SANDRA ROWNEY
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November 2017

Only a week to go now before I leave for travelling in Sri Lanka and India for six weeks. Looking forward to immersing myself in painting and recording colour & design ready to inspire 2018 art work.

The cards I've had printed this summer of my landscape paintings and autumn leaf themes have been selling well both singly and in presentation packs in Norwich (at the Giggly Goat, Lower Goat Lane), in Corpusty (at the Old Workshop Gallery), in Horning (at the Galley) in Hoveton (at Katrina James Hair Studio) and in Wroxham (at Wroxham Barns). Planning now to extend the card range and the sales outlets next year.

Battled the online submission for Norfolk Open Studios 2018 and plan to be open for visitors for the three weekends last week in May and first two weekends in June including the Bank Holiday Monday on the May weekend. I will be running the usual charity fundraising 'Bring & Buy Cafe' in the studio kitchen and hope to top the £150 raised in the past two years.

Took part in the "Affordable Art Fair" held at the Chapel in Park Lane, Norwich. A new home has successfully be found for my painting "Birds of a Feather" Inks and Theads on khadi (Indian) hand made papers.

"Birds of a Feather" Inks and Threads

October 2017

Planning a six week painting trip to Sri Lanka and South India this coming December and January to develop ideas for a run of Indian inspired workshops next year.

Painting and gilding two 3ft "Dragons" and considering developing the idea of painting driftwood from the coast and river. Finding it a joy to be working in 3 dimensions rather than a flat canvas.

Landscaping at the studio but trying to end up with more time for art means several weeks of heavy duty landscaping .... it'll be worth it.

September 2017

Had some fun researching images relevant to the Ivory Coast in order to help decorate the top deck of a double decker bus filled with books and equipment locally that has been shipped out to Africa to travel around schools and orphanages.

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My basket of card packs from original paintings are now available in Norwich at "The Giggly Goat" craft shop and gallery situated in the Norwich Lanes at Lower Goat Lane. Cards are £10 per pack of six assorted cards and are also available from my studio and by post (postage is £1.22 for one or two packs).

Decorating the top deck bound for Africa

 

My cards now available at "The Giggly Goat" Lower Goat Lane, Norwich

August 2017

My baskets of card packs (see photos below) are now available at Wroxham Barns which is the the visitor attraction just outside Wroxham on the Tunstead Road. They are also available in The Old Workshop Gallery situated in the village of Corpusty south of Holt in North Norfolk. Single cards are available in The Galley which is the deli and gift shop in my village of Horning in the Norfolk Broads, and cards are available from my studio and by post (postage is £1.22 for one or two packs).

Delighted to take "The Ghost of Ranworth Broad" to his new home by the River Bure. The customer was especially pleased as she had written and published a children's book featuring Brother Pacificus (the ghost in the painting). The painting is on paper, utilising inks, sewn threads and medieval style illumination work in silver to give the ghostly effect in certain lighting.

The original design is based on the weather-vane atop Ranworth Church where Brother Pacificus went in his coracle from St Benet's Abbey to paint the rood screen there. Sophie Dickens designed the beautiful weather vane and granted me permission to make the painting.

Packaged 100 packs of artist cards based on two series of my paintings..."Norfolk Landscapes" and "Autumn Colours". Their first outing was to St Benet's Abbey ruins on the river boat trip for the Bishop of Norwich's service, with a pack donated to the raffle for funds.

 

 

"The Ghost of Ranworth Broad"
75.5cm x 56cm inks, thread and silver

 

 

July 2017

Completed a strange little commission to rework a family heirloom painting by painting out the ducks in the middle of a landscape and blending in the background. Yes, the ducks had to go.

An entire week taken up with designing and producing art cards with a Norwich printer. Working towards two sets of card packs, one based on my Norfolk landscape series of paintings and one based on an earlier botanical series based on autumn leaves. Several trips to Norwich for initial discussions, assessing quotes, proofing. Now looking forward to collection.

Holiday time. A delightful creative week away at a music summer school in Gloucestershire.

Marbling, painting and collage workshop held in my studio at Hoveton. Lovely way to be creative on a summer day.

June 2017

Preparing for July (adult) workshop using marbling techniques to prepare paper for collage on an underwater theme.

Holiday time and visiting family in Somerset and Cornwall.

Worked with the Browick Infant School in Wymondham in their ART WEEK creating beautiful Bugs and Butterflies for their wildlife garden. Plenty of preparation beforehand with the prototypes which enabled all the classes in year 2, 3 and 4 to all contribute in some way to the final ensemble in the entrance to the garden.

Walked the South Downs from Amberley towards Brighton, too hot to sit and sketch! Had to walk into the sea at Worthing.

OPEN STUDIOS underway. Visitors arriving for 15 out of the 16 days open - just one day to pause for breath! A special welcome to the Horning walking group and special thanks to all who contributed to the £50 raised in a collection for the Macmillian Nurse Care. Several paintings sold and a substantial mailing list created from visitors interested in the art classes to be held later in the year.

 

Browick Road Primary School
Art Week Workshops

May 2017

OPEN STUDIOS begin in a fortnight so plenty of work to do. Large order of frame kits has been collected and now put to work. Paintings organised into themes and carefully displayed around the studio bungalow. Labelling and pricing, cleaning and signing all completed. Cards organised into themes, Unframed work into browsers. Curtains hung, floors swept, sinks cleaned. Just as well it's only once a year!

May is when the gardens suddenly take a running jump and threaten to out- run me. So several days spent at home with husband working on the gardens (the yellow roses looking gorgeous) and then several days with some gardening help working on the studio gardens, with ducklings, goslings and cygnets putting in an appearance. All looking ship-shape for OPEN STUDIO visitors.

Two successful Saturday workshops painting SKIES and trying out digital transfer techniques. The workshops include formal tuition on line and tone, colour mixing and use of different media. We have a short break in the media room for relevant 10 minute films and create trial work in a range of styles. All the catering is homemade; fresh soups, home baked bread and cakes.

Walked on the South Downs Way, reworking the route Petersfield to Amberley and planning a painting. Came across Philip Jackson's fascinating sculptures in his garden in the village of Cocking.

April 2017

Preparation underway for the next two Saturday workshops "Norfolk Big Skies", working with clouds, digital transfer, watercolour and acrylic inks. Bookings coming in for both classes.

Horning Post Office have taken two of my local scene paintings on sale or return, one is of the Post Office building.

Studio neighbours have organised a permanent (but rotating) art show on the walls of Hoveton Village Hall. I helped with the design and have four paintings up.

The studio garden is getting a fair share of attention, planting trees, shrubs, fruit bushes and al the while entertained by mothers bring their goslings and ducklings up the slipway to show them off. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the cygnets.

15/16/17/ Easter Weekend Group Art Exhibition at Potter Heighham Village Hall, I'm exhibiting works on the circus and fairground theme.

10-13/Unusually hot April weather as I walked the second part of the South Downs Way, Petersfield to Amberley. This time took plenty of photographs to work from plus some sketching and had a day at West Dean College researching Digital Print Transfer to use in mixed media work.

8th/ Sunny day again for the second Leaf Print and layering Saturday Art Workshop at my riverside studio.

1st/ Perfect day for the Saturday Art Class at my riverside studio. We enthusiastically worked on monoprints, monotypes, layering and stencilling with leaves. Such good weather we even went into the garden and had a go at spattering and dripping the backgrounds.

March 2017

 

27-30 Took my sketch book and paints with me on the first leg of the South Downs Way walk, Winchester to Petersfield. Plan to walk fewer miles each day on the second leg in a few weeks time and take more time out to sketch the landscape. Great start in Winchester when I came across Angie Lewin's exhibition in the library, Angie is a printmaker from Norfolk.

24/ Lino cutting day with friends locally. Working on the leaf theme and printing with a wooden spoon!

 

23/ Taught a workshop for the art group in Marlingford village hall on "Illuminated Lettering" designing, gilding and painting.

Devised the planning and marketing of the April workshops " Arty Leaf Layering" for the first two Saturdays in April.

Finished "Cornish Spring" painting 16" x 16", it's been on the easel for some time now after starting it early 2016 in a holiday cottage overlooking the Levant tin mine in north west Cornwall.

The Horning Post Office has taken two of my paintings to sell , including one of the Post Office building and one of the Southern Comfort broads boat.

Cromer artist Joan Sandford Cook joined me for the day, we worked on landscape paintings by the log fire and hardly noticed the rain outside.

 

 

 

4/First of the 2017 workshops at the studio today. Seven students, great mix of ages, really lovely work on Illuminated Lettering using acrylic inks and paints with goldleaf work.

Such lovely spring weather. I'm getting out on the kayak most days now with sketchbook and paints. I've completed the first of a "River Series" of paintings in inks and glazes.

A day in Norwich today buying art materials and taking in some inspiring exhibitions, Anthea Eames and Chris Hann at the Fairhurst Gallery, James Splarshatt and Rachel Dalzell at Anteros, Jacqui Parkinson at Norwich Cathedral and Michael Horn at Mandells Gallery.

Back from holiday and now setting up the spring art classes in my studio in Hoveton in the middle of the Norfolk Broads. Designed leaflets and posters and have driven around the local villages and market towns placing them with small businesses and shops. Set up a Facebook page too.


Toured the internet and then Norfolk outlets for a gas cooker for the studio kitchen and worked on renovating the kitchen inglenook where the cooker will go for all the home cooked lunches on offer!
Devised teaching plans for the classes and about to roll up sleeves and start sprucing up the studio.

 

February 2017

Just back from a fortnight sketching in Maderia. So good to be out in the sunshine in summer clothes sketching again. Swam in the Atlantic (ok, jumped in the deep, yelled, thrashed and jumped out again!).

Drove to a talk at Kings Lynn museum where two of the anglo saxon brooches found at Pentney nearby were on loan from the British Museum. I'd painted one of the brooches from the hoard and was fascinated to hear about their context from the speaker Tim Pestell (NMS Curator of Archaeology). I stopped off at Pentney Church where the gravedigger had found them back in the 1970's. The museum kindly invited me to show my work to the audience and talk a little about how I came to paint it. (See photo below in December 2016)

 

Busy working on a set of "Illuminated Letters" together with a set of workshop plans and examples to teach later in the year. Interesting research into illuminated manuscripts, trying out different styles and making templates to assist students.

January 2017

Went to a talk in Norwich given by award winning photographer Eamonn MacCabe. Packed audience. Excellent illustrated and amusing talk, with examples of superbly captured photographs backed up by the stories behind them and the highs and lows of achieving them.

Poor Henry...a rather large (baby giant) tortoise....he belonged to a family in my village and sadly died this week. I made and painted him a made to measure casket together with a painting of his spectacular shell for his young owner.

Excellent day sharing my studio with artist Joan Sandford Cook from Cromer. Joan was working on large floral paintings whilst I was tackling a painting of Shiva the Indian god of life and destruction.

Pleased to meet a fellow artist (illustrator) living in my village. Chris Turnball has a very clever way with fish.

Went to an exhibition of computer generated art in Norwich at NUA. The movement and colours were pretty amazing.

The real Pentney Brooches are now in Kings Lynn Museum in Norfolk on loan from the British Museum. The Museum have kindly invited me over on February 8th to a talk on the Pentney finds where I will be able to show my painting of the brooch.

A spin off from the Pentney Brooch (Anglo- Saxon find in Norfolk) is a new set of small art works celebrating Norfolk villages. Two depicting my home village of Horning are now completed.

 

 

December 2016

Finished the painting of the 'Pentney Brooch' 25cm x 25cm.

Devising content of workshops and teaching schedule for 2017.

Art Christmas Party time: plenty to eat at the 20 Group of Artists Christmas party in the Park Lane Chapel, Norwich. Then music and dancing at the NCAS Christmas Party in the Scout Hut, Norwich.

Dark days in December, perfect time to do all the office chores - compiling the tax return, getting this year's receipts up to date, decluttering thousands of unwanted photos and making a good catalogue of paintings on a hard drive.

"Pentney Brooch"
Sandra Rowney
Inks & Metallic Threads
25cm x 25cm

November 2016

Took part in the 20 Group of Artists two day event 'Affordable Art Fair' in the Park Lane Chapel, Norwich.

Inspirational visit to the Chinese State Circus who were visiting nearby in Great Yarmouth. The colours/sets/costumes were fabulous.

Art work on a roll. Working intently on a set of small paintings based on archeological finds from around the world. These all stem from the coffin painting on October 1st after my summer break - interesting how creativity can take off after a break and an unusual kick-start.

Visited NOEN at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool for an exhibition of artists using neon lighting. Appropriate show for the illuminations but I preferred the original designs on paper upstairs to the real neon exhibits.

Whilst in Blackpool feasted on the 'completely over the top' interiors in the Winter Garden complex, the Grand Theatre and the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Final attendance at committee of Norwich 20 Group Art Society. Good to do a stint on the committee and help organise shows this year but now have more time available for studio work and family.

"Papuan Idol"
Sandra Rowney
Inks and Threads
25cm x 25cm

October 2016

Went to the Sainsbury Centre to see the new 'Works from Fiji' exhibition. Inspired by the bark painting textiles and the Sainsbury permanent collection of small carvings. Busy working on small paintings in the studio depicting both.

Final attendance at committee of Norfolk Contemporary Art Society. More time for studio and family now.

Prof.Susi Hanna gave an fascinating insight into her work with animation at the NCAS lecture in the Forum, Norwich.

Attended the Norwich 20 group committee meeting and a second meeting in town to continue with the plans for a new updated group website. Plus the 20Group monthly meeting at the Chapel in Park Lane, Norwich showing work in progress.

Attended the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society 60th anniversary show at the castle. An excellent show of works bought for Norfolk with the aid of the group over the past 60 years.

Studio work is beginning again with some small scale bird paintings. Hung a group of six in the local village cafe in Horning this month.

October 1st back to painting after a summer break. Joined up with three other members of the Norwich 20 Group to paint the coffin for the husband of a former member of the group. A strange project with a challenging brief, but a pleasure to use our skills for the family.

An unusual painting challenge

Working on a set of stitched paintings based on small archeological finds, this is from a small lead work 'badge' carried by medieval British pilgrims.

Sept 2016 A break from ART for a while in the last half of August and then into September.....enjoying the summer and playing music. Visiting relatives in Somerset, attending the Halsway Manor Summer School for Music, playing and singing at the monthly Horning Music Cafe then the Stowmarket day of music and dance together with the French Music and Dance club in Norwich. Camping and playing at the Bromyard Folk Festival near Worcester, to London to see The Gloaming at the Royal Festival Hall and on to Witney in Oxfordshire for a Concertina workshop with Simon Thoumire. A musical summer.

Folk Summer School

Tutors at Halsway Music Summer School, Somerset, 2016

August

Solo show in the Front Room at Anteros 2nd-13th August "Flight of Fancy" based on the theme of real and imagined Birds.

Attended a day workshop in Cambridgeshire on solar printing with printmaker Susan Turner. Interested in this process as it means I won't have to use dangerous acids and mordants to 'bite' my copper and steel print plates.

Two days in the studio with artist Joan Sandford Cook, sketching painting and preparing plates for collograph.

 

 

July 2016

Sketching in Cornwall at Newlyn fishing harbour to capture all the LEAVE flags before the Brexit vote.

Inspirational paintings of Cornwall shown in the Penlee Park Gallery Penzance "Compass'd by the Inviolate Sea: Marine Painting in Cornwall from Turner to Wallis" on until 3rd Sept. Plus a stunning exhibition of Newlyn artist Michael Porter -watercolours based on seaweeds- tucked away in a small room in the Newlyn Gallery. Plus Kurt Jackson's new gallery at St Just.

First day back in Norfolk exhibitied at the Urban Art Fair outside Norwich City Hall in the bright sunshine.

Second day back - no let up!- early start in Norwich to help hang the Norwich 20 Group annual exhibition at the Forum. My painting 'Jenepher's Circus Memory' now on show. Opening ceremony and private view party in the evening.

Working in the studio on the collection of bird themed paintings ready for solo show coming up in August at Anteros: "Flight of Fancy"

Sketched in Swaledale at the weekend when walking Fremington Edge.

Helped with the initial set up , and invigilated, at the 20 Group Show in the Undercroft, in front of Norwich City Hall. Exhibited a large 3ft square painting "Rockpool" for the Undercroft show.

Helped with the initial set up of the 20 Group Show in the upper bar of the Theatre Royal in Norwich Works on Paper. Exhibited two paintings.

Solo show at Anteros in Magdalen Street, Norwich. Two week themed show "Flight of Fancy" based on birds, both real and fantasy. Open evening on Thursday night was well attended.

Attended 20Group committee meeting at the Forum, Norwich

Norwich Urban Art Fair 2016
outside City Hall.

Norwich 20 Group show in the Forum 2016

 

20 Group show in the Norwich Undercroft 2016

June 2016

Norfolk Open Studios wednesday opening on the 1st June

Visitors to the studio from Norwich on the 2nd June

Norfolk Open Studio weekend opening 4th and 5th June

Attended 20 Group Open Meeting in Norwich on the 7th for talk from G. Ivanov on the Undercroft War and Peace exhibition.

Norfolk Open Studio wednesday opening on the 8th June

Finished the 3ft by 3ft painting "Still Waters Run Deep"

Norfolk Open Studios weekend 11th and 12th June.

Cheque sent for £100 to Dementia UK from generous donations to the tea trolley during Open Studios to help train specialist Admiral Nurses.

Ran a workshop at Wymondham Primary School 15th June "Printing with Leaves"

Open Studio 2016

Primary school workshop 2016

May 2016

Visitors to studio from Aylsham and Norwich.

Attended the Marlingford Art Group annual art exhibition, delighted to see two entries using my taught techniques!

Painting in searing heat of the greenhouse at Hoveton Hall.

Cast my votes for new applicants to the Norwich 20 Group at the May meeting in Norwich.

Studio garden now has a lawn laid and is set out with trees and shrubs. The geese from the river are taking an unhealthy interest in some of my prize plants.

Women from the Marlingford Art Group visited the studio and sketched in the garden in the sunshine.

Evening meeting for the Broadland Art Trail at Brigitte Hague's print studio in Coltishall. Seven of us preparing a local art trail for Norfolk Open Studios.

Four sets of visitors to the studio from Hoveton & Salhouse

Finished the final in the set of three small paintings of the Cornish Maze.

Day trip with the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society to London. Serpentine and Sackler Gallery and 'Botticelli Revisited' at the V&A. Weather glorious, added a swim in the Serpentine Lido.

Drove down to Brome in Suffolk to collect exhibited paintings from the Oaksmere Hotel.

20Group Committee meeting at Take 5 pub in Norwich

Started a new 3ft square painting to be about swimming.

Photo shoot with James Sparshatt, Broadland trail photographer for publicity shots. Wasn't worth fussing with my hair and make-up as I was totally upstaged by two families of goslings on the studio lawn who wanted to be in the picture.

Hung paintings in St Lawrence Art Centre, South Walsham for a weekend Open Studio 'taster' show, invigilated and took down on the Sunday.

Drove to Suffolk again to collect paintings from Eye from the exhibition at The Bank, cafe and gallery.

Trail meeting for the Broadland Art Trail in the Red Lion, Coltishall

A long weekend spent devising, printing, posting, delivering invitations and mailing lists for Open Studios

Attended PV for Holly Schofield's paintings at the Fairhurst Gallery

First weekend Open Studio at Hoveton by invitation

Exhibited paintings in Yarmouth Library at the pre Norfolk Open Studios taster exhibition

First Wednesday Open Studio in Hoveton by invitation

Norfolk Open Studio weekend started 28th May for the Bank Holiday.

Attended 20 Group Committee meeting at the Forum on the 30th

Attended the degree show at Norwich University of the Arts on 31st.

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St Lawrence Art Centre, South Walsham, Open Studio taster exhibition.

Marlingford Art sketching in my studio garden by the River Bure

 

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Angie Hewett organiser of the Open Studio taster exhibition at Great Yarmouth Library

 

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Inside "The Bank" Art Centre CAfe in Eye, Suffolk.

April 2016

My copper plate etchings now exhibited at The Galley, Horning, art cafe and deli

Norwich 20Group meeting viewing work of potential group candidates

Visited six interesting exhibitions in Norwich including The Spring Show at the Forum, A Figurative Presence at Mandells, & Julia Wimshurst at Anteros.

Completed "Cornish Maze" painting for the Norwich Forum taster exhibition and the large "Labyrinth" painting for the Undercroft show later in the year.

Getting to grips with a daily artwork posting on Facebook, Linked- in and Twitter

Attended Opening Reception at Norwich Forum for the Norfolk Open Studios taster exhibition

Painting the tin mines down in Cornwall for a week.

Got to grips with a card index file and computer photographic file of all current and previous paintings. Long overdue and now necessary as using social media every day to display artwork.

Attended Cornelia Fitzroys's preview at the Theatre Royal , Norwich

Went to the Art and Craft Fair at Ludham

Shared the studio with painter Joan Sandford Cook, always an inspiration!

Painting day in my studio at Hoveton with Joan Sandford Cook

 

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Norfolk Open Studio Taster exhibition opening at the Forum
Norwich 2016.

March 2016

Four artworks of birds now on show at The Bank, Eye in the exhibition "Tooth and Claw" open 8.30 to 5pm Tuesday to Sat and 10am to 4pm sundays (closed every 3rd sunday)

Five artworks on show all this month at Oaksmere Hotel near Diss, Norfolk. All with an Egyptian theme.

Two abstract artworks on show at the Art Project, Earlham Road Norwich until the 5th March

Began posting a (temporary ) painting- a- day on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in the run up to Norfolk Open Studios 2016

Committee meeting of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, looking at grant applications to enable artists to work and exhibit in Norfolk.

Yallops gallery in Norwich for Pat Southwood's opening night at her exhibition of thrown pots.

Visited the Easter Art exhibition at Potter Heigham Village Hall

20 Group meeting in the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich with an illustrated talk by the Norwich illustrator Peter Kent.

Committee meeting in Anteros, Norwich for the 20 Group looking at the programme for the year. Combined with the private view of Brian Kortelling's exhibition there.

A trip out to Blickling Hall, Alysham to see the delightful botanical illustrations of the Iceni group in exhibition.

Had an intial tour around Hoveton Hall with Rachel Buxton, looking forward to painting there in the early summer.

Went to Cromer on the train for the opening of 'Inspired by the Sea' exhibition at the Garden House Gallery.

Met with the 'Broadland Art Adventure Trial' artists at Pat Southwood's studio in Salhouse to make a final proof on our publicity leaflets for Norfolk Open Studios.

An enjoyable day running a workshop in Marlingford for the local art group. "Creative painting without using brushes"

 

Oaksmere Hotel Norwich
20 Group Show

 

 

Marlingford Art Workshop March 2016

 

February 2016

Spent an inspirational week at West Dean College near Chichester exploring 'Painting and the Imagination' with Christopher Gilvan Cartright.

Heard Catherine Lampert's talk at the Forum for the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society. CL has sat for Auerbach for over thirty years and is a writer and curator.

Visited group shows: abstacts at The Bank, Eye, Suffolk, a group show at Wroxham Riverside Studio, and a group show at Oaksmere Hotel, Suffolk.

Central heating is now in the studio. Say goodbye to painting in three jackets, longjohns and woolly hat.

Busy two days in the Forum Norwich with THE BIG DRAW. Organised by the Norich 20 Group, the public were encouraged to draw a series of models in various costumes. Young and old came to try, thirty people at any time.

Met with local artists to create a cohesive trail for Open Studio month. Calling ourselves the Broadland Art Adventure we will include: photography, painting, printing, textile and pottery.

Two paintings currently in a group show at the ArtProject, Earlham Road, Norwich.

Five paintings now in a group show at the Oaksmere Hotel near Eye.www.theoaksmere/art, Went to the private view, an interesting show in an unusual setting.

Spent the week working on the illustrations of artist and sponsor locations for the Open Studio trail leaflet for our Broadland Art Adventure group.

The Big Draw, 20 Group function
at the Forum, Norwich

January 2016

Visited the Print Show at the Assembly Rooms in Norwich, especially liked the work of Vicky Oldfield. Went to the opening of the group exhibition at the new Freight Gallery in Magdalen St, Norwich.

Working on an intaglio print of the Hen Harrier using steel sheet and nitric acid. The tonal variations in the feathers are quite beautiful and lend themselves to this time consuming but fascinating process.

Busy labouring in the grounds of the new studio. The quayheading, mooring dock and slipway is now complete along the riverside and two swans stroll up the slipway daily to visit the garden and studio to share a sandwich lunch.

Went to the opening of Fiona Roberts landscapes at the Theatre Royal Foyer, Norwich and the opening of Francis Martin's large figure paintings and Yusef Keten's abstracts at Anteros, Norwich

Meeting of the Norfolk Contemporary Arts Committee. A successful art auction in December has meant we have been able to sponsor some new art work for the Norwich Castle Museum.

Meeting of the 20Group committee, arranging events and exhibitions for the year.

NCAS meeting was at Mandell's Gallery in Norwich this month, with a talk about Derrick Greaves's work on exhibition there.

Went to Chedgey's exhibition opening at Great Yarmouth in the new gallery there at 133 King Street.

Booked a solo show at Anteros, Norwich for August

 

 

 

December 2015

Collected a new etching press from Ironbridge in Shropshire on the 22nd. Combined it with a full day of intaglio printing with with printer Jenny Gunning.

Norwich 20 Group Xmas was a good get togther with plenty of food and drink and art quiz.

Spent a day drawing with Joan Sandford Cook in her studio in Cromer.

Finishing two river paintings based on preparatory photos taken during the summer from the kayak and a table full of wet water lily leaves fished out of the River Bure this week.

Put in the application forms and photos for OPEN Studio next year May/June

Finishing large 3ft x 3ft painting of wrought iron gates to the walled garden at Holkham Hall where I had a two year residency

Next door neighbour and photographer John Walker has been to my studio with specialist lighting to photo my latest work.

 

 

 

November 2015

Saw the exhibition "Magnificent Obsessions- the artist as collector" at the Sainsbury Centre UEA.

Working on a large painting of the river reflections. Kayaked to the studio along the River Bure from my home, peaceful on the river now, hire boats replaced by otters, kingfishers, cormorants and grebes.

Attended the preview evening at the Fairhurst Gallery where Jos Wickham and Polly Cruise have a beautiful joint exhibition of still life painting and photography.

Open meeting at the Norwich 20Group when Sara Cannell gave an illustrated talk about the Venice Biennial Exhibition.

Attended committee meetings of both the Norwich 20 Group and the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society.

Visited Vanessa Pooley's Open Studio in Norwich to see her sculptures of mothers and children.

Spent a few days painting in Shropshire at the studio of Heather Nicholls, we climbed up to the 'Devils Seat' in the teeth of a gale to work up a landscape sketch.

Exchanged studio visits with Brigette Hague in Broadland and planned Open Studios 2016 together

Finished the large circus painting "Jennphers Circus Memory"

Rented an etching studio in Alysham for three days to work on copper plate etchings.

 

 

 

October 2015

Went on a weekend course near Aylsham as a refresher for copper plate etching, I always loved the complex process and finished line work. Laurie Rudling is an excellent tutor and a fellow member of the Norwich20 Group. Have begun a series of copper plate etchings to compliment my circus series of paintings.

Working on a series of small paintings of fairground horses.

Open meeting at the Norwich 20Group where artists brought along work from early in their painting career.

 

September 2015

A 'Grand Day Out' in London with painter Jos Wickham. Intriguing Joseph Cornell exhibition at the Royal Academy, Michael Hyam paintings at Panter & Hall, Tudors at the Portrait Gallery, a perfect lunch at St Martin's undercroft, The Art of the Garden at Buckingham Palace, and Passion for Freedom at the Mall Galleries.

Two paintings on show at the Theatre Royal 'Works on Paper' exhibition until the 26th September (the red and green paintings in the photograph).

Taking a well earned break for a week in Menorca after long hours of restoration work turning the old and tatty bungalow in Hoveton into a bright and cheerful studio and gallery workspace.

Attended the NCAS (Norwich Contemporary Art Society) committee meeting in Norwich, plans made for meetings and lectures 2015, now looking ahead to 2016

Norwich 20 Group open meeting in Park Lane Norwich 1st Sept, a friendly meeting bringing along members work to share and talk about.

Working on a new painting 'Jennifer's Memories'. Her memory was of the circus chimps in Yarmouth visiting her school 60 odd years ago being terrified of the nuns in their long black outfits.

Theatre Royal exhibition 2015

August 2015

Busy working with a decorator on my new studio space and gallery, new white walls and paintings being hung each day from the stock shelves.

Went on a gilding course in Anteros, Norwich, working with gold, paint and glass.

Completed a commissioned painting of a Norwich church for the 11th August wedding there.

Attended Norwich 20 Group Committee meeting of the year held upstairs at Anteros, Norwich.

Two paintings on show in the top bar of Norwich Theatre Royal until September with the Norwich 20 Group "Works on Paper"

Attended Norwich Contemporary Art Committee meeting in South Norfolk.

Four paintings were on show at the August weekend Worstead Festival, Norfolk.

 

July 2015

Painting now in my new studio in Hoveton, plenty of space and light.

Went to the annual AGM and 'summer bash' of the Norwich Contemporary Art Society on Sunday in North Norfolk.

June 2015

Midsummer Day 2015 Collected the keys to a new studio space this week in the midst of the Norfolk Broads.

Over to Cornwall, sketching whilst hiking and sailing around the Camel Estuary. Glorious flowers on the cliffs and footpaths.

Joined a coach trip with the Norfolk Contemporary Arts society to Wakefield and Bradford. Inspired by Hockney's new Ipad work on display at Saltaire, huge slabs of colour depicting Yorkshire lanes in their springtime finery.

 

 

May 2015

West Dean College during May working with Mark Cazelat on Colour. Great course, wonderful place to work, inspiring tuition, delicious food. Sat in a field of cowslips figuring out just how yellow can I make a painting?

 

 

April 2015

Working on a book of spring sketches at the moment. Torn between time in the studio or time in the garden/potting shed/greenhouse, I decided to combine it all.

 

January 2015

5th January 2015 saw the close of the 20 Group exhibition where I showed one of a pair of Circus paintings.
"Norwich 20 Group at Anteros"
Anteros is in Magdalen Street, Norwich at the city end by the river. My work Circus, Circus was selected for this group exhibition and was used for the poster design.

"The Ghost of Ranworth Broad" Shown at the Forum, Norwich
20 Group Exhibition in January along with two other works.

Showed two works in the January Norwich 20 Group at Mandell's Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk based on Egyptian designs and influenced by my new home on the River Bure, in the Norfolk Broads. They are part of a set of four.