Friday, 26 February 2016

2016 ! And still here blogger world!

Oh dear. Facebook and twitter and instagram... my blog has fallen by the way side! Any artists reading - what do you use, if anything, to share your work, progress? I've been really enjoying facebook for the ease of connecting with people from all walks of life through the sharing of my paintings. Its great to get feedback, to share progress and struggle, and for occasional sales! But the blog is still the only platform to really write anything down. So here is a little update!

For the past couple of years I have really felt that I know what I'm aiming for with a painting. I simply adore the illusion of light in an image, and the challenge of doing that in paint. Here's a few from the past year for you:

Very excited to have joined the Waterside gallery in St Ives, they've got several seascapes including this 128cm x 58cm  'Soft Light, Summer'  for £1,495. It is acrylic on canvas, with my favourite lighting - I just love the way paint can create the illusion of blinding light, making you squint when you look at it!

I'm also just about to paint some work for the gorgeous Gribbin Gallery in Polkerris, Cornwall, and have recently joined the Jane Reeves Gallery in Padstow. Things are going brilliantly at the Harbour Gallery in Portscatho, so its all about Cornwall at the moment! I'm so glad as its a short/mid term aim to move there, such an inspirational beautiful place... and it'll give me much more opportunity for plein air work on the coast, which has been such a beneficial exercise over the last couple of years. Its trickier working outside with the elements, but has such a massive effect on my understanding of light and colour.

However I still adore the opposite side of the country, and have just come back from visiting Loch Rannoch again, in the highlands. Utterly gorgeous. Here's one I did after a run along the water's edge, the snow, water and air clarity make for incredible light. These will hopefully be heading up to Scotland Art in Glasgow.

Morning Glow, Loch Rannoch, 65cm x 65cm

Morning Run. Loch Rannoch, 38 x 38cm 

Much closer to home though, I'm excited to have work on display at my framers, Hall of Frames on King St in Belper. They're absolutely lovely in there, if you're passing, go and say hello!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tarpey Gallery Exhibition

Here's a few teasers for my show at the Tarpey in Castle Donington, Derbyshire - would love you to come to the opening night, April 11th, 6pm - 8pm!

Its a great space, I'm really excited about it. I haven't had a solo exhibition for a few years - there will be about 18 in this one and it's always great to see your work hung together en masse. It allows you to to step back from it and evaluate.

 Soft Light, Hope - acrylic on canvas 120 x 50cm

Wave Watching - acrylic on canvas 120 x 50cm

Its also a great opportunity to go slightly larger - I loved painting these two! The sea begs for large format, but not many people have the space for this kind of size. Really I'd like to paint huge walls of it...

To coincide with the exhibition, the lovely Amanda at Artsbeat Magazine has written a little piece on me and my work. Here's a quote from it, which just touched me - she nailed it:

'She might be in the room chatting nineteen to the dozen but her soul is somewhere else on the dunes, a cliff side or the beach watching the light reflecting on the water, listening to the crashing of the waves.'

On another note, completely off topic  - I'm in a band called Red Ruff and we just made a little video for a song I wrote, called Magpie! Have a watch with a cuppa ;) 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

2015 art news

Shallows of the Derwent, acrylic on 60x60cm canvas & Hope Cove, 60cm x 30cm – recent commissions

2014 was a brilliant year. As well as being my most successful year to date, I was highly commended in the Buxton Spa Prize, and my painting chosen for the cover of the Buxton Festival brochure for 2015. I was also a finalist in Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year. I hope to enter more competitions and shows this year! As ever my style continues to steadily evolve, and I’m finding that sketching outside is greatly influencing my use of colour.

High Summer, Buxton – highly commended at the Buxton Spa Prize, and Little Light, finalist in Artist of the Year 2014

2015 got off to an intense start with plans for two solo exhibitions. I’m really excited to be showing at the fantastic Derbyshire Tarpey Gallery, preview 6pm on April 11th.  I’ve called the exhibition ‘From River to Sea ‘ – I just love trying to catch the light and feel of water in paint. Would love to see you there! I’m also exhibiting some of my works in liquid graphite, a medium sent to me for review by Jacksons Art Supplies. An enjoyable thing to provide! 

On the River, 78cm x 58cm acrylic on board and Wave Watching, acrylic on 120cm canvas - The Tarpey Gallery             

Next I will be exhibiting in the most amazing of places - Fort Clonque in Alderney, my ancestral home, as part of the Alderney Arts Festival in May. Also, for the third year in a row, I am running a workshop week for some of the brilliant local artists, one of the highlights of my year. Last summer I sat on the cliffs and painted the coast around from the fort – just stunning. Not as grey as it looks in the photo! Alderney is an incredibly idyllic, wild place, and a second home to me – can’t wait to return.

Alderney Lighthouse, 48cmx58cm acrylic on board – Alderney Arts Festival

I’m really happy to be included in the stable of artists at The Harbour Gallery, Portscatho this year. They also work with Create Cornwall, at the Scarlet and Bedruthan hotels at Mawgan Porth, and I’ve been loving the trips down there in order to keep them stocked up! Such a beautiful part of the world. 

Breezy Days, St Anthony, 35cm x 45cm acrylic on board – The Harbour Gallery

I continue to have work selling from The Mulberry Tree down in Dorset, the Brownston  and Hope Cove galleries in Devon, and I’m about to send some new work up to Scotland Art in Glasgow – acrylic on paper, a change for me. I went to Loch Rannoch in early February which wasn’t short on inspiration – here is a painting of the beautiful loch-side. Also in Scotland, I’m currently exhibiting in a mixed show at La Galerie 1940 in Edinburgh – it’s lovely to have work back in my favourite city! 

I’ve also recently joined up with Wychwood Gallery, based in the Cotswolds, who will be taking a selection of my work to the Bristol Art fair later this year. This then takes me up to my third solo exhibition this year at the Cathedral Gallery in Derby, Light on the Sea, in October. Brilliantly busy, I just need to fit it all in!

Thanks for reading – hope the pics brighten up your day!

Jenny x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Devon seas

Well I'm not by the water yet but I'm working from sketches, photos and memories, painting the beautiful Hope Cove, and Cornish big seas, wishing I that was...

Ah... I don't ever really want to paint things other than the light on the waves.

What is it, to love the sea? To need it? What does that even mean?

I've lived away from it most of my life, and perhaps absence makes the heart etc... but when I have lived by it I've felt exactly the same. I feel I can breathe better, my shoulders drop. Something inside me is lighter.

Is it just that I grew up visiting Alderney, where my dad's family come from? Or that I do, in some way, have the sea in my blood? I feel rooted, by water -  and I am home. I feel safe, close to the sea, in the face of whichever mood it is in.

I feel like its in my soul in a way that defines who I am.

I'm desperate to live on a shore again.

I like this quote I found, apparently by John F Kennedy:

'I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.'

Thursday, 15 January 2015


Well 2014 was very busy but 2015 is looking absolutely crammed! 

Its very exciting though :)

Amongst other things, I've joined Wychwood Gallery, who regularly exhibit at the major art fairs. Should be at Bristol Art Fair with them later in the year. 

I've got a solo exhibition planned at the Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donington, Derbyshire, in April. Then a solo exhibition in Alderney the following month, as part of their annual art festival.

In June I'll be part of a group show at the Station Gallery in Rowsley, Derbyshire - run by a fab artist called Rachael Pinks. Brilliant curator as well as artist - well worth a visit! 

I've also been invited to exhibit at La Galerie 1940 in Edinburgh next month, a new gallery that looks fab. There's also a new gallery in Padstow run by the amazing painter Jane Reeves  which I'm really excited to get involved with. 

My work has been selling well through the Harbour Gallery and their sister galleries at Bedruthan and Scarlet Hotels, in Cornwall, so I'll be sending more work their way very soon. 

Scotland Art continues to be a great gallery for me - I'm heading up to the Highlands in a couple of weeks so I'll be getting some more work over to them very soon.

In October I'll have a solo show at the Cathedral Gallery in Derby, called Light on the Sea.

So its all exceedingly busy... woo hoo!

Here's some recent work which will be appearing at one of the above galleries or shows.. just got to decide which! :)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

More Portscatho :)

Just love that autumn dramatic light...

Portscatho paintings

Here's Light on the Water, Portscatho, Cornwall, just about to head off down the Harbour Gallery :)

Low December light isn't helping me work though so I'm going to have to get daylight bulbs... anyone else out there got any advice for painting in the winter?

Having so much fun exploring warm and cool greys along secondary colours to make light. I never used to be so attentive towards the colour relationships but now I depend upon exact tones and colours to get the real effect of light... I'm fascinated by it!

Working today wearing gloves in my cold studio... need much tea. :)