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.
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.
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.
The last day of June was a stunner. If only the other 29 days had been as good. I went to Chelsworth in Suffolk for the wonderful Open Gardens day. This was painted on a little island in the River Brett while I listen to a band playing in the grounds of the nearby pub, The Peacock Inn. There is a short video clip below where you can hear the band and listen to water.
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.
Josephine Harpur’s Summer Exhibition is on now at the Edmund Gallery, Angel Hill in the beautiful Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. I popped in to see the show on the opening Saturday and was just in time to meet the buyer of one of my paintings. It is always a pleasure to meet one’s collectors, without whom artists could not lead the lives they do.
Bury St Edmunds has an amazingly well preserved mix of medieval and Georgian architecture and is well worth a visit.
The exhibition features the work of Roy Connelly, Sarah Coghill, Paul Curtis, Kate Denton, Katya Gridnev, Valery Gridnev, Veda Hallows, Kevin Hughes, Pamela Kay, Peter Kelly, Ffiona Lewis, Ronald Morgan, Charles Rake, Mike Speller and Tim Woolcock
The Edmund Gallery, St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS
Saturday 11th to Thursday 16th June
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
tel 01359 269692 mob 07946 523285
Royal Society of Marine Artists
11th – 20th October 2018
Capturing The Moment
16th – 20th October 2018
51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU
Affordable Art Fair
17th - 21st October
London SW11 4NJ
Denton Fine Art
I'm pleased to now be showing with this prestigious new gallery in Lavenham, Suffolk.
Paintings are available directly from me in Suffolk or from a small number of Fine Art Galleries in London, Cornwall, the South of France and the Isle of Wight.
Prices range from £350 - £3,000.
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