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.
Autumn Exhibition with St.Austell Society of Artists
St.Austell Society of Artists' autumn exhibition is being held this year at Trenance Cottages in Newquay. Nestled in stunning gardens, it is a peaceful setting which is ideal to showcase the artwork of local creatives.
The exhibition is running from the 26th September till the 1st October, from 10am - 5pm. There also is an adjacent tea room with a traditional feel and delicious foods on offer.
The standard of work in the SASA exhibitions is very high, and the show features framed and unframed originals, prints and cards, with good sales reflecting the excellence displayed by the exhibitors.
Win a 'Heart of Stone' Print
A limited edition print of my drawing Heart of Stone is one of the many prizes you could win as a part of the Fowey Festival grand draw. Raffle tickets are on sale at The Well House tearoom and B&B in Fowey town centre and at all Festival events.
Many super prizes are on display in the window of the old Bistro, Fowey, and the artwork prizes are displayed in various shop windows around the town.
You can see the Heart of Stone print now in the window at Fowey Tourist Information Centre, and the original drawing will be exhibited alongside many other pictures by myself and fellow artists at Taurus Art Gallery (venue 1 on the art trail) from the 7th - 14th May.
Download the Art Trail map here: www.foweyfestival.com/art-trail-2
Fowey Art Trail in Cornwall Life Magazine
Fowey Art Trail has been featured in a great article in the April edition of Cornwall Life magazine. It does a great job of showing how diverse the local creative talent is and I am ever so pleased that they chose to include my Duckling pastel painting along with a little write up about me too.
The Fowey Art Trail is running from the 7th - 14th May and you can visit artists in their studios, purchase artwork and support local independent makers. I will be at Taurus Art Gallery in Gallants Drive along with fellow exhibitors Maureen Bull, Karen Needham and Denise Parry, and we are venue number 1 on the trail. I will be working on new artwork throughout the week so you can see me in action and I will happily answer any questions that you may have.
For full details about the Fowey Art Trail and to download the map, visit the Fowey Festival website here: www.foweyfestival.com/art-trail-2/
Exhibition Poster Artist at Lander Gallery
Many thanks to Lander Gallery in Truro for selecting my artworks Rosie and Goldfinch to feature on the posters for the Spring Open Exhibition and the Wild Cornwall exhibition. It was a delight to climb the stairs to the galllery and see my Goldfinch welcoming the visitors when I popped in the other day!
Wild Cornwall Exhibition at Lander Gallery
It is my great pleasure to say that I have been invited to exhibit my art as a part of Lander Gallery's latest exhibition, Wild Cornwall. It is running from 22nd April till 4th June and there will be as always a wide variety of work on display from paintings to sculpture, and drawings to jewellery.
Alongside all the wonderful current art by local artists, there is the Lander Classics collection also, as well as the super Gallery Cafe where you can take a break whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
I am exhibiting three new original pastel paintings in Wild Cornwall, each of which are available to buy also. They are: Blackberry Brunch, Goldfinch and Just Popping Out.
Posturing Peacock is Longlisted for JOAP 2016
This week I learned the very exciting news that my entry of Posturing Peacock of Pencarrow has been longlisted for the Jacksons Open Art Prize 2016. This is the first year I have entered myself into any art competitions, so to receive this recognition is extremely flattering and encouraging. JOAP is an international competition, and as an open event artwork in many different mediums and across any genre was accepted. My coloured pencil drawing is one of just 410 pictures chosen from 3100 entries!
You can see all the longlisted artworks here: www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2016/04/15/joap-longlist-announced and you will find my drawing on page four. It is well worth browsing the selected entries as the standard is extremely high and there is definitely lots of creative inspiration to be had. The shortlist as selected by a panel of judges will be announced on the 29th April on the blog, very best of luck to all my fellow artists with the next round!
Posturing Peacock of Pencarrow has sold!
This coloured pencil portrait sold before I had shared the finished picture online. As a way to demonstrate the process of creating a drawing, I posted a step by step series (one stage a day, over 15 days of peacock season) of photographs on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/tamsindearingportraits
One of the followers fell in love with this beautiful fellow and his poses, and purchased the original and then waited to see the last few stages unfold. I was rather looking forward to having this drawing on my wall in my studio though am delighted that it has found such a happy home and will be enjoyed by others too.
Limited edition prints are available of Posturing Peacock of Pencarrow, with greetings cards coming soon, and if you visit me at the Fowey Art Trail next month you will be able to see a print framed and in all it's glory.
Fowey Art Trail
Fowey Art Trail is running from 7th - 14th May, as a part of this year's Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. I am delighted to be taking part in this open studios event and to be joining forces with fellow local artists Maureen Bull, Karen Needham and Denise Parry. Together we are exhibiting at Taurus Art Gallery (which is run by Maureen) and are the first stop on the trail of 16 artists' studios and venues around the picturesque town of Fowey on Cornwall's south coast.
I will be working on new artwork in both pastel and pencil throughout the week, and will be very happy to discuss how I create my pictures, the materials I use, and to demonstrate how I employ a range of techniques to create my pencil drawings and pastel paintings.
This is an excellent opportunity to view my artwork and to purchase original pictures, limited edition prints and greetings cards, and also to discuss and ideas you may have for commissioning a portrait of your own.
It is always a joy to meet others who are interested in the creative process, and to have the opportunity to be a part of an event like this which showcases the wealth of talent in this part of the world.
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature is a longstanding annual event here in Cornwall, and attracts visitors from far and wide with its excellent programme of events. You can find full details of what is on offer this year on the website www.foweyfestival.com
Taurus Art Gallery can be found at Gallant's Drive near Readymoney car park in Fowey.
It will be open from 10:30am - 5pm every day from Saturday 7th till Saturday 14th May.