Friday, 9 June 2017

a "new surroundings" inspired painting

I'm enjoying being surrounded by trees in my new studio and I knew this would have an influence on my work.  With family commitments, two Derbyshire Open Arts Events and Purple and Grey work I've not painted as much as I would have liked lately.

For the first time I have got involved in the Buxton Spa Prize seeing it not as a competition but as a way to get me painting something different.  I haven't got a competitive bone in my body so I was quite happy to get my canvas stamped, choose a number and being given a location to paint.  Today I delivered the framed oil on canvas.  I will keep you posted when the preview is.

On my return the sun was out and family were out working so I had a lovely few hours pottering down in my studio under a canopy of trees with shafts of sunlight dancing on the decking.  I'd got a canvas I'd been building up with layers and textures and I felt inspired.

Using just a palette knife and my fingers, with trees and sunlight in mind,  I've been working on this impasto oil on the 40 cm box canvas today and ended up wearing most of it.












Not sure if it's finished as yet and will take months to dry!

Keep you posted

Love Karina x 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

An event for art lovers

Fresh and Unframed is a new concept for viewing and buying artwork 

all work is fresh created in the last two years all work is original and because its unframed all work is under £100. 

Saturday June 3rd and Sunday 4th

Open 11 - 4 pm 

Free Entry, refreshments available

Tansley village Hall, DE4 5FH .

I will have many originals in this exhibition under £100 along with Ruth Gray and other artists 


Please feel free to pop in 


Thursday, 13 April 2017

new paintings, plans and photos

Seems a while since I've blogged but had a busy month including a lovely and inspiring family holiday to Robin Hood's Bay but managed to paint several new ones

Also finally sorted new studio out.  I'd collected all sorts of stuff over the 11 years of having retail premises but can finally see the floor and am now getting so much more done.  I do miss catching up with customers but my old premises at Holloway will be opening as a Cafe this Summer so be good to meet up there for coffee and catch up

I enjoyed the recent sunny spell and managed to paint outside which was fab.


Bruno loves the new studio and lives the life of riley!



Thought I'd share some new paintings which are not even on the website yet (another job on my "to do" list) and will be also be available as a giclee limited edition fine art print


Low Tide at Robin Hood's Bay - POA
Oil on box canvas in 50 cm x 40 cm 
in professionally handmade white wood tray frame




Moonlight over Whitby Bay - POA
Oil on box canvas in 50 cm x 40 cm 
in professionally handmade white wood tray frame




Moonlight Mist over Crich Stand - POA
Oil with texture on watercolour paper 
in professionally handmade black wood frame 73 x 37 cm

I've also been working on House Portraits and love doing these

 I work to the customers size and budget
in oil or watercolour, on canvas or paper so if I can help please ask

Over the years I have painted a variety of property types in watercolours and oils from cute tiny terraces, barn conversions to the grand old residence in it's own grounds.


this was for a special lady's 70th birthday from her family



I've also now got a new website purely for my illustration work



I'm still working to commission (can't show you latest as surprises)



Also busy time of year for Purple and Grey (I'm Purple)
and meeting lots of new artists at our Derbyshire Art Group
- we meet regularly at Tansley Village Hall, at other galleries and venues 
and have two"on the road in Stan" en plein air trips 
and many demos and workshops coming up too



I'm also getting ready for this event as part of Derbyshire Open Arts 
as I have been invited to join MEDLEY group of artists and makers




think I've bombarded you with enough blurb so I'll sign off
and wish you a Happy Easter and Bank Holiday weekend

Love Karina x
and Bruno 🐶





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A day trip to Whitby!

I couldn't be further from the sea in landlocked Derbyshire so whenever I can escape to the coast I do.  

My latest painting was inspired by a day trip to the North Yorkshire Coast.  A long way to go for the day I know but we go often go to Cayton Bay where we park up in Stan on the headland and hubby sometimes surfs it it's working.  This time it was as flat as a pancake so a ride up the coast to Whitby and a bag of chips it was, followed by a long drive home in the moonlight

Moonlight Series: Whitby

"Moonlight over the Bay" 

a semi-abstract oil on 50 cm x 40 cm canvas and framed in a white wood frame



I am heading back up to the North Yorkshire coast very soon so watch this space

Karina x


Thursday, 2 March 2017

four weddings and a punch up

I'm starting March with a less hectic diary.  February was manic but a great time for family get togethers; my daughter's 21st celebrations, an 80th do in Nottingham, a big family 80th bash in Bath, my mum's more sedate birthday meal, my hubbies even quieter birthday and a mad dash to Heathrow to collect my son who's returned home after a year travelling in New Zealand.  

Standing waiting for my little boy (6' 5") to come through arrivals and reflecting on recent family events made me think of two of my favourite films "Love Actually" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral".  Richard Curtis, the writer, must have gained inspiration from such hectic family life whether his or observational.  Either way both films were amazing and thankfully none of February's shenanigans resulted in a punch up!


March is promising to be a very busy month with lots planned and already I've had time in the studio, finished a commission which has now been collected and I've started two new ones.

March also sees my first exhibition for this year

MOONLIGHT, MIST AND MOORS - Featured Artist at Cromford Studio and Gallery -

11 pieces of my work will be on display throughout March with four brand new framed oils 


Meet the Artist - I will be at the gallery painting on Sunday 12 March 2-4 .it's a fab gallery full to the rafters with an array of art, jewellery and ceramics


Be lovely if anyone wanted to pop along on the 12th or visit the gallery beforehand to look at my work.  The owner of Cromford Gallery always offers a warm welcome

Anyway as it's approaching wine o'clock I'll sign off now and catch you soon.  Thank you for reading

Take care

Karina x

ps Bruno's nowhere to be seen.. think he's gone and got bedded down for the night.  Not daft cos it's gone so cold here






Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Clampets had landed...

I've just received photographs of the most beautiful house and I now have the pleasure of drawing this up and then adding a splash of colour to bring it to life.  I love doing House Portraits and over the years have painted a variety of property types in watercolours and oils from cute tiny terraces, barn conversions to the grand old residence in it's own grounds.

If I can, in addition to working from customer photos, I like to visit or at least drive by to have a nosey and also get a feel for the property and see how it sits in it's surroundings.  Some I have had the pleasure of visiting and on many occasions have turned up in my old white campervan with my dog and the neighbours must have thought The Clampets had arrived or I was sussing out the joint. I was in a way but not for nicking anything other than ideas and the atmosphere

On two occasions I had to wait for the electric gates to be opened to let old Stan the Van in but having said that more often than not I have been commissioned to paint what I call normal properties such as the suburban semi, the row of terraced or a middle terrace "but let's pretend we have no neighbours" and we did.. their house was the main star with the others fading out.

So I'm really looking forward to starting my current commission.  I am working to the customers budget and colour palette but obviously in my style.  It won't be photographic, that's not me at all, but hopefully will capture the essence of their lovely home with it's sweeping drive and beautiful gardens.

That reminds me,  I once did one where they wanted it wonky and the lovely garden the main feature.  I was also asked to paint their two cats, which I did... one was in a tree and the ginger one was just about to dive into the bushes!



More info is on my  commissions page which also mentions other types of commission works undertaken

so please shout up if I can help..

Take care  Karina xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

welcome February

So pleased that we are into February and on today's muddy walk it was great to see snowdrops and new growth as Spring draws nearer. 😀

A nice start to February for me was seeing one of my paintings on the front cover of Country Images Magazine after being asked to send a selection to choose from.  They chose "On Blueberry Hill" which is a watercolour available framed or as a giclee print.



I've also noticed that the evenings are getting a bit lighter which is just great.  I don't mind the cold but it's the wet damp weather and anyone with a dog will know that walks mean muddy paw prints ....everywhere!  🐾


I have however been warm and cosy in my new studio and got quite a few paintings "on the go" for my new series called "Ramble On" inspired by walks with Bruno.  (I'm hoping these will be dry for my exhibition in March at Cromford Studio and Gallery)


Wednesday February 8th 10.30 to 12.30 sees the start of my new Derbyshire Art Group which I am running with artist friend Ruth Gray (we are www.purpleandgrey.co.uk)  


  

Our Art Group is open to all creatives who want to meet likeminded people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere so pop in and join us

Ok I'm off to get the kettle on and answer a few emails..keep dry and warm

Love Karina xx
and Bruno x 🐶