’
Oil on board, size 22 x 50 cm
Warren was walking through the boatyard in Bristol, which is very near to his home. He often walked through the boatyard as it is very close to his home, one Saturday he walked through and this blue boat was docked, the scene struck him immediately and as he always carries a small sketchbook he scribbled the scene down and took a photo too. Later on he took this reference material and painted the scene in oils on a canvas board.
‘Bundle of Artichokes’
Watercolour size 48 x 56 cm
Sandra Wall Armitage
Whilst teaching on a French painting holiday, Sandra found the artichokes at
a local market. Although known for complex flower groups with great detail the artichokes had such an appeal she was able to paint them quickly and use them to demonstrate her technique.
'Catch of the Day'
Mixed media on canvas, 75 x 75 cm
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. We were drifting down the Zambezi River when this African Fish Eagle swooped down and snatched this young Tiger Fish almost right in front of our boat, the most fabulous sighting! Conservation is of paramount importance therefore a percentage of revenue from my artwork goes to anti poaching (Game Rangers International).
120 x 80 cm, acrylic on deep-edged canvas
This is from Sue's Citizens collection, an extension of her City Lights theme. Sue is inspired by what she has already created and what she has yet to create. Her starting point is colour and she is excited by how her work is developing and evolving. Sue has exhibited in London and Colchester and is currently exhibiting in Ampthill, Beds. She was also a semi-finalist in a Saatchi Showdown competition last year.
Acrylic on paper, size 70 x 100 cm
Coastal Nightlife was made as a memory of an evening on the Dutch coastal region under a pale moon.
Wild Cornfield, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, UK. Acrylic on canvas board, 12 x 10 in
This sketch was painted by Terry on the moors above Greater Manchester. Terry often goes there for inspiration and to paint plein air. “I was walking on Marsden Moor when I stumbled upon what looked like a cornfield. The light was perfect and I painted quickly using a palette knife to apply impasto paint after brushing in the sky. I finished with a rigger brush to suggest grass and corn.”
Size 36 x 40 in
This work and three others are being shown in galleria 360 in Florence, Italy. Monte is especially noted for his three dimensional art works, expansive murals and unique art forms. He considers himself a futurist who has always explores new and imaginative concepts. Influenced by his Christian beliefs, natural environment and societal issues. His images welcome the mysteries of form and space through the interplay of light and shadow. He believes that the spiritual co-existence between humankind and our earth express mystery, energy and life. He illustrates this through
textured, mixed-media panels and computer-generated prints.
Australia, acrylic and pen, size 61 x 91 cm
Deo painted this artwork for a much-respected friend of his, as a symbol of appreciation for his contribution in Doe's life. "I was inspired by the natural beauty of God's creation when driving through the countryside, the simple lifestyle of some people, and moved by the positive impact that my friend has had on my life. As a thank you to him, I created this painting from my inner thoughts on canvas board, using acrylic and pen.”
Size 80 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas
A part of Sirenes’ new Flower Power Collection expressing Sirenes’ inner wishes from her soul. Each painting dot is made by her fingertips and expresses Happy from her soul to the world.
Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Charcoal on paper, 103 x 73 cm
In the spring of 2014, Jill was up on Tiree, a small island off the West coast of Scotland. She spent every evening out sketching hares as they grazed in the fields at dusk. Luckily, the weather was fine and she was able to draw very quietly, hardly daring to move in case they ran off. Which they frequently did!
'Head in the Clouds'
20 x 16 in
A Jeep safari looked good as a long day out with the camera in the Canary Island mountains. The weather looked promising but the tour guide said wrap up warm! This image is one of many with that fantastic perfect cloudy blue sky that inspired me that day. As with artist's working with paint I create strong images using the natural elements and then fine-tuning in the studio using Photoshop.
'Herd of Elephants'
Oil on linen, size 120 x 120 cm
This painting was made in the artist’s studio in Maarssen, The Netherlands. Jennie loves to paint animals and has a great respect for elephants. Her inspiration for painting this image came after her biggest wish came true. "My wish to go to see them in real life came true!”
'Hook Head Lighthouse',
Wexford, Ireland oil on canvas, size 99 x 60 cm
While attending his brother in law's wedding in Co Wexford, Steven and his wife took a drive to Hook Head lighthouse. I was immediately struck by the sheer beauty of the wild coastline and took some reference photographs, capturing the moment that enabled me to reproduce the breathtaking scene in my studio.
Canvas print, 30 x 20 in
Julie works with textures on her images and this piece has grungy textures and greeny tones. Photo was taken at Hunworth Ford in Norfolk, Hunworth where Julie grew up, so is a special place for her. "The ford is where I would meet my friends and we'd play in the water and walk in the woods. So I really wanted to make the image look special and stand out - which I believe it does."
‘Into the Light"
Etching and aquatint, 18 x 24.5 cm
Barbara was interested in capturing the play of light on an attractive woman as she walked down the street. She likes to engage the viewer in the mystery of an image and invites the viewer to enter into the story. Every print is personally inked and put through the press and can be in colour as well as black.
‘Large Birdbath - stemmed vessel’
Lesley is an established professional ceramicist / potter based in Stoke Newington, London N16. Her work is mainly wheel thrown, with textural combinations. She started producing architectural garden ceramics during the years of her degree during 1988-1992 at Middlesex University. This example is made up of three sections, secured together upon delivery to the designated garden. The base is "dry" glazed, while the bowl is glazed with satin finish bright turquoise glaze. The stem features "twizzles", inspired by Greek columns. All Lesley's work features her current Potters stamp, with the current year (as in The British Book of Studio Potters Marks)
Oil on linen canvas, 48 x 80 in
This life-sized oil painting is a result of Peter's reflection on his own art career. He has long been fascinated by painting water in its many forms, and for many years he was lucky to have a studio looking out over the sea. Realising that the nude in water marked some significant highlights including sales at his final show at art college, his first sale at his first solo show, first sale in London, first sale to the USA and the winning painting for the SAA 'Artist of the Year' 2011 it was decided to do a reworking of that first export to America and make it the largest canvas of his career.
‘The Magic Wood’
127 X 100 cm, canvas painted in acrylic together with metal leaf and fluorescent paint.
Creating an uncanny impression of mystery. Inspired by frequent walks in Windsor Great Park, it displays Aurora's characteristically rich emotional colouring and glittering tactile surfaces. Logs in the foreground appear to be about to spring to life, whilst a narrowing path creates a sense of perspective contrasting with the almost abstract pattern of the upright trunks.
‘Memories of the Sea’
Oil painting, 100 x 75 cm
Like most artists Gillian finds a great deal of inspiration in her immediate surroundings. This depicts the characterful structures on the beach and is the result of
many walks along the coast where she lives. “I have a long standing fascination for the soulful beauty of wood that has been washed, bleached and sculpted by the elements. Also for the natural and infinitely varied character of pebbles thrown and moulded by the sea over the years. This painting is one of a series created to convey something of this. The frayed, tangled fishermen’s ropes blowing in the wind are also an important element in the local landscape and it all combines to create a scene stamped with the signature of time and the force of nature.
'My Family at Home'
24"/ 61 cm x 15.5"/ 39 cm
A relief carving on oak, was commissioned by a friend with a brief requiring that the six members of his new family be represented by specified foliage and objects. It is painted with watercolours with additional acrylic paint, finished with acrylic varnish and sited outside by the front door of his home.
‘On The Beach - Flying Boys’
Acrylics painting on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
This painting is part of a collection of paintings called "The Beach Collages", on which Vera is now working. "When an idea is coming, I like to watch it evolving, changing, growing and defining itself. The idea is complete when I feel like painting it. This particular painting surprised me in the end when I saw all the things that connected with each other in it."
‘Rape of the countryside’
Oil on 710 x 405 cm, canvas
Walking the fields around his home in south Lincolnshire, Roger was shocked by the changes farming had created in the countryside: no longer a sea of Spring greens but violent swathes of acid yellows, slashed here and there with savage cuts of blood red poppies. Working from photographs taken on the walk, Roger produced the painting in under two days whilst the alien yellow was still fresh in his mind.
Pastel, 72cms x 54 cm
Ros has sailed to over 80 islands along the rugged west coast of Ireland in some dangerous waters. Seas and skies are her favourite subjects. Here Ros challenges the concept of pastels being pale, fragile and lacking depth of colour. On heavyweight paper with a range of strong intense colours, she blends with her whole hand using various techniques to recall the excitement of these elements.
Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK, size 39 x 39 cm Digital (Giclée) Mono-print on archival watercolour paper.
Claire Reika Wright
Inspired by The Beatles song. "I once worked in a recording studio and got the idea of making paintings based on the words of the songs then. I research the song and then using montage and digital painting compose the work."
Harris Tweed, size 40 x 26 cm
Hebridean artist, Seonaid Clarke, is inspired by the ever-changing light and drama of the landscape around her. This led to the creation of her unique Harris Tweed artwork, where she uses the famous tweed as her canvas, letting the beauty of the cloth shine through.
‘Sunset over the Bay’
Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in
This oil painting is of a beautiful sunset over Lunderston Bay, on the West Coast of Scotland. The artist’s inspiration was the subtle peachy colours and golden glow of the sunset contrasted against the powder blue hills. It is a very peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.
Oil colour on canvas, 18 x 24 in
This dynamic view of the sea is typical of the type of painting that appeals to David. "There is an action and colour that captivates. It is an exciting challenge to produce a still view in oil colour that mimics a moment in time so full of movement and energy."
Ted Barr’s Quest
Years of studying spiritual and philosophical subjects exposed Ted Barr to different aspects of metaphysics and astronomy. The more religions and spiritual rituals he studied the more questions about human destiny he had. At this point and by chance, Barr was led to art; first as a form of expression, then as a medium for exploration. Soon the philosophical quest and artistic experimentation formed a mélange that expressed what Barr envisioned by manipulating the very organic matter - tar - on canvas. His art represents his life journey into the enigmatic questions of human existence within the universe, using symbols to unfold the mystery of being, appearing and disappearing.
'The Tourist March In Abbeygate'
55 x 75 cm, oils.
Bath's architecture is a favourite subject and in this Toulla wanted to include some of its tourists. Michael Harding handmade oil paints used on fine linen canvas in white, black, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, Prussian blue, alizarin crimson. Toulla had to visit Bath three times while work in progress rather than just relying on photographic source.
Kingston Ontario Canada, oil on canvas board, size 30 x 40 cm
The evidence of years of extreme weather is etched into this wall. The painting explores the remorseless attrition of weather against this unyielding log cabin/studio. Kevin explained: “I was fascinated by the way light reflects in the shadows. If you get the temperature to work, then the paint can talk.” Kevin uses transparent earth colours for glazing, with long flats brushes and painting knifes for impasto and straight lines.
Acrylic and ink on primed board, 61 cm square
This painting was produced for an exhibition entitled Winter Wonders. It was a winter version of a series of tree landscape images that was worked up using silver powder and leaf between the paint layers, which were over painted with colour glazes to produce a texture and lustre. Finally crystals were in-bedded into the paint for an
'Summer in Margencel'
Acrylic, 24”x 20” x 1.5” deep edge canvas
It was on a family holiday during summer 2013 in Margencel, France near the Swiss border, on a walk with his wife and family through the village streets and countryside up into the hills Andrew was inspired by the volume of Sunflower fields that he could see for miles it was like a sea of yellow cascading over the countryside, the brightness of the summer light enhancing the colour. Andrew snapped away using his camera and iPad, which he takes on his travels. On return to the Gite where they were staying Andrew used an app called Art Set Pro on his iPad to sketch out some ideas for the acrylic painting that Andrew would later produce back in his studio in the UK.
‘Un parfum Vénitien’
Venice, Italy, photography 50 x 75 cm
This view was created by Pascal a few weeks after a trip to Venice, under clouds and rain. He then photographed the flowers in the garden. Iris, poppies, malva brought their colours to work on-photographic printing and clipping. Print on canvass and varnishes.
20 x 29 cm
This is a portrait of an owl under the harvest moon. It is a commission piece I was asked to paint by a lady who had seen an earlier owl portrait of mine. It was painted in acrylic medium, using a variety of colours. I worked from a photograph of an owl for reference, the background and all other detail are what my customer specifically wanted put in. The painting is a reminder for her of her mother who has sadly passed away. The harvest moon, the wheat field and little cricket are all symbolic to her as she came from a family that owned a farm. I am pleased with how this painting turned out, the detail was difficult! This piece was painted at my home in Torquay, Devon.
Organic life - Oil on canvas, size 24 x 36 inches Malcolm Gillespie This painting was made in the artist’s studio in Shoreham-by-Sea, UK. Malcolm loves paint the feel and smell of oil paint. He finds the sheer excitement and the power of life and living things almost overwhelming and tries hard to express this in paintings which whilst they are not realistic they are not abstract either, they are unique. www.malcolmgillespie.co.uk