When you do a show, you need something to exhibit but when you’ve gone, you need something to “protect” your exhibit. For years I would use ordinary sheets, either waterproof and/or just plain and they would hide my work from the world until I turned up the next day. But this year I thought I needed something a little spectacular to show what I do even when I am not there. So this is now my “nightsheet” for Crufts 2017, etc thank you to New Forest Signs and particularly Trev!
Some of the canine painting challenges have included the championship dogs who had to be “just so” but in some cases had recently passed away, to the life-size depiction of some of the biggest dogs in the world and the finding of my biggest canvas, so big it had to be made of metal! Everyone a real privilege!
The last 9 months since Crufts 2016 have been a joyful journey of acrylic experimentation, from researching some real places like the Avon and Meadowlands of Salisbury and constructing a scene, to just using colour to lift one of my familiar places in the Rhinefield enclosure. I guess this was the year I immersed myself in painting and started to really understand how to meet the needs of the people I paint for.
So all in one house, all girls and now all on one canvas! This painting was a show stopper at the show. Thank you Julia for the privilege of painting your dogs!
If you visit the Discovering Dogs stand for Red Setters you are most likely to meet one of these guys. A supposedly threatened breed, I saw more Red and Whites at this years show than any other even though there were apparently less entries. I think it might be that the judging was on later than usual and so the owners got round a bit more and judging by the reaction certainly appreciation seeing these guys. 40 x 30″ acrylic on canvas.
Tilly is a liver roan Spaniel who was a little fluffier than this when I met her, but a little artistic license reduces the coat!
I was really pleased to find out that my publisher Search Press had sold out of my book! That’s a good thing in 4 months! However, I then realised I am down to my last box and I need more too and that’s not a good thing! But what is an excellent thing is the reviews and comments that the book has received, I am really humbled (and a bit relieved!) Have a look at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Sky-Acrylics-Techniques-Inspiration/dp/1782210679 to read more.
Today I had my first ever article published by the UK’s leading art magazine “Leisure Painter!! This happened because of “Sea and Sky in Acrylics” which Leisure Painter kindly promoted and then asked would you do us an article, which has turned into 3!!
Had the pleasure of sending paintings to Spain to celebrate special anniversaries, some for birthdays and of course for Christmas. Here are just a few of the deliveries!