Hello and Welcome!
Hi, and a warm welcome to my art website, a place where I showcase some of my artwork.
Painting and drawing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember as a hobby, although I followed a career in many other areas, including a managerial role in Public Relations for a large global company. I only returned to painting in earnest after taking early retirement in 2006 following a personal loss, and discovering that I could find a certain degree of solace in my painting.
Art therapy has long been recognised as a way of switching off mentally from the worries and stresses of certain aspects of life, taking the mind into a place of peace and serenity. The beauty of it is, anyone can do it!
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COQUETDALE ARTS CENTRE
I am a proud member of this wonderful, volunteer-run charity Arts Centre and Gallery in Rothbury, Northumberland, with several of my original framed paintings, mounted prints and greetings cards on display there.
The Gallery is usually open to visitors and customers from mid-March until mid-December in a normal year, however because of Covid-19 restrictions this has been disrupted, and it will now be open from Monday 12th April 2021, all being well. They had hoped to be open throughout winter this year and into next year. Hopes dashed.
Updates and as when possible.
After a long spell of inactivity from me on the artistic front, at least as far as major works of artwork are concerned, I'm finally feeling the urge to paint again. Perhaps it's the feeling that Spring is on its way, the sap is rising!
I now have two blank pieces of support ready to paint on - one quite large canvas (at least large for me), and one taped down piece of watercolour paper, my preferred paper for my pastel landscapes. For those of you not familiar with my artwork, I am mainly a Pastel Artist, but that refers to my pastel sticks, rather than the colours that I use, which are mainly bolder colours than those conjured up in the mind by the word 'Pastel'.
The canvas I'm reserving for an ambitious oil painting, but starting a pastel painting on paper first to get back into the swing of things after the long drought.
Plus, I need some new original paintings to submit to the Coquetdale Art Gallery in the next three weeks! Better get painting!