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November ’11 - New Artwork
Our Annual Christmas Art and Crafts Fair is fast approaching and my long suffering husband is furiously framing (or do I mean famously fuming) for me! I've concentrated on smaller drawings for this exhibition. I had a wonderful week in Troutbeck near Ambleside in October, and grabbed every opportunity to nip along the lanes with my sketchbook -- frequently accompanied by budding young artis/grandchildren. I was like a kid in a sweetshop -- so many beautiful barns, roofs, cottages, walls. The finished drawings sit well amongst my monthly efforts for the local magazines.
With the approaching winter, I revisited drawings and photos of Sheep in the Snow, which I saw a lot of last year.
A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to find a family of swans crowded into a tiny rhyne down on the moors, and the larger picture, using gesso on board, is the result. Quite a challenge from the composition point of view, but still pleased with the new-to-me materials and techniques. Time to go and dig out the tinsel -- Merry Christmas!
September ’11 New Paintings
paintings finished: Spring, Summer ’11
A selection of my new paintings for Somerset Arts Weeks 2011.
September ’10 – new paintings for Somerset Arts Weeks 2010
For a group of new paintings for my fourth 'outing' at Somerset Art Weeks - or, since it's an 'at home' open studio event, I suppose it's an innings - I went back to rummage in the back of the cupboard. This glory hole contains some wonderful pairs of 1930's shoes that used to belong to my mother-in-law when she was out East, and they have made wonderful subjects in the past.
This time I delved deeper and unearthed some of her beautiful handpainted paper parasols - they evoked imagined scenes of gin slings on the veranda, tea dances and shaded gardens. So, ever mindful of the joys of alliteration, I produced my small collection called 'Party shoes and Parasols'. And for once, with this year's proper summer beaming away, it was easier to imagine a narrative behind the paintings.
My other main effort was devoted to producing suitable seasonal pictures for my second calendar - 'Somerset Scenes 2010'. This year I tried to keep the project in mind - it was a rather late decision last year - so I was better prepared, although I had already sold a couple of the originals by the time I went to press. Here is a selection of those currently available.
Gathering work together for the first airing of our new venture - Spring Farm Arts - made me realise how much 'weather' has dominated my output! There is snow, ice, floods...some great possibilities for this year's calendar.
As far as technique goes, I've been trying out a not quite-monochromatic approach using ink, paint and coloured pencil on coloured card. These translate quite happily into black and white and will be useful for my monthly magazine sketches, I hope.
paintings finished: Winter and Spring ’09 - ’10
August ’09 – 2009 Paintings
paintings finished: Spring and Summer ’09
Many of these 2009 paintings were produced for several group exhibitions, beginning in February when the Chandos Society of Artists, which has me as vice chairman, put on another varied and well-supported Spring Exhibition at Bridgwater Arts Centre.
Then at Easter came the first exhibition by the Moorlinch Art Group which I started with a painting friend and neighbour, Janet Leverick, in September last year, which will be repeated this year.
The next event was the Bridgwater Art Challenge and, around the same time, the Chandos Society held its Annual Summer Exhibition in the historic Church House at Crowcombe, in the Quantock Hills.
Meanwhile sailing in Croatia brought new opportunities for sketching my beloved boats, inspiration to contrast with time spent walking and cycling around nearer haunts.
I also undertook commission for wedding and anniversary pictures and local scenes; and I continued to provide the parish magazine and the Polden Post with monthly black and white illustrations.
September ’08 – Summer Paintings
paintings finished: Summer ’08
Perhaps as a reaction to our wonderful English summer with its subtle muted tones of misty grey, leaden black and washed-out murk, I have been concentrating recently on re-creating scenes from time spent last year in Turkey and Greece. The pictures are based on sketches, photographs and diaries and there is of course a strong boating element. I never tire of painting them although I also never seem to get any better at sailing them!
All images © Anne Farmer. Please email me if you wish to reproduce any of these images.