Wildwood Arts Spring Exhibition online

The wonderful Cheri at Wildwood Arts managed to get the Spring Exhibition hung and filmed before we went into lock down. You can see both a virtual tour and the catalogue on their website https://www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk/.
It looks great, and as ever, I am delighted to have my work in such a beautiful and supportive gallery. Their website is now set up for online sales. Another example of how small businesses have risen to the challenge of the situation that we are in.

This is a Dartmoor Stallion study, size framed 67 x 81 cm. Price £895

Delamore Arts 2020

This exhibition will be online this year for a month, from 1st May at https://www.delamore-art.co.uk/. Take a look at what is always an exciting mix of contemporary art, mostly chosen from the South West.

It is very strange not to be dashing around getting all of my work framed, wrapped and ready to deliver. Several other exhibitions have been cancelled or postponed to next year. Strange times indeed.

This is ‘On the Edge’ a pastel inspired by the terrifying height of the cliffs on the West Coast of Scotland, and done from photos and sketches made on the cliff. Size framed 76 x 98 cm.
Price £995

 

Ballaghmor Class

This was one of my commissions last year, which was thrilling to do. Ballaghmor Class is owned by Angela Hislop and trained and ridden by Oliver Townend. They are an amazing partnership, coming a very tight second at Badminton last year, among many other achievements.

When I went to meet and photograph this charismatic horse, I felt like I was meeting a film star. He really knows how special he is. As ever, the staff at Gadlas Farm were wonderfully professional and accommodating. Feeling like a very lucky artist to have had this work, thank you Louise and Angela for giving me the chance!

 

My new video course

At long last I have my new video course on my website! It is designed to complement my book, ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’. You don’t need to have the video and the book, but they work really well together.

I have divided this course into 2 parts so that it is useful for more of you to use…
Parts 1 and 2 are for beginners and
those who have dabbled a bit with pastels. 
Those of you who feel that you are past that complete beginner stage, and want to develop your skills, can just do part 2. Find out more and watch a trailer here.

I have taken so long to get it here on my website as I knew it would be a tricky procedure to do so, and I am an expert at procrastination. Fortunately I have had the Art Tutor team and Steve at the Cube Lab in Exeter (who designs my website) to make this magic happen. They have been amazing!

Magazine Articles 2020

Well it has been a busy few months of writing, which has included  a series for Leisure Painter Magazine on Natural Forms in the landscape. The first 2, Rocks and Water have been published in the May and June issues (they are always two months ahead for some reason), with Skies and Trees to follow over the next 2 months. This is the demo piece from the Water article.
You can get these as digital versions from the Pocketmags.com website, so no germs!
I have also been writing for Paint and Draw magazine, as they have been releasing collections of new and previous articles in issues each month this year looking at different subject matter, but have paused their publication at the moment. Look out for one on animals in a few month’s time featuring a fox in pastels!

Barcelona oil painting

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2019

I am very proud to announce that I have been shortlisted again for the Artists and Illustrators, ‘Artist of the Year’ Award, the third year running!

Having submitted 9 pieces, my painting ‘Big Hair in Barcelona’ has been chosen for the Artists of the Year Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from 25th February to 2nd March 2019.

You can vote for me online now, for the Readers Choice award, at http://awards.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/vote-now/

The prizes will be announced on 27th February, wish me luck!

COOLEY MASTER CLASS

Last year, I was thrilled to be asked to capture the amazing Cooley Master Class, the highly successful  event horse ridden by Oliver Townend.

In 2018 they won the Kentucky three day event, and have had great success over the years. I have had to keep this secret for months as it was a surprise Christmas present for Cooley Master Class’s owner, so it has been under wraps for a while!

It was a great challenge to paint a horse so beautiful, powerful and intelligent, but also so laid back and relaxed when he is in his stable.When I visited him at Gadlas Farm where he is trained (and looked after wonderfully),  I completely fell in love with him, especially his eyes. So this was a portrait that needed to capture many facets of his personality.

A challenge indeed, but so enjoyable. Many thanks to Louise for commissioning me to paint him.

SOCIETY OF EQUESTRIAN ARTISTS

The Society of Equestrian Artists ‘Horse in Art’ Exhibition was at the Sally Mitchell Gallery, in 2018.

It was a wonderful mix of paintings, drawings and sculptures celebrating the horse, by some of the leading equestrian artists in the country. You can also see still some of the exhibition online at www.sallymitchell.com.

WILDWOOD ARTS GALLERY

I am delighted to now be represented by Wildwood Arts, a fantastic gallery near Tavistock that specialises in art relating to Dartmoor and rural life.

It is a perfect fit for my work, both my landscapes and equestrian pieces. The other work in there is beautiful, and ranges from 2D work to sculpture, jewellery and textiles.

Quite frankly I would like to buy nearly all it.
They have some of my original landscapes and horses, and my Limited Edition Prints of horses, and will be getting more new work as soon as I can paint it.

www.wildwoodartsdartmoor.co.uk, take a look!

NEW WEBSITE BURSARY

I am very thankful to the Department of International Trade and European Regional Development Fund for helping me to develop my work, and particularly for the bursary I have received to create this new website.

Through their Export for Growth scheme, which has been helping artists and makers in the South West, I have been attending conferences and workshops, and getting lots of advice from Trevor my wonderful International Trade Adviser. I feel very privileged to have this help, and am making the most of it! It will now be much easier for people to access and buy my work and courses, from the UK and all around the World,

Please browse the site, and let me know what you think, we are still tweaking it, after months of working on it.

I must also say a big thank you to Steve at The Cube Lab, who has made it all possible, and has managed to work with me for several months and retain his sanity.

NEW PASTEL SCHOOL

COURSE PLACE AVAILABLE IN ITALY IN SEPTEMBER!
We have had a place become available our residential course at the Watermill, in Italy. To look at the course description go to http://thenewpastelschool.co.uk/

We have just finished running a course at Shorlands Old Farm with a lovely group of people. This is a photo I took when Nel and I went for a walk one evening to the Valley of the Rocks, just a 20 minute drive from Shorlands. We felt like we were in an episode of Poldark!

For the 2019 dates we have in the diary, take a look here
You can reserve a place or register your interest for next years courses already. It is a good idea to do this, as this years courses sold out very quickly.

I will not have many courses at my studio in the coming months, as I am spending more time painting.

Exhibitions

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the third year running for the Artist and Illustrator’s ‘Artist of the Year’ competition, and will have my work in the ‘Artists of the Year’ Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London at the end of February.

Exhibitions in the diary so far include;

Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries 25th Feb to 2nd March 2019

Delamore Arts, Devon, May 2019

Doddiscombsleigh Art Fair, Oct 2019

Wildwood Arts, Horrabridge, Devon, all year!

Please get in touch if you would like to come and visit my studio, I welcome visitors, but please make an appointment first!

PORLOCK WORKSHOP

I have just got back from a fantastic week at Porlock with the Society of Equestrian Artists.

This is their annual workshop, where members of all abilities and experience get together to share their love of horses.

We learn from hugely talented tutors, and each other, and draw from life all week, it is SO difficult I just cannot put it into words.

The horses are held, but they still don’t keep still! To compensate for the trauma we eat huge quantities of cake and laugh a lot.
I have my name down already for next year, and can’t wait to see my lovely friends again.

An original pastel painting of a misty, rainy day on Dartmoor in Devon. Tiny figures can be seen hiking along a path, dwarfed by the huge landscape, walking down the valley where a stream glints in the light. In the foreground a group of lichen-covered rocks are surrounded by gorse and heather. The colours are pale and soft, with grey and lilac, and greens and yellows of the plants.

BIG COLYTON ART SHOW

I will be taking part in The Big Colyton Art Show again this year, from 12th to 14th October.

Always an interesting show, with selected artists.

The exhibition raises money for Colyton Grammar School, and also features work by the students, which last year was so exciting that it blew us away.

THE BOOK!

My book, ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ will be published by Search Press early next year. It has been a very long time in the planning, but is really coming together now, after a great photography session in June.

It was so nice to be at Search Press HQ, meeting many of the lovely people who work there. Edd the Editor is a man of great patience, and we powered through many of the sections.

Just a bit more photography to do with Paul and then I will be handing it over to the design team, how exciting!