Sunday, 27 May 2012

Atkins update

My work is now for sale in Hinckley at the Atkins building, this used to be a hosiery factory back in the day, my mum worked there when I was growing up before she became a top notch nurse so I was thrilled when I went to display my art work there! 


Here is some pictures of the pieces I took to display.......

                                                              Corfu - Sunset Beach £25

                                                                      Carefree £20

                                                                       Poppy £20
                                           
 
Dancing Daisies £20
This has a poem written on that says:

Daisy Time

BY MARJORIE PICKTHALL

See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.

Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies' dance
All the meadow over.

Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer's praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.



Happy Tree in pink & Silver £20




Happy Tree £25


Rose in Blue £15


Inspired by my friends 30th birthday at the Jekyll & Hyde Gin Parlour in Birmingham http://www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk/private-dining_117_3.html




What's been happening?

Last month I was asked to create a mural for Fourways Children's Play Centre in Atherstone http://www.fourwaysplaycentre.com 


Here is how it came together.......I came up with a few designs then I started work, the mural below is 10ft by 25ft and I used a mixed media of emulsion, spray paint and acrylic paint and varnish to create the mural......


 I painted on 8 characters.....
  Here is the finished product.................this took 50 hours to complete




 Then I started on the party room upstairs........here the play centre wanted 3 murals and a happy birthday banner, princess and knights was the theme......... this took me 30 hours to complete.







This was the write up in the Nuneaton news.........................

I really enjoyed creating these murals and I can't wait for my next mural challenge!!



Saturday, 21 April 2012

I have just has just won a contract to do all the artwork for a new kids soft play centre

I'm very happy, this is my biggest project to date, there is two rooms and the first mural will measure 25 ft X 10 ft.........please watch this space for pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Which shops do I recommend?

If you are wondering where I go to buy my art materials? Which places are nice to visit to buy materials, art work etc......


A place that is local to me and closest to my heart and that also sells my art work for me is a lovely little place called The Crafty Rummage on Attleborough Green in Nuneaton.


It's a beautiful shop in Freer Street, Attleborough Nuneaton. We sell clothes, We buy clothes, We hire out your clothes for you, We rent space to local artists so that they have a retail outlet that they can call their own, without charging a fortune. Friendly local business, that is all about community and working together. 



Please have a nosey at this link, like it, join us on face book, share it with your friends most importantly pop in and have a good old rummage! http://www.facebook.com/The.Crafty.Rummage.Nuneaton/info




Another place I pop to fairly often is my local art shop http://www.abbeycraftartworld.co.uk/100290/info.php?p=2 I have never been in and they haven't got what I've needed!


Finally a lovely place to go for art materials, a cuppa, cake and to look at the art on display is a place worth driving the extra distance to in Hinckley http://www.ten2gallery.co.uk/Ten_2_Home.asp 



Courses in the local area for those who are interested in learning more.....

 I have just found out about these courses for people who wish to join up......



The Art Studio, Ten-Two Gallery and Art Café, 102 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1DD 01455 636339

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2012
 APRIL to JULY  
MONDAY 7.00 9.00            Drawing and Painting           
Develop and improve your skills and techniques in a variety of mediums during this 6 week course. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 11TH June       6 weeks                     Tutor:- Rose Allinson                Cost = £48.00    

TUESDAY 10.00 12.00       Watercolour Painting           
Explore the versatility of watercolours as a painting medium. Develop your skills using a wide variety of techniques. Students will aim to record their work and experiments in a small sketchbook during the ten weeks. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 17th April 10 weeks                      Tutor:- Julia Smith                 Cost = £80.00
 TUESDAY 7.00 9.00          Drawing and Painting           
Expand and improve your skills during these 10 weeks. Develop techniques and build confidence working on set themes or personal choices. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 12th June        6 weeks                      Tutor:- Rose Allinson             Cost = £48.00

WEDNESDAY 1.30 3.30     Drawing and Painting           
Develop and improve your skills and techniques in a variety of mediums during this 6 week course. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 13th June        6 weeks                      Tutor:- Rose Allinson             Cost = £48.00
WEDNESDAY 7.00 - 9.00      Calligraphy
Expand and improve your skills during these 10 weeks. Develop techniques and build confidence working on set themes or personal choices. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 18th April        8 weeks                      Tutor:- Kathy Sedar             Cost = £64.00

THURSDAY 10.00 12.00    Portraiture - Drawing & Painting        
Expand your drawing skills and palette and learn how to bring to life the human form. Suitable for people with some experience.
Starts:- 19th April        10 weeks                     Tutor:- Julia Smith                  Cost = £90.00
THURSDAY 1.00 3.00       Drawing                          
Brush up on your drawing skills! Explore the use of dry media in this 10 week course. To include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, pencil crayons, etc. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts  19th April         10 weeks                    Tutor:- Julia Smith                   Cost = £80.00
THURSDAY 3.45 4.45       After School Course                 
 A course for children aged  6 12  years old . The course will include painting, drawing and crafts and will have a variety of themes.  All materials and light refreshment included. Tutor CRB approved.
Starts 19th April          10 weeks                   Tutor:- Julia Smith                    Cost = £50.00
THURSDAY 7.00 9.00       Drawing                          
Brush up on your drawing skills! Explore the use of dry media in this 10 week course. To include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, pencil crayons, etc. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 19th April       10 weeks               Tutor:- Julia Smith                   Cost = £80.00

FRIDAY 10.00 12.00         Watercolours                            
Learn new techniques and build confidence with watercolour painting. Develop a personal theme in your work through observation and imagination. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 20th April        10 weeks               Tutor:- Julia Smith                  Cost = £80.00

SATURDAY 10.00 - 12.00        Botanical Painting
The course will cover the basics in terms of both skills and equipment for beginners and will guide you through the stages involved in producing a good piece of finished work. For students with some experience, the course aims to help you develop the skills you already have and to increase both your confidence and ability.
Starts:- 5th May            8 weeks                Tutor:-Kate Nuttall                 Cost = £64.00
Places are confirmed once payment is received. Cancellations received up to 2 weeks before the commencement of the course will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after that time may be charged the full cost.

Friday, 13 April 2012

My second appearance in our local paper in the past 6mths......


Over all I'm really pleased with the progress I have made with my art, it has been tiring I won't lie trying to fit it in and run a business where I am with the children for 44hrs per week, having my own 2 children and 8 more on my books it hasn't been easy especially with the paperwork, deep cleaning etc on top plus the festival of arts to organise, there have been times I've been on the top of my car painting at 7am, times I've been printing certificates late into the night with my husband (thank god for him!) but has it been worth it? Hell Yes! I'm loving it all!!

I think that's about it for now all that's left to say is watch this space as I'm currently working on the Milverton Nursery Mural, I painted a tree and butterflies for them last year and now I am adding more..........pics to follow soon!!!

Keep following!

Mothers day Painting


I painted this to give to my mum for mothers day it says  when all at once I saw a host of golden daffodils, beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze.........

Just incase you all thought I was being lazy in February..........we were having a family holiday



We took our girls to Florida for our first ever 2 week family holiday, it was amazing, I hadn't relised how much we needed the break and time as a family, it was heaven and we loved every minute as I think you can tell from the picture!

Nuneaton Festival of Arts............

This took place in mid march and it was a brilliant but very busy experience, so many talented people entered! 

The Exhibition closes on Sunday so if you haven't already been to see the art on display in Riversley Park Museum & Art Gallery then you need to go this weekend!

The adjudicator came to judge on the 16th March she was a lovely lady called Jhinuk Sarkar, she is an artist living in London, you can see her work on her blog......  http://www.paper-fig.blogspot.co.uk

Jhiunk was a brilliant judge; she looked closely at each piece of work and took into account everything from the tiny details to the frame used!

 Jhinuk was very impressed with the exhibition, here is what she had to say about it!

"The quality in the adults section this year has been of a good standard - and there has obviously been considered thought put into the work submitted. I enjoyed looking at the variety of mediums used, the techniques and the enthusiasm to include something from the local environment.

The children's work was very colourful! The vibrancy of the work really showed the efforts involved and I congratulate every young person that submitted work to the festival this year. Keep entering your work to make use of this great opportunity at the museum. I hope you will encourage your family and friends to go and see your work on the gallery walls!

Whilst my decisions to give prizes for certain work were of my own judgement, I hope that all visitors to the exhibitions leave comments stating their own preference of winners, because the festival is all about the community spirit!"

On the 31st March we had the awards presentation for all the winners, there were 13 trophy winners and 156 certificates awarded!

Here is a picture of me with the Mayor at the presentation:



So what else has happened?

I also painted a few pictures on canvas to put up for sale in The Crafty Rummage! I have also added them for sale on ebay.........http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/david_jones_copper/m.html?hash=item2c647e6fca&item=190664568778&pt=UK_art_Paintings_GL&_trksid=p4340.l2562

Rainbow Happy Tree

Rose in Blue

Corfu - Sunset Beach

So much has happened since my last post - time to update you all!

So I have completed my mural is it now up outside the shop, I was on holiday for a few weeks in February so it was put up in March it looks like this.......

Friday, 13 January 2012

I have officially started working in my studio!

I'm working on a mural to go outside, I'm doing it on boards and will then put it up outside, I'm hoping to have it finished for the end of the month! Photo's to follow!