“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!!).

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More Winter painting in High Barnet

Out again in High Barnet painting local scenes. There are always a number of people who come and comment when one paints outdoors and today was no exception: several shoppers, a Japanese student, a local historian and assorted children. I like it. They nearly all offer advice and, what I like most, they often look up at the scene you’re painting with fresh eyes, as if they hadn’t quite noticed it until then. So generally, I find it charming.

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Winter painting

The cold weather is back and, in preparation for a painting trip to Snowdonia, I’ve been out sketching in the cold. It certainly makes you paint faster than a lovely summer’s day! I’m planning to walk into the hills in North Wales, so I think I’ll take a thermarest chair, thermos and my tiny tent, so I can stay warm!! This is of a beautiful tree and building off Hadley Green:

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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

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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.

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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:

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Sketching in St. James’ Park

A great day out with Mick Kirkbride – a morning round the National Gallery and then an afternoon sketching in St. James’ Park. I found a quiet place above the cafe and did 2 quick sketches trying to capture the light filtering through the trees above the pond:

People by the pond in St James' Park, London
People by the pond in St James’ Park, London

Reworking Paintings

A new departure – I’ve started to re-work some of my plein-air pictures, and make them work better. Ultimately, I think these corrections and re-workings will feed back into my immediate work, and make my onsite paintings better. Here’s one of the latest:

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