Fowey Art Trail 2017
It is all hands on deck here at Art HQ as final preparations are made for this year's Fowey Art Trail, part of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. Last year I collaborated with three fellow fine artists, Maureen Bull of Taurus Gallery, Karen D Needham and Denise Parry, and am delighted that we four are once again exhibiting together.
I am very happy to have my pencil drawing A Thirst for Life featured on the publicity material for the art trail, and hope to meet many people and share my love of the humble pencil. With fine art portraiture on show, and daily drawing demonstrations, it is an ideal opportunity to watch artists at work, get answers to any arty questions you may have, and even be inspired to pick up a pencil and unleash your creative potential also.
At last year's Art Trail we welcomed visitors from all over Cornwall and the world, with many visiting the historic town of Fowey for the annual festival. My art found new homes in Canada and Belgium as well as closer to home, and I hope to see both familiar faces and make new friends too throughout the eight days.
I will be working on a new drawing throughout the exhibition, so come and see us at venue no.1 - Taurus Gallery in Gallants Drive, between Readymoney and Main car park.
All the information you need including a downloadable art trail map can be found at www.foweyfestival.com/art-trail-2017
Chewing it Over has sold!
This pastel painting has captured the imagination of a great many people, with greetings cards featuring my favourite giraffe being bought and sent all over the world.
That hairy chin and those big soulful eyes are irresistable, and thanks to its charm, Chewing it Over has now sold so the original artwork is with it's new owner here in Cornwall.
For those of you who want a bit of this giraffe's loveliness in your life, limited edition giclee prints as well as greetings cards featuring the image are available to purchase.
Fine Art at Cornwall Vegan Festival
On Saturday 22nd April, from 11am - 5pm, the fifth annual Cornwall Vegan Festival will be held at Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan. I am very much looking forward to being there and sharing my artwork.
The festival is a celebration of the many benefits of veganism, and a great opportunity to learn more about how we can each benefit our environment and improve our health whilst eating well and making small and simple lifestyle changes. A family (and dog!) friendly day, with the most delicious food, local traders, talks, art, demonstrations and fun and friendship. All set in the gorgeous grounds of Mount Pleasant Eco Park and right by Cornwall's dramatic North Coast.
As a plant-fuelled artist, I am passionate about low impact living, eating well for myself and the planet, and of course the natural world which inspires my drawings.
At the festival you will find me on stall 27, where I will be creating an animal artwork so you can watch me work and ask any questions you may have. For more information about everything that is happening on the day, visit the Cornwall Vegan Festival website: www.cornwallvegans.uk/cornwall-vegan-festival-2017
The Cornish Vegan Artwork
There is a delightfully delicious and multi award winning cafe in Truro, Cornwall's capital city, called The Cornish Vegan, where a selection of my prints and cards have found a happy home.
As a plant fuelled artist myself, and one who loves to eat well for both myself and the environment, it is great to be able to sell my animal artwork in this gorgeous space.
These amazing photographs were taken by the very kind and very talented, award winning Truro based photographer Paul B Nash, for which I am very grateful. Paul's passion for photography covers a range of genres including land and seascapes, animal and people portraiture and street scenes, all of which you can enjoy on his website www.paulbnashphotography.com
Be sure to book as The Cornish Vegan's reputation precedes it, and enjoy fabulous food and perhaps even surprise yourself with just how well us vegans eat! Get a taste of the delicious offerings and their upcoming events on The Cornish Vegan website
Paint Magazine Front Cover Artist
The March 2017 edition of the SAA - Society for all Artists' PAINT magazine features my pastel painting Chewing it Over on the front cover. Plus pages three and four are an interview with myself all about the creative process. I am delighted to know that Chewing it Over will be gracing coffee tables all over the UK and overseas, and hope that my artwork will encourage others to do what they love, and perhaps even reach for a pencil or some pastels for their next creation.
I find that pencil is often overlooked as a medium, in favour of painting and other approaches, so I am always keen to show what can be achieved with this most humble of tools. And many are surprised, as I was when I first started working with pastels, at the amount of detail you can achieve with them. The potential for precision with both mediums is enormous, and for those who enjoy working in this way, I hope my love of detail will be of interest and even inspiration.
A Thirst for Life - Pencil Portrait
Since I first discovered the work of French photographer Réhahn, I have been captivated by his portraiture. A Thirst for Life is drawn with Réhahn's kind permission, from his photograph Water is Life, taken in Hoi An, Vietnam.
I have always been fascinated by faces and hands, and most of all those which have aged and tell their own stories. The simplicity of the act and the complexity of this woman's skin combine to make an inspiring image which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it.
This drawing is A4 size, and was a massive undertaking due to the level of detail involved. As it was drawn for my own pleasure and so not to a deadline, I fitted it in around other commitments and so just spent a few hours here and there working on it when I could. It often accompanied me to exhibitions and events where I could sit with my drawing board and demonstrate pencil portraiture to visitors, and it is an excellent example of the versatility and potential of the humble pencil.
You can see many more incredible images from Réhahn's travels on his website www.rehahnphotographer.com
Yannick - Coloured Pencil Portrait
This coloured pencil portrait was commissioned as a surprise Christmas present, and features the adorable Yannick. Who could resist that smile, and his obvious delight at dressing up in the big boy slippers?
So that Yannick's portrait could be shared with all who know and love him, a limited edition range of greetings cards were printed featuring this artwork. This is a wonderful way for the client to ensure this beautiful image brings smiles to as many faces as possible at Christmas.
A warm, peachy coloured paper was chosen for this artwork which beautifully compliments the warm colours of the portrait.
As with all of my commissioned artwork, throughout the process I sent photographs of the drawing as it progressed to the client. These ensure that both parties are confident that the portrait is what they want it to be, and provides an interesting insight into how a drawing is created.
Bhutan Women - Commissioned Coloured Pencil Portrait
These two women live in Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas. The image is of particular significance to the client as he took the original photograph when travelling in Nepal in 2003, and many changes have ocurred for these people since then. Now their village has electricty, they have access to mobile phones, and a road has been built to connect them to neighbouring communities. These modernisations inevitably bring changes to lifestyle and tradition, so you would be far less likely now to see the clothes and hats worn as they are here.
This drawing is A3 size, and on a tinted white coloured paper, the softness of which suits the colours of the artwork very well.
English Countryside - Commissioned Coloured Pencil Portrait
This drawing was unusual both in subject matter for me, and as it was a more collaborative approach with the client than is usually taken with a portrait. The client had an idea of what they wanted, so I created initial sketches and the design evolved between us as the drawing progressed.
It is a little under A4 size, and features favourite flowers and creatures which are quintessentially English. A bit of Springtime to enjoy all year round
Sita - Commissioned Coloured Pencil Portrait
Sita is the star of this coloured pencil portrait, and what a beautiful subject she was to draw too. It is my first full coloured pencil portrait, so was a very interesting process to undertake and I hope to be using this wonderful medium again soon for more colourful portraits of people.
This portrait has gone to live with Sita and her family in Belgium, and I hope that it is enjoyed for many years to come by all who see it.