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Venice in Peril

The 20th Annual Venice in Peril Exhibition opens this week at W.H Patterson in Albermarle Street.

San Giorgio Sparkle - Venice painting by Roy ConnellySan Giorgio Sparkle.  8 x 10 inches, oil on board

Over the years, this exhibition has contributed over £100,000 to the Venice in Peril Fund.  The show features “a wonderful selection of beautiful paintings from many new artists as well as exceptional pictures from the palettes of our talented regulars”.

During the exhibition there is an opportunity to win a fabulous 5 star holiday to Venice sponsored by Kirker Holidays.  The prize includes a stay at the Danieli Hotel and return journey to London on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.  How cool is that?

It’s been a long time since my last trip on the Orient Express so, if you win the holiday and want to take an artist with you, well – you know who to ask…

Find out more about Venice in Peril.

Wednesday 12 January – Friday 4 February 2011

W H Patterson
19, Albemarle Street, London. W1S 4BB.
Tel +44 (0)20 7248 3824  email: info@whpatterson.com

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Plein Air Snow Paintings

Above the Ridgeway, Oil on board, 12 x 16 inches

Black Jack Lane, Oil on canvas, 16 x 32 inches

Snow at Marlow, Oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches

After a busy few days out painting the snow I have finally got round to photographing a few of my plein air paintings.  All of these pictures were completed on location in one session.  It’s been a great having such wonderful subject matter but the snow is now melting.  I cant wait for the next cold snap.

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New English Art Club 2010

Dipper - oil painting by Roy ConnellyDipper. Oil on board, 4 x 10 inches.

Palette Knife. Still-life oil painting by Roy ConnellyPalette Knife. Oil on board. 4 x 10 inches

I am very proud to be showing with the NEAC again this year.  I have shown in this prestigious exhibition for the last 6 years. This year, for the first time, I sent in some little still life paintings to show that I do occasionally paint subjects other than my plein air landscapes.  I was delighted that the judges liked them.

The day I painted these pictures I had gone in to my studio to paint a large picture from one of my location studies.  But, as I looked at the dipper sitting on my palette I became intrigued by the way it seemed to blend in with it’s surroundings.  Layers of old paint have built up over the years creating a patina-like finish on both the palette and the dipper.  I realised that it could be painted by reproducing the colour, tone and shape of each mark.

These paintings and many of the others in the show can now be seen and purchased here.

New English Art Club.
Mall Galleries, London SW1.
26 November – 5 December 2010

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The Old Gaol Studios

Cell door in the old village gaol.

I delivered my paintings to The Old Gaol Studios on Saturday.  The exhibition, which opens on Friday evening, is the first to be held in the newly restored village gaol in the Kent village of Wittersham. The artists taking part are: Karl Terry, Chris Daynes, Rowan Crew, Roy Connelly, Peter Robson, John Stillman, Michael Richardson, David Bachmann and Trevor Chamberlain.

oil painting by Roy ConnellyPagham Harbour, Sussex. Oil on board, 12×16 inches

Please contact me if you would like an invitation to the Private View.

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London to Venice in 20 minutes



I have work in two exhibitions in London at the moment.  ‘London Seen’ is a group show of London paintings at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings.

‘Venice in Peril’ is also a group show,  in this case featuring paintings of Venice.  This popular annual exhibition, at W.H. Patterson in Albermarle Street, helps to raise funds for restoration projects in that most beautiful city.

At Venice in Peril there are works by Ken Howard, Auguste Bouvard, Ivan Lapper, David Sawyer, Robert E Wells, Roy Connelly, Jonathan Trowell, John Stillman and other talented artists.

London Seen features Tom Coates, Bruce Yardley, Roy Connelly, Liam O’Farrell, Terry McKifragan, Robert E Wells, Fraser King and others

If you fancy seeing both wonderful cities in a day, its only a short 20 minute walk between the two galleries.

London Seen Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings
11 January – 10 February 2010

Venice in Peril W. H. Patterson
13 January – 5 February 2010

The paintings above show the view from Riva Degli Schiavoni in Venice with San Giorgio on the left and the Doges Palace (under scaffolding) on the right,  Santa Maria Della Salute is in the distance.

Below that is a view of Cleopatra’s Needle by the River Thames in London.

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Island Fine Arts

I visited the Isle of Wight earlier this week to deliver a collection of recent paintings to Island Fine Arts in Bembridge.

After dropping off the pictures there was just time to paint the view from Culver Down, before having a fish and chip supper and catching the ferry home.  It would have been  nice to have stayed longer.

Rye Harbour

Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the paintings on the front page of the gallery website.  Rye Harbour, shown above, is in oil on board and measures 12 x 12 inches.  It was painted on location in the fading light just after sunset.

You can find Island Fine Arts at: 53 High Street, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5SE. Tel: 01983 875 133  and at the Affordable Art Fair 22-25 October, in Battersea Park, London. Stand E6

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Big Ben Paintings



Big Ben is one hundred and fifty years old. On this day in 1859 the Great Bell was struck for the first time.  Originally it was only the bell that was known as Big Ben but most people now use the name to refer to the clock tower as well.

Painting outside in London, I have painted the clock tower many times and it can can be seen in the back ground of the pictures above.

French Impressionist Claude Monet painted Big Ben when he visited London the 1870’s. You can see his picture The Thames Below Westminster at the National Gallery in London.

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Sunny Sunday Afternoon

The hottest day of the year so far and I have just spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the studio of Bob Brown NEAC. Set in beautiful rolling English countryside beside a very paintable river, Bob has the perfect studio.  It was completely filled with an exhibition of his richly coloured landscapes.

 Ken Howard and Richard Pikesley, another two of my favourite painters, were also there, along with many other friends. Many thanks to Bob and Sue for their wonderful hospitality.

Afterwards I spent an hour painting painting the nearby river, one of Englands most beautiful chalk streams.  While I was painting a mayfly settled on my hand among the brushes. 

8 x 10 inches, oil on board
A quick sketch - 8 x 10 inches, oil on board
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Kent and Sussex Art Fair

Evening Light

The second annual Kent and Sussex Art Fair opens this week.

Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 May 2009

The Great Barn, Halden Place
Rolvenden, Kent
TN17 4JA
The Great Barn is just outside the village of Rolvenden (which is on the A28). If using Sat Nav, please follow AA signs once in the Rolvenden area.

Many thanks to Nadia and Sarah – whose hard work makes this such a wonderful exhibition.

Exhibiting artists:

Ann Armitage, Louise Balaam, Sarah Batt, Shona Barr, Julia Cassels, Colin Carruthers, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Lindsay Denning, Sandy Dooley, Sarah Elder, Michael Ewart, Soraya French, Charlotte Grant, Emma Haggas, Bryan Hanlon, Jeannette Hayes, Mary Jackson, Susan Kirkman, Bridget Lansley, Nick Leigh, Sarah Lewis, Malcolm Ludvigsen, Imogen Man, Jo Maw, Fiona MacRae, Jo Oakley, Tuema Pattie, Bella Pieroni, Jonathan Pocock, Georgina Potter, Jeffrey Pratt, Lucy Pratt, Richard Price, Raymund M Rogers, Adam Roud, Harriet Salt, Francesca Shakespeare, Minnie Shaw Stewart, Helen Simmonds, Jane Skingley, Daphne Stephenson, Zarina Stewart-clark, Karl Terry, Paul Treasure, Angela Van Oss, Paul Vanstone, David Wheeler, Jake Winkle.

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