Oakhaven hospice twenty 20 art auction

Many thanks to everyone who visited St Barbe museum over the last couple of weeks in support of oakhaven hospice. We have had a great number of silent bids on the wonderful paintings, which were all generously gifted by many local artist, with all raised proceeds going straight to the hospice itself.

Twenty paintings went under the hammer this evening, including my ‘Henrick’ hare in oils, I am pleased to report that he made £110 for the hospice, and has found a lovely new home. Many thanks.

Congratulations to the oakhaven fundraising team, and St Barbe for hosting the event.

‘Henrick’ oil hare 20x20 cm for oakhaven hospice charity auction twenty/20 during Hampshire open studio August 2018. Bid for your chance to win by contacting the fundraising department at oakhaven hospice. Photograph reference by Warren Etherington, many thanks.

‘Henrick’ oil hare 20×20 cm for oakhaven hospice charity auction twenty/20 during Hampshire open studio 25thAugust -September 6th 2018. Photograph reference by Warren Etherington, many thanks.

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National Dog Day

Today is national dog day, those best friends we share our lives with, working partner, soul mate. All shapes and sizes, Big, small, hairy, curly, black, brown, cream, white, or even spotty! Long legs, short legs. Quick learner, sneaky stealer? Frisbee retriever, or even those that prefer their sleep…snorer! Long walks in the sunshine….’oh no get your coat it’s raining,’ Again! Who ever you have, or remember? They stay in our hearts forever.

National Dog Day 26th August 2018

National Dog Day 26th August 2018

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Great day at the exhibition….felting trial!

We are on day three of our arty exhibition here in the New forest, all is going well, and the weather has been kind. We have had a steady flow of visitors and have met some really lovely people. Here are some of the paintings

One of my friends, Sharon came along with her felting box which prompted me to get mine out and have a go at a needle felted picture for the first time, I really enjoyed it, really relaxing, maybe a little more practice needed, but I think it has potential? It beats the mess I create when wet felting flowers, and the 3d animals I had a go at in the past, well I just don’t have the patience for…maybe this could be the way forward for my collection of Marino/cashmere fibres? What do you think ?

A bit of fun with felt while sat at the exhibition...my first time at a felted picture

A bit of fun with felt while sat at the exhibition…my first time at a felted picture

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Bronte- working cocker spaniel

I have been struggling for time to paint over the last few months. Instead of getting anything finished I seem to have about 20 half complete paintings on the go. Most of those are oil, so it’s all good to go slow I guess. I am near completion of my charity auction oil painting for oakhaven hospice 20×20, so I will post that very soon, I hope it’s a hit and raises lots of money, as usual I have painted a hare….I will pop up a sneak peak now 😉. But my post for today is to feature this beautiful working cocker spaniel ‘Bronte’ owned by my friends daughter. She is a real little charmer. I have painted her in my hand made watercolour paints, with the addition of some coloured pencil.

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‘Bronte’ working cocker spaniel 14×10” handmade watercolour and pencil on 140 lb coldpress

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Work in progress 20×20 oakhaven charity auction painting

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SAA magazine surprise

I am feeling so happy to have had one of my paintings featured in the recent SAA magazine. I was so thrilled as I was reading through, to suddenly turn the page and see my boxer painting looking right back at me.

SAA magazine watercolour boxer featured

SAA magazine watercolour boxer featured

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Feeling foxy

Here are a number of my latest creations, a bit of a fox theme going on 😀.

‘Dutiful’ watercolour on 12x9” 140lb coldpress

‘Dutiful’ watercolour on 12×9” 140lb coldpress

‘Proud’ watercolour 12x9” 140lb coldpress

‘Proud’ watercolour 12×9” 140lb coldpress

I have been experimenting with some different papers, and I must admit to a new favourite being suede mat board, I love the soft finish, and it is great to work on with pastel and coloured pencil, I did a few test pieces on the offcuts and decided that using fixative was a good idea. The velvet soft texture of the card is Gorgeous, and I think my iPad camera picked up the texture so you can see that it gives a great background.

‘Alert’ pastel and pencil on suede mat board 16.5”x11:5”

‘Alert’ pastel and pencil on suede mat board 16.5”x11:5”

‘Smile’pastel and coloured pencil on 16.5x11.5” suede mat board

‘Smile’pastel and coloured pencil on 16.5×11.5” suede mat board

The other new card I have been trying is pastelmat board by clairefontaine, again I am really impressed, it takes watercolour pencils really well, and handled the small amounts of water fine. The pads come in a selection of different colour choices, just hard to choose which one to go with. I now have two pads as the first time I purchased a small pad by accident, I thought it was sized in inches….it was centimetres!

‘Vision’ watercolour and pastel on 30x40cm pastel mat board 170lb

‘Vision’ watercolour and pastel on 30x40cm pastel mat board 170lb

My mixed media hare was a great play time experiment, originally he was a charcoal, I then decided to use oil on watercolour card, seems ok, and it’s great to have fun with products.

‘Harvest hare’ 18x24 cm pastel mat board clairefontaine. Pastel and coloured pencil

‘Harvest hare’ 18×24 cm pastel mat board clairefontaine. Pastel and coloured pencil

I am in the process of completing some oil paintings, they take me ages, so between them I grab out the other supplies, I hope to show you the oils as soon as possible, hopefully there will be some chance of painting during the Christmas holidays.

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Dog days, watercolour portraits

My handmade watercolours have been very busy over the last few months. I have been so pleased with the effects, what’s more the tiny bottle caps that I filled seem to last for ages, so I have not needed to embark on a second paint making session yet.

I had been asked if I could paint a couple of dog portraits, I am pleased to say that they are now finished, Rio the boxer is now with his mum and Jem will soon be with her mum and dad.

I had intended to do a work in progress, but forgot at the start of Rio, here are the ones I managed to photograph.

Handmade watercolours on 140 lb cold press 14x10"

Jem watercolour

Jem watercolour

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