Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sitting with Jane

I was so delighted to be asked to create a BookBench to kick off the 'Sitting with Jane' project by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke.

Firstly I have a soft spot for Basingstoke because my daughter was born there and it's a lovely area. Secondly...the BookBenches are a brilliant idea helping to promote literacy and are also a great canvas to paint, and thirdly Jane Austen was such a wonderful writer!

Sitting with Jane is a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen's connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace Steventon and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th Anniversary of her death. 25 BookBenches will form a trail in and around Basingstoke for 12 weeks next summer, which will then be auctioned to help raise funds for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity to go towards a new specialised cancer treatment centre.


                Back of the BookBench showing the front of the house.

When I was considering a design, the idea of a dolls house leapt out at me because it could combine the Regency period which Jane Austen describes so well, with characters and stories. I've always loved dolls houses so researching period style, decorating the rooms with tiny details and imagining the kind of dolls which represent typical Jane Austen characters was huge fun!
There's more info on my design 'The House that Jane Built' on the Sitting with Jane website.



         Front of the BookBench showing the rooms inside the house.



                                  Detail of one of the rooms

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Go Herdwick Eco Travel Challenge

Will you be able to find all 3 of my Go Herdwick animals on the Go Herdwick Eco Travel Challenge? Better than virtual games....have fun with your friends, family and work colleagues on Tuesday 2nd August. See details below or here.

GO CATCH THEM ALL!


Stargrazer


A Sheep in the sun



Charlie Lamb






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A sheep in the Cumbrian sun

It's lovely to see all the photos and kind comments from sheep spotters in Cumbria who are enjoying 'A Sheep in the Sun' on the GoHerdwick trail.


Sponsored by the Lingmoor Guest House , this ewe reminds people that Cumbria is a beautiful place all year round, and celebrates the owners finding their own perfect place in the sun in Windermere.


The Go Herdwick trail continues throughout the summer until 4th September. The ewes will then be auctioned to raise money towards the Calvert Trust's £1.3 million target to help redevelop the Old Windbrowe site in Keswick.


Monday, February 22, 2016

A Sheep in the Sun

Having already painted 'Star Grazer' for the Go Herdwick project, I was surprised and very pleased when Paula and Graham, the owners of  Lingmoor Guest House in Windermere who are sponsoring one of the ewes, asked me to create and paint a design for them.

The theme they requested was a celebration of the beauty of Cumbria through all the seasons, a sentiment that had prompted them to buy their guest house which they viewed whilst taking part in the TV programme 'A Place in the Sun'.



Featuring some of the many things Cumbria is famous for, 'A Sheep in the sun' shows daffodils, a Herdwick lamb, a red squirrel and a little rabbit sleepily enjoying the sunshine. Even the ewe herself seems to be nodding off , A sheep in the sun, asleep in the sun!


The design took several weeks to paint, using the acrylic as glazes to build up layers for a depth and luminosity of colour.



The #GoHerdwick trail of 60 decorated ewes will start on Good Friday 25th March, and will also be joined later in the year on 27th May by a 'Hide and Seek' trail of 30 lambs. For more information visit Go Herdwick.

Funds raised by the sale of the sculptures in the autumn will go to the Calvert Trust's campaign to raise £1.3 million to redevelop their Old Windbrowe site in Keswick. The Trust provides specialised outdoor adventure challenges for people with disabilities.




Celebrating Cumbria in all seasons, 'A Sheep in the sun' is for everyone living or visiting here, their dream place in the sun'  #cumbriaisopen #placetobe


Monday, September 14, 2015

ILLUSTRATION WONDERLAND EXHIBITION

I'm very pleased to once again be exhibiting with the SW Illustrators Group next week at 44AD Artspace  on Abbey St in Central Bath.



‘Illustration Wonderland’ presents the work of sixteen illustrators, artists and printmakers, which includes a special invitation to visitors to explore ‘down the rabbit hole’! Curiouser and curiouser, the hallway will be transformed to show a selection of ‘Alice’ or Lewis Carroll themed work, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

Artists participating are: Anna Ildiko Popescu, Christopher Dunn, Estelle Corke, Ivana Svabic Cannon, Jan Nesbitt, Jane Veveris Callan, Julia King, Kate Davies, Laila Hills, Lisa Kelly, Nick Shewring, Mary Hall, Penny Ives, Richard Deverell, Sally Barnett, Scott Joyce.

Original artwork, signed Giclee prints, picture books and greetings cards will be on sale.
The exhibition runs from Tues 22nd - Sun 28th Sept open from 10am-6pm
More information about SW Illustrators can be found on the WEBSITE  on FACEBOOK or TWITTER

My 'Alice' themed piece is a hand coloured woodcut entitled 'The Red Queen'

Friday, September 4, 2015

Go Betty!

Betty ( Star Grazer) the Herdwick ewe, finally has her fleece of 'stars' ready to take her place at the  Lake District Calvert Trust  Charity Ball at Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere on Friday 11th September.

Local businesses and individuals are invited to bid to sponsor her, and kick off the Go Herwick public art project, which will be introduced by a special guest, the 'Herdy Shepherd' James Rebanks.
Star Grazer is billed as Lot 10 in the grand auction, early bids can be placed on-line here by midnight on 10th September to get the fundraising rolling!



My design features a colourful close up view of typical Cumbrian meadow plants and insects. The grasses and plants follow the form of the beautiful thick fleece of a Herdwick ewe.



Wild flower meadows and grassland are an intrinsic part of Britain's landscape and its agriculture and yet a staggering 97% of Wild flower meadows have been lost since 1930 leaving only 1% of the UK covered by species rich grassland. With careful management of this environment Sheep help wild plants germinate, as they trample the seeds into the earth.




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Go Herdwick

I'm really thrilled to be part of the Go Herdwick public art project which will see beautiful Herdwick Sheep sculptures by Alan Dun, individually decorated by artists and designers, creating a trail in Cumbria from Easter to the autumn in 2016.
Organised by the Lake District Calvert Trust who deliver challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities, to celebrate their 40th Anniversry and with support from community interest public art consultants Art at the Edge, the trail will aim to raise funds for it's wonderful work, by auctioning the sculptures in the autumn 2016.

Go Herdwick will be launched by the popular 'Herdy Shepherd' James Rebanks, at their Charity ball at Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere on Sept 11th . If you would like to sponsor a ewe please contact the Trust on  017687 72255.

My design 'Star Grazer' ( aka Betty!) is inspired by a beautiful Cumbrian meadow and it highlights the importance of sheep in helping to re-seed meadows by trampling the seeds into the earth. It features some of the plant and insect life of a typical Cumbrian meadow.

My ewe arrived at the weekend and here is an early work in progress picture!