Three new paintings just completed, Sept/Oct. 2017 during my stay in Var, south of France.
Acrylic paint on canvas. Each for sale at £85
Above are a series of paintings inspired by my visit to Western Australia in March 2016, where I became much more aware of the waves of settlers, immigrants, visitors, artists and traders to that area over a vast period of time, and how each had contributed to its vibrant and varied culture.
Below are some landscapes, some medium sized, some large, of the beautiful Welsh landscape which surrounds our home and in Snowdonia to the north. A tranquil addition to any lounge room. (There are more after the photos of the Eden Project series.)
The paintings below are the start of a series of ten which will capture fragments of views, plants, and sculptures seen at the Eden Project in Cornwall which I visited in July. The canvases are very small (just 6 x 4 inches) but the deep edge gives me the opportunity to extend the image over the side - hence the odd angle of some of the photos. Each is for sale at £24.50
Click on thumbnails of paintings for larger view and price.
Contact me to check on the size of canvas.
Most paintings extend around the edge of the canvas, so it isn't necessary to get the picture framed, unless you want to. They are cheaper to send by post unframed too.
If you want to see some of my textiles and quilts please
check out my page on the Quilters Guild website.
This year has been very busy with travelling and collecting images and inspiration for new paintings and textiles, as well as welcoming lots of visitors to stay with us.
I will be holding a series of art workshops entitled 'Paint yourself Calm' organised by Laura Nunn who runs the 'Avant Garde' Art Supplies shop in Calne, Wiltshire; the next ones will be on Wednesday 24th May, an evening session, 19.00-21.00 at Marden House in Calne, and Thursday 25th May, a morning session, 11.00-13.00. All are welcome; the workshops start you painting using water colours and will focus on the joy of painting as a way to escape from stressful life situations to find inner peace simply by playing with colour. Contact Laura at the shop 01249 822064 (10am -5pm) to book your place.
I have also begun the 'Paint Yourself Calm' workshops in the Edward Richard Centre, Ystrad Meurig. The next session will be on Friday 28th April from 10 - 12. Please bring good quality water colour paper and a selection of paints and brushes. This session will focus on the power of red and yellow to inspire. Each session costs £5 for 2 hours tuition.
Later, in July (7th), we will create dreamy warm landscapes, and then on the 21st July we will focus on creating contrasts of light and dark tones in our compositions.
If any group, painters, W.I., etc. would like me to come to your venue to work through this course I would be happy to oblige. Please contact me through the last page on the website.
Following on from the 'Craftathon' organised by the W.I. in Aberystwyth at the beginning of March, I have also begun some patchwork and quilting workshops at the Edward Richard Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10 -12. The next two workshops will be held on July 4th and 18th. Again the cost is £5 for a two hour session.
All levels of ability welcome with beginners projects and others which are a little more challenging.
On 13th February, I ran a 'Painting and Printing on Fabric' Workshop for the W.I. TAG group at Betws Ifan with their chosen theme of 'The Sea'. Following a presentation of my own wall hangings which featured different painting, collage and embellishing techniques, and some specially made examples for inspiration (see below), the ladies began experimenting with gusto! I am looking forward to seeing the finished pieces, some of which may be entered for the Tremain Textile Challenge 2016, held at Tremain Church during CADW Open Doors - September 28-30th from 2 - 5pm daily.
My sewing workshop on 12th December featured hand sewn hexagons using winter themed fabrics, and these were incorporated into a placemat in the shape of a present (see below).
I had done my trial piece using seaside related material which show how the choice of fabric tones give a 3D illusion.
Despite the continuing storms and wet weather, three intrepid ladies made it to my studio and their excellent results can be seen below.
Well done Rosemary, Jan and Kay!
We are now living in Pontrhydfendigaid (Bont) in Wales, and you may have seen us and our village in the recent 'Home away from home' programme on BBC1 (Series 2, no. 15).
My plan was to move somewhere where we could offer
B & B, as well as art, quilting or photography based holidays or peaceful retreats, and we have now set this up, using the organisation 'www.airbnb.com'. If you, or a group, would like to come to take part in tailor-made workshops, visits etc. please do contact me via 'airbnb' - we have one double room and a twin room, other details and photos of the house and area can be seen on our page on their website - just type in 'Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion'.
Ceredigion Area Day
I have now been appointed the Quilters' Guild representative for Region 12 and will be happy to receive news of local group events to publicise here, and come along to, if possible.
On October 28th 2017 I will be speaking at the meeting of the Gwent Quilters.
Next year I have been invited to speak at the Regional Day for Region 12.
I am available to give talks about my own work and lead workshops and regular classes exploring many different techniques, week days and weekends.
Do feel free to contact me either on this website's contact page or via the Quilters' Guild Website where I have a page.
I am very grateful to local businesses who will be displaying my paintings over the next few weeks - if you're in the area, do pop into the Siop Bont where the paintings priced from £25 are on the walls in the café section adjoining the main shop area, or go to Cheryl's, the hairdressers in the village where there are 5 paintings.
Kay Skippins with her colourful experimental log cabin design.
Jan with her design based around Native American Indian fabrics and featuring a
central image drawn by her using fabric felt pens, (she has a totem pole in her front garden).
Ceinwen Goodwin with the first three log cabin sections with a nautical theme.
Ceredigion Area Day
Ceredigion Area Day on April 18th 2015 had Guest Speaker Joan Weston
with a talk entitled "An Artist's Approach to the Quilt".
Location: Neuadd Goffa, Llanrhystud, Ceredigion SY23 5BN
On 10th March I held a sewing workshop at home to raise money for the Cats Protection League and we made cushion tops/wall hangings featuring the four or five cats round a bowl of cream. We had a very happy morning and I hope this will be the start of continuing sewing or quilting sessions in the village.
Here are some photographs of the ladies at work getting ready for the Cats Protection League fete organised by Jill Long (front right in 2nd photo), and her daughter Fiona just after Easter.
The Christmas Owls workshop took place on 6th December and some lovely owls were made.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with a lovely group of ladies during the 'Mixed Media' 2 day workshop at 'Purely Patchwork' in Linlithgow 15-16th November 2014. Esther Anderson and her family could not have been more welcoming and hospitable and I had a great time in their company over the weekend.
Below are some photographs of the work done by the group and I look forward to seeing the final results when the pieces are finished.......
I had a wonderful time with the Thanet Quilters - the hall was full for my talk on 'The Artist's Approach to the Quilt', and those attending seem to enjoy looking at my quilts.
The next day I ran a workshop on Mixed Media Quilts and the thirteen ladies who came along were full of excellent ideas and enjoyed different methods of creating an original quilt.
Thank you all for such a warm welcome, and especially to Cathy Northcutt who was such a hospitable hostess.
Below are some of the pieces in the process of being made at the Thanet Quilters workshop,
and well done to Cathy who sent a photograph of her finished creation today!
Zarina Hawkins booked in a group of keen craftswomen to the Christmas Owls workshop on Saturday 30th November,
and they were joined by Leigh and Lisa who had previously attended the two summer workshops.
Hexagon pincushion workshop
Summer beach huts workshop
Exhibition at the Astor Community Theatre, Deal, November 2014