I was very pleased to join up with two artist friends - Penny McLean and Rob Gobel - to be part of an exhibition called 'Three Journeys'. This will be held at Bridlington Spa from 1st August to 2nd September. The Spa is open daily and admission to the exhibition is free. It would be lovely to see you there but if you are planning to visit please contact me so I can make sure I will be there to meet you. Normally I like to produce a complete new set of works for an exhibition but this is slightly different. In line with the theme I have included several earlier paintings that I have never exhibited before though there are some new works too so you can discover my happy and exciting art journey.This painting is my personal favourite of my show and is the last one in the ‘Riverbank’ triage. It's one of those that take on a life of their own. Sharp eyed viewers will notice that I have painted that oddly shaped tree before – it overhangs a quiet stream in a small village called Brompton-by-Sawdon. For this painting I have widened the stream into a river so I could highlight the shady bank against the hot summer scene in the background. When I started to paint the foliage on the trees it became almost hypnotic and the leaves appeared to be gently moving in a river borne breeze. I was so pleased with the result that I decided to replicate the colours in the river using different marks with the brush. Ripples started to appear and the river began to flow so I am very well pleased with this ‘impressionist’ painting.
This was the first painting in my triage of 'reflections from a riverbank' which will form the centrepiece of my "Three Journeys" exhibition. It's a large watercolour measuring 34" x 28" mounted and framed. The point of this painting (and the other two for that matter) was to try and portray that relaxing feeling of being by a cool river or stream on a warm day. Away from the bank you can see and feel the heat but here in the shade all is quiet and peaceful. Here you can cool off and take a moment or two to reflect on the sights and sounds of Mother Nature at her tranquil and relaxing best. As a painter I have always been attracted by the play of light on water and here I have tried to lead you not just into the scene, but beyond as well. So go on...settle down for a while and enjoy the peace. The 'Three Journeys' Exhibition is at Bridlington Spa and starts on the 1st August running through until 2nd September so plenty of time for you to come and have a look if you get the chance.
"Rainbow River" is one of a trilogy of watercolour paintings exploring the effects of light in a shady riverbank. They will all feature in my upcoming exhibition 'Three Journeys' which runs from 1st August - 2nd September at the Gallery@theSpa Bridlington. It is a great venue for art and is open daily from 10.am through until approximately 4.30. Admission is free and as well as the exhibition there is an excellent tearoom with great views over Bridlington Bay........ worth a visit? I should say so! It would be lovely to see you and show you my latest work. I will be around most days but if you contact me we can make definite arrangements to meet up.
Although this painting is based on a real place it contains many elements of inspiration and imagination whereas last year I focussed more on reality. I want you to be sat on this shady riverbank cooling off from a hot sunny day and watching the gentle flow of this timeless river. I used lots of different colours in the painting to get the 'rainbow' effect I was seeking. The black framed painting measures 34" x 28" and is for sale from the 1st August for £345.00. You can buy the original now or book a viewing but I would like it to remain in the gallery until the exhibition ends please. There are 25 different products featuring this image available now.
I am pleased to be exhibiting with two close colleagues this year at the Gallery@theSpa in Bridlington. The exhibition is entitled ‘Three Journeys’ and features the mixed media of Rob Gobel, the picturesque oils of Penny McLean and yours truly. The exhibition runs from 1st August all the way through to the 2nd September. The gallery is open daily from about 10.00 am to 4.30 pm and admission is free. At least one of us will be at the gallery most days but just contact me if you have a specific date in mind and I’ll try to be there to meet up.
From traditional to colourful expressionism Rob brings life to the Yorkshire Coast, Yorkshire Wolds and further afield. Travelling widely and absorbing the light, space and colours of open landscape he produces mixed media painting done mostly “en plein air”. This is easier done in the warmer climes of France or a Scandinavian summer than the challenge of painting the East Coast of Yorkshire in the biting winds of winter!
Penny studied at the Edinburgh College of Art before going into teaching. Inspired by the Scottish painter’s love of colour, texture and expressive brushwork reflecting nature’s natural rhythms in the landscape she realised the techniques could be applied anywhere from the clear light of the Mediterranean to the gentle light of Yorkshire. Even if a scene is not spectacular in the accepted sense Penny proves there is much to see whether it’s the mood, colour, light, patterns or textures all beautifully captured in her oil paintings.
Me…I fell off a ladder and paint watercolours!
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!