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NEAC 2013

ox Valley Straw Bales. Suffolk oil painting by Roy ConnellyBox Valley, Straw Bales. 10x12in, 25x30cm. Oil on board.
Click image for a close up view.

This painting has been selected for the New English Art Club annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

You can purchase it here.
(Update: It sold on the first open day)

New English Art Club
Mall Galleries, London, SW1
(next to Admiralty Arch)
29th Nov – 8th Dec 2013
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Painting in the Stour Valley

Straw Bales in the Stour Valley by Roy ConnellyMid August in the Stour Valley, Suffolk.

This is one of the oil paintings I’ll be showing at the Plein Air Brotherhood exhibition that opens on Sunday 17th October 2013 at A&K Wilson Gallery.

It was painted entirely on location on the morning of 14th August near Smallbridge Hall shortly after the barley had been harvested.

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Stour Valley paintings

Stour Valley painting WP_001249
Stour Valley. Oil on canvas, 15 x 28 inches, 38 x 71 cm.

The recent hot weather has actually made it harder to paint outside in the last few weeks but as the blue skies seem to have been been  missing for so long it’s been great to get out and paint them.

down in the stour valley P1080097
Early summer in the Stour Valley
Suffolk. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches, 33 x 41 cm.
This is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below.

The painting above is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below. The lush greens of early summer have now given way to rich golden shades of harvest time.

Stour Valley P1080504
A 20 x 30 inch canvas on the easel in 30C/86F heat with no shade.

The middle painting above is on a French 6F size linen canvas. French canvas sizes are set of standard sizes for Figure (F), landscape – Paysage (P) and Marine (M). This picture is on a canvas intended to be used in portait format but I have used on its side.

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Impressions of Venice

Molo Nocturne, Painting of Venice by Roy Connelly

This is one of three paintings of Venice that I have on show in Impressions of Venice at the Mine Gallery.

Below is a shot of me working on one of several nocturnes painted on my latest trip. This was taken near the Grand Canal looking towards the Gritti Palace.

Roy Connelly painting Venice at night

Photo by Carol Duke. Visit her website.

 Exhibition details

Mine Gallery
30-34 High Street, Carshalton
Sutton, Surrey, SM5 3AG

+44 (0)20 8647 1800

Opening night: 6-9pm Friday 1 March 2013

Open to public:  10am Saturday 2 March 2013
Closes:  4pm on Saturday 30 March 2013

Exhibition catalogue: Available to download during show

10am until 5pm: Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Late night from 10am until 8pm: Thursday
10am until 4pm: Saturday and Sunday
Closed: Wednesday

Car park: Directly opposite gallery on high street




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Above Cowlin's Wood near Arger Fen. Click to view larger image.
Near Arger Fen, Suffolk

We have been lucky to have had snow on the ground for about 10 days now.  This is one I painted a couple of days ago not far from Arger Fen in Suffolk.

The light changed constantly while I was painting.  When the sun was in I worked on the sky and corrected the drawing, when the sun was out I worked on the snow with it’s enticing blue shadows. In the middle distance you can see the sun-lit trunks of the silver birches in Cowlin’s Wood.

It is in oil on stretched linen canvas and measures 12 x 24 inches, 30.5 x 61cm.

Click to view a larger image.

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NEAC 2012

Sunset Above the Stour Valley - oil painting by Roy Connelly

Sunset Above the Stour. Oil on board, SOLD

I am very pleased to, once again,have had work selected for the annual exhibition of the New English Art Club (NEAC). I painted this picture on location above the Stour Valley in Suffolk back in February 2012.  The painting sold at one of the private events before the show opened but there are many great works by many of my favourite artists on show so do try to get along and see them.

The exhibition is on at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1 from the 30th of November until the 9th of December 2012.

Another of my snow paintings from earlier this year has also been selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition later this month. Come back soon for details…

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Plein Air paintings don’t have to be small paintings

Stour Valley Nayland oil painting by Roy Connelly

This 36 inch canvas of the Stour Valley at Wiston near Nayland in Suffolk was painted in late May 2012. I worked on it for 3 days with the majority of the painting completed on the first day. After that, I only made minor changes and all work was completed on location.

I had thought I was on a quiet road but at one point four cars stopped, completely blocking the road, and everyone had got out to look. It was like a bizzare street party in the middle of nowhere but they all soon left and peace returned to this quiet country lane in a peaceful corner of Suffolk.

Above: Blocking in the big shapes over the ghost of an abandoned painting.
Below: The finished painting – click for a closer look.

Wiston near Nayland, Stour Valley in Suffolk by Roy Connelly
Wiston near Nayland, Stour Valley in Suffolk.
Oil on canvas 24×36 inches.


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The Salute at Island Fine Arts

Nocturne, Santa Maria Della Salute by Roy Connelly

Nocturne, Santa Maria Della Salute

This view of Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice was painted in December 2012. I set up on a little jetty sticking on the Grand Canal and worked by torch light.

It is currently available from Island Fine Arts in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.

Exhibition on until 23rd July 2012

Island Fine Arts
53 High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight P035 5SE
Tel: 01983-875133

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