I love this time of year. Lots of hustle and bustle getting ready for each exhibition for the year.
It’s already started for me. I agreed to be a pick up point for the Society of Feline Artists (S.O.F.A) exhibition that will take place from 28th April to 7th May.
Click the SOFA image to read their blog and see directions to the exhibition.
I’m delighted to have had the following 4 pieces accepted.
The exhibition, which will open daily 10:00am – 60:00pm is part of Cats Protection 90th Anniversary celebrations.
There will be lots of original artwork, prints and greetings cards – including mine – on sale and Cats Protection will benefit from each sale.
If you love all things feline, this should prove to be a great exhibition and day out for you!
Cats Protection Visitors Centre
National Cat Centre
Sussex RH17 7TT
If you’re planning to visit use RH17 7DE to be directed to the correct site entrance.
Every year I set out to be ready with artwork for the plethora of competitions that seem to all kick off at the beginning of the year. In reality only the advertising kicks off, but its enough to send me scurrying to my easel with a head full of ideas.
….and you guessed it every year I am painting like a maniac to make sure I have new work to show.
So here’s one I’ve just finished…
I love Tigers, well I love all cats really, but Tigers are so colourful and look so regal. This is from one of my own reference shots and not only is it a competition piece, but its the subject matter for my latest pastel workshop.
If you like the look of this chap and fancy learning how to re-create his likeness in pastel on velour, there are still workshop spaces available – but only 3 for 4th April.
For other dates click here to check the workshops page on the main website.
Pastels not your thing?….try airbrushing
There are not many courses available in the UK where Wildlife art is taught, so I decided to create my own. It’s not as complex as you might think – like anything, just takes a little practise to get to grips with a new tool.
If you fancy a taster session watch this space, the course outline will be available in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime email me if you are interested.
Next competition piece is under way
So to give you a flavour of what you can do with an airbrush, here’s the start of the next competition piece. This is sadly not my reference, but was downloaded from the Wildlife Reference Photos for Artists site – a fab ref library for any artist.
It’s a beautiful shot from the very talented photographer Emanuel Keller.
Anyway progress so far looks like this:
The piece is approx17.5″ x 11″, acrylic on canvas.
I tape the canvas to the drawing board and transfer my sketch using red graphite paper which is less prone to smudging.
Next I mask the Snow leopard using frisket mask so that I can concentrate on the background without worrying about keeping the main subject clean.
I gradually build up layers of texture and colour to create the rock face. At this point I’m about ready to leave the rock face and start on the Snow Leopard.
I have just completed my Pet Portraiture Diploma with the London Art College and passed with a Distinction!
So ever the student, I enrolled on my next adventure – a Creative Arts (Hons) degree with the Open College of Art.
As part of the course students are required to keep a learning journal, so I have added new pages to this blog to act as that journal. You can follow my progress and see the outcome of my adventures on the Creative Arts Journey pages.
Part 1 is all about mark-making and has been great fun to explore. Since it was so in-depth there are several pages for you to browse.
Hope you find it as interest as I did and who knows you might be inspired to give it a go yourself.
I have been so busy with study, work and holidays that it’s been a while since I did a cat show, but that will all change next weekend (8/10/2011).
Well someone had to say it… I had a fab day today. I took four pieces of work down to the Society of Feline Artists submission day for their annual exhibition.
I was very nervous as this is my first time exhibiting at this venue and it’s the one to be at really as it’s in London at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in Waterloo. One of my images has been used for the catalogue and all four submissions were accepted into the exhibition, so I’m excited to see the outcome.
Fellow artist Sue Clinker, who’s blog Pencilpix you can visit from my blogroll, has also submitted work, so I have had my fingers crossed for her all day too. I’m told that all the work will shortly be on the gallery website so watch out for the pair of us!
The Society of Feline Artists run this exhibition every year and it is eagerly awaited and attended by cat lovers from around the world.