Preparing for the Lauderdale House show

I’m busy not painting at the moment, trying to make sure everything is ready for my upcoming shows, of which the main one is my solo show at Lauderdale House. Many paintings are off being framed, and I’m trying to make sure I’ve photographed everything before it goes to the gallery. The largest picture will be this composite of St. Mary le Bow, painted on three sheets of paper, trying to pin them to the easel so I could see at least one other beyond the one I was working on at the time. They don’t quite match up, and aren’t quite as suave as I had imagined, but I do like the slight mis-match of the sheets. And I enjoyed the tricky Heath Robinson quality to my easel arrangements…!

The smallest is probably this quick sketch of the landscape near Volterra I did one afternoon while driving back to Pisa airport:

There will be about 60 pieces, mostly new and recent paintings of London, with a few old favourites of Tuscany, Rome and France dropped in. If you’d like to come along to the Private View, it’s at 19:30 at the Upper and Long Galleries at Lauderdale House, Highgate. There will be wine, nibbles, good company and there’s even a grand piano if somebody fancies adding a spot of music to the event! Drop me a line if you’d like an official invitation.

Sketching at Chickenshed Theatre

On Saturday the 24th of May I went to ChickenShed Theatre, together with some fellow artists from the North London Artist Network. Chicken Shed is an inclusive theatre company, with a permanent base on Cat Hill, near Cockfosters. Their website says this:

Our vision is a society that enables everyone to flourish and our mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.

Where difference can divide, at Chickenshed the difference makes the art.

Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company that first began in 1974. Primarily based at our own purpose-built venue in North London, we create theatre for all ages and run successful outreach projects, education courses and membership programmes throughout the year. Read more about our aims.

You can find out more here, but it is a fantastic place with a great vibe.

The sketches are all, of necessity, done quickly, but it is a wonderful experience; seeing the show, trying to catch the moment, sketching away in the corner. We all enjoyed it and we will be doing it again!


Child watching

9 and 10 and Stop

Mother and Baby

Big Big welly Boots

“Mirador” at Westminster Library

Went to a beautiful little private view last night, in the hidden exhibition space in Westminster Reference Library, right next to Leicester Square. Jason Shuttleworth and Juliette Murphy are showing paintings & drawings there til January the 3rd. A great evening, a some beautiful work on show – I particularly enjoyed Jason’s small pencil sketches, made on site during his climbing trips. More info below:

Jason Shuttleworth Drawings

Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin’s Street, London, WC2 7HP

The exhibition runs 9 December–3 January inclusive
Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays and Bank holiday

from the MIRADOR
[Latin: mirari To look, invites the viewer to share two complementary views of a transient world]

Juliette Murphy (BA Fine Art) explores in her recent work
the contemplation of the journey to the unknown. Her imagery incorporates references to narrratives handed down over time – an ongoing deliberation of presence and absence, existence and loss. Juliette has exhibited extensively in Europe and the USA. Her work was selected for the Stowells Trophy at the Royal Academy and shown at the British Institute Barcelona. Juliette is also a print specialist at the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueras, Spain. Her work is in many private and public collections

Jason Shuttleworth (BA Fine Art). Jason’s drawings are like haikus, capturing images of snatched, intimate moments, which reflect a world of opposites and remembrance. The work connects with nature, creating a visual diary of remembered places, juxtaposed with revelations of relationships and friendships nurtured over time. Jason has exhibited in a number of exhibitions nationally
The exhibition runs 9 December–3 January inclusive
Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays and Bank holidays
This exhibition is curated by Shuttleworth Projects +44 (0)7775 946 216

Judy Gilley’s Private view

Off to Judy Private view and gallery opening this evening – an excellent evening. There are very few photos and they’re not very good because I was so busy chatting to all the NLAN artists, admiring Judy’s work and stuffing my face with the excellent food that kept coming round! It was really inspiring to see how well Judy had converted the front room into a fully fledged gallery space, with excellent lighting as well as a very tidy hanging method. The work was beautifully framed by our favourite Sally Mead and the whole evening was thoroughly charming! Thank you Judy and congratulations! (And who were your caterers! Fantastic food!!).




The Private view at the Framers Gallery

The Private View went remarkably well! We had a full house, I saw lots of people, friends, clients, fellow artists, it was a wonderful evening. The food, provided by the Camisa brothers, was fantastic and well received, and the wine didn’t run out! On top of all that, I sold 20 paintings, so I was very pleased with that too. Here are some pics, taken by Elisabeth.

The new Invitation to Tuscany brochure was also well received – if you didn’t get one on the night you can order one here:

Tuscany Brochure







Affordable Art Fair

I finally made it to the Affordable Art Fair, in Battersea Park, with a free shuttle service from Sloane Square tube. I think it’s a great concept, and it’s great to see so much art all in one place, and a further pleasure to see price tags that I think I might be able to afford. I jotted down the names of artists that I found interesting – it’s curious to note what, in the midst of such a wide grouping of works, catches your eye and keeps it. For me, it seems to be beautiful colour balance, an immediacy of touch, so that one can sense the timing of the work, and a freshness of view, so that the subjects are not too mediated, meditated or sophisticated. Anyway, for better or for worse, here’s my list, together with the names of the galleries showing them:
Artists at Affordable Art Fair

Artist. – Gallery
Helen Tabor – Art Amatoria

Samantha Sands-Holmes – Columbia Road Gallery

Addy Gardner – Jenny Blyth Fine Art

Gareth Hugh Davies – Turning Tides ca

Adebanji Alade – Jack Fine Art

Ivan Lapper – Island Fine Arts

Paul Fry – Badcocks Gallery

Peter Monaghan – quantum contemporary art.

James Cowland – recent graduates.






And of course, Mick Kirkbride. I forgot to write his gallery down but he had a fair few pieces there, of which my favourites were some small square vignette type oils: